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 five-strong crew headed towards a vague horizon on a container ship sailing 5574km between two continents to investigate the concept of ephemeral art practices. The absence of a viewer forced them to operate at the edge of something inexplicable; at the border where fiction is no longer the opposite of the reality; and where artistic and curatorial voices mingle to create a polyphonic situation.
Questions of ephemerality, eternity, and the effect of an absent audience comprised the starting point for a journey that took the crew across the Atlantic Ocean.
While aboard the Hanjin Palermo container ship and as they headed towards a vague horizon, they began to focus on questions relating to the newfound, constantly changing position.
The results about documentary tendencies in transient art practices and exploration of the effect of an absent audience were channeled into exhibition Failure to Forget at the Kunstverein Zurich (Switzerland).