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Wed 23 Mar
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm


Collingwood Yards, Johnston Street, Collingwood VIC, Australia


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WORKAROUND: Women, Design, Action, RMIT Design Hub, Melbourne, 2018. Curatorium: Kate Rhodes and Fleur Watson (RMIT University), Naomi Stead (Monash University). Photography: Tobias Titz

The New Curator Past Event

Presented by Uro Publications

The New Curator: Exhibiting Architecture and Design examines the challenges inherent in exhibiting design ideas. Traditionally, exhibitions of architecture and design have predominantly focused on displaying finished outcomes or communicating a work through representation. In this new book, Fleur Watson unveils the emergence of the ‘new curator’. Instead of exhibiting finished works or artefacts, the rise of ‘performative curation’ provides a space where experimental methods for encountering design ideas are being tested. Here, the role of the curator is not that of ‘custodian’ or ‘expert’ but with the intent to create a shared space of encounter with audiences. To illustrate this phenomenon, the book explores ational range of exhibitions. Divided into six themes, a series of project profiles are contextualized through conversations with influential curators and cultural producers such as Paola Antonelli, Kayoko Ota, Mimi Zeiger, Catherine Ince, Aric Chen, Zoë Ryan, Beatrice Leanza, Prem Krishnamurthy, Marina Otero Verzier, Brook Andrew, Carroll Go-Sam, Rory Hyde, Eva Franch i Gilabert, Patti Anahory and Paula Nascimento.

For this launch event at URO Bookshop, author Fleur Watson will introduce the themes, ideas and projects explored in researching and writing The New Curator, followed by a panel discussion moderated by Esther Anatolitis with Watson, Rory Hyde, Susan Cohn and (via screen) Aric Chen and Beatrice Leanza – all are contributors featured within the book. The event will conclude with a book signing and drinks.


Fleur Watson

Fleur Watson (PhD) is Executive Director and Curator for the Centre for Architecture Victoria | Open House Melbourne.  Fleur is formerly Curator at RMIT Design Hub Gallery and is currently Honorary University Fellow in the School of Art, RMIT University. She is the author of The New Curator: Exhibiting Architecture & Design and Series Editor for Editions: Australian Architecture Monographs published by Thames & Hudson.