Victoria Walsh

Theme: Curating Public Knowledge

Redistributing Knowledge and Practice in the
Art Museum

As expectations and demands for collaborative research in art museums increase, the public – the bene ciary of this “impact” work – becomes a complex entity threatening both curatorial and academic authority. Drawing on a range of projects and exhibitions focused on curating and programming, the paper discusses how new collaborative research methods are needed. These situated and interdisciplinary modes of knowledge- generation reconnect all three spheres of the museum, the academy and the public understanding of research as a “performative tool of change.” New models of practice- led and-based research lead to new distributed forms of knowledge-production and public engagement. 

Victoria Walsh is Head of the Curating Contemporary Art program at Royal College of Art London and Professor of Art History and Curating. She was Head of Public Programs at Tate Britain, securing the project Tate Encounters (2007-10). She has published the book Post Critical Museology: Theory and Practice in the Art Museum (2013) and worked on national and EU-funded projects and exhibitions like Cultural Value and the Digital (2014 Tate), Transfigurations: Artistic and Curatorial Research (MACBA 2013-15).