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Kirsten Lloyd is Associate Curator at Stills, Edinburgh, where she is currently curating a three-year programme of exhibitions, research workshops, public lectures and residencies entitled Social Documents, intended to examine artists’ mediation of social, political and economic realities (http://www.stills.org/social-documents). The exhibition ‘The Ethics of Encounter’ launched the project in 2010 with an interrogation of the complex interfaces which have emerged between aesthetics, politics and ethics in art’s most recent ‘social turn’. This was followed in 2011/12 with a public programme centred around the documentarist Allan Sekula’s rigorous photographic and filmic mapping of the economic mechanisms and spaces of globalisation. The trilogy concluded in 2013 with the group exhibition ‘ECONOMY’, co-curated with Angela Dimitrakaki. Investigating the production of subjectivity through a capitalist economy in the 21st century, the project was hosted by CCA Glasgow and Stills Edinburgh. See www.economyexhibition.net.
Previous projects have included Nicky Bird’s Beneath the Surface/Hidden Place (2006-10), charting the effects of economic change and regeneration in Scotland and the Martha Rosler Library with Anton Vidokle (2008).
Recent publications include ‘Endgame? Reconfiguring the Artwork’ (Third Text 2012), ‘Projection Space’ in Elin Jakobsdottir’s exhibition catalogue Hinges Between Days, ‘The Caress: Intimate Transactions in the Video Art of Dani Marti’ in the artist’s monograph (Hatje Cantz, 2012) and ‘The Ethics of Encounter’ published in Artpulse Summer 2011.
Lloyd has organised and contributed to numerous panel discussions and conferences concerning art and politics. In 2012 she curated the programme ‘The Globalisation and Art Lectures’ as part of Allan Sekula’s exhibition programme at Stills funded by the Roberts Fund and The University of Edinburgh’s History of Art department. In 2011 she organised the AHRC funded research workshop ‘The Ethics of Encounter’ (http://www.stills.org/ethics_workshop), presenting four related papers in the same year: ‘The Moral of the Story: Ethical Engagements in Contemporary Documentary’ at the AAH conference, ‘Sex, Lies and Videotapes: Ethics and the Biopolitical Encounter’ at the Knowing Ways: Critical Learning in Arts Practice conference, ‘Flash Points: The Politics of Transgression in Contemporary Art’ at Bolton University and Dundee Contemporary Arts. In 2010 she chaired the symposium ‘Who Goes There? Democracy in the 21st Century’ at Tramway, Glasgow, which considered the current condition and future political and economic infrastructures in a globalised age, presenting also the paper ‘What’s Art Got to Do with It?’ Her interest in the mediation of politically engaged contemporary art led her to co-organise a conference at The National Galleries of Scotland entitled ‘Radical Complicities: Curating Art in the 21st Century’ (2010) with Dr Angela Dimitrakaki, involving leading international and Scottish curators. She has also presented papers on the theme, including ‘Sleeping Cells and Double Agents: Curatorial Tactics within and beyond the Institution’ and ‘Mediating Social Documents’ at The University of Edinburgh and as an invited participant at the Curating Now symposium in Detroit hosted by ArtServe Michigan and The Kresge Foundation (both 2010). In 2008 she was selected to participate in the 5th Berlin Biennial’s Eyes Wide Open workshop, a 10-day programme for young curators funded by the Goethe Institut.
Board and steering group memberships in the visual arts sector include Scottish Contemporary Art Network (2012 – present), Market Gallery Glasgow (2011 – present), VAGA Scotland (2008 – 2012), The Edinburgh Art Festival (2005 -2008). Lloyd has also sat on numerous selection and funding panels.
Lloyd is also an AHRC-funded PhD candidate in the History of Art Department at the University of Edinburgh. Her doctoral research examines the turn towards documentary modes in contemporary art, linking it to the demand for the circulation of social knowledge and the increasingly urgent questions of representation and realism in the 21st century.