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. Artists and audiences alike face significant challenges presenting, disseminating, and evaluating contemporary artistic projects that manifest as radically spatially diffused distributions of elements.

The “Art Anywhere?” 2020 online symposium explored various ways in which these projects are represented and interpreted. Comprised of a series of presentations, performances, and discussions featuring the work of artists, curators, and other creative practitioners working beyond established exhibition formats, this event examined art at the outermost limits of location-specificity.

“Art Anywhere?” was curated by Simone Douglas (Parsons School of Design at The New School) and Sean Lowry (Faculty of Fine Art and Music at the University of Melbourne) as part of an ongoing partnership between the Centre of Visual Art at the University of Melbourne and the School of Art, Media, and Technology at Parsons. Douglas and Lowry have collaborated since 2014 across a series of international conferences, symposia, and publications dedicated to publicly connecting diverse artistic activities that exist outside conventional exhibition contexts and programming schedules.

—Sean Lowry and Simone Douglas

Project Anywhere is neither an online exhibition nor a journal but perhaps best imagined as a vehicle for illuminating artistic research and an exhibition comprising the entire globe in which curating is replaced with blind peer evaluation.

 

Preview image: Mark Dorf, In Wake I, 2014. From Maxim Holland and Susie Quillinan, HAWAPI. Photo: Maxim Holland.

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