Curating Immateriality: In Search for Spaces of The Curatorial

Weinberg, Lee. 2015. Curating Immateriality: In Search for Spaces of The Curatorial. Doctoral thesis, Goldsmiths, University of London [Thesis]

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This research aims to redefine the role of the curator in relation to the development of new communication technologies, examining the ways in which they have influenced the frameworks of Curatorial Practice in terms of production, distribution and communication mechanisms. This change can be summarized briefly as an alteration in the way human culture perceives geographical space, time, history, identity and, more importantly, objects, as fluid and non-absolute notions. In an attempt to contribute to the investigation of such changes, this research aims to broaden the definition of the profession beyond its current historical and theoretical scope, taking the view that curating has been part of cultural activity since prehistoric times, in parallel with, and related to, the development of other disciplines with which it is associated: namely, collectable objects, art and space. As such, it is defined as an independent and autonumous practice, for which a theoretical framework needs to be developed.

The notion of the curatorial as introduced by Maria Lind (Lind, 2010) is used as a means to separate the operational and methodological aspects of Curatorial Practice from its raison d’être or ontology in order to delve into the motivational roots of the practice. This separation leads to an understanding of a proposed theoretical ground for curating, which is independent of the frameworks in which it currently operates. Through the juxtaposition of curating and chosen adjucent fields (collecting, art and physical space), spaces in which the curatorial appears are exposed and examined. This re-thinking of the curatorial seeks to contribute to an expansion of the understanding of the role of the curator in contemporary culture, particularly with the development of new communication models. Being a practice-based study, the research will also examine spaces of the curatorial within the writer’s own practice through critically examining projects in which she was involved as a curator.

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Curating, The Curatorial, Digital Art, Internet Art, Digital Curating, Digital Heritage, Art Theory, Curatorial Practice, Philosophy of Curating, Practice Based Research, Critical Media, Curatorial Histories, Art History, Visual Cultures, Relational Aesthetics, Post Internet Art

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30 November 2015

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15 Feb 2016 11:30

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29 Apr 2020 16:14


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