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May 6, 2020

Art Anywhere? 2020: online symposium

Project Anywhere

Mark Dorf, In Wake I, 2014. Digital time capsule 5000m above sea level. From Maxim Holland and Susie Quillinan, HAWAPI. Photo: Maxim Holland.

Art Anywhere? 2020 is an online symposium over four days (one hour of content each day) exploring art at the outermost limits of location specificity. Originally organized as a live event accompanying the launch of Project Anywhere’s 2020 Global Exhibition Program projectanywhere.net, and later postponed due to COVID-19, this innovative online reimagining will consist of four short panels presented over four days, together with responses from our chairs and discussion.

Today, much artistic activity takes place outside traditional exhibition circuits and is variously characterized by where and when it is situated. Many of these artistic activities are more concerned with events, actions, sites, relations and processes than with the display of discretely exhibited objects. Indeed, given that some contemporary artistic projects manifest as radically spatially diffused distributions of elements, artists and audiences alike face significant challenges when presenting, disseminating and evaluating work of this kind.

This free symposium will explore various ways in which artistic projects located outside conventional exhibition contexts and programming schedules might be represented and evaluated. Comprising a series of both peer-reviewed and invited presentations featuring the work of artists, curators and other creative practitioners working outside established exhibition formats, this event will explore art at the outermost limits of location-specificity.

Curated by Simone Douglas (Parsons School of Design, The New School, New York City) and Sean Lowry (Victorian College of the Arts, Faculty of Fine Art and Music, University of Melbourne) as part of an ongoing partnership between the Centre of Visual Art (University of Melbourne) and the School of Art, Media and Technology at Parsons (Parsons School of Design, The New School). Douglas and Lowry have been collaborating since 2014 across a series of international conferences, symposia and publications dedicated to publicly connecting diverse artistic activities taking place outside traditional exhibition circuits.

We invite you to join the discussion.

Register to receive the program and links to the daily panels (one hour of content each day) at artanywhere.net

This symposium event was originally conceived to take place at Buxton Contemporary, at the University of Melbourne, Australia. Accordingly, we respectfully acknowledge the Boonwurung and Wurundjieri people of the Eastern Kulin nation—the Traditional Owners of the land on which the University of Melbourne is situated. We pay respect to Elders past, present and emerging.

If you are interested in submitting a proposal for Project Anywhere’s next Global Exhibition Program, please read our “Proposal Guidelines” and “Evaluation Criteria” carefully at projectanywhere.net

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