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The curatorial : a philosophy of curating

Publisher: London ; New York : Bloomsbury Academic, 2013. ©2013
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Stop curating! And think what curating is all about. This book starts from this simple premise: thinking the activity of curating. To do that, it distinguishes between 'curating' and 'the curatorial'. If 'curating' is a gamut of professional practices for setting up exhibitions, then 'the curatorial' explores what takes place on the stage set up, both intentionally and unintentionally, by the curator. It therefore  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
ISBN: 9781472525604 1472525604
OCLC Number: 851175430
Description: xix, 255 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Preface / Irit Rogoff and Jean-Paul Martinon --
Introduction / Jean-Paul Martinon --
Part I: Send-Offs --
On the Curatorial, From the Trapeze / Raqs Media Collective --
Theses in the Philosophy of Curating / Jean-Paul Martinon --
Whence the Future? / Alfredo Cramerotti --
The Expanded Field / Irit Rogoff --
Dear Art, Yours Sincerely / Natasa Ilic WHW --
Part II: Praxeologies --
The Curator Crosses the River : A Fabulation / Stefan Nowotny --
Becoming-Curator / Suzana Milevska --
An Exhausted Curating / Leire Vergara --
Eros, Plague, Olfaction : Three Allegories of the Curatorial / Jenny Doussan --
Part III: Moves --
The Task at Hand : Transcending the Clamp of Sovereignty / Ariella Azoulay --
The Simple Operator / Sarah Pierce --
Three Short Takes on the Curatorial / Doreen Mende --
Aku menjadi saksi kepada --
What I am Thinking / Roopesh Sitharan --
Betrayal and the Curatorial --
a testimony for the committee / Joshua Simon --
Part IV: Heresies --
A Conspiracy Without a Plot / Stefano Harney and Valentina Desideri --
What does a Question Do? Micropolitics and Art Education / Susan Kelly --
Being Able to Do Something / Nora Sternfeld --
The Politics of Residual Fun / Valeria Graziano --
Part V: Refigurations --
Modern Art : Its Very Idea and the time/space of the collection / Helmut Draxler --
Two Invoking Media : Radio and Exhibition / Jean-Louis Deotte --
In Unfamiliar Terrain preliminary notes towards site-relationality and the curatorial / Anshuman Dasgupta --
Curating Ghostly Objects : counter-memories in cinematic space / Cihat Arinc --
Non-Museums / Adnan Madani --
Part VI: Stages --
Curating, Dramatization, and the Diagram : notes towards a sensible stage / Bridget Crone --
Curating Context / Aneta Szylak --
Backstage and Processuality : unfolding the installation sites of curatorial projects / Ines Moreira --
This is Not About Us Je Yun Moon --
Coda: The Curatorial / Charles Esche.
Responsibility: edited by Jean-Paul Martinon.

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"Stop curating! And think what curating is all about. This book starts from this simple premise: thinking the activity of curating. To do that, it distinguishes between 'curating' and 'the curatorial'. If 'curating' is a gamut of professional practices for setting up exhibitions, then 'the curatorial' explores what takes place on the stage set up, both intentionally and unintentionally, by the curator. It therefore refers not to the staging of an event, but to the event of knowledge itself. In order to start thinking about curating, this book takes a new approach to the topic. Instead of relying on conventional art historical narratives (for example, identifying the moments when artistic and curatorial practices merged or when the global curator-author was first identified), this book puts forward a multiplicity of perspectives that go from the anecdotal to the theoretical and from the personal to the philosophical. These perspectives allow for a fresh reflection on curating, one in which, suddenly, curating becomes an activity that implicates us all (artists, curators, and viewers), not just as passive recipients, but as active members. As such, the Curatorial is a book without compromise: it asks us to think again, fight against sweeping art historical generalizations, the sedimentation of ideas and the draw of the sound bite. Curating will not stop, but at least with this book it can begin to allow itself to be challenged by some of the most complex and ethics-driven thought of our times."--BLACKWELL'S.

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