About - Graduate Project
Breath Variations is a new body of work created by Irish artist Christopher Steenson (b. 1992) for Flat Time House. Using sound, video, and transmission-based methodologies, Breath Variations explored the materiality of time – its permanence and evanescence – and the power that attention has over its transmission and state of matter. By manipulating and extending the sonic dimensions of Flat Time House, Steenson's work for this exhibition investigated the capacity of breath as a ‘least event’ – Latham’s term for the shortest departure from a state of nothingness – to punctuate linearities of time and space.
Breath Variations formed part of the MA Curating Contemporary Art Graduate Projects 2023, Royal College of Art, in partnership with Flat Time House. Curated by: Cindy He, Thomas Cury, Salomé Jacques, Romy Lagesse, Napas Mangklatanakul, Ariana Martin, Liyin Wang and Hyora Yang.
Featured Image: untitled (thesamethesamethesamethesame) (2023), 4', black and white, HD video (transferred to SD), broadcast monitor, 6-channel surround sound. Christopher Steenson, Breath Variations, May 12-14, 2023. Photography by: Ariana Martin.
About - Dissertation
Relating the Retrospective considers the potential of ‘curating relationally’ – specifically in the case of the solo artist retrospective – in widening the scope of how we look back. Using María Puig de la Bellacasa’s text ‘Nothing Comes Without Its World’: Thinking with Care, I analysed how the unique modes of ‘relating’ brought forward by contemporary solo artist retrospectives foster the pluriversality and multiplicity of curatorial formats, ecologies, and epistemologies. I concluded that embedding Puig de la Bellacasa’s ‘moves’ of thinking-with and dissenting-within and engaging with ‘differential’ consciousness is essential to building accountable and inclusive models of the solo artist retrospective and “thick populated worlds” (Puig de la Bellacasa, 2012, p. 200).