Territory: The Exhibition in a Box

Territory: The Exhibition in a Box. The Created and Contested Territories Group have used conflict theory to create ‘Territory; the Exhibition in a Box’. The vehicle unites disparate creative practitioners to emphasize a materialist and materialized interpretations of history.


The group, consisting of artists, historians, designers, architects and writers, has adopted a critical stance toward past social arrangements, and by implication, contemporary representations of ‘reform’ as embodied by territorial, conceptual or societal change. The Boxed exhibition (an edition of 10) itself is a vehicle to create dialogue, and its sites and related symposia include:

IMPACT 10 Printmaking Conference, Santander, Spain (Sept 2018)
Addis Ababa University, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (February 2020)
Haus am Lützowplatz (HAL), Berlin (March 2020)
CLB, Berlin (May 2019)
Lust and Apple, Edinburgh (March 2018)
Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies (RUSI) Library, London (January 2020)
Sight Marmetei, Former Stasi Prison, Romania. (December 2019)
Former Stasi Records Agency, Leipzig (February 2020)Territory: The Exhibition in a Box

Curatorial Conceptualism: Bill Viola and Michelangelo…

Curatorial Conceptualism

Bill Viola and Michelangelo: Life Death Rebirth at Royal Academy of Arts London

Well, call me an old sceptic – and yes, I have read the (largely positive) reviews and seen the show – but for me this juxtaposition is just a bridge too far. Don’t get me wrong, I adore both Bill Viola and Michelangelo for their respective and Herculean contributions to our shared western artistic heritage. But, as a spectator I feel not a little manipulated for: a) being obliged to go, for fear I would be missing out, and b) wanting to see just how daft curatorial permutations could get. read on…

Picture credit: Bill Viola, Tristan’s Ascension (The Sound of a Mountain Under a Waterfall)’, 2005. Video/sound installation. Performer: John Hay. © Courtesy Bill Viola Studio. © Photo: Kira Perov.