Senior Lecturer, Fine Art
Dan Kidner is a London-based curator and writer. He has researched and written on the overlapping histories of political cinema, experimental film and video art; their relation to radical politics; and their exhibition in the spaces of contemporary art. His current research interests include catastrophe as a mode of thinking and practice, and the development of an ‘ill-disciplined’ exhibition form.
Leslie Thornton, Peggy and Fred in Hell: Folding, 1984-2015, 16mm film and video transferred to digital, 95 min. Exhibition view The Inoperative Community, curated by Dan Kidner, Raven Row, London, 3 December – 14 February 2016. Photograph by Marcus J. Leith
Kidner was director of art organisations Picture This, Bristol (2011 – 2013) and City Projects, London (2004 – 2011). His most recent publication, the DVD Edition Nightcleaners and ’36 to ’77 was co-edited with Alex Sainsbury and published by Raven Row, Koenig Books and LUX (2018). His other books include Working Together: British Film Collectives in the 1970s (2013) and A Detour Around Infermental (2011). He regularly writes for art magazines and journals such as Screen, Frieze and Texte Zur Kunst. He contributed the chapter ‘“The Hoxton Mob Are Coming”: The Lux Centre and the Merging of Cultures of Experimental Film and Video Art in the 1990s,’ to the anthology Artists’ Moving Image in Britain After 1989, ed. Erika Balsom (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2019), and his most recent exhibitions include The Inoperative Community, Raven Row (2015) and Rozdzielona Wspólnota (The Inoperative Community II), Muzeum Sztuki, Łódź, Poland (2016).