Susan Hiller

Nice interview with Susan Hiller in the Guardian, i've loved her work since I first saw From the Freud Museum (above) and i'm hoping I get a chance to see the new show at Tate Britain when I go to London at the end of Feb.


Tate blog and the joy of twitter

Thanks to twitter I found out about the book I mentioned in the previous post, and thanks to twitter I was able to follow David Gauntlett and read his recommendation for the Tate's blog: http://blog.tate.org.uk/, which is indeed well worth checking out for an insight into how they work behind the scenes at Tate. 

As part of our group project at Newlyn one of the roles i've been given is of marketing and publicity, and it's for that reason i've set up a new twitter account for the MA Curatorial Practice group. At the moment i'm still waiting for the group to discuss how we can best use this, but in the meantime if you want to add us/me and wait for updates we can be found here UCFcurators.

I'll be updating this blog with news about our show as it comes together, but we may well decide to set up a blog specifically for documenting the exhibition- what do you think? Is a blog all you need, or do websites show that you are more serious about what you do? I love blogs, I love the immediacy of them and the informality, but it's been pointed out to me that perhaps I should be more professional in my on-line persona- any  thoughts?


Making is Connecting- David Gauntlett

I've just heard about this book, which is due to be published at the start of April this year. The author is speaking at an event in Leicester this weekend:

Through making things, people engage with the world and create connections with each other. Both online and offline, we see that people want to make their mark on the world, and to make connections. David Gauntlett will discuss the rise of a ‘making-and-doing’ culture, where people are rejecting traditional teaching and television, and making their own learning and entertainment instead.

David Gauntlett is Professor of Media and Communications at University of Westminster. He is the author of several books, including Creative Explorations (2007), which was shortlisted for the Times Higher Young Academic Author of the Year Award, and Making is Connecting: The social meaning of creativity, from DIY and knitting to YouTube and Web 2.0 (2011). He produces the popular website about media and identities, Theory.org.uk.

Time: February 23, 2011 from 7pm to 8pm
Location: Phoenix Square Film and Digital Media Centre
Street: 4 Midland Street
City/Town: Leicester
Phone: 0116 2422800
Register here

This sounds right up my street, and really links in with a lot of the ideas i've been having about creating crafting communities via the web. I can't wait to get my hands on a copy and report back to you.