Alexandra C M Ross recently completed a Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship at the Centre for Curating the Archive, Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town. She read an honours law degree, followed by a Masters in Museum and Gallery Studies, a Master of Fine Art and a PhD in Curatorial Practice.
In 2014, she was Curatorial Fellow with ATLAS Arts, on the Isle of Skye. In 2015, she was a tutor at the Vessel/ MADA International Curatorial Retreat, Bari, Italy and writer in residence at Skaftfell, Centre for Visual Art, Seydisfjordur, Iceland.
Her experience spans working in museums, art collections and archives, academia, biennials, the auction house, the art studio and art presses. Originally from Scotland, she has worked internationally for almost a decade with a particular focus on the UK, Italian and South African art scenes.
A curious epicure, the space for exchanging food and the ecology of consumption runs through her work, with her role in events often taking that of a symposiarch. Her research approach is and interdisciplinary, infused with an emphasis on the creation of a space in which critical conviviality can take place. By that it is meant, attention to and appreciation of the unique space afforded by bringing people together to listen and exchange, and in which a change in perspective and approach can be a possible outcome by virtue of an hospitable and reciprocal methodology.
She is available to supervise MFA and PhD students – both with a curatorial and studio art practice. Themes running through her work are experimentation with the staging of space, the movement of the body through space and the generation of ideas.
Thoroughly relational, artistic influences that strongly infuse her practice are: choreography and dramaturgical practices (the nexus and interplay between performing and performance art, and dance and visual art); conversational, littoral and dialogical art; curatorial discourse; and sound art and artwork exploring the voice and spoken word.
Her practice inclines towards event-based projects. Such events loiter in the interstitial spaces of artistic and curatorial practice, with an appreciation for liminality, silencing and exclusion, attempting to document, illuminate and elucidate.
Her practice-led PhD explored the scope and efficacy of conversation-as-method in an attempt to gather layers of nuance relating to practice and practitioners that all too frequently fall off the record and into silence.
Areas of research interest:
Creation of a space for critical conviviality to take place.
Hosting, hospitality & food.
Conversation, discursive spaces.
Recording and archival practice.
Staging and dramaturgy.
Collaboration, collective action and co-authorship.
Links to video or other media
Round-up of Postdoctoral Fellowship: http://www.cca.uct.ac.za/a-farewell-to-dr-alexandra-ross/ Article for Mnemoscape Journal: https://www.mnemoscape.org/a-polyphonic-essay A polyphonic Essay on Intimacy and Distance for the Transart Triennale 2016: http://www.transarttriennale.org/polyphonic-essay