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.
In order to pave new paths in the field of creative work, it is essential that we look to places far away from old patterns of thinking. Only then can we change the established rules, the rules that led us to where we are now. Mongolia provided the ideal research ground from which to explore relevant issues in contemporary art.
A country as far away as you can get from civilization.
This trip took the curators to the world’s least densely populated country: Mongolia. During their travels through no man’s land, they considered questions of ephemerality, eternity, and the effect of an absent audience, themes that naturally arose in the desolate region.
The research trip took place in December 2011 to January 2012.