What comes after the show? On post-representational curating

author: Nora Sternfeld, Academy of Fine Arts Vienna
author: Luisa Ziaja, University of Applied Arts Vienna
published: May 20, 2011,   recorded: April 2011,   views: 5648

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From the 1990s onwards, there was a "reflexive turn" in exhibition theory, in which all the conditions of exhibiting and representing and the associated types of institutional logic have come into focus. Following those more or less thorough institutional critiques and analyses of the conditions of production, in recent years an advanced segment of the field has increasingly been raising the question of curatorial agency. Even presuming there is no external standpoint for criticism, they nevertheless asked the question "What is to be done?" and it underwent a variety of deconstructive turns. The lecture will trace these deconstructive turns and will relate them to developments in the visual and performative arts of the last decades that have not only questioned the representational but thwarted and undercut its logic. In this light it will ask what kind of shadows post-dramatic theatre and postrepresentational art have shed on the format of the exhibition in order to think the very act of the curatorial differently.

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