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Little private governments

Beech, Amanda and Poole, Matthew (2006) Little private governments. [Show/Exhibition]

Type of Research: Show/Exhibition
Creators: Beech, Amanda and Poole, Matthew

Collaboratively curated with Matthew Poole, the exhibition addressed the place of art within the structures of capitalism, democracy and idealism. The project examined ways in which various art practices have described and embedded these processes and structures in artworks as a means to critique their relation to it. This exhibition, catalogue and symposium aimed to underscore this territory as a current and significant question for the political operations of contemporary art practice, when military forces are no longer static but corporate, and cities are companies. ‘Little Private Governments’ proposes crucial questions regarding the locus of individual agency, something that conditions the (e)quality of art practice, in this ever-complex climate of individuation and power in the political sphere. Connecting the curation and production of artworks through writing and discussion, the exhibition project proposed a significant reformulation of the relationship of art to organizational systems and power, developing new definitions for the contingency of art practice within these systems from which it had previously assumed itself to be free.

The exhibition brought together emerging and established artists whose work demonstrates a long-term interest in the rhetoric of freedom and democracy. The exhibition included works by Beech, Pil & Galia Kollectiv, Jenny Holzer, Martin Kippenberger, Jake and Dinos Chapman and Roman Vasseur. The accompanying catalogue commissioned new writing from three authors covering current debates on aesthetics and politics including a collaborative essay by Beech and Poole, and essays by Dr Suhail Malik and Roman Vasseur. A public symposium was held in the gallery in February 2006.

Other Contributors:
ExhibitorHolzer, Jenny
ExhibitorKippenberger, Martin
Your affiliations with UAL: Other Affiliations > RAE 2008
Colleges > Wimbledon College of Arts
Date: 1 February 2006
Funders: Arts Council England East, University Gallery Essex, University of the West of England
Locations / Venues:
LocationFrom DateTo Date
University Gallery Essex, Colchester20062006
Date Deposited: 27 Nov 2009 15:58
Last Modified: 21 Mar 2012 10:13
Item ID: 1821
URI: https://ualresearchonline.arts.ac.uk/id/eprint/1821

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