Spectator Under Siege


Thursday, November 5, 2015 at 7 PM


CP Projects Space
132 W 21st St, 10th floor, New York, New York 10011


On November 5, 2015, at 7 p.m., CP Projects Space at the Masters program in Curatorial Practice at the School of Visual Arts will present a special panel discussion, Spectator Under Siege, including panelists Sofia Hernandez Chong Cuy, curator of contemporary art, Colleción Patricia Phelps de Cisneros, New York and Caracas; Jens Hoffmann, deputy director, The Jewish Museum, New York; Maria Lind, director of the Tensta Konsthall, Spånga, Sweden; and Raimundas Malasauskas, writer and independent curator, Paris. The panel will be moderated by Steven Henry Madoff, Chair, MA Curatorial Practice, SVA.


About Spectator Under Siege:


It is now a commonplace to speak about the deluge of visuality in the age of the Internet. The overwhelming circulation of images, and the use of images and objects as signs and containers of subjectivities for localized and universal consumption at relentless scale and speed are considerations of general social analysis and complaint, but exhibition makers have taken little heed in their actual practices of what this fact of contemporary visual economy is subjecting its audiences to—witness, for example, the chronic elephantiasis of biennials boasting hundreds of artists and artworks to be viewed in forms of truncated spectatorial tourism. The questions of aura, essence, surface, and agency have been orbiting the matter of reception for decades, even centuries, but it is time to confront what the curatorial task of image economy means under current and future conditions of massification and numerousness. This is a politics of curating, with the viewer as an ethically tested and in some senses aggrieved subject, not merely a recipient of consumerist privilege. What, essentially, are we doing to viewers as well as for them and with them; are the goals of the collection and display of visual things any different today; and how must we now address the reign of visuality?