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Date : 09-03-2017

Talk at UCL, Department of Art History

The focus of the talk concerns Installation art as a practice that is both highly visible and vestigial. In exhibition mode its large scale, immersive impact, and strong collaborative engagement stands in direct contrast to its afterlife which is typified by fragmentation and ephemerality. a case study of the exhibition A Book of Burning Matches: Collecting Installation Art Documents, held at the Thomas Olbricht Foundation, Berlin, will serve as a focal point; this project, entirely developed from archival holdings in the form of documents, photographs, soundfiles and fragments operates as a summary of the curatorial practice of Installation art over the last three decades – during which period the artform moved from the margins to the centre of the visual arts.