Meet the Curator: Marianne Mulvey

Frame has a pleasure of hosting a Meet the Curator talk with Marianne Mulvey, who is working at the HICP – Helsinki International Curatorial Programme for the month of September. The discussion takes place at Frame’s office (Ratakatu 1 b A 9, Helsinki) on 22 September at 3 pm. A warm welcome to everyone!

Marianne Mulvey’s research project at HICP explores the relationship between shyness and performance, inspired by artist Joceline Howe’s running investigation into ‘shy showing off’. Howe’s concept resonates with Mulvey’s interests in shame, embarrassment, sincerity and authenticity in contemporary performance practices.During September Mulvey is mining her own and others’ personal history of shyness and showing off, to go deeper into the economy of shame and celebrity as described by Jacqueline Rose: ‘Shame requires an audience… [it] only arises when someone knows, or fears, they have been seen. Shame relies on the art of exposure’. From her research in Helsinki she will eventually develop a performance programme and ‘School for Shy Show Offs’ running in parallel.

In the Meet the Curator talk Mulvey will present some of her research and responses to the project thus far, to think through the cultural and social connotations of shyness and showing off, here and elsewhere. Meet the Curator talks give voice to the international guests hosted by Frame through the curatorial residency programme and the international visitor programme.


Marianne Mulvey is a curator, writer and educator. She has curated programmes around queer sincerity and performance architecture, amongst other things, and teaches at art schools in London and internationally on curating, public programming and critical writing.

From 2009-16 she was Curator of Public Programmes at Tate Britain / Modern programming talks, symposia, film screenings, courses and workshops, performance and interdisciplinary events like Late at Tate Britain and ‘The Tanks: Fifteen Weeks of Art in Action’ at Tate Modern in 2012. Recent programmes included the panel series ‘Nordic Art and its Discontents’ (2015/16) and the course ‘How Speech Acts: Art and Life’ (2015) where participants learnt about performativity through contemporary artists’ practice.

Marianne is a Trustee of Fierce, a festival of performance, dance, live art and experimental theatre in Birmingham. She researches and writes about performance, specifically it’s pedagogic potential and the value of bringing low art to spaces of high culture. Marianne will begin a PhD on the queer potential of the public programme within the art institution with Tate and Birkbeck in partnership with Open School East and MIMA in October 2016.


Photo: Yiling Wu / HIAP