Testing the Curatorial in Artists’ Film and Video Installation

Maziere, M. 2017. Testing the Curatorial in Artists’ Film and Video Installation. PhD thesis University of Westminster Centre for Research and Education in Arts and Media

TitleTesting the Curatorial in Artists’ Film and Video Installation
TypePhD thesis
AuthorsMaziere, M.
Abstract

This PhD by published work critically examines ten years of curatorial practice in the field of artists' film and video by the author. The aim of the thesis and publications is to question and challenge the contemporary integration of artists’film and video installation into the language of the visual arts, the context of the white cube and the privileged definitions of curatorial practice. This PhD also places these questions in a historical context, taking into account the early and often overlooked developments of artists’ film and video exhibition.

This research was carried our through individual curatorial projects in the field by scrutinising specific constituent parts of artists’ film and video installation such as the screen, time, space, image, projection, site and audience. The curated exhibitions (the Projects) all took place at Ambika P3, a large postindustrial venue converted into a project space for this purpose in 2007. Each project manipulated these constituent elements and built on them in order to provide new artists’ commissions under the rigour of an experimental and research-led approach.

Through this commissioning process, this research developed new collaborative models of curatorial practice, examined and identified key critical areas of curatorial and artistic practice which have been overlooked by critics, writers, curators and the public and proposed new forms of artists’ film and video exhibition. This testing of the boundaries of artist’s film and video installation demonstrated that both the history and context of the practice is engaged with a broad range of paradigms inherited from cinema, sculpture and site specific practice. Furthermore it established that curation is a collective practice engaging numerous participants according to the needs and requirements of each project.

The projects revealed that a self reflexive and historically aware approach to curating artists’ film and video can deliver innovative and immersive works outside of the white cube, through an attention to materials, site and form. Through the publications and the commentary it is shown that a critical, collective and process based curatorial practice, attentive to context and its origins expands both the language and the power of the exhibited work.

Year2017
FileMaziere_Jean-Michel_thesis.pdf

Related outputs

Chantal Akerman in London
Maziere, M. 2019. Chantal Akerman in London. Camera Obscura. 34 (1), pp. 184-195.

CASEBOOKS Six contemporary artists and an extraordinary medical archive - Film
Maziere, M. 2017. CASEBOOKS Six contemporary artists and an extraordinary medical archive - Film. London

Au Revoir, Chantal [French]
Maziere, M. 2017. Au Revoir, Chantal [French]. Monde Du Cinema. 1 (9), pp. 103-112.

AMBIKA P3 CATALOGUES VOLUME 1/2/3/4
Maziere, M. Maziere, M. (ed.) 2017. AMBIKA P3 CATALOGUES VOLUME 1/2/3/4. London University of Westminster.

CASEBOOKS
Maziere, M. Maziere, M. (ed.) 2017. CASEBOOKS. London University of Westminster.

CASEBOOKS - Six contemporary artists and an extraordinary medical archive
Maziere, M. 2017. CASEBOOKS - Six contemporary artists and an extraordinary medical archive. Ambika P3, University of Westminster.

Curating in the post-industrial landscape case study: Ambika P3
Maziere, M. 2017. Curating in the post-industrial landscape case study: Ambika P3. in: The Post-Industrial Landscape as Site for Creative Practice: Material Memory Cambridge Scholars Publishing. pp. Chapter 6

Akerman_Maziere Rear Window - TV Interview
Maziere, M. 2016. Akerman_Maziere Rear Window - TV Interview . Broadcast

AFTER CHANTAL: An International Conference
Maziere, M. 2016. AFTER CHANTAL: An International Conference. After Chantal: An International Conference. University of Westminster 04 - 06 Nov 2016

Cinema of the Body
Maziere, M. 2016. Cinema of the Body. National Film Theatre

TV Interview with Michael Maziere on BSkyB and CNC TV
Maziere, M. 2015. TV Interview with Michael Maziere on BSkyB and CNC TV . Broadcast BSKYB

Contemporary Screen-Based Curatorial Practice
Maziere, M. 2015. Contemporary Screen-Based Curatorial Practice. Artists' Moving Image Practice in Britain: From 1990 to Today. Whitechapel Gallery 07 Nov 2015

Chantal Akerman NOW
Maziere, M. 2015. Chantal Akerman NOW. Ambika P3 University of Westminster

Au Revoir, Chantal
Maziere, M. 2015. Au Revoir, Chantal. Moving Image Review & Art Journal. 4 (1&2), pp. 287-292. doi:10.1386/miraj.4.1-2.288_1

Roundtable discussion: London Film-makers’ Co-op – the second generation
Maziere, M. and Danino, N. 2014. Roundtable discussion: London Film-makers’ Co-op – the second generation. Moving Image Review & Art Journal . 3 (2), pp. 236-247. doi:10.1386/miraj.3.2.236_7

Victor Burgin A Sense of Place
Maziere, M. and Campany, D. 2013. Victor Burgin A Sense of Place. Ambika P3

From floor to sky
Maziere, M. 2010. From floor to sky.

Actor
Maziere, M. 2010. Actor. Moscow

The dispersed subject
Maziere, M. 2007. The dispersed subject. Art in-sight. 33.

Final cut: media art and cinema
Maziere, M. 2007. Final cut: media art and cinema.

Assassin
Maziere, M. 2007. Assassin. Kunsthalle Dominikanerkirche, Osnabruck, Germany

Flight
Maziere, M. 2004. Flight. Amsterdam, Netherlands

Die einsamkeit eines systems. Vom kino in die galerie
Maziere, M. 2004. Die einsamkeit eines systems. Vom kino in die galerie. in: Broeckmann, A. and Frieling, R. (ed.) Bandbreite: Medien zwischen Kunst und Politik Berlin, Germany Kadmos. pp. 87-96

Towards a specific practice
Maziere, M. 2002. Towards a specific practice. in: Maziere, M. and Danino, N. (ed.) The Undercut reader: critical writings on artists' film and video London, UK Wallflower Press. pp. 43-45

The solitude of a system
Maziere, M. 2002. The solitude of a system. in: Maziere, M. and Danino, N. (ed.) The Undercut reader: critical writings on artists' film and video London, UK Wallflower Press. pp. 4-8

Mother desire
Maziere, M. 2002. Mother desire. in: Maziere, M. and Danino, N. (ed.) The Undercut reader: critical writings on artists' film and video London, UK Wallflower Press. pp. 102

John Smith's films: reading the visible
Maziere, M. 2002. John Smith's films: reading the visible. in: Maziere, M. and Danino, N. (ed.) The Undercut reader: critical writings on artists' film and video London, UK Wallflower Press. pp. 96-100

Delirium
Maziere, M. 2002. Delirium.

Content in context
Maziere, M. 2002. Content in context. in: Maziere, M. and Danino, N. (ed.) The Undercut reader: critical writings on artists' film and video London, UK Wallflower Press. pp. 238-241

Blackout
Maziere, M. 2002. Blackout. Tate Britain, London

The poetic necessity
Maziere, M. 2001. The poetic necessity. in: Amaducci, A. (ed.) Invideo 2001: altrove: video d'arte e ricerca Milan, Italy Charta. pp. 38-48

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