Choreographic Series #5: Accidentally on Purpose: Curating Aleatoric Certainties
In this presentation Jason E. Bowman will offer two case studies of his curatorial endeavours, both being survey exhibitions incorporating live works: Yvonne Rainer: Dance and Film (Tramway, 2010) and the current, In Case There’s a Reason: The Theatre of Mistakes (Raven Row, 2017). Jason has worked on this latter project for over 10 years, firstly cataloguing the divergent records and ephemera of the UK performance company The Theatre of Mistakes (1974-81) including manifestos, diagrams, instructions, logbooks, photographic documentation, correspondence etc. He will address how hypertemporal frameworks have operated in the organisation and manifestation of these projects and in particular consider how In Case There’s a Reason: The Theatre of Mistakes seeks to develop ways in which to make ‘exhibitable’ the logics of this artists’ group in terms of their working processes and their commitment to additive and subtractive forms of replication. He will also consider the problematics and discontents of revitalising performances.
Jason E. Bowman is an artist with a curatorial practice. He is MFA: Fine Art Programme Leader at the Valand Academy, University of Gothenburg. Funded by the Swedish Research Council, he is the principle researcher on Stretched (2015-18), a curatorial enquiry into artists-organisation. Consequently, In Case There is a Reason: The Theatre of Mistakes will open at London’s Raven Row gallery on June 29, 2017, and is the first survey (1974-81) of the art and working practices of this interdisciplinary artists group, including of live performance. Jason was previously a researcher on the three-year-long enquiry (2011-14) into the co-generative potentia of trust and dialogue in contemporary art via the practices of Esther Shalev-Gerz, for which he edited Esther Shalev-Gerz: The Contemporary Art of Trusting Uncertainties and Unfolding Dialogues (Art + Theory. Stockholm. 2013), including chapters by George Didi-Huberman, Andrea Phillips, Jacques Rancière and Jacqueline Rose. He was seconded as a researcher to the EU-funded NEARCH project interrogating contemporary art and archaeology (2013-15) and was recently identified by the University of Gothenburg as a future research leader.
His previous curatorial endeavours include the official representation of contemporary art from Scotland at the Venice Biennale (2005) and the inaugural European survey of the work of Yvonne Rainer, Yvonne Rainer: Dance and Film (2010). Recent exhibitions of his art works include, Watched! Surveillance, Art and Photography (touring 2015-16) and he is currently working on a new commission for 2018, interrogating queer, legal and lagging times between the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality in England and Wales (1967) and Scotland (1980).
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