The Readymade Institution

Readymade Institution offered at NSCAD for Summer of 2017!


I am thrilled to announce that NSCAD is offering the Readymade Institution course again for summer of 2017. We will just need ten students to register to make it happen this year!

I will be co-teaching the course this year with Michael Eddy, whom I have worked with on a number of occasions and has a well-versed background working in and with alternative spaces all over the globe. You can find more information about Michael’s work on will be travelling here from Montréal to teach the course, and no doubt will add a huge amount of flair to this course. 


The Readymade Institution
Portable and Alternative Galleries Workshop
ARTS 3147
NSCAD University
Summer Session 1B (June 26-Aug. 15)
Mondays/Wednesdays from 9am-12pm
Instructors: Michael Eddy and Michael McCormack

The Readymade Institution is a 3-credit studio workshop focusing on the critical role that alternative exhibition spaces and portable galleries have played in the development of emerging artists, curators and other practitioners. The class will consider a spectrum of examples from Duchamp to Fluxus to artists active today who decide to take matters into their own hands.

What is the effect on our positions when we work simultaneously as curators, custodians and administrators? What is the effect on artwork when it is exhibited on the body? How do these initiatives relate to more established institutions? Drawing from current and historical examples, this workshop will encourage collaboration within and outside the classroom, bringing together a multitude of
perspectives and skill sets as we develop and launch our own alternative or portable gallery spaces throughout the semester.



Please pass this on to any students you think may be interested!


Readymade Institution Offered at NSCAD Summer 2016!

The Readymade Institution course will be back at NSCAD this summer 2016 for NSCAD students or visiting transfer credits from another institution, only 14 spots available in this workshop course.

I’m thrilled to be teaching this course again, and especially looking forward to having it happen in the summer! Please spread the word and register before the deadline!


Special Thanks to CAI in Sapporo!

We would like to send out a special thanks to our collaborators in Sapporo for working with us on our exchange. You did an excellent job presenting our work and we look forward to staying in touch in the future!

We also really enjoyed showing your work here in Halifax, thank you so much!

BAKURU//SWAP Opening at Young Offenders Gallery


Opening Reception: Saturday, April 18th, 2015
Showing from April 18-25th

2130 Gottingen, Halifax, Nova Scotia B3K3B1

Throughout the semester, The Readymade Institution has been collaborating with a group of students from Sapporo, Japan in a group exercise exploring our first-hand experiences overcoming geographical, spatial, cultural, and linguistic challenges that may arise through collaboration and communication from a distance.

The work being displayed was sent to us as a part of a swap with artists from CAI Art School.

Horiuchi Mayumi
Tetsu Osumi
Miyami Takuma
Kotaro Abe
Yamaguchi Aya
Harue Shibano
Yasudo Sehiro
Sachiko Miyazaki
Sayaka Ota
Nukaga Satoru

Welcome to the Virtual Gold Rush for Artists!

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Opportunities galore, just spewing out of the ground like geysers! There’s an ever expanding ocean of diamonds on the Projects and Calls for Submissions page, with information on the worlds newest alternative spaces!

Something to do with the leftovers when you’re snowed in!

Happy reading week everyone! Check out this tiny kitchen!

Class cancelled tonight. See you next week!

Valerie LeBlanc and Daniel Dugas Presentation

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Valerie LeBlanc and Daniel Dugas will present as part of our class next Monday at the Academy Building. Everyone is welcome.

Valerie LeBlanc was an Associate in the Media Arts, as well as an Artist in Residence in Visual Arts, Writing and in the Music Departments at the Banff Centre, Artist in Residence in Vallauris, France, Visiting Scholar, Sydney College of the Arts, Sydney, Australia, and more recently a Fellow at the Everglades National Park, Florida. Interdisciplinary artist, writer and educator Valerie LeBlanc has presented throughout Canada, the United States, Europe, and Australia. Her creations travel between video poetry, fiction, performance, visual and written theory.

Daniel H. Dugas is an interdisciplinary artist and scholar. His practice includes video, photo, interactivity, audio, music, graphic design and writing and seeks to address social and political issues. Ecology, technology and the shifting boundaries of life are themes often explored in his work.