The Unexpected Beautiful Phrase
The Unexpected Beautiful Phrase was a day-long programme of performances, screenings and conversations that took place at Nottingham Contemporary. Inspired by the writing of Stefano Harney and Fred Moten, The Unexpected Beautiful Phrase sought to explore the role of embodiment and illegibility within the tactics of a fugitive learning; a learning on the run; a devious learning that deals in illegible and embodied knowledges. The fugitive, propose Stefano Harney and Fred Moten in ‘The University and the Undercommons’, occupies a space of perpetual contradiction, simultaneously within and beyond the institution: ‘on the stroll of the stolen life’, yet reliant on the institution as a place from which to steal. Featuring new and existing work, The Unexpected Beautiful Phrase considered how the fugitive learner navigates and subverts institutional space, using their own body as a container and disseminator of knowledges that refuse legibility.
Artists: Department for International Dance Development, Rosa Johan Uddoh, Christopher Kirubi, Dorine Van Meel, Jules Sturm, Denise Ferreira da Silva, Arjuna Neuman, Holly Pester, Raju Rage.
The Unexpected Beautiful Phrase was curated by Pablo Luis Álvarez, Giulia Antonioli, Teal Baskerville, Chloe Carroll, Emily Hale and Laura Luempert.
School of Arts & Humanities
MA Curating Contemporary Art, 2019
Teal Baskerville is an independent curator, researcher and writer. Her practice explores modes of collective learning and reparative togetherness that centre people and cultures of colour. Her dissertation titled ‘Towards A Reparative Mode’ considers how a reparative politics of intimacy might disrupt the existing modes of representation, in particular racial representation, upheld by many contemporary art and cultural institutions that continue to produce alienation and hurt.
For her graduate project, Teal co-curated a day-long programme of performances at Nottingham Contemporary titled The Unexpected Beautiful Phrase. Inspired by the writing of Fred Moten & Stefano Harney, The Unexpected Beautiful Phrase explored the role of embodiment and illegibility within the tactics of a fugitive learning.
Teal is also a member of Present Futures, a collaborative of curators, educators and artists that explore issues around structural oppression and injustice through contemporary art. She has curated projects with Present Futures in London, New York City and Chicago.
Prior to coming to the RCA, Teal worked at the New York City-based public art organisation Creative Time, where she coordinated the 2016 Creative Time Summit: Occupy The Future (Washington, DC) and the 2017 Creative Time Summit: Of Homelands and Revolution (Toronto).
- BA Fine Art, Williams College, Williamstown, USA, 2014