Friday, June 7, 2013

A Rotten Corpus - The Institution of Rot (1993 - 2013)

  • A 20 years anniversary lecture/symposium
    with interventions, interjections, ‘interferences’, ‘hearings’, readings and screenings by Richard Crow (Institution of Rot Archive), Nick Couldry, The Bohman Brothers, Lucia Farinati, Richard Thomas, Anna Teresa Scheer, Douglas Park, Dr Kevin Zdaniecki, The Hafler Trio, Caroline Bergvall, Sandrine Nicoletta, David Ellis, Robert Spragg, Marie Gabrielle Rotie, Kinkaleri, Marta Poznanski and others tba

    Tuesday 11 June, 2013. 6.30 – 9pm
    Location: Small Hall/Cinema, Richard Hoggart Building, Goldsmiths' College, London

    Doors will open at 6pm, with a reception and a chance to view archival documents and traces. 
    Rare limited editions will be available

    The event will begin at 6pm, ending by 9pm
    Nearest stations: New Cross, New Cross Gate
    All are welcome, and entry is free
    Part of the ‘20 years of the IOR - a secret unrest’ event series
    Be the first to hate this.


    "In history as in nature, the rotten is the laboratory of life. Karl Marx

    The wonderful Schreber...ought to have been made a professor of psychiatry and director of a mental hospital. Sigmund Freud

    Please Note: There are many 'histories/herstories' of the IOR, you may not recognise/Identify yourself with what is written below.

    Speak according to the madness that seduces you.

    The Institution of Rot (IOR) was founded by artist Richard Crow and writer Nick Couldry in 1992 as part of London’s Secret Spaces. Situated in a Victorian House in North London, Richard Crow's working and living space, the IOR has been (from 1992 - 1996) an active artist-run space dedicated to performance, audio works and site-specific installations. Rooted in a mindset of do-it-yourself production and collaboration, the IOR significantly contributed to the extraordinary dynamism of London’s artist-run spaces phenomenon of the 90's documented in the "Life/Live" anthology edited by Laurence Bossé and Hans-Ulrich Obrist (Musee d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, 1996). IOR’s specific concerns (and obsessions) were the privacy of the human body and its public transformations (ingestion, expulsion, cleansing, confession, rituals and taboos).

    At present the IOR remains a ‘living archive’ - a kind of hauntology of recordings, objects, texts and images. Since 2002 (and until July 2009) the space of the IOR remained 'open' as a point of contact for international collaborations and occasional (unofficial) artists’ residencies in partnership with the curator in residence Lucia Farinati. Hosted projects include Found Wanting by the collective e-Xplo (2003) <> Visiting your house a performance by the Portuguese artist Rogerio Nuno Costa (2004) <> a live broadcast in collaboration with Sound Art
    Museum - Radio Arte Mobile, Rome <> and Cultural Confrontation Cooking as part of C of the Willing - a 24 hour event with 16Beaver organised by students on the MA Curating Contemporary Art at the Royal College of Art (2005) <> <>, in April 2008, IOR hosted the Micropolitics research group “…there’s no number, just look for the black door, rap 3 times on the door with the piano pedals…”


    The archives (texts, images, audio) of the IOR are currently being re-activated for a future publication.
    A Rotten Corpus - The Institution of Rot (1993 - 2013) Symposium at Goldsmiths, University of London 11, June, 2013

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