Art Matters at the Turner Contemporary
‘Art Matters’ is a regular series of events organised to compliment the exhibitions programme at Turner Contemporary, bringing together a variety of speakers and disciplines to reflect on a wider theme arising from the current show. The idea was launched by the History of Art department at the University of Kent in 2014.
Art and Risk, Dec 2015
On this occasion we collaborated with Francesca Cavallo, co-curator of the ‘Risk’ show, which took place in autumn 2016.
Born from the encounter between danger and opportunity, the modern understanding of risk has introduced human choice into the territory that once belonged to chance. Equally, the making and viewing of art has increasingly been seen as a voyage into the unknown, in which the artist may have little idea how a work will end up and sees as productive the possibility that something may go wrong. The spectator too is invited to embrace risk, potentially drawn into unfamiliar, perhaps uncomfortable, sensations and thought processes. What, then, can art reveal about the strategies we adopt towards risk and its constant assessment and management in the wider contemporary world? The event will bring together perspectives from creative practice, art history, curating, philosophy of art and sociology.