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When we in the West, or in the industrialized, technologized countries, congratulate ourselves on having an infra­ structure—functioning institutions, systems of classification and categorization, archives and traditions and professional training for these, funding and educational pathways, excellence criteria, impartial juries, and properly air conditioned auditoria with good acoustics, etc.—we forget the degree to which these have become protocols that bind and confine us in their demand to be conserved or in their demand to be resisted. Following philosopher Michel Feher, and his thinking about the impact of NGOs as modes of counter-governmental organization, the shift from consumers to stakeholders has significantly altered our understanding of infrastructures. This shift sees the move from properly functioning structures that serve to support something already agreed upon, to the recognition of ever-greater numbers of those who have a stake in what they contribute to or benefit from. By this we mean an “infrastructure-in-the-making” rather than one that enables something else taking place. Much of the more activist-oriented work within the art field has taken the form of re-occupying infrastructure: using the pre-existing spaces and technologies, budgets and support staffs, and recognized audiences in order to do something quite different. We think of infrastructure as enabling, we think that it is an

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FORMER WEST. Documents, Constellations, Prospects. Booklet  

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FORMER WEST. Documents, Constellations, Prospects. Booklet  

18.03 - 24.03.2013, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin | The Berlin part of the long-term research, education, exhibition, and publication p...

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