Absent institution. We are cultivating a secret life at the forefront.

Anton & Marika Rabota in Seoul. 2019

The Absent Institution was founded by Marika and Anton Rabota in 2014 to materialize an unproductive artistic practice into objects of experience and products of artistic exchange by collecting and archiving the current documentation of artists' daily routine — photos, videos, audio recordings, and artifacts serve as a means for the Absent Institution's work in the form of publications, exhibitions, and lectures.​​​​​​​
The essence of our artistic process is in the production of ourselves and through it the world around us. An artist for us is not a profession, but a particular attitude towards the world that arises as a result of artistic intention. One has to step into this becoming; it does not happen by itself; this daily and constant becoming is the essence of our practice as artists.