Engine, the professional development programme for artists and curators in the West Midlands region, in partnership with Eastside Projects and Grand Union, have recently set up a Curatorial Research Group. The Group aims to investigate and to further develop contemporary curatorial research, as well as championing its development in the region and bringing together art workers across the West Midlands and beyond.

Curatorial Research Group with Tom Clark

Thursday 25 May 2017, 3-5pm. Eastside Projects

In this second meeting, curator, writer and editor Tom Clark will present his research and lead a discussion around the role of publishing (or, making public) in relation to practices of instituting.

Please email lucy@eastsideprojects.org to register your interest and receive further details about the session.

Tom Clark is a curator, writer and editor, and a PhD candidate at Goldsmiths, University of London. He is associate lecturer at University of the Arts London and is founder of pool publishing studio. Between 2015 and 2017 he was editor at BAK, basis voor actuele kunst. From 2010-2015 Tom Clark co-directed and co-curated Arcadia Missa Gallery, London and was Editor in chief and founder of Arcadia Missa Publications and the journal How to Sleep Faster. He holds an MFA in Curating from Goldsmiths College (2014), and a BA in Fine Art from Central Saint Martins. Tom’s work focuses on art, curating and its politics, specifically the questions of instituting and publishing (making public); art produced after networks; a history of the narratives, forms, materiality and politics of affect collectivity and history in contemporary art practices; and questions of value, publics and collectivity in art and its organisation.

Amongst others, Clark has co-edited the books: (networked) every whisper is a crash on my ears (Arcadia Missa Publications, 2014), Instituting Otherwise (BAK, 2017, forthcoming); he was a contributing editor to FORMER WEST: Art and the Contemporary after 1989 (BAK and MIT Press, 2017, forthcoming); he guest edited the online arts journal General Fine Arts Vol.2, no. 1 (2016). He has written numerous exhibition texts and reviews, and his writing will feature in the forthcoming Posthuman Glossary, Rosi Braidotti and Maria Hlavajova, eds. (Bloomsbury, 2017, forthcoming). Past independent curatorial work includes: Instituting for the Contemporary Public Editorial Meetings, BAK, Basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht, 2016; Devotions, MOT International Project Space, 2015; Just Frustration, 2015, and Every Line Ever Spoken, 2014, SixtyEight Institute, Copenhagen among others.

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