Artistic and Presentational Experimentations as a Curatorial Methodology

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  • Title: Artistic and Presentational Experimentations as a Curatorial Methodology: Reconsidering the Concepts of Artist, Artwork, and Exhibition through Analyzing Jikken Kōbō’s Two Presentations
  • Author(s): Yang Chen
  • Publisher: Common Ground Research Networks
  • Collection: Common Ground Research Networks
  • Series: The Arts in Society
  • Journal Title: The International Journal of Arts Theory and History
  • Keywords: Experimentation, Artwork, Artist, Exhibition, Theater, Curation
  • Volume: 13
  • Issue: 3
  • Year: 2018
  • ISSN: 2326-9952 (Print)
  • ISSN: 2327-1779 (Online)
  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.18848/2326-9952/CGP/v13i03/1-8
  • Citation: Chen, Yang. 2018. "Artistic and Presentational Experimentations as a Curatorial Methodology: Reconsidering the Concepts of Artist, Artwork, and Exhibition through Analyzing Jikken Kōbō’s Two Presentations." The International Journal of Arts Theory and History 13 (3): 1-8. doi:10.18848/2326-9952/CGP/v13i03/1-8.
  • Extent: 8 pages

Abstract

Out of context, the word “experimentation” is a rather vague term. However, when it was used by the Japanese avant-garde collective Jikken Kōbō in the 1950s, “experimentation” became an artistic and curatorial methodology to create artworks and exhibitions, which indicates a new possibility in reading exhibitions. The experimentation in Jikken Kōbō’s practices can be read from two sides: artistic experimentation and presentational experimentation. Artistic experimentation contains features of interdisciplinarity that, on one hand, encourages artists to create works through combining multiple mediums; on the other hand, it eliminates the boundaries of the personal backgrounds of the collaborating artists. Presentational experimentation uses the theater stage instead of the conventional gallery space as a platform to present the results of artistic experimentation.