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Issues in Curating Contemporary Art and Performance


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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

About the Author

Dr Judith Rugg is co-editor of Advances in Art and Urban Futures: Recoveries and Reclamations (Intellect). She has published work on the relationships between contemporary art and site including the work of Anya Gallaccio, Layla Curtis, Francis Alys and Sophie Calle. Michele Sedgwick is an employment lawyer with an interest in cultural discourse. She is co-author of Budapest's Statue Park: Memorial or Counter-Monument? and A Place in the Sun: Repression and Desire in Andalucia (Soundings Journal of Politics and Culture, 2001 & 2004).


"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. The range is wide, amongst them Catherine Elwes' discussion of feminist (in)visibility, through Sophia Phoca's excellent analysis of methodology and ideology in co-curating, to JJ Charlesworth's socially acute critique of the institutional contexts and dialogues around curating." - Claire MacDonald, Contemporary Theatre Review "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. In the last decade the boundaries between the artist and the curator have become more ambiguous: artists have adopted curatorial roles in staging their work and conversely curators have become increasingly directorial in their approach to the gallery show as a conceptually driven project. At the same time the developing audit culture in the field of research has slowly infiltrated the art and design sector as a whole, putting greater emphasis on the need to articulate the curatorial process as one that is linked to the production of knowledge. This set of essays explores some of the tensions in these positions, exploring not only the way in which this set of events impacts upon different contemporary practices, but also how these different practices each raise very particular issues of authorship, intervention and control. Theoretical issues are explored by a number of authors, with new contributions by writers such as JJ Charlesworth, Jane Rendell and Paul O'Neill, but 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 "The recent publication Issues in Curating Contemporary Art and Performance 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 in Issues in Curating Contemporary Art and Performance 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

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