Theoretician Modest highlighted instead the difference between Documenta’s past and present: this time. It is the ‘otherwise’, i.e. an Indonesian art collective, which gets invited into a previously inaccessible institutional space, now being tasked with the burdensome mission to reform it. Modest also showed how, nevertheless, ‘the cumulative interaction’ of global anti-institutional forms gathered by this Documenta, become a ‘force of practice’ that has a profound transformative potential in its radical transnational solidarity. Indeed, the same German state and cultural establishment that had invited ruangrupa, then backed off and viciously attacked this Documenta through a major defamation campaign once its disruptive potential had been disclosed. While expressing ruangrupa’s shock at the attacks they have endured, harvester farid rakun fleshed out this Documenta’s concept of ‘newness’. This Documenta worked by chains of invitations, whereby artists’ collectives from different parts of the world were invited to do what they were doing before, also in order to strengthen their practices. The latter here became ‘amplified’. He emphasised that this Documenta is not antagonistic but rather wants to engage the state by inhabiting it by way of another logic, like the operating system ‘Linux [being installed] on a Mac’.
The panel closed on this idea of the exhausting yet necessary work of instituting otherwise and the scandal of Western institutions calling on the ‘otherwise’ to come to save them to then repudiate it, and with the wish that this work is not going to be in vain.