Chris Dorsett

Chris Dorsett is an artist whose career has been built on curatorial partnerships with collection-holding institutions such as the Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford during the 1980s, the Royal Swedish Armoury (Stockholm) in the 1990s, and, in the past decade, Edinburgh University’s Cast Collections. He has also undertaken fieldwork residencies in the Amazon (organised with the Centre for Economic Botany, Kew [2003]) and the walled village of Kat Hing Wai (commissioned by the Arts Development Council of Hong Kong [1997-8]). As a Professor of Fine Art at Northumbria University, Dorsett writes about the interface between experimental exhibition practices and the museum sector. His publications include: ‘Exhibitions and their prerequisites’, in Issues in curating: Contemporary art and performance (2007); ‘Making meaning beyond display’, in Museum materialities: Objects, engagements, interpretations (2009); and ‘Things and theories: The unstable presence of exhibited objects’, in The thing about museums: Objects and experience, representation and contestation (2011). His most recent article is 'The pleasure of the holder: Media art, museum collections and paper money', in the International Journal of Arts and Technology (2017).

Papers submitted to the Studies in Material Thinking Journal