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Since March 2016, Random Institute is running the curatorial program for Despacio in San José, Costa Rica.
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No One Belongs Here More Than You

ArchivedHappened in March 2016
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Despacio

It’s no secret that some moments slip away into the mental archive forever, while others vanish before we fully sense them. Random Institute presents at Despacio conceptual works spanning the past 40 years by artists who understand how to capture and create ingenious moments that inform our memories and provoke our deepest ruminations.

Sometimes it’s the small, silent moments that tell the story.

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Our most fulfilling experiences connect us with what we are really searching for. They lead us to ask, what are we seeking when visiting an exhibition?

This question has generated many answers over time and remains significant today in an ever-changing world of influences and expectations. It is also all the more relevant to Central America, a region with limited outlets for exploring art beyond national museums.

It is the visitor’s responsibility to manage his or her expectations. Interpreting art requires time for personal contemplation. Conceptual artists inspire us to pay attention to fleeting moments, and we at Random Institute feel those fleeting moments may give birth to stories, myths, and in some cases even new realities.

All of the works on display in No One Belongs Here More Than You playfully interpret moments in time. Sometimes they focus on the absence of something during a significant moment, and other times they suggest that the moment is indicative of something greater. Regardless of their differences, each artist activates the viewer’s imagination through his or her work by breathing new life into a handful of moments that will continue to inform what happens next.

Ultimately, we interpret and revisit artworks in the context of time, reminding us that great works of art are living things and exceptionally timeless.

The exhibition runs from March 3rd until April 24th 2016 at Despacio in San José, Costa Rica. (FB Event)

Extravagant Dreams

ArchivedHappened in November 2013
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African Rural University

What happens when someone thinks about an artist they fancy, for 24 consecutive nights, just before falling asleep? Well, nobody really knows, so we tried it out. Like dreams, the publication remains inaccessible to most readers as it was sent to a far away library nestled in Uganda.

Perhaps only a dream away.

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A curated composition of the images and thoughts that surfaced in the curator‘s dreams when thinking of one artist over 24 nights shortly before falling asleep was published in 2013 and entitled Extravagant Dreams. The unique specimen juxtaposes works of art as well as non-art objects and contemporary artifacts that originate from earlier encounters with the artist against the curator's dream imagery, for the objective of creating a coherent narrative out of dissonance.

As part of the project, we selected a library based on the publication's content where the book will remain, creating yet another sort of distance between Random Institute's audience and the curator's account. Extravagant Dreams was shipped to the first women-only university in Uganda and is kept with their library holdings.

The publication is divided into 24 nights, titled:

NIGHT 1.
Twisted last second, before she left.

NIGHT 2.
Everything will be ok in the end. If it is not ok, then its not the end.

NIGHT 3.
Daily struggle to make sense of this moment in history.

NIGHT 4.
Sharpening Fantasy.

NIGHT 5.
History isn‘t made in rear view mirrors.

NIGHT 6.
Lonely Girls, not today.

NIGHT 7.
There is no longer a fixed formula.

NIGHT 8.
Another hipster bites the dust.

NIGHT 9.
Horizons don’t go anywhere.

NIGHT 10.
Confirmed by some of the finest minds in the field.

NIGHT 11.
It‘s about the magic and money.

NIGHT 12.
Praise in the face was an open disgrace.

NIGHT 13.
Are you happy?

NIGHT 14.
Chillin‘ like a villain.

NIGHT 15.
The artist is beyond judgment.

NIGHT 16.
Where will your curiosity take you?

NIGHT 17.
Oddly banal mysteries.

NIGHT 18.
No stranger to controversy.

NIGHT 19.
Inspiration is nonjudgmental.

NIGHT 20.
A dancer walking for a living.

NIGHT 21.
Point made.

NIGHT 22.
Flow of Passion and the Collapse of Reality.

NIGHT 23.
This moment stays in your mind forever if you are smart enough.

NIGHT 24.
You may delay.

The publication was released on November 28, 2013 on the occasion of imaginary exhibitions in the dreams of the curator and is stored at the ARU Library in Uganda.

Title: Extravagant Dreams
Publisher/Date: Random Institute, 2013
Type: Unique Specimen

African Rural University Library
Kagadi-Kibaale
Plot 617, Mengo, Kibuga Block 4
Right-off Southern gate
City Parents Basiima Campus
P.O. Box 16253, Kampala - Uganda

Vertraulich. Geheime Künstler

ArchivedHappened in November 2008
46.9496491000
7.4407394000
Neue Galerie

Special needs inspire special skills. Indeed. Random Institute introduces you to 14 artists from the Olaf-Asteson House. A secret world can be discovered in the paintings and sculptures of the outsider artists. A world which is otherwise inaccessible and strictly confidential.

"Ig chume haut uf Ideen, die ich weiss. Kein Problem."

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Besondere Bedürfnisse wecken besondere Fähigkeiten. In der kommenden Ausstellung zeigt Random Institute Werke von 14 Künstlern und Künstlerinnen des Olaf-Asteson Hauses. Darin entdeckt man ihre ganz eigene geheime Welt, welche sonst unzugänglich und vertraulich ist.

Zwei Wochen werden die 500 Quadratmeter des lebendigsten Kunstorts in Bern von starker und unverfälschter Kunst in Beschlag genommen. „Ich arbeite für mich – nicht für den Kunstmarkt“, predigt heutzutage jeder zweite Künstler und reiht sich damit in eine grosse Lüge des aktuellen Kunstgeschehens ein. Auf der Suche nach der Wahrheit, wo Kunst wirklich noch ehrlich entsteht, sind wir auf 14 Menschen mit besonderen Bedürfnissen gestossen, die wirklich nichts lieber im Leben tun, als Kunst zu schaffen. Weder für dich noch für den Kunstmarkt, sondern ganz einfach für sich selbst und ihre eigene Entwicklung.

Diese ehrlichen und sichtlich unverzweifelten Stimmen kommen in den Bildern und Skulpturen der Kunstschaffenden stark zum Ausdruck und bitten geradezu darum, für einen kurzen Moment in die geheime Welt einzutauchen. Die Gegenwartseuphorie ist nachhaltig und begeistert ganz bestimmt.

Sie arbeiten beinahe unaufhaltsam in ihren Ateliers im ländlich gelegenen Olaf Asteson-Haus in Hinterfultigen. Überaus engagiert gehen sie dort ihrem Tun nach. Ohne Zweifel unverzweifelt. Sie kennen keine Sackgasse und auch keine Konsummeile, sie bewegen sich frei und verblüffend unkonventionell. Die Künstler leben mit Kunst und wachsen daran. Unanständig zeitgenössisch, wie aus Unscheinbarem Sonderbares entsteht.

The exhibition took place from November 15 to December 15, 2008 at the Neue Galerie in Bern, Switzerland.

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