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Wednesday 11 November 2015

Professor Sarah Perks

Keep bleeding: The future of cross art form curation


This lecture delves into the practice of contemporary cross art form curation and what it means for producers, curators, artists, audiences and beyond. What are the current trends and theories available to explain what is not a new topic but one that’s important to debate as established borders and terrains evolve, collapse and reposition?

How is contemporary visual art responding to the new mediums and spaces of interactions? How does the technology and socio-political climate both react and influence cross art form curation? Topics and case studies include artist film, performance art and artist literature with specific reference to HOME’s forthcoming exhibition Safe, opening Fri 13 November 2015. 

Safe, HOME’s third major exhibition, takes Todd Haynes’ influential feature film from 1995 as a starting point for a series of new commissions in moving image, sculpture, print, writing and performance from Claire Makhlouf Carter, Chris Paul Daniels, Camilla Wills, Yoshua Okon and 2014 Turner Prize nominee James Richards alongside existing artists including Jala Wahid and Sunil Gupta. Alongside the exhibition, the curators have edited a new publication Transactions of Desire: Are you allergic to the 21st century?

Sarah Perks is Artistic Director: Visual Art at HOME, Manchester, and Professor of Visual Art at Manchester School of Art, MMU. Sarah is a curator, producer and academic with significant experience of international contemporary visual art, independent film and engagement. A specialist in artist long form film (setting up Cornerhouse Artist Film in 2011), performance and participatory art, Sarah has worked extensively with international established artists including Phil Collins, Jeremy Deller, Stanya Kahn, Rosa Barba, Rashid Rana, Clifford Owens, Jamie Shovlin and David Shrigley.

Part of the ASK (Art Seeks Knowledge) Open Lecture Series by Professors and visiting Professors at the Manchester School of Art.

All are welcome to these open talks, which offer a snapshot of the breadth and depth of some of our research and practice at the cutting edge of our disciplines.

Admission is free, but please book your ticket online (via Eventbrite).