17.12.2018 – Symposium : CEA-Displays-Paris 8 “Writing by exhibition ? Practice, methods, research”, Cité internationale des arts

“As soon as it entered writing, the concept is well done.” Jacques Derrida

With :
Damien Airault – Art critic and curator, doctoral student in Paris 8
Sarina Basta – Curator, Confort moderne, Poitiers
Bettina Blanc-Penther – Artist-researcher, doctoral student EnsadLab
Jagna Ciuchta – Artist, doctoral student at the Beaux-Arts de Paris, member of SACRe at the University PSL / le Laboratoire (EA 7410)
Marianne Derrien – Art critic and curator, vice-president of C-E-A, lecturer at Paris 8.
Nathalie Desmet – Teacher-researcher (Paris 8), art critic and curator
Thierry Fournier – Artist and curator, in charge of the EnsadLab Displays research group
Antony Hudek – Curator and Head of Curatorial Studies at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Ghent (KASK)
Inés Moreno – Artist-researcher, doctoral student EnsadLab
Céline Poulin – Art critic and director of the CAC-Brétigny,
J. Emil Sennewald – Art critic, teacher-researcher, ESACM, co-coordinator EnsadLab Displays
Fanny Terno – Artist-researcher, doctoral student EnsadLab

The series of three meetings “Writing by exhibition? Practices, methods, research” is the continuation of a research program initiated by the Ensadlab Displays research group (Thierry Fournier and J. Emil Sennewald), the AIAC laboratory – EA 4010 : Arts des images et art contemporain (Nathalie Desmet) of the University of Paris 8 and C-E-A the French association of exhibition curators (Damien Airault and Marianne Derrien). It combines scientific and curatorial research on the exhibition and a research/creation group through the exhibition.

More precisely, this cycle is based on the observation of a separation between curatorial studies conceived as a new type of academic knowledge (exhibition research), or as a theoretical practice, and artistic research-experimentation projects carried out with the exhibition. It is based on the diversity of approaches, including their training dimension, and on the impact of writing-based thinking on these practices.

The day of December 17 will be the occasion for a transversal questioning around the exhibition and curatorial research as writing operations. We will ask ourselves if the exhibition or curatorial project can be a place of research, and in what ways it can be assimilated to a form of writing or speech.


9:30 am – Welcome of participants

Morning: What is curatorial research?
10:00 – 10:30 – Introduction of the day
10:30 – 11:30 – Discussion – Round table with all participants and the public
11:30 – 11:45 – Break
11:45 – 12:30 – Bettina Blanc-Penther, Inés Moreno and Fanny Terno – Writing and research-creation through the exhibition
12:30 – 13:15 – Damien Airault and Sarina Basta – Transdisciplinarity and exhibition – which writings?
13:15 – 14:45 – Lunch

Afternoon: How to write with, for, by the exhibition?
15:00 – 15:15 – Summary of the morning discussions
15:15 – 16:00 – Céline Poulin and Jagna Ciuchta – The co-constructed exhibition?
16:00 – 16:15 – Break
16:15 – 17:00 – Antony Hudek and Nathalie Desmet – What is curatorial research, how to transmit it?
17:00 – 17:30 – Conclusion

About us

The Exhibition-Writing-Research-cycle is the result of an association between scientific and curatorial research on the exhibition (C-E-A, Paris 8) and a research-creation group through the exhibition (EnsadLab Displays). It aims to question the exhibition and its research as a writing operation, by raising the situations of transition and transgression that it can generate.

Form: conferences-workshops and exhibition experiments

Calendar and organization: winter 2018 to spring 2019. Three semi-public days on registration with speakers, experimenters and discussants

Teams : C-E-A (Damien Airault, Marianne Derrien), EnsadLab Displays (Thierry Fournier, J. Emil Sennewald, Inès Moreno, Bettina Blanc-Penther, Fanny Terno), Paris 8 (AIAC Laboratory – Nathalie Desmet)

Partner place: Cité internationale des arts – Paris