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Jareh Das

MA work

MA work

I am particularly interested in what I describe as the cognitive process of collecting and how individuals within institutions shape objects entering the museum’s collection. My time at mima led to an in-depth introduction to an outstanding collection of post-War American drawings and contemporary crafts, focusing on these areas from the 1900s to the present.

Other interests lie in the continual shifts in currency of sound art, with specific reference to its relationship with performance art. Sound is ubiquitous, unstoppable, immersive. It is the agency through which spoken language is understood and music is absorbed. Sound works quietly with other senses to scan an environment, define orientation within a place and registers the feeling that we describe as atmosphere.



  • MA Degree


    School of Humanities


    MA Curating Contemporary Art, 2011

  • My knowledge of collecting for a public institution has increased vastly through working closely with a modern and contemporary art collection.

    Outside my MA programme, I am curating an interdisciplinary project this summer with a group of emerging and established artists at The Old Chapel, Peckham, London. Future research will involve a focus on contemporary performance. I contribute regularly to Aesthetica magazine’s blog and have written for This is Tomorrow.

    Host organisation: mima, Middlesbrough

  • Degrees

  • BA Hons, Material Culture, Architecture and Museum Studies, University of Leeds, 2005
  • Experience

  • Curatorial Fellow, mima Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, Middlesbrough, 2009-2011; Assistant, Cabinet Gallery, London, 2010; Exhibitions and Events Coordinator, Association of Ilustrators, London, 2009-2010
  • Exhibitions

  • Ubi-sunt, The Old Chapel, Asylum Road, Peckham, London, 2011; Sam Belinfante, Penumbra , mima Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, Middlesbrough, 2011; Ultra-red, The Middlesbrough Sessions, mima Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, Middlesbrough, 2010; Live at 176, Zabludowicz Collection at 176, London, 2010