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ETI Experimenting an Institutional Transformation
Idensitat (ETI-BCN) + La Escocesa (Artistic Research 2020)

ETI Barcelona is a project by Idensitat in association with La Escocesa, a collaborative process between artists and non-artists to reframe a new institutional space. A transition space, based on the theme of “reconsidering the institution”, will be generated, a space which will be sensitive to the interaction between social and creative practices, in which it is possible to reimagine other locations for culture based upon new social complexities and the diversity of audiences. ETI (Expérimenter une Transformation Institutionnelle) is a European project involving Ecole Nationale d’Art (ENDA) - Paris, Idensitat - Barcelona, Fondation Bottari Lattes - Turin and Minitremu – Targu-Mures, and is co-funded by Creative Europe. 



ETI GENERAL INFORMATION (Expérimenter une transformation institutionnelle)

ETI Barcelona places creative practice within the framework of research and a redefinition of contexts, interpreted by way of a critical, counter-disciplinary vision orientated towards discovering, defining and proposing concrete actions. Participation in this process must be carried out by an artist, in collaboration with a nominee linked to a non-artistic organisation or institution in the Poble Nou neighbourhood (Barcelona), who together with Idensitat and La Escocesa, will define the realisation of the process. If the artist does not propose a pre-established connection with a non-artistic nominee or institution, Idensitat and La Escocesa may participate in the definition of this framework. 

ETI Barcelona is structured through:
- Research/action in residence. One artistic research project exploring the transformations and the new imaginary related to the institution. Projects which also experiment with the activation of processes involving an institution and a nominee who is linked to a non-artistic institution of the Poblenou neighbourhood or Barcelona city.

- Workgroup. The research group will comprise artists selected in the call, IDENSITAT, and LA ESCOCESA, to help shape the framework proposed by ETI Barcelona. In this group, research work will be undertaken, investigating, sharing and reconsidering methodologies of relationship-building between artistic extra-artistic institutions. The working group will be activated in parallel to research activities, and will meet in La Escocesa for a number of sessions during its development.

ETI, as a general project, will conclude with a conference organised in Paris in 2021, where all the experiments carried out in Barcelona, ​​Targu-Mures, Turin and Paris will be presented. 

Aseptic Imaginaries - pli-é collective
ETI Barcelona

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pli-é collective is a research and curatorial group with Eva Paià, Marina Ribot Pallicer and Angelica Tognetti. With this shared initiative, they aim to find ways and tools to problematise the museum space as an institutionalised space. 

With Aseptic Imaginaries, the group sets up an investigation encompassing the suite of relationships and analogies between museum space and clinical space (their architectural and relational characteristics), as well as analysing the hygienist norms that structure them. This approach allows pli-é to open up a critical reflection on the task of curatorship, returning the word to its original meaning which relates it to curing and caring; in order to imagine other ways of making art beyond the white cube, and in order to discuss the possibility of the creation of new institutions designed to be warm and open spaces.
For this investigation, the group’s intention is to put into practice the different strategies they have developed as a collective: placing the processes of listening and caring at the centre of all interventions. 

Research. A conversation group, formed and led by pli-é collective (Eva Paià, Marina Ribot Pallicer and Angelica Tognetti), together with IDENSITAT and LA ESCOCESA, is undertaking the research for pli-é’s project Aseptic Imaginaries. 

In this research, concepts such as care, contagion, contact, the body and collective vulnerability will be examined, shared and reconsidered, based upon relationships between the artistic institution and the medical institution.
The group comes together periodically in sessions of reading and conversation with the aim of creating an accessible archive, in order to brainstorm, and to imagine other possible scenarios.

Due to the situation created by the public health emergency, part of the research has been transferred to the virtual sphere, finding in videoconferencing a platform for sharing thoughts and concerns. At the same time, the group has been in contact with various agents, both in the artistic and health sectors, with the intention of interweaving threads and establishing connections between them. The group met Neus Roselló, a nurse who has been working in the infectious diseases ward throughout the crisis caused by the Coronavirus. In this particular session, topics such as the protocols within the hospital during the health crisis (such as the categorisation of sterile and infected areas), the relationship of care with patients, the work and support groups within the hospital, and nursing training, were discussed. 

The second conversation session was held jointly with CO-rpus, a working group activated in La Escocesa to respond to the crisis in the healthcare system through artistic practices. Co-rpus have been envisioning more recreational and inclusive protocols in order to make it possible for meeting in groups to carry on under present conditions.

For the final session, pli-é has invited Claudia Ventola, Lluc Baños and Julieta Obiols to discuss their interesting lines of work regarding the human body between pain and desire, psychoanalysis and community health, hegemonic devices of scientific measurement, and the healthcare institution in relation to art.

This archive is located on the pli-é collective website, in order to bring the group's conversations into the public sphere. The objectives are to open up the dialogue, and to make the research visible through a variety of interpretations and points of view.

To continue with pli-é collective’s research on the set of relationships and analogies between the museum space and the clinical space, there will be a meeting between Francisco Collado, a surgeon specialising in burn repair surgery, and Mireia Mestre, department head of Restoration and Preventive Conservation of the MNAC (Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya), to talk about how the work of art is “cured”, how the body is cured, preventive and curative conservation, the science of heritage and its similarity to medicine.





ETI Barcelona Archive
In the framework of the ETI project, Idensitat has created an audiovisual project in which it creatively collects elements of the process based on interactions with the different agents involved.

CAPSULE 1: CARE / From the conversation group (Idensitat + Pli-é collective) / APRIL 2020
Video: Excerpt from the conversation group formed by Idensitat and Pli-é collective in the Imaginarios asépticos project, by Pli-é collective (research and curatorial group formed by Eva Paia, Marina Ribot Pallicer and Angelica Tognetti).

Video: excerpt from the article: "Contagiarse, Getting infected. The future of institutional relationships between art and education are conditioned by bacteria, monsters, zombie spaces, emerging systems, and all kinds of mutant hybridisations". / Magazine "Archive of collaborative practices" of the Do It Yourself Institute (Todo x la Praxis)


Fragment of the project "On art and friendship" developed by the artists Anna Recasens, Laia Solé and Nicolás Dumit for Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation in their series Performance-in-Place, 2020. In this artistic action carried out through Whastapp conversations between the three artists, make visible some of the aspects of artistic practice that usually have no place as a work of art in the gallery space: friendship and camaraderie. / Voice: Anna Recasens

ETI Expérimenter une transformation institutionnelle (Experiment with an institutional transformation)
Ecole Nationale d’Art París + Minitremu ONG Cristesti + Fondazione Bottari Lattes Monforte d'Alba

The project is the first European event dedicated to new forms of contemporary art institutions. It is based on the emergence of artistic practices that materialise other than into works of art. By acting through other economic sectors than art, these artistic practices incorporate dynamics of exchange and external values to art, from which the institution could reformulate itself.

ETI’s aims are to experiment with new ways and configurations for art institutions. The project will be an opportunity for the audience and committed artists to reformulate three European art institutions through their own practices in order to question how the institution can recompile itself with an eye on society in the 21st century.

Eti proposes to put the diversity of citizens, actors of the world of art and artists at the centre of the institution in order to establish new relationships. It thus enables the artists and experts involved to formulate new interactions with the organisation's management and programming. In this way the project plans to move from a logic of democratisation (dissemination of the cultural object itself to the set of viewers themselves) to a logic of cultural democracy (each viewer brings their expertise to bear on an object of experimentation). 

ETI involves experimenting with the institution's capacity to transform itself by integrating an artistic diversity which is foreign to it, since these practices interact with sectors outside the traditional art sector.

Artists disseminate an ecosystem in which artistic practice develops: partners, collaborators or infrastructures which are their means of production, of distribution, and reception. This ecosystem is governed by other forms of interaction than those prevailing in the art institution, on the one hand because these interactions exist outside the art institution, and on the other hand because the nature of its practices largely call into question the status of the public-spectator. Indeed the nature of these practices does not imply raising the visibility of a single object, but of activities that may be approached in multiple ways. 

The general strategy of the project is to implement within art institutions, different content and artists from those usually on offer by pooling specificities and local issues on a European scale. Another dimension of the strategy consists in bringing together the experimentation of partners who are not from the arts sector. In short, it is a matter of changing the very nature of the art institution, participating in the project in an untapped way.

Project members

National School of Art (ENDA) -
Bottari Lattes Foundation (Turin, Italy) - Minitremu (Targu-Mures, Romania) -
Idensitat (Barcelona, Spain). -

Project Partners
French Institute of Barcelona, French Institute of Cluj-Napoca (Romania) French Alliance of Turin (Italy).
La Escocesa (Barcelona).
The ETI project is co-financed by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union.