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Jason Bowman

Senior lecturer

Jason Bowman
Senior lecturer
jason.bowman@akademinvaland.gu.se
+46 31 786 5128

Room number: B612
Postal Address: Box 132, 40530 Göteborg
Visiting Address: Vasagatan 50 , 41137 Göteborg


Valand Academy (More Information)
Box 132
405 30 Göteborg

Visiting Address: Vasagatan 50 , 411 37 Göteborg

About Jason Bowman

Jason E. Bowman is an artist with a curatorial practice, writer and researcher. Raised in a working-class, mining family during Margaret Thatcher's attempts to evict the working class from intellectual life, he was the first person in his family to attend Higher Education.

He is MFA: Fine Art Programme Leader and previously Research Representative: Fine Art at Valand Academy. In 2015 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts and in 2016 joined the board of Paradox: the European Forum for Fine Art in H.E. In 2017 the Univeristy of Gothenburg selected him as a furure research leader.

Jason has particular interests in the following fields: expanded modes of artistic practice and agency within the history and conditions of artist-led cultures; fine art performance and live art; collective and collaborative modes of practice; socially engaged and participatory and context-specific arts practice; queer art and performance and curating and the curatorial.

Jason was a member of the working group for PARSE (Platform for Artistic Research Sweden), for which he co-edited an edition of the PARSE Journal, Value. In 2014 he was awarded a Swedish Research Council grant to develop Stretched – a research project that, through the curatorial, seeks to contribute new knowledge on how artistic practice is assembled, expanded and stretched within the cultures of ‘the artist-led’. The project is co-researched with Mick Wilson and Julie Crawshaw. 

Until June 2015, Jason was affiliated as a researcher to the EU project, NEARCH (New Scenarios for a Community Involved Archeology). He was co-researcher on the Swedish Research Council Funded Project, Trust and Unfolding Dialogue in Contemporary Art and editor of the publication, Esther Shalev-Gerz The Contemporary Art of Trusting Uncertainties and Unfolding Dialogues. This book seeks to provide a platform for a debate on the co-generative potentials of trust and dialogue in particpatory art. Contributing writers: Stefanie Baumann, Jason E. Bowman, George Didi-Huberman, Lisa Le Feuvre, Andrea Phillips, Jacques Rancière, Jacqueline Rose, Esther Shalev-Gerz, Annika Wik and James E. Young.

As an artist he works primarily by commission and develops longitudinal projects that emanate from questions relating to social engagement, participation and coercion of 'publics''. He rarely allows his hand to touch his own works, which are not media-specific. Instead he works with others who ultimately become responsible for the implementation of their fantasies of his work. This has included gravediggers, HIV+ Catholic priests, court artists, town criers, palantypists.

Commissioners include: Tramway (Glasgow), Institute Francais (Paris), Proboscis (London), ICA (London), Franklin Furnace (NYC), Situations (Bristol) and the Whitworth Art Gallery (Manchester) by curators such as Claire Doherty, Francis McKee, Martha Wilson, Lois Keidan and Charles Esche among others. He recently contributed work to Watched! Art, Photography and Surveillance in Europe post 9/11, which will tour throughout 2016-17.

Previous curatorial work includes the official presentation from Scotland at the Venice Biennale (2005), the first European career survey of the practices of Yvonne Rainer (Tramway, 2010). In 2017 In Case There's a Reason: The Theatre of Mistakes opened at London's Raven Row.

Jason previously operated as a commissioner for art in the public realm for both temporary and public works. As a consultant he has informed strategy and policy development and undertaken significant evaluation projects. His clients in the public sector have included: Artquest, Arts Council England (Head Office), Manchester City Council, British Council, Scottish Arts Council, Space Studios, Salford University, The Artist Information Company, The Public, Tamasha Theatre, Invisible Dust, The East Midlands Arts Officers Consortium, National Galleries (UK). He was a co-director of a six-year long, curatorial project that sought to examine and effect artist-led infrastructural development emanating from the West Midlands in the UK.

He is a regular public speaker and presents at seminars, panel discussions and conferences and has written widely on art.

Latest publications

Accidentally on Purpose: Curating Aleatoric Certainties
Jason E. Bowman
Goldmsmiths College Choreographic Seminar Series, Conference contribution 2017
Conference contribution

There's a Reason: A Case for the Theatre of Mistakes
Jason E. Bowman
Exhibition Catalogue Publication: GOING/IN CASE THERE'S A REASON, London, Raven Row Gallery, Chapter in book 2017
Chapter in book

Curating Artist-Organisation: The potential of inter- and intra-organisational practices as exhibition-making.
Jason E. Bowman
Artistic Research Week Conference, Oslo National Academy of the Arts. 24-27 January 2017, Conference contribution 2017
Conference contribution

Coming of Age: Deveron Arts at 21
Jason E. Bowman
Huntly, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, Deveron Arts, UK., Report 2016
Report

Being Art School
Jason E. Bowman
Published in New Art West Midlands Exhibition 2017 (Catalogue), Birmingham, UK., Birmingham Museums Trust, Chapter in book 2016
Chapter in book

Untitled (Chalk Board)
Jason E. Bowman
Meaning Making Meaning Exhibition A-Venue, Gothenburg, Artwork 2016
Artwork

Untitled (on a day unknown…)
Jason E. Bowman
Watched! Art, Photography and Surveillance in Europe after 9/11, Hasselblad Center, Gothenburg (SE) then touring to Kunsthall Aarhus (DK), and published in an exhibition catalogue., Artwork 2016
Artwork

“Towards a Purposeful Accident: Elements of Performance Art via The Ting: The Theatre of Mistakes”
Jason E. Bowman, Anthony Howell
PARSE Journal # 4 Times (online and in print), Artwork 2016
Artwork

Correspondence between Jason E. Bowman and Kirsteen Macdonald
Jason E. Bowman, Kirsteen Macdonald
Living Out Ideas, self-published by Curatorial Studio, Glasgow, Glasgow, Scotland, Curatorial Studio, Chapter in book 2016
Chapter in book

Curating as Care Making?
Jason E. Bowman
Deep in the Heart of Your Brain Symposium, Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow (UK). November 4 2016, Conference contribution 2016
Conference contribution

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2017

Accidentally on Purpose: Curating Aleatoric Certainties
Jason E. Bowman
Goldmsmiths College Choreographic Seminar Series, Conference contribution 2017
Conference contribution

There's a Reason: A Case for the Theatre of Mistakes
Jason E. Bowman
Exhibition Catalogue Publication: GOING/IN CASE THERE'S A REASON, London, Raven Row Gallery, Chapter in book 2017
Chapter in book

Curating Artist-Organisation: The potential of inter- and intra-organisational practices as exhibition-making.
Jason E. Bowman
Artistic Research Week Conference, Oslo National Academy of the Arts. 24-27 January 2017, Conference contribution 2017
Conference contribution

2016

Coming of Age: Deveron Arts at 21
Jason E. Bowman
Huntly, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, Deveron Arts, UK., Report 2016
Report

Being Art School
Jason E. Bowman
Published in New Art West Midlands Exhibition 2017 (Catalogue), Birmingham, UK., Birmingham Museums Trust, Chapter in book 2016
Chapter in book

Untitled (Chalk Board)
Jason E. Bowman
Meaning Making Meaning Exhibition A-Venue, Gothenburg, Artwork 2016
Artwork

Untitled (on a day unknown…)
Jason E. Bowman
Watched! Art, Photography and Surveillance in Europe after 9/11, Hasselblad Center, Gothenburg (SE) then touring to Kunsthall Aarhus (DK), and published in an exhibition catalogue., Artwork 2016
Artwork

“Towards a Purposeful Accident: Elements of Performance Art via The Ting: The Theatre of Mistakes”
Jason E. Bowman, Anthony Howell
PARSE Journal # 4 Times (online and in print), Artwork 2016
Artwork

Correspondence between Jason E. Bowman and Kirsteen Macdonald
Jason E. Bowman, Kirsteen Macdonald
Living Out Ideas, self-published by Curatorial Studio, Glasgow, Glasgow, Scotland, Curatorial Studio, Chapter in book 2016
Chapter in book

Curating as Care Making?
Jason E. Bowman
Deep in the Heart of Your Brain Symposium, Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow (UK). November 4 2016, Conference contribution 2016
Conference contribution

Showing 1 - 10 of 57

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