Re-assembling Editorial Space

Astrup Fearnley Museum, Oslo
Thursday, November 8, 2012, 5pm

Silberkuppe, Berlin
in der Pförtnerloge, Skalitzer Strasse 68
Sunday, November 11, 5pm

Something You Should Know, EHESS
Maison des Sciences de l'Homme, 16-18 rue Suger, Paris
Wednesday, November 14, 2012, 7pm


video of lecture here

Re-assembling Editorial Space

What is nearness? The question remains relevant in responding to the thinning effects of digital fatigue that increasingly condition our time—constantly updated information, the flatness of visual compression and image production, ever widening abstractions of finance, the atomizing nature of networked communication—distanceless aesthetics have indeed come to dominate swaths of contemporary life.

Curator and writer Fionn Meade considers how renewed emphases on editorial sensibility in curatorial and artistic contexts are being shaped and transformed. How are new editorial positions emerging through exhibitions and publishing platforms (digital, print, and broadcast), as well as expressly socialized events that bring talks, screenings, and live events into closer proximity and influence with art production, its reception, and narratives? What are the aesthetic and political potentialities and responsibilities of the editorial, and what makes contemporary art a ready context?

Part of an ongoing inquiry, Meade will explore three terms—raum (German for “room, space, and chamber”), chroniquer (French “to chronicle”), and veshchi (Russian for “object and thing”)—in close contact with three highly relevant formats currently under renewal and revision: the institute, the journal, and artistic research. Specific forums and recent initiatives will be considered in outlining a more spacious and nuanced conceptual framework for the editorial.

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