The Exhibition-As-Medium, the Exhibition-As-Form – Three Principal Categories of Organisation: The Background, the Middle-ground and the Foreground

Paul O’Neill

Monash University Museum of Art, in conjunction with Iteration Again, is pleased to present a public lecture by UK-based visiting curator, artist and writer Dr. Paul O’Neill.

The group exhibition-form has become the primary site for curatorial experimentation and, as such, represents a relatively new discursive space around artistic practice. Paul O’Neill will describe how cumulative and expanding exhibition-forms can constitute an investigation into how the curatorial role is made manifest, through cohesive and co-operative exhibition-making structures applied through close involvement with artists during all stages of the exhibition production.

This lecture will look at how a series of exhibitions create spatial relations between different planes of interaction for the viewer, and how three spatial categories of organisation can represent this in the final exhibition-form.

Paul O’Neill

Dr. Paul O’Neill is an independent curator, artist and writer based in Bristol. Until recently, he was the Great Western Research Alliance (GWR) Research Fellow in Commissioning Contemporary Art with Situations at the University of the West of England, Bristol.

Paul has curated or co-curated more than fifty exhibition projects including and is an associated visiting lecturer on the de Appel Curatorial Programme and the MFA Curating, Goldsmiths, London.

He is editor of the curatorial anthology Curating Subjects 2007 and co-editor of Curating and the Educational Turn 2010 with Mick Wilson, both published by de Appel and Open Editions (Amsterdam and London). He is also editor of Locating the Producers: Durational Approaches to Public Art (Amsterdam, Vaiz 2011) edited with Claire Doherty and is currently working on a book with MIT Press, The Culture of Curating, Curating Culture(s), 2012.

He is a regular contributor to Art Monthly, is reviews editor for Art and the Public Sphere Journal and is on the editorial board of The Exhibitionist.

Dr Paul O’Neill is currently visiting Australia as a participating artist in Iteration Again, which took place in Tasmania between September 18 – October 15 2011. The Festival was produced by Contemporary Art Spaces Tasmania and David Cross, in conjunction with seven partner curators.

Date: Monday 24 October 2011, 6.00 – 7.30pm

Venue: Theatre at NGV Australia, Federation Square, Cnr Russell & Flinders Streets, Melbourne (enter via Russell Street entrance)

Cost: Free Entry

Bookings Essential: Email or phone 9905 4217

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