Space: Around the galleries

Carolyn Christov-Bakrgiev
Carolyn Christov-Bakrgiev 

Hear superstar curator at Monash

In 2012, Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev was named the single most important person in the art world on the Art Review Power 100 list.

So if you want to hear the superstar curator talk at Monash University’s Caulfield campus this coming Monday, from 3pm, it’s awkward but you’ll just you’ll have to fit in with her schedule. She will be discussing her career – as well as the critically acclaimed dOCUMENTA (13) of 2012, she curated the 2008 Biennale of Sydney – as well as sharing some of her plans for the 2015 Istanbul Biennial.

For Istanbul she has said she will be continuing an approach she first tried at Kassel for dOCUMENTA, by enlisting a small army of advisory “agents” – artists, curators and philosophers. Which goes to show that the best leaders listen.


'Reading' sound and its effects

Joel Stern and Danni Zuvela are hoping to change how you listen.

The new directors of sound-art festival Liquid Architecture – which is having a catalogue launch and party at West Space this Friday (before the festival takes place in late September) – want to move past “deep listening” approaches focused on individual sensory experiences to “read” the way sound rumbles through wider social contexts. “We are not uninterested in what sound sounds like, just more interested in what its effects are, what the forces are that produce it,” Stern says.

Friday’s party should offer a chance to put theory into practice. Among other Australian performers, New York analogue aeronauts LoVid (Tali Hinkis and Kyle Lapidus) will present an audiovisual performance using handmade and sculptural instruments. “Expect bright colours, flickering, electronic sounds, beats and noises,” they say.


Journal takes unbelievable step

As a prefix, “un–” speaks of negation. Un is also the title of a long-running Melbourne-based journal of independent art criticism.

The editors of its eighth volume, Perth writer-curator Robert Cook and artist Benjamin Forster, have taken the idea of negation to something of an extreme in the new issue, which launches at Gertrude Contemporary this Wednesday evening.

In what can only be described as a literary provocation, they have made an art magazine without proper nouns – that means no artists’ names – and without images.

Forster says the idea came about from dissatisfaction with art writing as viewed from both sides of the writer/critic divide. “Our proposal when we came at it was essentially to shake the status quo of art writing and … ask what's the relationship between artist and writer and what's the power dynamic?”