This volume proposes curating contemporary art as an increasingly developing theoretical terrain and a space for critical speculation and argument. It brings together contributions by artists, curators, academics and writers who examine its varied perspectives. The book addresses issues in curating dance, arts and science collaborations, film and video, writing, electronic art and photography, revealing the concept of curating and the role of the curator to be complex fields of enquiry. It looks at curating exhibitions as diverse forms of critique and communication within gallery and non-gallery spaces including cinema programming, museum installations, and 'virtual' and textual fields. Chapters include critical approaches to an increasingly perceived, 'discourse of curating' and the role of the curator; curating as a form of research in a world of shifting perceptions and cultural representations of Europe; the exhibition as a form of methodology; reconsiderations of the exhibition space in divergent practices including computer-based art, animation and site-specific dance; and curating as a form of encounter within the interdisciplinary relationships between critical art writing and editing.
'Changes in curatorial strategy require constant analysis. The mediation of culture is a contested territory. This book contains texts by some of the most dynamic and critical people writing on the subject today.'
- LIAM GILLICK, ARTIST AND WRITER
Keywords: curatorial strategy, critical intervention, the role of the curator, curating and the interdisciplinary