Let’s Play Institution. The Case of the Fundació Antoni Tàpies Barcelona
21st of January 2015
18.00-21.00, NODE Space

The Fundació has recently opened a space that facilitates the re-appropriation and analysis of, and active participation with, its archive. In parallel, the Fundació has begun a process of digitizing the documents constituting this archive, and is developing an online platform to access and use them as well. Collective memory in the context of the archive of a museum or an art centre is not an obvious concept. Most people regard the museum or the art centre not as the repository of collective memory or collective knowledge but as the owner of this content, as the provider of a service and an order. How can we make understandable, visible, that the archive – and by extension the institution itself – of the Fundació can be opened, can be used, can be questioned? Is the word “hospitable” useful to define this opening process? Could “play institution” as Allan Kaprow was understanding playing in the sense of a continuous negotiation and reinvention of the roles, the rules, the space and the tools in order to be part of it and to be part of the world?

Based on concrete examples from the archive to performance, from open source to exhibition, the case of the Fundació Antoni Tàpies, Barcelona.

Laurence Rassel
Laurence Rassel is the Director of Fundació Antoni Tàpies, Barcelona, institution created in 1984 by the artist Antoni Tàpies to promote the study and knowledge of modern and contemporary art. From 1997 to 2008, she was member of Constant, a non-profit association, interdisciplinary arts-lab based and active in Brussels dealing with free software, copyright alternatives and (cyber)feminism.