INDEPENDENT CURATORS INTERNATIONAL
do it

Nova Scotia College of Art and Design

  • Allison Knowles, Homage to Each Red Thing, 1996, do it, installation view, NSCAD, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, 2019. Courtesy of Seamus Gallagher and ICI.
  • Adrian Piper, The Humming Room, 2012, do it, installation view, NSCAD, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, 2019. Courtesy of Seamus Gallagher and ICI.
  • do it, installation view, NSCAD, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, 2019. Courtesy of Seamus Gallagher and ICI.

Nova Scotia College of Art and Design
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
December 4, 2018 – December 15, 2018

Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (NSCAD) in Halifax, Nova Scotia pursues the question of “What would happen if an exhibition never stopped?” through its participation in do it.  Since do it began in 1993, with this question being asked by Hans Ulrich Obrist and artists Christian Boltanski and Bertrand Lavier, do it has become the longest-running and most far-reaching exhibition to ever to have happened – constantly evolving and generating evermore relevant new versions of itself. NSCAD’s iteration of do it investigates the necessity of exploring collaboration and shared authorship in a constantly evolving art world, and the extraordinary effects of globalization on curating and artistic practice in the 1990s. At NSCAD Adrian Piper asks audiences to hum a tune in order to enter a room, Ben Kinmont wants us to “invite a stranger into [our] home for breakfast,” Alexandre Singh teaches us how to turn wine into soda, Yoko Ono encourages us to keep wishing, and Mircea Cantor demands that we “burn this book. ASAP,” but John Armleder says to do “None of the above.”


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