14 May 2021

ACCA’s 2021 Lecture Series – Experimental Institutionalism: Contemporary Art and Curatorial Ecologies

What are the current and future models that are shaping contemporary art and curatorial practice, thinking, and ecology?

ACCA’s 2021 lecture series engages 16 local and international thinkers on eight key topics that position contemporary art in dialogue with wider global economic, technological, environmental and political contexts.

This year the series has been recalibrated from lectures to dialogues, involving Australian and international colleagues. Released monthly via video and podcast, the series seeks to maintain and strengthen international connections, at a time when radical limitations on travel, movement and community gathering continue to impact the possibilities of cultural production, display and collaboration across the globe.

Largely asking, “What are the priorities for art now, and how can we work better together?” Experimental Institutionalism: Contemporary Art and Curatorial Ecologies is a thought-provoking program of vital discussions for our times.


Exchange: Reciprocity and Institutional Collaboration
Speakers: Nikos Papastergiadis and Laura Raicovich

Education: Alternatives and the Academy
Speakers: Emily Floyd and Gridthiya Gaweewong


Wednesday, June 30, 2021
Expanded: The augmentation of artist-led exhibiting spaces
Speakers: ruangrupa and The Unbound Collective

Wednesday, July 28, 2021
Employment: Art, labour and changing modes of working
Speakers: Julieta Aranda and Alana Kushnir

Wednesday, August 25, 2021
Electronic: Modelling the digital present and tools for the future
Speakers: Seb Chan and Sahej Rahal

Wednesday, September 29, 2021
Ecological: Practices and the challenge of sustainability
Speakers: José Roca and Keg de Souza

Wednesday, October 27, 2021
Experimental institutionalism: Small to medium contemporary art spaces
Speakers: Biljana Ciric and iLiana Foikinaki

Australian Centre for Contemporary Art 
111 Sturt Street, Southbank VIC 3006 
Melbourne, Australia  

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