Cubitt’s 18-month curatorial bursary has been funded by Outset since 2009. Its aim is to support the development and vision of emerging curators and offer a platform for showcasing their curatorial practice. Morgan Quaintance is the 10th curatorial opportunity recipient and current Cubitt Curatorial Fellow. His programme runs from October 2015 until June 2016.
Quaintance’s programme opened with Software, Hard Problem (8 October – 15 November 2015) a group exhibition that broadly explored artists use of software to surmount aesthetic, philosophical or theoretical problems. With a title that nodded to philosopher and cognitive scientist David Chalmer’s well-known and popular distinction between the easy and ‘hard problem’ of consciousness (between explaining neurological processes and explaining subjective experience), Software, Hard Problem explored artificial intelligence, algorithmic painting, and artists’ mastery and transcendence of pre-packaged digital tools. It featured artists Cécile B. Evans, Lawrence Lek and Manfred Mohr, along with a selection of artefacts and documents.
Smile Orange (26 November 2015 – 17 January 2016) was the second exhibition featuring Russell Newell, Karl Ohiri, and Ben Sanderson. A group show of painting, photography and video works, it explored dynamics of identity formation – and their reliance on history and memory) – from a personal, communal and national perspective. Rather than presenting objects as fixed statements, Smile Orange operated as a support structure allowing the following questions to be posed: Who am I? Who are we? What is a nation?
The third exhibition in the cycle (28 January – 28 February, 2016) was conceived alongside musician and performer Dean Blunt.
Every exhibition is accompanied by a series of talks, broadcast as part of the radio programme Studio Visit and realised in conjunction with Resonance 104.4FM.