The Glossary of Common Knowledge is a five-year research project run by Moderna galerija (MG+MSUM) within the framework of the broader European project Uses of Art - the Legacy of 1848 and 1989 by the European confederation L'Internationale.


The curators of Constituencies Seminar are Zdenka Badovinac (MG+MSUM), John Byrne (Liverpool John Moores University), Bojana Piškur (MG+MSUM).


Participating narrators: Nick Aickens (Van Abbemuseum, NL); Marwa Arsanios (LB); Zdenka BadovinacBojana PiškurAdela Železnik (MG+MSUM, SI); John Byrne (Liverpool John Moores University, UK); Lia Colombino (Red conceptualismo del sur, PY); Khwezi Gule (SA);  Anders Krueger (M HKA, BE); Alexey Penzin (Chto Delat, RU); Ahmet Öğüt (TR);  Meriç Öner (SALT Research, TR); Raúl Sánchez CedilloAida Sánchez de Serdio (Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, MNCARS, SP), pantxo ramas (MACBA, SP)


VENUE: Liverpool John Moores University, 70 Mt Pleasant, Liverpool, Merseyside L3 5UA, United Kingdom


DATES: 2 to 4 March 2016



Constituencies are plural; they grow, develop, change, mutate, hybridize, overlap, separate, cluster, recombine and re-align. Constituencies are always in flux, depending for their existence upon their relationship to one another. As such constituencies are never the givens - constituency itself is always something to be struggled over and negotiated. Constituencies also provide both the tools for self-production and the toolkits for self-understanding; they hold within themselves the possibility of change, transgression, re-imagination, and re-articulation. Constituencies are neither reducible to ‘publics’ nor are they self-identical with ‘counter-public spheres’; instead they demand to be recognized as the porous, mutable and protean basis for whatever remains of, or cans still be imagined, as a self-determined democracy.


Within the cultural sphere, it could now be argued that constituencies provide the building blocks for museums, galleries and equivalent ‘public’ institutions to re-imagine their role, function, and positions within the production of new forms citizenship. Whilst it is commonly accepted that alter- institutionality must be based on a fundamental shift away from a hierarchical, top-down and ‘broadcast’ based models of knowledge dissemination, the question remains of how such institutions can begin to operate dialectically as constituencies themselves. Furthermore, it could also be asked how such constituency thinking would enable museums and galleries to re-occupy and re-use those very discourses of alterity, specificity, autonomy and self-determination which have, themselves, become colonized by the logics and discourses of global economic neoliberalism.


KEYNOTE LECTURE: Raúl Sánchez Cedillo: The Rest is Missing, 2 March 2016 at 5:30 p.m., John Moores University Liverpool, School of Art and Desing, John Lennon Building


Glossary of Common Knowledge is a part of a five-year programme The Uses of Art – Legacy of 1848 and 1989 led by L'Internationale confederation of museums. Supported by Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia and the Culture Programme of the European Union.



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