Chapter 13 Boredom and Institutional Critique

In: The Culture of Boredom
Judy Freya Sibayan
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After 19 years, I write again about art and boredom from a very personal perspective. Ever since I left making art for the conventional art gallery (the white cube) some 24 years ago, my boredom with much of the local art world has always confounded me. I have always been anxious about this disinterest which I often feared might be an arrogance dismissive of a kind of art not worthy of my attention. But in reading again Patricia Meyer Spacks’ Boredom. The Literary History of a State of Mind, I have recently come to a full understanding of my weariness of and disengagement from much of the art being produced in Manila. My decision to do Institutional Critique is a result of a crisis of faith in art making, a situation that required me to call into crisis the institution of art production.

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