In a comprehensive series of consultation workshops groups and individuals from every conceivable background have been asked to share their thoughts, concepts and themes for the kind of exhibition they would like to experience. Tate Liverpool curators together with a range of internationally renowned artists have been reflecting on how these notions might be manifested within the Galleries and constitute an exhibition. Thus The Fifth Floor has initiated a process of discussion which invites us to rethink the roles of curator, artist and audience. The Fifth Floor examines curatorial strategies that envisage participation in the arts from the 1960s to today and includes essays from key curators and researchers including Nicolas Bourriaud, Claire Bishop and Lars Bang Larsen. It then takes The Fifth Floor exhibition at Tate Liverpool as a case study to examine how artistic approaches accommodate (or undermine) this curatorial practice through numerous interviews and texts by participating artists. Finally, it explores how radical curatorial strategies and approaches to exhibition making crossover into the unchartered territory between art, education and audience development. Colour illustrations showing installation views of the exhibition, images of related events, as well as documents of the research and consultation carried out in the making of the exhibition, will feature throughout the publication as well as in a major section of artists’ pages.
Peter Gorschlüeter, formerly Deputy Director of the Kunsthalle Duessseldorf, is Head of Exhibitions and Displays at Tate Liverpool.
Christoph Grunenberg and Andrea Nixon
ii. Whose space is it anyway? Working on The Fifth Floor
iii. The Social Turn
Introduction Claire Bishop
Collaboration and its Discontents Claire Bishop
Another Turn Grant Kester
Claire Bishop Responds
iv. Nicolas Bourriaud in conversation with Sinziana Ravini
v. The Art Museum as the Domain of the Self
Lars Bang Larsen
vi. The Fifth Floor: Elevating Social Responsibility in the Public Art Museum
vii. The Artists
234 x 156 mm
February 1, 2008