Hi Simeng. I am very glad to give you some feedback on my thoughts here. First of all ,I have to say that reading your blog is really enjoyable, I can clearly see how much you have been thinking and growing about curating this semester, and every week you’ve been blogging and reflecting in a timely manner on what you’ve been learning in class or on your field trips. That’s a good point and I think you’ve made a lot of key insights into the response to curating. However,I’m a bit sorry that I didn’t see much reflection on your individual and group projects in your blog. If you can try to think more about the content of your individual projects, and connect these classroom ideas and your own insights from the exhibition to your individual projects, you can surely create a wonderful spark. And also,before posting blogs, please double check your title and content to make sure it is correct, for example, in the title and body of the Week 3 blog, you always mistyped the ARIs as AIRs.

Also, I would suggest that you can try to explore and narrow down your curatorial theme in more depth.It still seems rather scattered and cluttered at the moment. In week two blog, you mentioned the link between food and people’s happiness and the role of traditional food therapy in regulating physical and mental health; but by week five, the theme had changed as food waste ; and in week nine, the theme had once again diverged into environmental disasters and ecological imbalance. The food element is constantly being weakened and I would suggest that you could remove it if you no longer need it. Amanda Boetzkes in her book Plastic Capitalism: Contemporary Art and the Drive to Waste mentions that waste has become an important part of contemporary art discourse. I would suggest that you can try to streamline and consolidate the theme into the dilemma of food waste and environmental catastrophe that humanity is facing. It would be a very meaningful theme.

I hope the Food For Thought exhibition can inspire you, here is the link to its webpage (https://scandinavianmind.com/jonas-kleerup-electrolux-thought-provoking- contemporary-art-exhibition-highlights-the-food-waste-issue/). The exhibition features the work of eight international artists who use photography, video, installation, and painting to highlight the complex relationships between food, health, politics, and the environment, and it aim to raise awareness of food and change consumers’ behavior. Sam Keller‘s work also fits in well with your theme, as he glues Swarovski crystals to flattened beverage cans to reveal the social phenomenon of over-consumption. I hope these two examples will help you in some way. Please try to find more artworks and add them to your personal projects.

Left:Sam Keller, Can (Coca-Cola), 2019
Right:Sam Keller, Can (Mountain Dew), 2019

I can see in your blog that you have a lot of great ideas, please try to explain and plan your activities in more depth. For example, in the first week you conducted a case study about Jersey Museum, Art Gallery & Victorian House. And do a very thorough analysis of its vision, audience, activities, financial structure, and so on. If you apply this case study analysis to your personal project, it will give the reviewers a more intuitive understanding of your personal project. Also, you mentioned in week 9 that you wanted to put the artworks in order from ‘boom’ to ‘bust’ and I really think that is an interesting way of narrating the artworks, could you add some specific artworks to describe them in more detail?

In terms of curatorial themes, we have some overlapping parts. My curatorial theme also includes human being and nature, including the disasters we may face in the future. I hope I can talk about it with you in the group meeting afterward!


Braddock, A. C. (2020) Amanda Boetzkes, Plastic Capitalism: Contemporary Art and the Drive to Waste, Cambridge: MIT Press, 2019, 264 pp. 81 colour and 5 b/w illus. $ 34.95 (hardcover) ISBN 9780262039338. RACAR. [Online] 45 (1), 86–88.