Curatorial Consciousness 1.0 – The Layout

Performed 18-09-2017 in Glasgow School of Art – Curatorial Practice class

Well, I guess these 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 valuate the space taken by the thoughts in our head?
I cannot count the times I sat across an independent practitioner trying to squeeze their cognitive processes through the narrow holes of materiality.
Or asking themselves; How to do things with words?1

We have a responsibility to bring human thought to earth magnitude.2
Bringing our ideas into orbit and get caught up in perpetual motion.3
Utilising a metacognitive standpoint to approach emergent realities.4
Who withholds you from exploring your individual metonymies5?

But have you noticed? That at the moment I start to talk about the bigger picture, my hands don’t make a grander gesture than as if they were stroking a pumpkin6?

I guess we lose that 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 into limited spaces?

Dear academics,
Is it still hard to digest that digital decentralization of knowledge
has empowered minorities and (non-academic) independent researchers to plug into your academic discourse,
hijack the meanings of your thinkers and use them for our ends?

But in turn, we would like to welcome you in MuHKA7,
Where we want to exhibit your research taken form as data-visualisation next to reproductions of prehistoric drawings and painting installations.

And if all of this starts to disarrange you,
I would gladly refer you to my essay:
Learned Helplessness, Personal Control in the Age of Theory8
And I will let you decide, whether that is a work of art or a self-help book

Please don’t shoot the big thoughts, just because they’re big,
Doesn’t mean they’re not beautiful.
And I understand your concern about becoming top-heavy.

I want to use that multidisciplinary/performative practice,
Visual thinking strategies, Socratic dialogue, art –mediation and education
to bring a form to collective intelligence.

Up until that point
where I am in so far a midwife9,
That I myself do not give birth to knowledge.

So what is happening here?

What do you see, or what is it, that makes you say that?

What else can we discover?

Thank you for your input, we all really appreciate it.


  1. John Austin. How to do things with words. (1962)
  2. Timothy Morton, Human Thought at Earth Magnitude, (Amsterdam: Sonic Acts, 2014)
  3. Gilles Deleuze. “Mediators”. L’autre Journal 8 (1985) 
  4. Stephen Wolfram. A New Kind of Science. (Wolfram Research, 2002)
  5. sounds like: Individual mythologies (Szeemann, Documenta V)
  6. Bruno Latour, Reassembling the Social. (New York: Oxford University Press, 2005)
  7. MuHKA, Temporary Future Institute. (2017)
  8. Naomi van Dijck. Learned Helplessness, Personal Control in the Age of Theory. (self-published, 2012)
  9. Socrates


written: september 2017