Coming to Our Senses

From the Birth of the Curator Function to Curating Live Arts

Author: Ed McKeon1
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  • 1 Head of MA program, Music Management, Goldsmiths College, University of London, UK
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In order to grasp the significance and potential of live arts curating, I claim it is essential to understand the coming-to-visibility of the curator function in the artworld from the 1960s. This helps to navigate the question of whether the arrival of this discourse and practice for performance in the last decade is an extension of a curatorial remit founded in the gallery arts. Has the scope of curatorial work expanded, or is there a parallel operation for live arts? I argue that a third possibility remains, that it signals a mutation of curatorial practice that bears on both the formerly visual arts and on the shifting ground of live arts. What becomes possible when curatorial work lays aside its visual privilege, its expert eyes and the authority of its insights?

Contributor Notes

Ed McKeon is a musician who neither performs nor composes. Co-director of Third Ear, he produces and commissions music and mixed-media events at the point where music indisciplines other art forms—whether theater, installation, or performance. He completed doctoral research on musicality and the curatorial and leads an MA program at Goldsmiths College, University of London on Music Management.


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