ExhibitionismTina M. DiCarlo
GRANTEETina M. DiCarlo
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Exhibitionism proposes that the exhibition is the primary aesthetic medium of today, and as such it must be problematized as architecture. The underpinnings of the argument reside in a shift in the architectural discourse from a secular fetishization of form to a political materialism and social practice of participation and mediation, which must now be reflected in the politics of exhibition display. Aesthetics is proposed as necessarily political, instrumental, and agent, and the exhibition is poised as an interstice where the curator serves as a spatial practitioner who agents and mediates, assuming a role greater than that of a simple organizer. The project is conceived as a publication that puts forth a theoretical framework for a forthcoming series of additional publications and projects that develop this lineage of thought through praxis. Prior projects are invoked as bibliographical research. Exhibitionism forms the theoretical basis for the recently founded Archive of Spatial Aesthetics and Praxis (ASAP).
Tina DiCarlo is a writer and curator living in Europe. From 2000-07 she was a curator of architecture and design at the Museum of Modern Art, New York. Her current publication, Exhibitionism (forthcoming Sternberg Press), proposes a theoretical and methodological framework to rethink the architecture exhibition. She was recently the consulting editor for Log 20, the first compendium on curating architecture. In 2012 was appointed a PhD candidate in Place & Displacement: Exhibiting Architecture funded by the Norwegian Research Council, Oslo Centre for Critical Studies at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design under the supervision with Mari Lending, Wallis Miller, and Barry Bergdoll. In 2010, she founded ASAP (Archive of Spatial Aesthetics and Praxis), an archive dedicated to collecting architecture as part of a broader political, social and aesthetic discourse. Di Carlo holds advanced degrees in philosophy and art history from the Courtauld Institute, London; a master's degree in architecture from Harvard's Graduate School of Design. She writes and speaks internationally.
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