The Institute of Colour
A State of Exception
National museum of Art, Architecture and design:
Young Art Scene on Tullinløkka
19.– 28. mai 2006
Åpning 19. mai kl. 18.00-20.00
The future is self-organised
If it hadn’t been for the crisis the institute was thrown into, we would never have developed a new programme. The conflicts within the academy forced us to rethink what we wanted The Institute of Colour to be, and what we wanted in our own education.
[Institute of Colour, 2006]
As a consequence of a drastic restructuring of the Oslo National Academy of the Arts the Institute of Colour was discontinued in 2004. Taking control of their own education, the seven remaining students opted to organise a completely new study programme. Using ideas of self-organisation, the Institute became the only part of the Academy in which students had a real influence on their own curriculum. In their graduation show the students themselves have set the premises of their own examination.
A State of Exception consists of the students’ collective graduation project presenting the activities of the institute throughout the last year consisting of videos, installations and a library. Taking the role of the student as a point of departure the exhibition considers art education and shows how institutional crisis can be turned into something positive.
The Institute of Colour no longer exists within the National Academy of the Arts, but continues as an independent artists’ group. The original name is kept, not as a description of artistic practice, but to signify a history of structural uncertainty and tactical pragmatism.
Photos from the exibition:
Photos from the BA exam May 22th 2006: