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  • Mind the Gap: unfolding the proximities of the curatorial

Cranfield, Ben, 2017, Journal Article, Mind the Gap: unfolding the proximities of the curatorial Performance Research, 22 (3). pp. 118-126. ISSN 1352-8165

Abstract or Description:

The curatorial is a discursive formation that has emerged from critical engagements with curating as a practice of object presentation and a rejection of dominant practices of knowledge formation traditionally associated with the museum. In this article, I argue that the curatorial in fact makes use of the relational potentialities of the museum display, but, in so doing, is in danger of overlooking the critical opportunity disavowed by traditional museology that lies at the heart of the museum: the irreducible gaps of the exhibitionary encounter. To unfold both the relational power of the museum’s display mechanisms and the ever-presence of distance in moments of exhibitionary proximity, I use an early critique by Mieke Bal of the American Museum of Natural History. Arguing that what Bal makes evident is the impossibility of total coincidence in practices of museum ‘showing’, I turn, in conclusion, to the work of artists Fred Wilson and Jade Montserrat to suggest how the gaps within exhibition display may be (re)practiced.

Official URL: http://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/iNmPxeyUPEwP6zm9...
Subjects: Other > Mass Communications and Documentation > P100 Information Services > P130 Curatorial studies
School or Centre: School of Humanities
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1080/13528165.2017.1346992
Date Deposited: 30 Nov 2017 12:45
Last Modified: 30 Nov 2017 12:45
URI: http://researchonline.rca.ac.uk/id/eprint/2983

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