Lively Objects: Artists and Curators in Conversation

Please join us on Zoom for the virtual book launch event for Curating Lively Objects: Exhibitions Beyond Disciplines, on October 28th, 5pm to 7pm EDT, hosted by OCAD University’s Faculty of Arts and Science and School of Graduate Studies, in partnership with Onsite Gallery.

Lively Objects: Artists and Curators in Conversation

Thursday, October 28th
5pm to 7pm EDT
Free with RSVP

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Co-edited by Caroline Seck Langill and Lizzie Muller, Curating Lively Objects explores the role of things as catalysts in imagining futures beyond disciplines for museums and exhibitions. Contributing writers describe how their curatorial collaborations with diverse objects, from rocks to robots, generate new ways of organizing and sharing knowledge.

Bringing together leading artists and curators from Australia and Canada, Curating Lively Objects addresses object liveliness from a range of entwined perspectives, including new materialism, decolonial thinking, Indigenous epistemologies, environmentalism, feminist critique and digital aesthetics. Foregrounding practice-based curatorial scholarship, the book focuses on rigorous reflexive accounts of how curating is done. It contributes to global topics in curatorial research, including time and memory beyond and before disciplinarity; the relationship between human and non-human across different ontologies; and the interaction between Indigenous knowledge and disciplinary expertise in interpreting museum collections.

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Dr. Caroline Seck Langill is a writer and curator whose academic scholarship and curatorial work looks at the intersections between art and science, as well as the related fields of new media art history, criticism and preservation. Her interests in non-canonical art histories have led her to writing and exhibition-making that challenges disciplinary constraints. Her publication, Curating Lively Objects: Exhibitions Beyond Disciplines (2021), co-edited with Dr. Lizzie Muller, is forthcoming from Routledge. As Dean of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the School of Interdisciplinary Arts, Dr. Langill played a key role in the development of the university’s academic plan which prioritized decolonization, sustainability and Indigenous Knowledge. She has carried these principles forward to her work as Vice-President Academic and Provost, and is co-chair, with Janice Hill (Queen’s U), of the Joint Committee of the Ontario Council of Academic Vice-Presidents and Reference Group on Aboriginal Education.

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Dr. Lizzie Muller is a curator and researcher specialising in audience experience and interdisciplinary collaboration. She researches the future of museums as sites of knowledge production, and the relationship between curatorial practice and changing disciplinary structures. Her international exhibitions celebrate the intersection of art, science and technology. Lizzie is Chair of the Sydney Culture Network Education, Research and Innovation committee, and co-convener with Keir Winesmith of the bi-monthly Sydney Culture Data Salon. Lizzie’s research draws together curatorial practice with theories and methods from participatory design and interaction design. She has developed audience-centred curatorial methodologies and innovative approaches to audience research. Her work with audience experience extends to the fields of preservation and archiving, particularly experiential documentation and oral histories of media art.

Caroline Langill and Lizzie Muller will be joined in conversation by Ryan Rice, Lisa Myers, Randy Lee Cutler, Tess Allas, Lucas Ihlein, and Sarah Cook.

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Image credits:
Curating Lively Objects: Exhibitions Beyond Disciplines, courtesy of the publisher.
Caroline Seck Langill, courtesy of the speaker.
Lizzie Muller, courtesy of the speaker.