Affect and Relationality Workshop Discussion

Reckitt, Helena. 2017. 'Affect and Relationality Workshop Discussion'. In: Affect and Exhibitions. Hrafnseyri, The Westfjords of Iceland, Iceland 26 August 2017. [Conference or Workshop Item]

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Joining the Workshop by Skype, in a session moderated by Jennifer Fisher, Helena Reckitt responded to questions from participants about her article ‘Support Acts: Curating, Caring and Social Reproduction.’

The article considers the changing definitions of curatorial labour in the light of affective economies of care and love. It examines how recent conceptions of curating shift emphasis from caring for objects and collections to producing and managing social networks, collective energies and professional relationships. While curators prioritize their care for artworks and artists, they often overlook the low-status and infrastructural activities that sustain curatorial production. At the same time, by over-identifying with their work, and instrumentalizing their personal relationships and energies, curators risk self-exploitation and burn-out. By recognizing curating’s inter-dependent nature, this article prompts a redefinition of curatorial care and calls for a reallocation of curatorial and institutional priorities and resources.

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Conference or Workshop Item (Talk)

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The session was moderated by Jennifer Fisher who, with Helena Reckitt, edited a two-part special issue on curating and affect of the Journal of Curatorial Studies. The two-part issue provided the focus of the Workshop.

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1 June 2017Accepted
26 August 2017Completed

Event Location:

Hrafnseyri, The Westfjords of Iceland, Iceland

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26 August 2017

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26 Sep 2017 14:19

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29 Apr 2020 16:34


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