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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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Naked Fish Festival

ArchivedHappened in April 2017
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Despacio

If Paris were an aquarium, Charly would be its tropical fish, jumping out of the water each night with no one watching. The award-winning fishmonger peddles fish during the day and tours as a drag queen through the French capital’s underground scene at night. Now, for the first time, Charly is crossing the Atlantic to take part in the Despacio performance festival, uniting his many worlds: fresh fish, art performances and queer appearances.

First Day of Good Weather

ArchivedHappened in January 2017
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Düsseldorf
Exhibition
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6.7716700000
Sies+Höke

Art history rarely moves in a straight line. Now more than ever, when it comes to a collective notion of Latin American art, there are as many ways to approach it as there are to traversing its nineteen countries and territories. Steering clear of a generalized survey of the region, we choose a more personal path by compiling works from Latin American artists that inspired us throughout our journey over the last decade, bringing to the fore the works, artists, and conversations that we couldn’t possibly forget.

Remains to Be Seen

ArchivedHappened in August 2016
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Iceland
Exhibition
65.3375011000
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Kunsthalle Tropical

Ten artists each contributed an artwork consisting of nothing more than a few sentences. All of their words will be read aloud from a small airplane as it circles above the Kunsthalle Tropical, an exhibition site that none of the artists have visited. Instead, the artists drew inspiration from the idea that some places are best visited only in one’s imagination.

The work will never actually be seen—its form is oral, its locale inhospitable.

All the Lights We Cannot See

ArchivedHappened in April 2016
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Yanggakdo International Hotel

Nine artists were invited to exhibit in Pyongyang, the North Korean capital of the unknown. The entire project, from the art on display to the story behind it, was committed to silence. Besides a very limited set of installation views, only one trace of the exhibit was allowed to surface: an enigmatic mention on the artists’ CVs that will absolutely call attention to itself in the CV-driven language of the art world. When asked to elaborate, the artists’ response can only be:

“I’m not supposed to talk about it.”

Families of Objects

ArchivedHappened in June 2015
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Zurich
Exhibition
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Réunion

What happens when you bring together 10,000 files stolen from hacked computers, commissioned photographs taken by former employees of a bankrupt factory in the Czech Republic, a collection of memories blurring the line between subjectivity and objective evidence, arts & crafts projects secretly completed on company time, the colorful materialization of waste, and a mysterious artifact that survives only in words?

We’re not quite sure.

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