Testing Ground | Time Scale & Jotta

by Helen Barker

I was recently invited to participate in Testing Ground | Time Scale, a collaboration between students from the MFA Curating at Goldsmiths College and the MA Curating Contemporary Art at Royal College of Art. Time Scale looked at the processes involved in exhibition-making and its accompanying notions of scale and duration using works from the Zabludowicz Collection and a programme of artists’ commissions and interventions.

A team of curators staged an exhibition of approximately twenty-five works from the Collection over the course of the weekend. Exhibited in three-hourly shifts, artworks were added to and subtracted from the exhibition space. Exposing the curatorial process to public observation, viewers were able to witness each different stage including discussion, selection of works, installation and de-installation. The exhibition took place at 176 Gallery, Saturday 29 – Sunday 30  January.

I occupied the space for one day and responded to the works as they were taken down, put up and re-arranged. As I produced work it was immediately published on-line to form part of the catalogue for the show. The full catalogue, including works by artists from Goldsmiths and the Royal College, as well as commissioned artists, can be found here.


In addition to my work for Time Scale’s catalogue, I wrote a review on the exhibition which was published for Jotta yesterday and can be found here.







Photograph by Andrea Lopez Portillo