Three institutions are rethought by artists and people outside the art sector in a series of public events that reconfigure the institutions that host them. The first to Experience an Institutional Transformation will be Idensitat in Barcelona (Spain) in September 2020, then Minitremu in Targu-Mures (Romania) in November 2020 and finally the Bottari Lattes Foundation in Turin (Italy) in January 2021. ETI’s objective is to analyze the transformations that these programs will or will not have produced on the institution. The entire project will be presented at a forum in Paris in September 2021.
The ETI process is divided into nine phases:
1. Gathering of all partners to define the lines of experimentation specific to each of the partner institutions.
2. Each specificity leads to a choice of artists and their external non-art partners with whom the institution will collaborate. The three of them together make up the consortium.
3. During a residency, each council develops programming guidelines according to the nature of the artist’s practice and their external partners. The articulation of the art institution with the external actors emerges from this.
4. The board develops a pilot program in relation to the project’s experimental drivers and the specific application to the institution.
5. As this program is drawn up, monitoring is organized between the host institution, the selected artist and the leader. They focus respectively on the relationship of the institution with the artist and his or her practice, the integration of the artist in the decision-making functions of the institution, and the respect of the conditions of the experimentation.
6. The host institution and the selected artist present the developed programming to the lead team. If certain adjustments are desired, the exchange concludes with the confirmation of a program between the host institution and the selected artist.
7. The programming is carried out within the host institution and the selected artist in the presence of all the partner institutions. The implementation of the programming is part of an analysis of the effects on the institution in question and the changes in the relationship between the host institution and its audience. This collaborative work takes into account the specificities of each of the partners involved.
8. Writing a report on the programming.
9. The last stage aims to identify an effective or ineffective institutional change. If the experience is conclusive, the second institution will have to take over the transformation carried out on its behalf.