An exhibition curated by Mathieu Copeland with works by Elena Bajo, Emma Bjornesparr, Julia Rometti and Victor Costales, Gustav Metzger, Roman Opalka, Karin Sander and Niele Toroni together with a book with contributions by Robert Barry, Jarrod Fowler, Nicolas Garait, Karl Holmqvist, Bethan Huws, David Medalla, Yann Sérandour, Cally Spooner, and Sue Tompkins.
Mathieu Copeland is the fourth guest curator invited by The David Roberts Art Foundation to be part of the Curators’ Series. Copeland’s group exhibition, Studies for an Exhibition, looks at how contemporary artists negotiate the relationship between works and spectators, and between works and the context in which they are exhibited and performed. By collaborating with offsite venues that are public as well as educational spaces for cultural promotion, Copeland will produce an environment that will question the idea of what an exhibition can be and how peripheral structures and strategies can affect and inform the center both in terms of space (The David Roberts Art Foundation) as well as common cultural thought.
The exhibition brings together practices that explore the possibility of immateriality and transient nature of an art object, institutional as well as everyday contexts of its making, exhibiting/performing and consuming. The works in the exhibition range from sculpture, installation and performance and include new pieces especially commissioned for the exhibition. A symposium dedicated to the issues of contemporary exhibition-making will be held in May thus extending curatorial enquiry into the discussion. Mathieu Copeland is editing a publication, titled å Etre Lue//An Exhibition to Hear Read (Volume 3), to accompany the exhibition. It is a compilation of specially commissioned performance scripts by the artists participating in the exhibition and other invited contributors. These scripts will be read out at the same hour every day for the duration of the exhibition.
Mathieu Copeland (b. 1977, lives in London) has been developing a practice seeking to subvert the traditional role of exhibitions and to renew our perceptions. An independent curator, he published ‘Perfect Magazine’ in 2003, and curated – among many others, the exhibitions Expat-Art Enter/EAC, Soundtrack for an Exhibition, Alan Vega’s retrospective and initiated the touring A Spoken Word Exhibition. In 2008, he curated A Choreographed Exhibition at the Kunsthalle in St. Gall, Switzerland, and at the Ferme du Buisson in Noisiel, France. In 2009, he co-curated the exhibition VOIDS, A Retrospective at the Centre Pompidou in Paris and at the Kunsthalle in Bern. He is also the co-editor of the catalogue Vides/Voids. In 2010, he curated The Continuous Exhibition (echo) at the CNEAI, and Une Exposition (du) Sensible (an exhibition of the sensitive) at the Synagogue de Delme, and initiated the series of An Exhibition to Hear Read. He teaches in the Fine Art master’s program at the HEAD–Geneva University of Art and Design, and lectures in numerous universities and art schools. He also releases a collection of artists’ films on DVD.