The Biennial’s Radical Heart

Steve Dutton reflects on the exhausted Biennial model and gives his account of how curators are finding ways to overcome this syndrome.

Culture Cuts

‘Cuts in Culture: The impact on creativity conference’. BAFTA, London, 11 May 2011. Report from the recent conference held in London.

Vicki in Bits

This is the transcript of the text of the art-work ‘Vicki in bits’, made as part of The ‘Institute of Beasts’ project, first shown in its entirety at KdMOFA in June 2009. (Download a PDF of the transcript.) I am becoming comfortable in the corporate world, the world of transit, in the hotels and in … Continue reading Vicki in Bits

Writing Encounters

In 1998 Steve Dutton and Steve Swindells formed the artist collaboration Dutton and Swindells. In 2008 they completed a three month artist residency programme at Ssamzie Space, Seoul, South Korea. Steve Dutton is Professor in Creative Practice at Coventry University. Dr. Steve Swindells is a Reader in Creative Practice at University of Huddersfield. This paper … Continue reading Writing Encounters

The Teleportation of Neil Webb

“The thing of the future is a thing of the past” – Steve Dutton’s commissioned text responses to Neil Webb’s installation The Stars in Us All shown at Bloc in November 2007. In “Art as Far as the eye can see”, Paul Virillo uses the term ‘Dromoscopy’ to describe the illusion that when travelling quickly, … Continue reading The Teleportation of Neil Webb

Something, Like Nothing, Happens Anywhere

Article for A-N research paper on biennials and city-wide events. Download as PDF.

Curatorial Questions

The Biennial age is the age of the illusion of free flowing global movement of thought and capital, when the success of an artist could be measured in airmiles. Subsequently the premise of the Britishness of the British Art show might seem particularly anachronistic. Travelling from Sheffield to Bristol’s Arnolfini recently to attend Situations’ ‘Curating … Continue reading Curatorial Questions

Biennials and ‘Biennials’

At a recent symposium on the British Art Show 1 the discussion took a somewhat unexpected turn. Presentations by both Gavin Wade and Steven Gartside toyed with issues surrounding the themed show and the concept of the biennial. Gavin Wade’s infectious enthusiasm for the prospect of a biennial and his specific concentration on ArtSheffield05 as … Continue reading Biennials and ‘Biennials’

Spectator T Symposium

Why Art Sheffield 05 is not a Biennial, a paper delivered at the symposium to accompany Spectator T, the Art Sheffield citywide event in 2005. Download a transcript of papers as a PDF. Click for more information on Art Sheffield 05: Spectator T.

The Space is Empty and Waiting

Steve Dutton shares his response to Meriel Herbert’s The Space is Empty and Waiting, offering a very personal insight into the artist’s work. If, as JJ Charlesworth has suggested, criticism is an irritant, it doesn’t necessarily follow that something which is irritating is critical. 1 It terms of criticality there’s plenty of art out there … Continue reading The Space is Empty and Waiting