Some things bear repeating: experiments in performative micro-curating 97 years after the case of Mr. Mutt

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2013-09-11
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Dahle, Sigrid
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I conduct a series of experiments culminating in a gallery exhibition, I Never Stopped Being A Curator, which investigate and reinterpret what it means to ‘care’ and ‘profane’ in the context of an expanded notion of curatorial practice. I call what I’m doing ‘performative micro-curating,’ a playfully performative practice with precedents dating back to Marcel Duchamp and The Richard Mutt Case. More specifically, I’m interpreting and practising performative micro-curating as a relational, meta-conceptual art practice that uses mirroring and repetition as a method for posing questions, making knowledge and forging social bonds, while, at the same time, dissolving the boundaries that customarily distinguish artmaking from curating.
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art research, copy, curating, conceptual art, conceptual writing, Duchamp, Fountain, 1917, masterpiece, mirroring, profanation, repetition
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