This conversation with Joshua Schwebel was recorded in 2016.
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Schwebel’s work takes the form of tactical interventions that show the symbolic and political contradictions of contemporary art. His work operates in response to the institutions in which he is hosted, using refusals and absences as tools for making structural limits visible. He often embeds his work within the administrative processes of the institution, blurring the boundaries between artistic and administrative tasks. His work engages with the various structures that construct the encounter with art (administrative, architectural, financial, bureaucratic, etc.), instituting situations for uncertainty, doubt, and self-reflection on the institutional border of art. These processes, and the decisions made by the personnel, consequently assimilated into the project, make visible the disjunctions that lie between the legitimating discourse of arts institutions and the actual working conditions and practices manifested by these institutions.