Joseph Kendra

Theme: Rethinking the Canon

If You Had a Year to Change Something What Would You Do? 

The BMW Tate Live Thought Workshop Series 2013-14 was a project that explored the possibilities of change and transformation, through ideas about art, thought and technology. Organised in partnership with theatre company Quarantine, the project asked people to answer a simple question: If you had a year to change something, what would you do? A group of 30 recruited participants met across a series of ve events between 2013-2014, with invited guests from a wide range of disciplines.

Through the case study, the paper explores how long- term collaborations between institutions, artists and the public might transform the way we think about current artistic practice, learning and the role of the museum. 

Joseph Kendra (b. 1984) is Assistant Curator, Public Programmes, Tate Modern and Tate Britain. He has held several positions at Tate over seven years as well as working for the BFI Southbank and Barbican Art Gallery, London. He holds an MA in Visual Anthropology from Goldsmiths, University of London, and an MA (Hons.) in Social Anthropology from the University of Edinburgh. He curates Inside Today’s Museum and Towards Tomorrow’s Museum, two courses exploring new models for the art museum.