Critical Curating: Artists Moving Image, Contemporary Art and the Museum

Critical Curating Taichung July 2016

Critical Curating: Artists Moving Image, Contemporary Art and the Museum
National Taiwan Museum of Fine Art, Taichung, Taiwan, 9 July 2016

The National Museum of Fine Arts has invited curators of international film festivals, art museums and artists to talk about the issues associated with the curatorial and creative aspects of film and video, especially the correlation between museums and the moving image.

“The presence of moving images within spaces of contemporary art is an established and much discussed condition of international art. But how do these spaces present and reflect the diverse histories, conditions and materials of cinema? Which cinema’s do they select to represent and how can spaces of contemporary art present new ways to think about and explore the diverse history of film and video? And finally how do these areas of practice change how art history is constructed?

This illustrated talk and screening will explore contemporary understandings film and video while arguing for a reconsideration of how they are approached within the contemporary gallery, modern art museum and film festival. I will reflect on my experience as a curator and artist, discussing my work at Tate Modern and various independent curatorial projects that have sought to manifest a critical approach to contemporary art through artists moving image work. I will explore this critical practice of film and video curation in relation to how art history is narrated in international contexts and how artists moving image presents an alternative to event culture, critical of spectacle both within cinema and contemporary art.”