Curatorial Conciousness 1.2 – The Story of the Falling Curator

This point and click game was played while reading a statement called ‘Curatorial Consciousness’ describing the development of personal ideas regarding ‘the curatorial’ thereby being about the curatorial and itself curatorial in the sense that it takes form as a constellation of ideas.

Performed 28-11-2017 at Glasgow School of Art – Curatorial Practice presentations to MFA

Well, I guess these kind of presentations already raise one question.
Are we allowed to show unrealized projects as part of our practice?
Whereas while they may not have been part of an artistic discourse,
They have very well been part of a personal artistic development.

How do we value the space taken by the thoughts in our head?
during our fall
we seem to come up with thoughts that take longer to think than the actual drop.
I guess we lose that same inherent relationship between
content and volume
every day as soon as we pop that smartphone in our back pocket in the morning.
And yes, what does that even mean for exhibition formats?
And for fitting large concepts and many kinds of people into limited physical spaces?
There are spaces existing in spheres unknown to physics

do you know that feeling,
that when falling, your head didn’t even realise
your body was falling until the whole thing lies on the ground.
— How did I get from there to this point again?

Sometimes, the body itself seems to be able to be
more ‘knowledgeable’ than the mind can be.
It contains a sensible knowledge.
A body in movement does not pose

paradoxically enough though, sight still dominates our thinking.
When you’re falling you might as well be floating
there is no way to tell.
Unless you can determine a point which you’re falling towards.

Someone recently told me that a good curator can hide BEHIND the exhibition.
Well, I think that assumes that our perspective is linear.
And that somewhere in our networked world there is a perspective
in which you can hide.
Doesn’t that seem very unlikely?
When taking any position, aren’t we then viewed from manifold perspectives

Our perspective is nothing like the linear way a spear is falling
Making this presentation, I realized spears where also used in the development of linear perspective in early Renaissance painting to accentuate the sight-lines.
Let’s point back there.

Instead of side-scrolling perspective, you might want to think from an ambient perspective.
Bringing our ideas into orbit and let them get caught up in perpetual motion.
Who withholds you from exploring your individual metonymies?

When telling people about the title of my presentation they thought I was going to talk about the narrative of the star-curator falling from grace.

In Dutch we actually have the saying; fallen from the pedestal.
(This is not curator-specific)
But as you might have spotted, I’m not interested in falling from or towards.
I’m interested in the fall that is free from fear

Jumping back and forth from Google Images to Wikipedia
Looking for a place for my thoughts to land
I ended up on Epicurus’ talk
Where in the discussion, user ‘Jamesmusik‘ taught me
that Epikuroo (Greek) means to fall in

there is no eternal or even long-lasting bad thing to fear (…)
in this present span of life the most reliable source of protection lies in friendship.

Misuse is only in the eye of the expert.