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Measures 5: Tina di Carlo
Exhibition I Exhibitionism

£100 for 8 sessions. Tuesday evenings starting 14th June: contact james.holcombe[at]no-w-here.org.uk
Tuesday evenings starting 14th June. 7 - 9pm. At no.w.here

This measures series investigates the exhibition by invoking the term exhibitionism as a spatial site of departure. The term functions as a methodological angle and a point of view from which a whole series of events can be seen differently, a kind of site from which a critical gaze [of multiculturalism] becomes possible. Playing on the fetish of exhibition making over the last 25 years each session in this series will proceed through a different terminological frame from object to thing, apparatus-exhibitionism, represent-present, document-evidence, act-agency, collect-collectivity, archive-testimony, ending in the eighth session with profane-play. The idea here is textual, tied to language, written, spoken and uttered that once circulated and absorbed into discourse, can itself begin to shift the way in which curating architecture is practised and ultimately understood.

In this way this lexical work is set up as a mirroring device to distill a series of turns implicit in the way in which we speak about curating architecture and curating within architecture. This is a political project and the question of where the agency lies within Exhibitionism will form the base line of this measures framed by readings by Giorgio Agamben, Ariella Azoullay, Judith Butler, Michel Foucault, Jacques Ranciere, Alan Badiou, Walter Benjamin and paradigms by Tomas Saraceno, Eyal Weizman, Hito Steyerl, Jeremy Deller, Mirza Butler, Patricia Reed, Cyprien Gallard and Wolfgang Tilmans. The form and orchestration of each session will be considered as content and thus vary. The image will be considered as a spatial construct through a scripting of utterance and text.

Tina di Carlo
Tina di Carlo is a writer and curator living in London and Berlin. From 2000 – 2007 she was a curator of architecture and design at the Museum of Modern Art, New York. Over the last three years she has been pursuing a strand of curating as a form of spatial practice. This Measures series draws from Exhibitionism, a forthcoming book by Tina di Carlo and a publication by Sternberg Press that forms one part of a tripartite project entitled Exhibitionism comprising text (lexicon), things (archive), and architecture (act).




Exhibitionism by definition connotes a display that acts, conflict as productive, and an aberrant mode of behavior. It embodies the profaned and the evidentiary, a category of things that collide in the quasi-object in which use-value and aesthetic-value are often conflated. Could this aberrance and conflict as a performative act provide a way forward for curating architecture? Could aberrance suggest categorizations for collecting architecture that no longer rely on the pure, autonomous, modernist divisions of media such as painting, sculpture, photography, drawing, architecture, and film to posit a spatial aesthetics that is implicitly, qua concept, propositional, political, and instrumental; that is appropriate for a local context in which multiculturalism, transnationalism, and globalization are central? Could it address and propose alternate categories, those of the spatial environment, through weather, contagion, catastrophe, accident, institutional critique, spatial tactics, border crossings, heterotypologies, choreographic objects, that are best articulated through things, those quasi-objects, that now maintain a hybrid status – part art, part architecture, no longer representational, but presentational, propositional? Could 1:1 bastard objects command a value equal to that of other objects? Could these things be considered, collected as unstable discursive elements – those things through which others speak, that form an excuse for discourse – enable a sort of curatorial agency as part of a collective spatial practice? Could they be collected relationally, archivally as such? Could they suggest the gallery as a place of experimentation, an alternative form of looking as productive, that exposes instead of displays, that acts, proposes? Could such a method and forum suggest a practice that is both documentary and propositional, performative and productive as architecture?

Exhibitionism as a method and open project proposes a mode of praxis involved in the creation of the sensible. It proposes architecture and the architecture curator as a spatial practitioner within a broader spatial aesthetic discourse; that as architecture, the exhibition should not represent architecture within the space of the gallery but should presence or produce architecture within the space that is architectural; and that architecture is often best presenced through its alterity or other. It considers where and how the political enters as a common stage to hear the low man speak, in Ranciere’s terms, be it to elevate the value of architecture through reconceiving the thing akin to that of painting and sculpture, or to consider the exhibition and curator as somehow instrumental and agent, beyond branding or even knowledge production. To look at architecture in this way is to posit architecture as part of a broader spatial-social-political-aesthetic discourse, at once inside and outside itself. It is also a reflexive position that argues the display of architecture should be congruent with the most recent practices. To say as much means that the exhibition is no longer contained in space, but is constitutive of, and constituted by, space. Exhibition as architecture, architecture as exhibition. A reflexive mirror that proposes what Foucault calls a heterotopic space of a complex apparatus. (Excerpted: Tina DiCarlo 2011: http://www.tinadicarlo.com/)


Measures is a series of seminars run over 8 weeks that use screening, reading, discussion and analysis to look at critical assumptions about Art practice.

This publication is generously supported by the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts.

Required Reading Session 1

Tomas Saraceno

The Thing


Further Reading



Inside White Cube

Required Reading Session 2

What is dispositif

What is apparatus

Exhibition | Exhibitionism

Required Reading Session 3

Torture and the Ethics of Photography: Thinking with Sontag

Representation to presentation

Representability and Presentation (Unpublished)
In this essay please think through the text in black (not grey)

Further Reading

Normative engines

A thing like you and me

The language of things

The future image 1

The future image 2

Required Reading Session 4

Dying to speak

The languages of documentary

The languages of things

Forensics architecture

Required Reading Session 5

The action of seeing

Wrong politics and police

Civil Contract

Further Reading

Can things get any worse

Jeremy Deller’s Battle of Orgreave

The language of things

Required Reading Session 6

The introduction

The collector

The Violence of participation

Further Reading

Crystal of resistance

Unpacking the library

Benjamin: Paris Capital

Required Reading Session 7

Eccentric Space Reed


Required Reading Session 8




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