CATALYST was an exhibition at Grosvenor Gallery, part of Manchester School of Art's 'Conversations in Curating' programme, February 2019
Matt Retallick worked with students from Manchester School of Art to explore the ideas of Social Sculpture. Developed by Joseph Beuys in the 1960s, Social Sculpture questioned the social, cultural and political functions of art, and demonstrated its potential to transform society. Thinking of transformative processes, he asked the students to create work that would adapt or alter throughout the exhibition duration. These changes occurred either naturally, or through intervention by artist or visitor. Beuys believed that art should exist in a constant evolutionary and transformative state, enlivening new organs of awareness. He took his inspiration from a quote by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, that ‘every new object, clearly seen, opens up a new organ of perception in us’.
CATALYST featured works by: Candice Dehnavi, Jason Gylen, Joe Hancock, Gregory Herbert, Jasper Howard, Madeleine Ismael, Ed Jones, Sophy King, Saoirse Lewis, Jay Ottewell, Maisie Pritchard, Krystina Tyrtania