Curating Screens: Art, Performance and Public Spaces

Papadaki, Elena. 2014. Curating Screens: Art, Performance and Public Spaces. Doctoral thesis, Goldsmiths, University of London [Thesis]

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Based on theoretical research (for example Fried 1967; Krauss 1979; Graham & Cook 2010; Mondloch 2010; Trodd 2011) and five distinctive art case studies (Videographies: The Early Decades [2005], China Power Station: Part I [2006]), performance ( ...some trace of her [2008]) and public spaces (Under Scan [2008] and Temenos 2012 [2012]) this thesis traces the interrelation between curating, institutions and exhibition practices through screen-based works, specifically using the term to denote screen media in physical space and within an arts context. The field of curatorship in relation to the above is foregrounded, paradigm shifts explored, and changing relationships between audience and display examined. In the five case studies, the curator is respectively a member of the permanent museum staff, a theatre director in collaboration with a video artist, an artist in collaboration with a team of assistants and technicians, and a filmmaker who re-enacts the vision he shared with his long-term partner. I argue that the role of the curator has moved away from being the solely the keeper of a museum to a more complex range of public activities and promotions just as screen media operates within an interdisciplinary field of practices. The thesis claims that the different spaces in which screen-based habitus operates need to be renegotiated. Blurring the boundaries between disciplines, I provide a conceptual framework and a rationale for analysing how screens can be curated by emphasising the challenges that arise when screens are no longer contained within a museum space. New juxtapositions between work, audience, and context emerge, which I question and place under scrutiny.

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Thesis (Doctoral)

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Curating, Screens, Screen-based works of art, New media arts, Curating theory, Museum history

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Centre for Cultural Studies (1998-2017)


December 2014

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03 Feb 2015 14:59

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29 Apr 2020 16:07


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