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Sarah Pierce | The Setting Down
18:00 on 27 February 2020
Collective, Calton Hill
“We venture to put our words and deeds into the world in recognition that someone else will take them up – misuse and reuse them, changing what I have done into something more.”
Collective is pleased to welcome Sarah Pierce to present a public talk as part of our Satellites Programme.
Since Sarah’s essay The Simple Operator was written in 2014, it has become a touchstone for the Satellites Programme participants as a way to articulate the process of bringing artworks into public spaces. In this talk, which is open to all, Sarah Pierce will discuss the moment of exhibition in relation to her concept of ‘the setting down’ as less an endpoint, but more where a thing is let go.
Touching on the work of Hannah Arendt, who wrote eloquently about public activities that orient towards a future: Sarah invokes ‘the setting down’ as a type of action, in which this unpredictable quality of the exhibition is also its community.
Tickets to Sarah’s talk are free, but booking via Eventbrite is essential.
Text quote: Pierce, Sarah “The Simple Operator” in Martinon, Jean-Paul. The Curatorial: A Philosophy of Curating. Bloomsbury Press 2014.