Curatorial Incubator V.12: In Perpetual Search for The Self

Curatorial Incubator V.12: In Perpetual Search for The Self

Curated by Shauna Jean Doherty
March 6 – April 9, 2015

Opening Reception:
Friday, March 6, 2015, 6-8pm (curator’s talk at 7pm)


This year, The Curatorial Incubator, v.12 – A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Brat asked emerging curators to look at the work of media artists who are not afraid to act up and act out. The results have been challenging and rewarding – in equal parts – for the audiences for the programs to date. This year the probing, critical research of our incubatees has again come up against the realpolitik of artists’ energy. The results are extreme and often explosive – sometimes in a quiet way, sometimes in a completely insane way. That’s the beauty of asking young curators to sift through the already-made world of video art and come up with an idea and then take that idea for a walk: sometimes it makes perfect sense; sometimes it’s just a great trip.

We conclude this year’s Curatorial Incubator with Shauna Jean Doherty’s explication of Rosalind Krauss’ canonical 1976 text on video art and narcissism from the perspective of a young curator with interests in performance-for-the-camera tactics.



David Askevold, It’s No Use Crying 1972, 3:30.

Kate Craig, Delicate Issue 1979, 12;36.

Colin Campbell, True/False 1972, 9:00.

Tom Sherman, Envisioner 1978, 3:00.

Elizabeth Chitty, Telling Tales 1979, 26:45.


image above from It’s No Use Crying, by David Askevold (1972)



Shauna Jean Doherty is a freelance curator and art critic based in Toronto. Her academic and curatorial interests rest within the field of new media art. She received her MFA in Art Criticism and Curatorial Practice in 2014 from OCAD University. She has written exhibition and book reviews for publications which include the Journal of Curatorial Studies, C Magazine, and Daily Serving.