Room B312 Portland Square,
University of Plymouth,
Edith Doove is a curator, writer and researcher specifically interested in notions of self-organisation, emergence and contingency, cross and transdisciplinary collaborations. Her curatorial practice started in 1987 in Belgium with making exhibitions in non-commercial spaces, public space and galleries, and continued in the UK since August 2010.
She started BUREAU DOOVE in August 2014 to help promote a choice of international artists.
Her next project is setting up micro-residencies for artists and scientists in Saint-Nazaire, France.
Laughter, infra-mince and cybernetics: Exploring the Curatorial as Creative Act
Marcel Duchamp, Door: 11, Rue Larrey (Porte: 11, Rue
Larrey), 1927. Three-dimensional pun: a door that
permanently opens and shuts at the same time, made
by a carpenter after Duchamp’s design, 86 5/8 x 24 11/16 in.
Collection Arman, New York. Courtesy of Arturo Schwarz.
This research identifies and responds to an impasse in the curatorial, which it sees as being both caused by its rapid expansion since the late 1980s as well as through its mainstream appropriation, which leaves it altogether in a confused state. The research proposes a strategy of recovery of its most basic working and regarding the curatorial as a creative act. It does so by locating the curatorial in the collaboration between both human and non-human elements – the curator, artist and/or scientist versus text, artefact, space and time. A poetic investigation of an invisible force that is seen as instrumental in the curatorial and meaning making in general, is underpinned by investigating a set of three major, intersecting ideas or intertwining narratives: laughter, inframince and cybernetics.
Using an essentially diffractive methodology, building on amongst others Whitehead and Barad, this thesis connects to ideas of non-linearity and relay in (art) history, building a rich meshwork, which allows for an original reconnection of the curatorial to its provenance and connoisseurship.
*Presentations at conferences and seminars, lectures:
– Transtechnology Research Seminar The blue one or the red one. Towards a creative vision for the future as part of Panel 2: Ideoplasticity and the problem of felicitous falsehoods, Slow Conference, Transtechnology Research, University of Plymouth, UK, 21 March 2018
– Transtechnology Research Seminar Narrative medicine: Pathos and the inframince membrane, Transtechnology Research, University of Plymouth, UK, 18 January 2017
– Transtechnology Research Seminar Ephemeral Affections: Mobile Absolutes (or Absolute Mobiles), Transtechnology Research, University of Plymouth, UK, 16 December 2015
– Presentation Slow/Networked Media Art and the Museum: Who Takes Care of Whom?, Renewable Futures Conference, RIXc, Riga, 9 October 2015
– Poster presentation at Off the Lip – Transdisciplinary Approaches to Cognitive Innovation conference, University of Plymouth, UK 9 September 2015
– Transtechnology Research Seminar The Opaque Lens: Affect and Subversion in Media Practices, Transtechnology Research, University of Plymouth, UK, 18 February 2015
– Transtechnology Research Conference Public Dialogues – Dialogues at the Interlude: Between Body, Artefact and Discourse, Session 6: ‘Artist, Territory, History’ – Chair: Edith Doove (Transtechnology Research) with Pascale Weber (University Paris 1), Jean Delsaux (Université d’Auvergne Clermont 1) and Claudia Loch (University of Brasilia), Plymouth Arts Centre, 13 July 2013
– Presentation Territory Beyond the Frame, Deleuze Conference, Lisbon, 10 July 2013
– Transtechnology Research Seminar Categories of Partial Knowledge with Martyn Woodward, Transtechnology Research, University of Plymouth, UK, 15 May 2013
– Research seminar On dialogue and the nonsensical, Plymouth College of Art, Plymouth, UK, 16 May 2012
– Transtechnology Research Seminar On Translation, Transtechnology Research, University of Plymouth, UK, 26 October 2011
– Lecture on Wolfgang Tillmans, British Art Show 7 Associated Artists events, Peninsula Arts Gallery, Plymouth, UK, 20 October 2011
– Visiting lecturer for Sarah Bennett, MA students, University of Plymouth, UK, 2011
– Visiting lecturer for prof. Stephanie Pratt on curatorial practice, University of Plymouth, UK, 2010
– Conversation on curatorial practice – for MA Curatorial Practice students from University College Falmouth/Virginia Button, Plymouth Arts Centre, Plymouth, UK, 2 November 2010
– Debates on ‘Art & technology’ – two debates with a.o. Peter Beyls, Pieter-Paul Mortier, Angelo Vermeulen, Group T, Leuven, B, 19-20 May 2010
– Presentation Exhibition Making as Research, Conference Arts Research: Publics and purposes, GradCAM, Dublin, IRE, 19 February 2010
– PhDArts Conference The Artist as Researcher – moderator of parallel sessions, member of the plenary panel discussion, 5-6 February 2010, Royal Academy of the Arts, The Hague, NL
* Recent publications:
Doove, E. (2017). Slow/Networked Media Art and the Museum: Who Takes Care of Whom? In: Smite, R. and Smits, R. eds. (2017). Renewable Futures Conference Proceedings 2015. Riga: Acoustic Space #16.
– (2014). Poet as Machine, on Calvino’s Cybernetics and Ghosts. In: M. Punt and M. Blassnigg, ed., Media Archaeology and Cognition – Transtechnology Research Reader 2014/15, 1st ed. Plymouth: Transtechnology Research, pp.150-156.
This essay discusses Calvino’s text ‘Cybernetics and Ghosts’ (1967) as a tool for the exploration of the cognitive role of storyteller and reader. Calvino suggests replacing the poet and author by a machine, a suggestion based amongst others on his understanding of the activities of the so-called Oulipo group that unites authors and mathematicians.
– (2012). Exploring the Curatorial as Creative Act Part II: The Artist as Found System. In M. Punt and M. Blassnigg, ed., Transtechnology Research Reader 2012-13, 1st ed. Plymouth: Transtechnology Research
This essay is intended as a thought experiment around the idea of the artist as found system, open-ended and in constant becoming, as an alternative and more flexible solution for the usual art historic conceptualizing of artists. Inspired by Daumal’s Mount Analogue and the island of Mandelbrot it makes use of a pataphysical, pragmatist approach, exploring the realm between fiction and reality, and tries to apply Duchamp’s infra-mince in order to develop a system(atic) thinking about the artist(ic).
– (2011). Exploring the Curatorial as Creative Act: Part I – Hidden Similarities. In M. Punt and M. Blassnigg, ed., Transtechnology Research Reader 2011, 1st ed. Plymouth: Transtechnology Research
This essay explores the focus on an immaterial in-between, an interval, the seemingly marginal or peripheral as constitutional elements for the curatorial as a creative act. It takes four, seemingly unconnected, antagonists as its starting point: Warburg as an important advocate of the iconology of the interval and as curator avant la lettre, Jarry’s introducing the idea of paired books, Duchamp as the inventor of the infra-mince or infrathin, and Koestler for his notion of the bisociative act.
Doove, E. (2018) Brouhaha. Leonardo Reviews, [online] May. Available at: https://www.leonardo.info/review/2018/05/review-of-brouhaha-worlds-of-the-contemporary
– (2018). Arts of Living on a Damaged Planet. Leonardo Reviews, [online] March. Available at: https://www.leonardo.info/review/2018/03/review-of-arts-of-living-on-a-damaged-planet-ghosts-and-monsters-of-the-anthropocene
– (2017). Textures of the Anthropocene – Grain Vapor Ray. Leonardo Reviews, [online] November. Available at: https://www.leonardo.info/review/2017/11/review-textures-of-the-anthropocene-grain-vapor-ray
– (2017). Affective Ecologies ; Anthropocene Feminism. Leonardo Reviews, [online] October. Available at:
– (2017). ‘The Apparently Marginal Activities of Marcel Duchamp’, Leonardo Reviews, [online] March. Available at https://www.leonardo.info/review/2017/03/review-of-the-apparently-marginal-activities-of-marcel-duchamp
– (2016). The Curatorial Conundrum. Leonardo Reviews, [online] July. Available at: http://leonardo.info/reviews/july2016/oneill-doove.php
– (2016). The Process That Is The World: Cage/Deleuze/Events/Performances, Leonardo Reviews, [online] June. Available at: http://leonardo.info/reviews/jun2016/panzner-doove.php
– (2016). Diffractive Technospaces: A Feminist Approach to the Mediations of Space and Representation. Leonardo Reviews, [online] April. Available at: http://leonardo.info/reviews/apr2016/timeto-doove.php
– (2015). Of Walking in Ice by Werner Herzog. Leonardo Reviews, [online] August. Available at: http://leonardo.info/reviews/aug2015/herzog-doove.php
– (2015). Other Planes of There: Selected Writings by Renée Green. Leonardo Reviews, [online] July. Available at: http://leonardo.info/reviews/july2015/green-doove.php
– (2015). How Reading is Written – A Brief Index to Gertrude Stein. Leonardo Reviews, [online] May. Available at: http://leonardo.info/reviews/may2015/lorange-doove.php
– (2015). Rays Media Collective: Casebook. Leonardo Reviews, [online] February. Available at: http://leonardo.info/reviews/feb2015/maranda-doove.php
– (2015). The Curatorial Avant-Garde: Surrealism and Exhibition Practice in France, 1925–1941. Leonardo Reviews, [online]. Available at: http://leonardo.info/reviews/jan2015/jolle-doove.php
– (2014). TaTa Dada: The Real Life and Celestial Adventures of Tristan Tzara‘. Leonardo Reviews, [online] December. Available at: http://leonardo.info/reviews/dec2014/hentea-doove.php
– (2014). Your Everyday Art World. Leonardo Reviews, [online] October. Available at: http://leonardo.info/reviews/oct2014/relyea-doove.php
– (2013). Dancing Around the Bride. Leonardo Reviews, [online]. Available at: http://leonardo.info/reviews/may2013/dancing-doove.php
– (2013). Captain Cap (vol.1). Leonardo Reviews, [online] March. Available at: http://leonardo.info/reviews/mar2013/allais-doove.php
– (2013). A Natural History of Laughter. Leonardo Reviews, [online] February. Available at: http://leonardo.info/reviews/feb2013/mitsch-doove.php
– (2013). The Islands of Benoît Mandelbrot: Fractals, Chaos, and the Materiality of Thinking’. Leonardo Reviews, [online] January. Available at: http://leonardo.info/reviews/jan2013/samuel-doove.php
– (2011). Inside Jokes – Using Humor to Reverse-Engineer the Mind. Leonardo Reviews, [online] August. Available at: http://www.leonardo.info/reviews/aug2011/doove_hurley.php
– (2011). We Can Change The Weather – 100 Cases of Changeability. Leonardo Reviews, [online] January. Available at: http://www.leonardo.info/reviews/jan2011/wynants_doove.php
– (2010). Laughter-Notes on a Passion. Leonardo Reviews, [online] December. Available at: http://www.leonardo.info/reviews/dec2010/doove_parvulescu.php
– (2010). Liverpool Biennial. Leonardo Reviews, [online] October. Available at: http://leonardo.info/reviews/oct2010/doove_liverpool.php
Doove, E. (2016) Il faut cultiver notre jardin …On the need for gardening. In: Doove, E., Fritz, D., Maes, A., Medosh, A., Steels, L. Alchimia Nova. Ghent: MER. Paper Kunsthalle
– (2016) Letter. In: Wade, C. ed. As We Alter It, So It Alters Us. Birmingham: Rope Press
– (2013). Peter Beyls – The artist as found system, a case study. In: Bit by Bit. Frankfurt: DAM Gallery
– (2011). Koen Vanmechelen – The chicken and its audience. [plastik] [on line], Plastik #02 – In vivo, L’artiste en l’œuvre ?, 3 June 2011. ISSN 2101-0323.
Available on http://art-science.univ-paris1.fr/plastik/document.php?id=475
– (2010). En voyage/in-between – Ways of nomadic thinking in the work of Boldireva/Olga/ Boldyreff. In: Olga Boldyreff. Nantes: Musée de Nantes, 2010
– Doove, E. ed., (2010). Parallellepipeda Boek. Leuven: Acco
*Recently curated projects:
– BUREAU DOOVE presents: Ballard, Blow & Driftingspace, Devonport Guildhall, Plymouth, UK as part of the Plymouth Art Weekender, 25-26 September 2015
– Curatorial concept as participation in The Theoretical Show, instigated by EFA Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, New York, 14 November – 20 December 2014. Followed by setting up of independent blog to communicate to a wider audience – https://theoreticalshow.wordpress.com;
– Online curating – proposal ‘The Imminent, Becoming, Ever Changing’ for The Naked on invitation, August 2013
– Platform P at the Duke, Duke of Cornwall Hotel, Plymouth, 4-6 November 2011
– Spot ON, curatorial research project, Faculty of Arts, Scott Building, University of Plymouth, 2010-2011
– wijheizijwei, Several venues in Flanders, June-October 2010, for the Belgian ngo Vredeseilanden; on the collaboration of artists and farmers to highlight the discussion on foreign aid and culture with Berlinde De Bruyckere, Johan Creten, Nathalie Hunter, Lucy & Jorge Orta, Koenraad Tinel, Koen Vanmechelen
– Parallellepipeda – between art & science, Museum M, Leuven, exhibition 28 January untill 25 April 2010; on the collaboration between art and science for the City of Leuven in collaboration with K.U. Leuven with amongst others Anne-Mie van Kerckhoven, Ronny Delrue, Nick Ervinck, Koen Vanmechelen, professors Géry d’Ydewalle and Koen Van Laere
* Conferences/lectures attended:
– Renewable Futures Conference 2015 – Transformative Potential of Art in the Age of Post-Media, RIXc, Riga, 8-9 October 2015
– Curating Now – event on cross-disciplinary curating at Birkbeck, School of Arts, London, 7 March 2015
– ‘an Exhibit’: an Exhibition, an Artwork, a Collaboration, ICA, London, 22 February 2014
– The Territory In-Between, Deleuze 2013, Lisbon 8-10 July 2013
– Artist as Curator, Central Saint Martins, London, 10 October 2012
– NeuroArts 3 – Noise: As Glue, as Buoyancy, University of Plymouth, 27-29 June 2012
– Making Space, Slade School of Fine Art, London, 25 February 2012
– Land/Water Summer Symposium: No Man’s Land, Plymouth University, 23 June 2011
– Curating Science, Wellcome Trust, London, 6 May 2011
– NeuroArts Conference, Plymouth University, 10-11 February 2011