Who: Simon Mordant and Rachel Kent
Role: Chair and Senior Curator, Museum of Contemporary Art.
Office Dimensions: 3.6x5m
Lara and Jason were a bit terrified about this meeting. Simon Mordant is such a high powered business man, would he really want to spend time to chatting to such pseudo leaders? However, upon meeting in the foyer, Simon immediately complimented their ‘fantastic’ shirts’ and told them he loved their cheeky letter.
Rachel and Simon were both excited by this kind of practice, evidenced by the success of this years off- site Primavera exhibtion and the very interesting c3 West project. They are now thinking about continuing to exhibit off site. With the current renovations there will also be more space for performative and participatory practice, and they will begin this by partnering with Performance Space next year. Rachel feels very ready ‘to take it on’ and think about art in unexpected spaces within the gallery, on the skin of the museum, off-site and virtually. She sees visual art as encompassing so much, “from dance to psychology to phenology.”
Rachel said that the gallery shows the full stop. She would love to present “the whole sentence”, by conveying artists processes and research. They both liked the term live art and said it was up to artsits to define their own terms.
Jason made the mistake of calling the gallery a box, to which Simon said “We musn’t think of ourselves as a box, there is so much going on outside.”
Both believed that administration could be art and were curious about Field Theory’s methods. When asked what makes a good leader, Simon said “Don’t be shy – approach it all with enthusiasm and passion, like you are”.