Tatham, Joanne and O'Sullivan, Tom, 2014, Show, Exhibition or Event, DOES THE IT STICK

Abstract or Description:

DOES THE IT STICK was a project at Bloomberg SPACE which interrogated the function of this exhibition space and Bloomberg’s relationship to contemporary art.

Research aims:
1 To challenge the conventions surrounding Bloomberg SPACE in terms of the visitor experience, and expectations, of the space.
2 To explore and challenge Bloomberg’s relationship to information in regards to notions of power and transparency.
3 To produce an artwork that expands the limitations of this category by containing a multiplicity of approaches and forms including curatorial strategies.

The project is framed by ideas of Institutional critique and the notion of antagonism as a relational device within recent contemporary art practice (C.Bishop, T.Hirshhorn, C.Evans). The project also engages with current debates within Curatorial and Institutional practice (Eastside Projects, Liverpool Biennale).

The project employed a number of strategies and devices to explore the research questions. Certain elements from a previous project that responded to a regeneration area within Newcastle (DOES THE IT FIT, Stephenson Works, 2013) were transposed into Bloomberg space. This included a long narrative text, photo-works and a monumental figurative sculpture/structure. This strategy allowed the project to address aspects of power, information and rhetoric without explicitly confronting the Bloomberg brand. Other methods within the artwork involved the curating and re-positioning of previous Bloomberg SPACE commissions, the consideration of ‘exhibition information’ as part of the artwork, the production of a figurative reception desk positioned within the space and the curation of a number of events that took place within the wider Bloomberg building.

The project was co-commissioned by Studio Voltaire and Bloomberg with funding of £35,000 provided by Bloomberg. A poster, that drew on the strategies mentioned above, was dessiminated as part of the project. Thorough documentation of the project exists on both the Studio Voltaire and Bloomberg websites.

DOES THE IT STICK, Bloomberg SpaceLondon, UK17 April - 15 June 2014One person show
Subjects: Creative Arts and Design > W100 Fine Art
School or Centre: School of Arts & Humanities
Funders: Bloomberg Space, Bloomberg LLP, London, Studio Voltaire, London
Date Deposited: 23 Feb 2018 19:15
Last Modified: 28 Nov 2019 15:27
URI: https://researchonline.rca.ac.uk/id/eprint/3166
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