Richard Birkett and Martin Beck, The Artist in Social Communication

Philadelphia, United States

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Julie Ault / Martin Beck, Installation, Secession 2006


Richard Birkett and Martin Beck

The Artist in Social Communication
Tuesday October 9, 6pm FREE



Artists Space curator Richard Birkett, and artist Martin Beck will discuss their common interests in the politics of exhibition display. Considering how curatorial and artistic practice functions to mediate information, and how the exhibition space functions in relation to mechanisms of power and control.  The conversation will cover projects produced by Beck and Birkett individually, and recent collaborations.

Richard Birkett is the Curator of Artists Space, and was previously a curator at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London from 2007-2010.  He studied Fine Art at the Slade School of Fine Art and Goldsmiths College before running the non-profit gallery, Whitechapel Project Space, for six years.  During this time he organized several projects as part of the Serpentine Gallery’s public program series.  He has contributed texts to artist monographs and art magazines including Untitled and MAP.

Martin Beck is an artist whose exhibitions and projects engage questions of historicity and authorship and they draw from the fields of architecture, design, and popular culture. His works often engage histories of exhibiting and communication formats and, on a material level, negotiate display's function as a condition of image-making. Recent exhibitions include "Remodel" at Ludlow 38 in New York and "Communitas" at Camera Austria, Graz, (2011), contributions to the 29th São Paulo and the 4th Bucharest Biennales (2010), and "Panel 2-'Nothing better than a touch of ecology and catastrophe to unite the social classes....'" at Gasworks in London (2008). Beck is the author of an Exhibit viewed played populated (2005), About the Relative Size of Things in the Universe (2007), and the forthcoming The Aspen Complex (2012).