The Political Structure of the Exhibition. Conference by Beatrice von Bismarck

Thomas Elovsson and Peter Geschwind, Time – Space Shuttle (Apollo Pavillion), view of the exhibition Tensta Museum: Reports from Sweden, Stockholm, 2014.

Photo: Jean-Baptiste Beranger.

On Wednesday, March 28, 2018
6:00 to 7:00 pm
Free admission

Every exhibition implies a situational difference. It presupposes a transposition, an act of putting something outside of itself in accordance with the Latin “ex-ponere”. This act is to be understood in spatial as much as in temporal terms, moving the exhibited into a new, (still) unfamiliar context which itself is not only constituted by other exhibits but by all the participating elements—people, objects, spaces, discourses. Assuming that such a constellation is dynamically formed all of its participants appear in instable relationships, which have to be constantly redefined. Within them meaning, role, position and status are shaped and modified.

The talk focuses on the political structure located here and traces its relation to other political aspects of a presentational situation, such as the topic of a show, the content transported by the exhibited objects, the attitudes and gestures, which motivated them. Beatrice von Bismarck will particularly raise the question of the potential social relevance of the curatorial practice.

The presentation will be in English.

Conference organized by Barbara Clausen (UQAM’s Art History Department) and the Interuniversity Doctoral Program in Art History, in collaboration with the Goethe Institute Montreal, Hexagram and VOX.