RUPC #6: Governance and ignorance

Esche, Charles and Papastergiadis, Nikos. (2020) Governance and ignorance— A conversation between Charles Esche & Nikos Papastergiadis. Surpllus Pty Ltd in co-operation with the Research Unit in Public Cultures, the University of Melbourne, RUPC #6/Surpllus #13.5

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Governance and ignorance

A conversation between Charles Esche & Nikos Papastergiadis

This text is based upon a conversation and discussion that took place at an event titled ‘Artistic freedom and cultural critique in the context of corporatism in the art world’, 6:30–8:00pm, Friday 22 May 2015, at the Greek Centre for Contemporary Culture, Melbourne. Introduced by Charlotte Day.

For almost two decades, Charles Esche has been a protagonist in reshaping the cultural landscape. His work as a director of important European institutions, curator of major biennials and both writer and publisher of critical texts has sought to investigate the role of art as a catalyst for social change and the societal and political context in which art comes to be made public. His commitment to different forms of teaching and experimental institutional models has profoundly influenced exhibition practices today.


Esche, Charles and Papastergiadis, Nikos (2020). Governance and ignorance. Research Unit in Public Cultures, No. 6, the University of Melbourne.

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