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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

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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)

No Shoes Allowed

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New York-based artist David Horvitz was the first artist in an ongoing series who was asked to send spontaneous installation instructions via email, consisting of no more than two sentences. His directions: “Cover the entire gallery floor with polenta. No shoes allowed in the gallery.” After his vision was executed, Horvitz simply received, again by email, an image of the completed installation.

As no instructions for deinstallation were given, the polenta was left for the birds, literally.

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No Shoes Allowed was the fruit of a simplified exhibition process and a straightforward concept; consequently, it is understood and judged solely by the resulting documentary images.

As such, the work, along with others in the series, calls into question the extent to which “installation views” are a truthful record of an artwork, a happening, or an installation. That is to say, these pictures are carefully constructed and intended for an audience who is conditioned to consume art not in person, but more often, through images and text—such is the reality of the art world in the digital age and most likely the case for anyone reading this.

The show opening took place on February 9, 2013 at the OLM Space. What follows is the entire conversation between the artist and the curator before, during, and after the exhibition:

SS: send instructions and I send you installation view photographs

DH: cover the entire gallery floor with polenta. no shoes allowed in the gallery

SS: today was polenta time

DH: amazing


Ausstellungen werden komplexer, globaler, verstrickter, aufwändiger und kostspieliger. So der Trugschluss. Eine Initiative zurück zur Einfachheit – über Grenzen hinweg.

Ein internationaler Künstler darf in zwei Sätzen eine Ausstellung instruieren, die darauf hin unkompliziert umgesetzt wird. Punkt. Der Auftakt machte der New Yorker Künstler David Horvitz.

The exhibition took place from February 9th until the birds ate the polenta at the OLM Space in Neuchâtel, Switzerland.
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