"... Alex Farquharson, who we discussed above, proposes to make ‘hospitality’ a basic principle of collaboration, thus equal- izing the power balance between organizers and guests. This approach, argues Farquharson, must be possible in various formats that do not conform to the demands of institutions but are instead focused on projects. Simon Sheikh’s appeal for a reflective agency on the various levels involved in institutional action follows directly from this: not only should curating follow less canonized rules and the central role of art education be properly acknowledged, he also demands a less hermetic expert language and an architecture that is adaptable to purpose instead of primarily staging itself.
These proposals target levels of agency for which Marchart’s analysis introduces the term ‘molecular politics’: “... hegemony, as Gramsci says, is a molecular process, consisting of successive combinations of ideological molecules into larger formations. Shifts in hegemonial structures are a protracted process; in painstakingly small steps, Marchart suggests, the ground is prepared until there comes a point where art institutions can turn from “hegemony- into counter-hegemony machines.”