Chalmers Conferences, Transvaluation: Making the world matter

Cultural Transpractices: Method as Performative Tool of Change
Andrew Dewdney, Victoria Walsh

Last modified: 2015-08-17


This paper discusses three collaborative research projects: ‘Tate Encounters: Britishness and Visual Culture’ (2007-10), ‘Cultural Value and the Digital’ (2014), and ‘Transfigurations: Curatorial and Artistic in an Age of Migrations’ (2011- 2015). Each of the projects examined the limits and opportunities of curatorial and organisational practices and knowledge-formation in the production of value within national public culture. The research highlighted the significant level of disjuncture between practice, policy and theory which continues to mitigate against the development of new models of transvaluation. The research argues for a model of transvaluation termed by the authors as ‘post-critical’. This term understands method as ‘a performative tool of change’ (Law & Urry 2002) and was developed through a collaborative, embedded, transdisciplinary and coproduction research process for valuing the public’s encounter with the art museum. The paper concludes by acknowledging the work of ANT and underlining the crucial importance of translation as a means of overcoming epistemological and methodological separations.


Post-critical; Transcollaboration; Transdisciplinary; Transmediality.


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