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Residencies: Insights – A lecture presented by Curator-in-Residence Ruth Noack (Germany)

11 Nov 2015, Wed 7:30pm - 9:00pm
The Single Screen, Block 43 Malan Road

Non-transmittable form? Thoughts on the impossibility to show what might need to be shown today

It is a contemporary given that cultures are replete with forms that have been transmitted from elsewhere. Most discourse on global art either assumes that this transmission has been easy and neutral, or fraught and based on power relations. Whether the problem of transmission is articulated or not, it is commonly taken for granted that exhibitions are functioning transmission machines. But what about form that simply does not transfer? Or does not transfer simply?

Ruth Noack trained as a visual artist and art historian, held numerous lectureships, and works as curator, critic and author. She was curator of documenta 12. Recent shows include Notes on Crisis, Currency and Consumption, Vienna and Ines Doujak’s first solo show in London. Noack headed the Curating Contemporary Art programme at the RCA, London (2012-2013). She was Šaloun Professor at AVU, Prague and led the Gwangju Biennale International Curator Course (2014). Currently, she is curator-tutor of a Dutch Art Institute Roaming Academy trajectory. She has published widely, including a book on Sanja Ivekovic’s Triangle for Afterall.