Qualities of Diegesis in Conceptual Curatorial Projects

Marina Biryukova, Jan Dolák

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Many phenomena of modern culture may be perceived as analogous
to text, but curatorial projects are significant in this regard, as their
conceptions are available for reception and interpretation in the context
of narrative analysis. Diegetic aspects of an exhibition help to clarify its
idea and meaning. It is remarkable that exhibitions of conceptualism,
which are almost completely devoid of a coherent visual component
(as demonstrated, for example, the exhibition Voids: A Retrospective
[2009] at the Centre Pompidou in Paris, dedicated to interpretation of the
category of nothing in contemporary art), could not avoid using text in
form of comments, labels, catalogues, mediation services for the public.
This article discusses the significant role of text in conceptual curatorial
projects, and considers the relevant aspects of text: context, narrative,
deconstruction, renaming, thesauration. The methodology process of the
article is based on the comparative analysis of curatorial projects in the
context of theory of culture, aesthetics, philosophy of art, and semantics.
Diegetic features, which are distinctly present in the contemporary creative
process, are undergoing metamorphosis, associated primarily with a
change of attitude to the text from the 1960s: exaggeration of the text’s
role, logocentrism of contemporary art, the need for context in art, and, at
the same time, the reduction of semantic, meaningful content of text in the
era of triumph of media simulacra.
Translated title of the contributionКачества диегезиса в концептуальных кураторских проектах
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)116-128
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Science and Technology of the Arts
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2020

Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities(all)


  • diegesis
  • narrative
  • curatorial project
  • curatorial conception
  • museum
  • exhibition


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