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MAO Debates

The Institutional Act


Institutions are power. They channel directions, focus attention. They are, without want of explanation, important. They are vessels that collect, exhibit, examine, support and critique. They are arbiters of taste, formers of knowledge. They are the dreamweavers of our cultural imagination.
But more than capturing and captivating, and as part of their economic and intellectual capacity, many contemporary institutions of architecture are producers. Those that don’t simply process and filter but are participating in a critical form of space-shaping. In the expanded field of architecture where architectural acts are beyond buildings, contemporary institutions are more at home amongst practitioners than critics.
The conference is part of a broader ongoing pursuit to define the interconnection between architecture and exhibition-making. It seeks to contribute to the debate about the developing practice of exhibiting architecture and the role of the institutions, which commission and frame contemporary discourse. It seeks to interrogate the formation of institutional knowledge and critique its direction. The conference attempts to discuss the definition and role and remit of the contemporary architectural institution. The curator of the conference Beatrice Galilee is freelance curator, writer, critic, consultant, lecturer of contemporary architecture and design and the newly appointed Chief Curator for the 2013 Lisbon Architecture Triennale.
more about the conference and the speakers »

Eva Franch i Gilabert
Storefront for Art and Architecture www.storefrontnews.org
Jan Boelen
Z33 House for contemporary Art www.z33.be
Kieran Long
Victoria & Albert Museum www.vam.ac.uk
Indy Johar
00:/ www.architecture00.net
Marielsa Castro
LIGA - Space for Architecture
Moderated by:
Beatrice Galilee www.beatricegalilee.com

Videos of the conference

The lectures of the conference has been supported by Videolectures.net

Matevž Čelik, MAO, opening of the conference

Beatrice Galilee, curator, United Kingdom

Jan Boelen, Z33 House for Contemporary Art, Belgium

Marielsa Castro, LIGA - Space for Architecture, Mexico

Indy Johar, 00:/ architecture, United Kingdom

Eva Franch i Gilabert, Storefront for Art and Architecture, USA

Closing discussion

Partners of the conference

Ministry of Infrastructure and Spatial Planning

Oris Magazine

British Council Slovenia



9 am-5 pm

Entry fee

10 € / 5 € (students). Payment: MAO ticket office or bank account: 01100-6000034749, Bank: UJP, SWIFT code: BSLJSI2X, Note: »Simpozij MAO«.

Application form, send to infobio@mao.si. Tickets are available as long as they last.


Curated by Beatrice Galilee.