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.

Site for Unbuilding

Touring exhibition, Wrexham Arts Centre and Oriel Davies Newtown Two person show with Alec Shepley.

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

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

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