23 June—24 June 2016

How Global? International Conference

How Global? is an international conference exploring new directions in public art collecting.

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What does ‘elsewhere’ mean to both artists and museums? Who gets to decide what a public art collection is, or should be, and how do artists antagonise and shape institutional collecting? How do we use museums and other public art spaces? Who collects and why?

Driven by the necessity of addressing critical challenges around globalisation in art, and responding to the Art Fund International scheme, this ambitious international conference will investigate new directions in collecting. Bringing together a unique collection of presentations, performances, discussion, case studies, lectures and film, the conference will explore the key ideas, approaches and positions informing the shape of our public collections and institutions.

British and international experts, museum directors and academic scholars will join artists, and curators – some speaking to Bristol audiences for the first time –  to provide insight into the conceptual and practical challenges related to collecting today, as well as reflecting themes in Art From Elsewhere such as migration, capital and consumerism, memory and post-colonial experience. The conference specifically aims to bring new knowledge and dialogue around the role of Public Art collections to Bristol.

The conference will open on the evening of Thursday 23 June with a keynote lecture by Gerardo Mosquera, one of Latin America’s most prominent art curators, addressing the challenges facing museums and public collections coping with the increasing internationalisation of art’s production and circulation.

Other speakers at How Global include:

  • Élise Atangana, Paris-based curator and producer
  • Kate Brindley, CEO/Director, Arnolfini
  • David Elliott, writer and curator of Art from Elsewhere
  • Vasif Kortun, Director of Research and Programs at SALT, Istanbul
  • Ruth Noack, curator and art historian based in Berlin
  • Jarosław Suchan, Director of Muzeum Sztuki in Łódź

This event is part of the Art from Elsewhere programme.

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