Curating Time, Contingency, Anachronism, Flirtation

Lopez Zambrano, Paula. 2021. Curating Time, Contingency, Anachronism, Flirtation. Doctoral thesis, Goldsmiths, University of London [Thesis]

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This thesis is about curating and temporal paradoxes, resistances and perversions in relation
to contingency, anachronism and flirtation. It is a theoretical and practical investigation,
which considers the poetic and political potential of these three temporalities, incorporating
them as mode of curatorial research. Contingency in institutional management processes,
anachronism in curatorial narratives, flirtation in encounters in exhibitions, are regularly
perceived as accidents to be evaded, outdated premises, or trivial and insignificant social
behaviours. They are disregarded by dominant orders because they detach from control
procedures, normativity and systems of power. Nevertheless, they remain in the domain of
power even as their opposites. My project investigates the conceptual counter-power of these
temporalities to intervene with time-scales and agendas that frame and define the concept of
temporality in curating. It explores critical and creative strategies to suspend, anachronize
and pervert material and symbolic orders inscribed in curatorial chronological apparatuses.
The proposal is to re-create the suspended state of Being and not-Being of contingency, to reenact
the ontological out-of-jointness of anachronism, to re-stage the oscillation of flirtatious
encounters, thus to materialise places of encounter between theory, art, and people. It intends
to transfer the discursive significations of these temporalities from avoided, reproved and
diminished domains into intensified and embellished written and exhibited embodied
metaphors of time. The intention is to flirt with the possibility of giving life to them for short
moments, blinks or disjunctures of chronological time.

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Time; temporality; contingency; anachronism; flirtation; curating; curatorial studies; curatorial practice; contemporary art; theory; Foucault; Agamben; Nietzsche

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Visual Cultures


31 October 2021

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04 Nov 2021 11:41

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07 Sep 2022 17:19


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