Thursday 3 June 2010
19.00-21.00, The Ratiu Foundation / Romanian Cultural Centre, Manchester Square, 18 Fitzhardinge Street, London W1H 6EQ; Tel. 020 7486 0295, ext 108; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Entry is free but booking is essential.
The discussion will engage the ways in which contemporary artists navigate art history and ask whether it is possible to conceive of curatorial practice as a historiographic discourse. The exhibition of contemporary art will be examined as a locus where two distinct ways of imagining the future converge and are tested against each other: art’s and art history’s ability to figure – or fabricate – the future. Seen from a conventional perspective, the new struggles for commensurability with the old, and the future occurs at the gates of the archive. Traditionally, the only thought of the future that art history could accommodate in its institutional identity was that of “more, better art,” barely obscuring the subsequent moment – and terminus point – when art ceases to be and the archive comes together, complete. The discussion will pursue various definitions of the future that artists and curators operate with, the allegories of technology and ecology that so much recent art circulates and the interwoven futures of art history, interpretive models and institutional spaces. (Mihnea Mircan)
Mihnea Mircan is an independent curator. At the Museum of Contemporary Art in Bucharest, Romania, he curated exhibitions such as ‘Sublime Objects’ and the ‘Under Destruction’ site-specific interventions. Recent curatorial projects include ‘Since we last spoke about monuments’, Stroom, The Hague, ‘An Image instead of a Title’ at Spinnerei, Leipzig, and ‘History of Art, the’, at the David Roberts Art Foundation, London. His forthcoming project is a collaboration with artist Hans van Houwelingen.
Vincent Honoré is an independent curator. In 2008, he was appointed Artistic Director and Head of Collection of the David Roberts Art Foundation, London. Prior to taking up this position, he worked as a curator at Tate Modern, where he organised shows such as ‘Jeff Wall’ and ‘Pierre Huyghe’, and as a curator and editor at Palais de Tokyo, Paris. Vincent has been commissioned as a guest curator on a range of projects, including ‘Past Forward’ at 176, the Zabludowicz Collection, London, and ‘From a Distance’, at Wallspace Gallery, New York.
Paul Pieroni is the curator of SPACE, one of London’s foundational artist-run organisations, as well as being the Associate Director of SEVENTEEN, a commercial gallery in London’s East End. Forthcoming curatorial projects include two major historical retrospectives; one on the concrete and sound poetry of Bob Cobbing, and the other concerning the life and legacy of Mary Barnes, one of radical ‘anti-psychiatrist’ RD Laing’s most famous patients.
Organised by The Ratiu Foundation / Romanian Cultural Centre in London.
Culture Power is a programme initiated by the Ratiu Foundation, consisting of a number of presentations and constructive dialogue with an invited audience.
With the support of ProFusion International Creative Consultancy.
Photo: Alon Levin, ‘Or Why Not Celebrate the Past Before the Future Will Come (account of a happening)’, 2010, Installation at the David Roberts Art Foundation, detail. Courtesy of David Roberts Art Foundation.