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ISBN 9781841501628
Hardback 184 pages
Published December 2007
Imprint: Intellect
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Issues in Curating Contemporary Art and Performance proposes that the concept of curating is a complex field of enquiry. By drawing together artists, curators, architects and cultural theorists, it proposes new approaches to curating and ways of developing critical enquiry about this increasingly expanding field.

Focusing on pertinent issues in curating contemporary art and performance, the book’s four parts examine forms of thinking in contemporary curating: curating and the interdisciplinary; as intervention and contestation; as a form of reconsideration of conventional museum spaces and as a problematic in ‘emerging’ practices. Beginning with a contextual ‘map’ of recent thinking on curating which examines some of the issues that have emerged in curatorial discourse over the last ten years, the volume then investigates curating as a research process and a form of collaboration in considering contemporary photography and video. The relationships between writing and curating, reception and encounter are proposed as part of a way of thinking as a critical spatial practice, and cross-disciplinary issues are considered in curating science/art exhibitions.

Historical and contemporary perspectives examine issues of gender and marginalization and diversity; and the particular issues relating to curating and practices such as animation, site-specific dance and computer-based work are discussed.


Chapter titles
Chapter 1: 'The Curatorial Turn: From Practice to Discourse' - Page 13
Paul O'Neill
Chapter 2: 'Curatorial Strategy as Critical Intervention: The Genesis of Facing East' - Page 29
Liz Wells
Chapter 3: 'No Place like Home: Europa' - Page 45
Sophia Phoca
Chapter 4: 'Critical Spatial Practice: Curating, Editing, Writing' - Page 59
Jane Rendell
Chapter 5: 'Exhibitions and Their Prerequisites' - Page 77
Chris Dorsett
Chapter 6: 'Curating Doubt' - Page 91
J.J. Charlesworth
Chapter 7: 'A Parallel Universe: The "Women's" Exhibitions at the ICA, 1980, and the UK/Canadian Film and Video Exchange, 1998-2004' - Page 101
Catherine Elwes
Chapter 8: 'Thoughts on Curating' - Page 113
Richard Hylton
Chapter 9: 'Oscillating the "high/low" Art Divide: Animation in Museums and Galleries' - Page 131
Suzanne Buchan
Chapter 10: 'Generator: The Value of Software Art' - Page 147
Geoff Cox
Chapter 11: 'Who Makes Site-specific Dance? The Year of the Artist and the Matrix of Curating' - Page 163
Kate Lawrence
Chapter 12: 'The Movement Began with a Scandal' - Page 175
Alun Rowlands
'Issues in Curating Contemporary Art and Performance addresses the growing body of work addressing curatorship as an activity that sits at the interstices of knowledge production and art practice. […] One of the distinctive aspects of the volume is the emphasis upon detailed case studies of curatorial projects that emphasize the complexity of the terrain within which curators are operating. It will make a valuable contribution to debate in this area.' – Joanna Lowry, The University of Brighton

'[This] will prove to be a key reference and a significant contribution in encouraging debate in the way we examine spatial concerns within the field of contemporary art practice for both Fine Art students' final year shows and established practitioners.' – Richard Davies, Director of Studies in Fine Art, University College for The Creative Arts, Canterbury

'One conclusion to be taken from the collection of essays gathered [here] is that, by subverting conventions of thinking about curating, and through introducing different rhythms of art practices, one continually questions both the nature of contemporary art and performance and the curating of their artifacts. ' – John F. Barber, Leonardo Reviews

'These essays on curation came from a series of symposia hosted during 2004 and 2005 by the University College of the Creative Arts in Canterbury. The contributors are artists, academics, writers, theorists and curators who examine various perspectives on curating contemporary art and performance and the relationships between them. ' – Arts Research Digest

'They [the contributors] are an extremely interesting group of people – several of them artists with long trajectories and significant involvements in crucial historical art projects and exhibitions ... All the essays are considered, reflective and specific; particularly, the material on curatorial instances is extremely useful.' – Claire MacDonald, Contemporary Theatre Review

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