Events , International

Collecting Matters

At The David Roberts Foundation, London

The Harder You Look is a temporary institute and workshop that takes inspiration from and follows the procedures of scientific research as a tool for thinking and producing collaboratively. Students and specialists meet in London to discuss the specificity of perception in its relation to contemporary artworks.? What are the parameters that come into play when looking at a work of art? What instigates or affects its reading? How and when does the work reveal itself? What does its context or history bring? What about its location or its position as part of a collection? What is it that we have in front of our eyes and what happens when we look harder?? The Harder You Look focuses on the various aspects of the context that generates a work and traces its relation back to the viewer.

The Harder you Look is organised by Collecting Matters, CAHF and Pieternel Vermoortel.

Collecting Matters is a partnership between three Foundations that marks a collective commitment to encouraging new ways of thinking, sharing and producing knowledge about collections. Founded in 2012 by the Kadist Art Foundation (Paris), Nomas Foundation (Rome) and David Roberts Art Foundation (London), Collecting Matters wishes to develop an exchange on notions of collection/collecting through an interdisciplinary curatorial fellowship.

Contemporary Art Heritage Flanders (CAHF) is the content-driven, collaborative platform of Flanders’ four leading contemporary art museums: S.M.A.K. (Ghent), Mu.ZEE (Ostend), M HKA & Middelheimmuseum (Antwerp). With pronounced substantive aspirations, and always on the basis of the operations of its partner museums, CAHF operates as a knowledge hub that links together the collections of the partner museums, while also confronting them with one another and building an international profile for them, all the while respecting their individual character.

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