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Binna Choi

Expert visit in Stockholm 10 December 2018


Binna Choi
practices the curatorial in an expanded sense, by situating art in relation to practices of social change, and by working on art institutions as exemplary institutional sites. Since 2008, Casco Art Institute: Working for the Commons has been Binna’s primary site for this curatorial practice. There she has curated a number of long-term, collaborative/cross-disciplinary artistic research projects and programs, such as Grand Domestic Revolution, co-curated with Maiko Tanaka (2010–13), Composing the Commons (2013–16), and Site of Unlearning (Art Organizations), with Annette Krauss and the Casco team (2014–18). Each of these involves commissions, exhibitions, co-research situations, and publications.

In 2018, Binna and the Casco team initiated the organizational restructuring; the institutional name change from ‘Casco – Office for Art Design and Theory’ to ‘Casco Art Institute: Working for the Commons’ marks the restructure. Casco Art Institute is dedicated to collective study of the commons through the practice of art, as it is dedicated to practicing art through the collective study of the commons. Beyond binaries such as the private and public, the intellectual and manual, the urban and rural, and the institutional and the self-organizational, Casco proposes the commons as an ongoing movement for non-binary futures of equality and multiplicity. Its artistic program is organized around several study lines on the commons, while the organization itself is practiced as a site of commoning. One of the study lines is Unmapping Eurasia, a multi-year inquiry Binna has been pursuing with You Mi. By considering Eurasia as terrain where geopolitics, geo-philosophy, and geo-poetics intersect, they open up a trans-cultural context for commoning across the Europe-Asian divide.
Binna teaches at the Dutch Art Institute masters program, and works for and with the trans-local network Arts Collaboratory. She is also one of the co-founding members of Cluster, a European network of art organizations closely engaging with their surroundings. She worked as a curator for the 2016 Gwangju Biennale titled The Eighth Climate (What Does Art Do) and, in that context, co-organized with Maria Lind the global forum and fellowship of experimental art organizations called All the Contributing Factors. Together with Yollótl Alvarado and Brigitta Isabella, she organized an experimental exhibition introducing Arts Collaboratory working principles at the Asia Culture Center, Gwangju. Binna also regularly delivers public lectures around institutional change and other modes of curatorial practice, and plays advisory roles.
 

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