This publication was collectively authored and produced by the ‘Exhibition Studies Working Group’. The group was convened by Arts Catalyst on the occasion of its season 9 Evenings: Theatre and Engineering Revisited 1966/2016, developed to mark the 50th anniversary of 9 Evenings: Theatre and Engineering, and the founding of Experiments in Art and Technology (E.A.T.).
The group brought together students from two programmes both critically engaging with ideas of exhibition making or exhibition histories; MFA Curating, Goldsmiths, University of London and MRes Art: Exhibition Studies, Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London. These students worked together for over nine months, from February to September 2016, to critically reflect on key themes and issues raised by Arts Catalyst revisiting of this seminal event in the history of transdisciplinary art, science and technology collaborations.
During this period the group met every other week at Arts Catalyst’s Centre for Art Science & Technology. Meetings involved open discussions, sessions led by group members, and meetings with visiting artists and curators. Guests included Alistair Hudson, Director, Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (MIMA) and Julie Martin, Director E.A.T.. The students eventually split into three sub-groups, each focusing on a different area of investigation. The ‘Re-staging Exhibitions’ group examined the re-staging and re-imagining of historic exhibitions and events, as a model of doing art history. The ‘Trandisciplinary Collaborations’ collective looked at examples of artists and curators working with practitioners from across disciplines.
Finally, the ‘Exhibiting Archives’ group look at the possibilities and pitfalls of various methods employed to make archival materials public. This collaborative process culminated in the production of the texts in this publication, conceived and written by the members of the working group. In addition they have organised a talk / event relating to their research to mark the close of the season, to be held at Arts Catalyst Centre.