LIVE CURATION FEED (of us working): http://www.sibleyandpage.com/content-curation
Content Curation is part of an ongoing project into the critical analysis in relation to the historical contexts of curation. This blog has been set up to document the creation of installations which highlight and emphasise the way the field of curation has progressed throughout time. The live feed will be active when we are in the studio space working on the installations between 20/03/2012 until 20/04/2012. The live feed and subsequent documentation material will serve as a direct insight into how curation takes place in modern day and acts as a look at how decisions are made.
We are still very fortunate enough to be interning for Illuminate productions on their Merge Festival events. Merge Festival is an annual arts and music festival celebrating the rich heritage and contemporary culture of Bankside, London, UK. The events have included everything from a record shop installation by artist (and amazing amazing guy) Ted Riederer to a theatre inside a caravan outside the Tate Modern.
The newest event we were given the opportunity to work on was the Jamie Reid: Peace Is Tough show held at The Bear Pit, London. ’As part of the MERGE Festival, Jamie Reid, the artist behind The Sex Pistols’ iconic record covers and visual identity, opens his archive to exhibit his largest single presentation to date of works associated with the punk legends, some of which have never been seen before.’ We started the day by helping to build one of a usual exhibited eight custom made Tipis. We were then given the task to curate how the Tipi would look and which work would cover the inside and outside. Tipis traditionally represent Shelter, Wonderment, Harmony, Peace, Beauty and Community, each Tipi is a world in itself, internally representing eight aspects of Reid’s career to date.
More photos of the exhibition can be seen on Flickr, the exhibition runs until the 20th of November this year and is free entry.
Thursday 20th - Type Directors Club Exhibition, JWT, Knightsbridge, London.
‘The Typographic Circle was formed in 1976 to bring together anyone with an interest in type and typography. We are a not-for-profit organisation run entirely by volunteers. We stage a variety of type and typography related events’. These events include The Type Directors Club Exhibition, The TDC ‘is the leading international organization whose purpose is to support excellence in typography, both in print and on screen.’
We were chosen to help curate the Type Directors Club Exhibition for the Typographic Circle at JWT along with ten other students from the third year Graphic Design class, UCA, Epsom. For more photos of the exhibition see here.
Recently we’ve been interning for Hatch Space in Deptford as part of London’s foremost contemporary visual arts festival 2011. Deptford X ‘exists to promote the best contemporary visual art and celebrate that art with the widest possible audience.’ The festival holds around 38 different art shows, all based in different and often unusual and unexpected spaces, such as an old police station, a salvation army charity shop, garages, the market and so on. For our first day of interning we were able to go around and look at as many of these as possible, probably for us the most interesting was the open studios plotted around Deptford, its a rare glance to see how artists and designers work in their own space in such large numbers in a ‘small’ area.
Our internship is based in the Information Centre in which all information is based (kind of). ‘The Information Centre ‘exhibition’ is more a social experiment than a show, not intended to be passively received by the audience. Each element has been specifically designed to create an incongruent atmosphere. The aims of the project overall are to highlight: The interdependent relationship between the lazy consumer, the manipulative marketer and at very best to make the consumer aware of their choices and the devices employed by a capitalist society to leave you constantly wanting more. It questions if the ubiquitous nature of information in all its manifestations impairs our ability to make informed choices and clouds our judgement.’ - Rachel Price