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Critic, negotiator and gatekeeper.: An analasis of the role and influence of the curator within the contemporary art field
Linköping University, Department for Studies of Social Change and Culture, Culture, Society, Media Production.
2009 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The study examines the role of the art-curator with the focus on how it have influencedand may influence the art-scene and the concept of art. The study is based onmaterial extracted from texts involving the art-debates around the role of the curator,published in media and in literature. The study looks at the subject throughthe perspective of authorship and risk-theories in social sciences, and with a crossdisciplinarypoint of view, which takes into consideration how the debate regardingthe art-curator relates to the contemporary media landscape and the overall field ofcultural production. The study shows examples on how the role of the curator havebeen and currently is debated and defined. Through examples it shows that thecurators role have been compared to other characters within and without the fieldof cultural production. The comparisons include, among other things, the role ofthe critic and the music-DJ, but also the role of the guard-keeper and the diplomat.The most problematic comparison is where it is compared to the contemporary conceptualartist. The study shows that the role of the curator is becoming graduallycloser to the role of other producers in the cultural and medial field. This alsomeans that art is increasingly considered to be a cultural and medial product, incontrast to the classical romantic perception of art.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2009. , 68 p.
Keyword [no]
Kurator, Kuratorrolle, Frilanskurator, Produsentrolle, Kunst, Utstillinger, Kunstdebatt, Kunstformidling, Kunstbegrep, Konseptkunst, Kulturentreprenør, Kunstkritikk, Auteur, Kulturformidling
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Social Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-19423ISRN: LIU-ISAK/KSM-A- -09/11- -SEOAI: diva2:224755
Subject / course
Culture, Society and Media Production, D-level
Social and Behavioural Science, Law
Available from: 2009-06-23 Created: 2009-06-22 Last updated: 2011-07-08Bibliographically approved

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