In spring 2003 Chisenhale Gallery commissioned Per Hüttner to create an exhibition that reflected on collective and collaborative practices and to developed his experimental exhibition practice. The outcome was I am a Curator (IAAC), a project where people from all walks of life came to the gallery for a day to reflect on the complexity of art and exhibition-making. They did so by researching and negotiating the work of 57 artists with the help of a technical and conceptual team.
For the project’s 10-year anniversary, DRAF has invited Per Hüttner to think about the project and how IAAC has influenced exhibition making.
IAAC, along with a handful of other experimental projects, introduced a practice whereby exhibitions changed throughout the time that they were open to the public. The project also provoked profound questions about artistic identity and its relationship to collectivity. Both shifts, in turn, lead to changed perspectives on the relationship between artworks, exhibitions, curators and artists. In short, IAAC opened a floodgate of problematics that overwhelmed the team working with the project. It is therefore important to revisit these questions after 10 years have passed, and to see how they have influenced individual artistic processes and how they can guide us into meaningful future reflections on related issues.
For the event Per Hüttner will reflect of the project together with Céline Condorelli, Stephen Whitmarsh and Véronique Wiesinger.
Céline Condorelli (architect and artist, London), created the first version of Support Structure with Gavin Wade for IAAC. She will reflect on how the shifts in outlook on artwork and (gallery) space in IAAC has informed her work with display and support structures in the last decade.
Stephen Whitmarsh (neuroscientist Nijmegen and member of the international network OuUnPo), will reflect on the differences and similarities between how process and practice is formulated in neuroscience and in contemporary art.
Véronique Wiesinger (curator and director of the Anette and Alberto Giacometti Foundation, Paris), contributed to the IAAC catalogue in 2005 raising questions about power and authorship in the art world. She will revisit these issues and look at how artistic practice and globalisation dialogue and to see if certain forces encourage acts and artworks that border on or play with illegality.
Per Hüttner (b. 1967) is a Swedish artist who lives and works in Paris. He was trained at Konsthögskolan, Stockholm and at Hochschule der Künste in Berlin. He has shown extensively in Europe, North America, Australia and Asia, solo exhibitions include >unkown at Zendai Contemporary in Shanghai, Repetitive Time at Göteborgs konstmuseum, and I am a Curator at Chisenhale Gallery in London. Participation in group shows include The Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, the Hayward Gallery in London and Palais de Tokyo in Paris. He has had performances at Tate Britain, Tate Modern and the Venice Biennial. A dozen monographs on the artists work have been published in the last decade. Hüttner is the founder and director of the Vision Forum, a project-based international experimental research network.
For more info: http://www.perhuttner.com/