Random Institute is an extension of what a contemporary art institution can be, that is to say, truly unbothered by rules and bureaucracy. Ultimately, it brings together & curatorial and publishing activities.

Since March 2016, Random Institute is running the curatorial program for Despacio in San José, Costa Rica.
The best color is transparency.
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Voyage without Geography

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Federico's Studio

Life—or what we generally understand it to be—is a series of moments. There are the rare loud instants and the occasional quiet breaths, but mostly the moments are scarcely audible. Often, is it these seemingly unremarkable moments, ones which are neither preceded by forethought nor directly followed by reflection, that mark the beginning of change.

Essay about Federico Herrero.

Residencia en la Selva

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Residency
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Alto Telire

There is a time in every artist’s life that, for their art, they must go so far that they risk falling right off the map. We have developed a unique residency for Despacio that begins with an incredible two-day journey on foot through the dense Costa Rican jungle to bring you to one of the world’s most isolated indigenous tribes, the Cabécars of Alto Telire. Once there, you’ll engage with a local community totally disconnected from the world of contemporary art.

Experience a place that has been inhabited for centuries but rarely appears on a map.

Tout est bon dans le poisson

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Réunion

For two nights only, the Réunion was transformed into a fish market, occupied by Charly, Paris’s Michelin award-winning fish vendor. Peddling fish from the art space’s front window, Charly’s quotidian business collided with the world of art, as nightly performances toured underground cultures and explored the limits of new exhibition formats.

Gourmands meet fringe performance art.

Documentary Reality – Crossing the Atlantic

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Port de Montreal

Where do we find time to truly engage with art, while being caught between the constraints of hyper availability and keeping up with a fast-pace society? A five-strong crew of artists and curators withdrew from the world into an abstract emptiness to regain what often seemed lost: Time for debate and reflection.

A journey across the Atlantic.

Hyperactivité

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Centre d’Art Neuchâtel

The public intervention by Berlin-based Swiss artist Emanuel Geisser took place on the Swiss National Day on the banks of Lake Neuchâtel. While thousands of people were waiting with anticipation to see the traditional firework display, a boat equipped with a video projector, batteries and Emanuel Geisser’s newest video work was sailing through the night and appeared out of the dark.

Out of the dark.

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