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Paul St George


Peterborough Museum & Art Gallery
and touring

November 27, 2004 - January 23, 2005
tour dates in 2005

curation and two pieces in exhibition

visit the Sequences website

I curated and managed this exhibition of contemporary art and chronophotography. The exhibition received Arts Council support to tour England. Artists included Darren Almond, Tim Macmillan, Babel and David Crawford.


Throughout the project my aim was to foster a debate between contemporary art and its antecedents. I did this, in part, by showing contemporary work alongside historical artefacts and by providing many opportunities for people to interact with the contextual work and with the contemporary work.

There were two interrelated research questions that faced in opposite directions. Can chronophotography be better understood by reassessing its history from a contemporary perspective? Can current time-based art practice be informed by a fresh understanding of chronophotography?

These questions break into a cluster of closely related research questions. Can chronophotography be understood not as a precedent for cinema, but as a significant and valuable study in its right? Are there lessons to be learned from chronophotography that can inform contemporary time-based art practice? Is it valuable to see contemporary time-based art practice as descending from chronophotography rather than cinema? Does chronophotography inform current concerns with subjective time, duration and pace?

Slideshow: Paul St George - Sequences

This research was spread through artist’s talks at each of the venues. The curatorial practice was used an example of excellent practice by the Arts Council in their training seminars. The exhibition was successful, influential and popular and for some months was number 2 in the Guardian’s pick of the week’s exhibitions.

The exhibition is mentioned in Simon Perkins' Constellations Project (Constellations.co.nz is a structured repository of innovative and exemplar design and information-based works published as a collection of intersecting responses).

The research and its impact are international. Artists from a number of continents were asked to contribute works to the exhibition. Key authors, themselves from a number of different continents, were asked to write contextualising essays about these works. These essays have been published in a book, Sequences: Contemporary Chronophotography (Wallflower Press, 2007, ISBN: 9781905674763) to be distributed worldwide.

Sequences - catalogue pages

A copy of the catalogue is held in the Baltic Library & Archive.

Touring Exhibition:

November 27, 2004 - January 23, 2005: Peterborough Museum and Art Gallery, Peterborough

February 11 - March 11, 2005: Royal Pump Rooms, Leamington Spa

March 22 - April 22, 2005 : Furniture Works, 41 Commercial Road, London

read a review of the Furniture Works exhibition on Neural.it

May 28 - July 23, 2005 : Lighthouse, Poole

August 20 - October 1, 2005 : Q Arts, Derby

Please also refer to hardcopy item for this output.

related outcomes:
Paul St George: Tondo
Paul St George: Sequences: Contemporary Chronophotography

back to Paul St George home page

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