Radical Surface: Curatorial Methodologies and Epistemic Praxis

Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation


This seminar explores the epistemic capacities of the curatorial in the expanded field of exhibition-making. How does the curatorial offer new ways for the understanding of knowledge production in contemporary practices? The seminar draws on the new aesthetic meanings, material operations, and decentred readerships that emerge from the curatorial juxtaposition of materials and ideas.

We will explore how these operations challenge inherited regimes of knowledge production premised on colonial episteme of essentialised differences and formalist capture. From this perspective, ‘surface’ is animated as an epistemic proposition that refuses fixed ontologies, disciplinary boundaries, and essentialised categories. Surface is mobilised as a platform of ecosystemic exposures of tensions and intensities between forms and materials, affects, and ideas; a curatorial function premised on the radical impossibility of depth.
Period16 Nov 2022
Event titleArchaeology-Heritage-Art Network
Event typeSeminar
LocationLondon, United KingdomShow on map
Degree of RecognitionNational


  • curating
  • curatorial
  • curatorial research
  • exhibitionary
  • exhibitionary complex
  • coloniality
  • surface
  • curatorial methods