On Performance Curation: Stephanie Rosenthal, Artistic Director of the 20th Biennale of Sydney, in Conversation with Professor Edward Scheer

When:20 Apr 2016, 6:30pm - 8pm
Venue:Io Myers Studio, UNSW Kensington Campus
Who:Stephanie Rosenthal with Professor Edward Scheer
Biennale of Sydney

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In creating exhibitions such as MOVE: Choreographing You, at the Hayward Gallery, London (2010; Dusseldorf 2011; Seoul 2012); and the current Biennale of Sydney, The future is already here — it’s just not evenly distributed, curator Stephanie Rosenthal has played a key role in transforming galleries into participatory spaces and even public venues for live performance. In doing so she has challenged conventional notions of curating by foregrounding live encounters with performing bodies. In this conversation with Edward Scheer, Professor of Performance and Visual Culture at UNSW, she will describe her experience of staging the Asia Pacific region’s ‘largest contemporary visual arts event’ as a discussion with and through the moving body.

See the the full list of events hosted by UNSW Arts & Social Sciences in partnership with the Biennale of Sydney.


Dr Stephanie Rosenthal

Dr Stephanie Rosenthal

Internationally acclaimed curator Dr Stephanie Rosenthal has held the position of Chief Curator at the Hayward Gallery in London since 2007. A key focus of her curatorial practice is the exploration of the relationship between visual art and performance.

Notable exhibitions that Rosenthal has curated at the Hayward Gallery include ‘MIRRORCITY’ (2014); Ana Mendieta: Traces (2013); ‘Art of Change: New Directions from China’ (2012); ‘Pipilotti Rist: Eyeball Massage’ (2011); ‘MOVE: Choreographing You’ (2010); ‘Walking in My Mind’ (2009); and ‘Robin Rhode: Who Saw Who’(2009).

During her previous tenure of more than a decade at Haus der Kunst, Munich, Rosenthal worked as Assistant Curator and Co-curator on several celebrated exhibitions, such as ‘Night’(1998) and ‘Objects in 20th Century Art’ (2000). Appointed Curator for Modern and Contemporary Art in 2000, Rosenthal went on to deliver a series of significant exhibitions, including ‘Allan Kaprow – Art as Life’ (2006); ‘Aernout Mik – Dispersions’ (2004); ‘Abigail O’Brien – The Seven Sacraments’ (2003); and ‘Stories. Narrative Structures in Contemporary Art’ (2002). She also curated the highly acclaimed ‘Paul McCarthy. LaLa Land Parody Paradise’ (2005),which toured to the Whitechapel Gallery, London.

Rosenthal has taken part in international advisory panels and participated in symposia on the subjects of modern and contemporary art since 1996. In recent times she was one of three curators coordinating ‘Imperfect Idler or When Things Disappear’, the national section of the inaugural International Biennial of Contemporary Art of Cartagena de Indiasa, presented in Colombia from February to April of 2014.

Photo: Daniel Boud


Professor Edward ScheerProfessor Edward Scheer

Professor Edward Scheer is Director of Research in the School of the Arts & Media at UNSW Australia. He has written essays on art and aesthetics for AGNSW, Documenta 13, the Biennale of Sydney and the Auckland Triennial as well as The Sydney Morning Herald and The Monthly. He is co-author with Helena Grehan, of William Yang: Stories of Love and Death (UNSW Press, 2016); Multimedia Performance (Palgrave 2012) with Rosie Klich; author of Scenario, a study of new work from the iCinema Project (UNSW Press/ZKM, 2011); and The Infinity Machine (Schwartz City Press, 2010) the first comprehensive account of Australian artist Mike Parr's performance art. The book was described in Arts Monthly Australia (2010) as “a lasting and absorbing testament to one of Australia’s most significant artists.” He was a member of the Australian Research Council College of Experts (2013-2015). From 2007-2011, he was President of PSi (Performance Studies international).

Photo: William Yang


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