Random Institute is an extension of what a contemporary art institution can be, that is to say, truly unbothered by rules and bureaucracy. It is directed by and brings together
curatorial and publishing activities of the co-founders Sandino Scheidegger and Luca Müller.
Since March 2016, Random Institute is running the curatorial program at the international art center Despacio in San José, Costa Rica.
A book that starts with 'This moment will slip into the back of your mind. It may remain there forever if you are smart enough' and ends with 'Let's start with a happy ending'. Everything in between are random thoughts that crossed our minds and we failed to forget after we returned from the crossing of the Atlantic on the Hanjin Palermo.
The majority of the thinkers who contributed to this book did so unintentionally. They are all unacknowledged in the body of the text. This reflects the nature of thoughts, often stripped of authorship and appearing out of nowhere. Or, to put it like David Shields, whose book “Reality Hunger” has been an inspiration and source of thoughts: “I am trying to regain a freedom that writers from Montaigne to Burroughs took for granted and that we have lost. Your uncertainty about whose words you’ve just read is not a bug but a feature.”
@Phil_Hanley (144), @emilianovaldes (78), Alain de Botton (31, 139), Andrew O'Hehir (39), Anonymos White House Aide (34), Anthony Vidler (79), Apocalypse Now (137), Arthur Schnitzler (94), Boris Groys (47), Boris Vian (106), Brian Eno (114), Camus (86), Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev (81), Charles Olson (95), D'Agata (42), da Vinci (36), David Shields (16, 44, 89, 90, 93, 109, 118), E. M. Cioran (127), Ernst Jünger (65), Florian Graf (150), G. W. Bush (50), Gallagher (54), Geoffrey O`Brian (100), Georg Trakl (124), Guy Debord (74, 75, 129, 142), Harry S. Truman (125), Holland Cotter (133), Honoré Daumier (140), Ingeborg Bachmann (110, 138), Ingmar Bergman (30), J.G. Ballard (17), Jacques Derrida (68), Joachim Koester (29), Joan Didion (145), John Milton (143), Judit Bodor (72), Ken Kesey (115), László Kardos (28), Lisa Page (91), Lopate (19), Lorenzo Prendini (148), Lucy Lippard (13, 22, 23), Malcolm McLowry (117), Marcel Broodthaers (134), Marlen Haushofer (85, 104), Martha Nussbaum (102), Martin Suter (147), McElwee (82), Michael Moore (87), N.R.Kleinfield (53), Niels van Maanen (46), Nietzsche (37), Paul D. Miller (56), Paul Éluard (49), Paul McCarthy about Vanessa Beecroft (71), Peter Mountford (57), Plato (113), Pope (149), Proust (88), R. P. Blackmur (111), Raban (119), Raphael Gygax (35, 97), Robin Blake (63), Roland Barthes (70), Sarah Silverman (51), Shakespeare (146), Simic (26), Stephan Pashov (24), Steven King (103), The Daily Waster (130), Thomas Bernhard (121), Unknown (73, 101, 128, 151), Werner Herzog (112), and Yoko Ono (45).
The publication has 212 pages. The publishing house 'Distressed Securities & Books Ltd.' is a company incorporated on May 21, 2010, under the laws of Bermuda, with limited liability. Its registered office is located at DSB Hedge Fund c/o The Bank of Bermuda Ltd., 9 Front Street, Hamilton HM 11, Bermuda. The publisher's investment objective is to achieve below-average returns from event driven investments in art books that are not correlated with the S&P 500.
The book was completed on September 13, 2012. The book is out of print. A copy can be found in the Swiss National Library.