JOURNAL OF CURATORIAL STUDIES

CALL FOR PROPOSALS: CURATING AND THE AFFECTIVE TURN

Edited by Jennifer Fisher and Helena Reckitt

The Journal of Curatorial Studies seeks original research articles for a special thematic issue on how the affective turn has influenced curating and exhibitions.

From immersive installations to phantasmagoric projections, intimate performance to site-based biennials and civic events, contemporary curating increasingly operates within the realms of affect. Curators configure atmospheres in a number of ways – to situate artworks, attract audiences and mediate social bonds. Curatorial labour also extends to mobilizing personal networks, where generating emotional climates produces forms of symbolic capital essential to underwriting curatorial production in often under-funded and precarious conditions.

Stemming from recent theorizations of the affective turn, this special issue will ask: What are the affective conditions of the curatorial? How is affect transmitted in exhibitions and curatorial projects? Beyond an exhibition’s representative and discursive significance, what are its affective registers? What energies feed the curatorial process? And, by extension, how does the tone of social networks pertain to the affective labour of curating?

Where museums, galleries, art world events, and artworks themselves function as contact zones where affect is transmitted, this special issue invites submissions that inquire into how curatorial affect shapes relations between feelings, intuitions, artworks, spaces, audiences, social networks, politics, ethics, and sensibilities. A range of contributions is sought, from exhibition case studies, curatorial memoires and auto-ethnographies, to speculations into the ethics of curatorial conduct governing the transmission of affect.

Potential Topics can include:
– Affect theory as a mode of analysis for curatorial and exhibition studies
– What feeling states govern the culture of current curatorial conditions (such as being affected, disaffected or unaffected)?
– How might relational forms (such as social conviviality, love of art, or mutually respectful agonistic struggle) be considered as affective registers? How might other affects pertain in recent curatorial practice?
– How do exhibitions configure affect as mood, atmosphere and intensity? How might such articulations produce new communities of feeling and sensibility?
– The politics of affect in relation to curatorial attitude, habits, self-formation and style subcultures

Timeline:
February 1, 2014, CVs and abstracts due (250 words)
September 1, 2014 manuscripts due (5-6000 words)
Publication in issue (4)3 Fall 2015

Please send submissions and correspondence to:

Jennifer Fisher
Associate Professor of Contemporary Art and Curatorial Studies
York University, Toronto
jefish@yorku.ca

Helena Reckitt
Senior Lecturer in Curating
Art Department, Goldsmiths, University of London
h.reckitt@gold.ac.uk

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