Space of Appearance is a two-day event of discussion, performance and exhibition concerned with examining the value of objects as artworks and the thought processes that such examinations might provoke. Space of Appearance refers to Jan Verwoert’s use of the term to describe moments where a group might convene with “shared intuitions…to make something appear…and create a moment of artistic and intellectual significance”. This one-off event will open up the decision-making processes that inform an exhibition at the Joinery and, in Verwoert’s terms, allow participating individuals to address the issue “together in ways not solicited by the usual structures of authority”.
From 7pm on Thursday 7th February, a live event will see a group of participants convene to whittle thirty-two objects down to one via five fast-paced rounds of discussion. This is a BYOB event and the rounds will be interspersed with various readings and screenings throughout the evening. On Sunday 10th February, between 12pm and 9pm, there will be a series of short exhibitions incorporating the selected object, during which various curatorial approaches will be tested out within the space.
Space of Appearance marks the culmination of a collaboration between postgraduate students from Art in the Contemporary World, NCAD, independent curator Vaari Claffey and the Joinery.
Jan Verwoert (2006). Lessons in modesty: the open academy as a model. Metropolis M.