Clémentine Deliss


‘Object Atlas – Fieldwork in the Museum’, Weltkulturen Museum, Frankfurt, with ethnographic objects from the collections and new art works by Alf Bayrle, Helke Bayrle, Thomas Bayrle, Marc Camille Chaimowicz, Simon Popper, Antje Majewski, Otobong Nkanga, and Sunah Choi (2012)

‘Dragged down into Lower Case’, Exhibition and Summer Academy at Zentrum Paul Klee, Bern. With Oscar Tuazon, Adrian Piper, Joe Scanlan, Christoph Büchel, Martin Kimani, Giovanni Carmine, Philippe Pirotte, Eric Fredericksen (2008)

‘Future Academy’ exhibition and workshop, Kandada/Command N Project Collective, Tokyo (in collaboration with Masato Nakamura, Professor of Painting at Geidei University of Arts and Music, Tokyo), (2007)

‘Think with Your Feet’: Solo Exhibition of 10 years of Metronome publications plus a new limited edition multiple of sandals made from second-hand books. Command N Gallery, Tokyo (2007)

‘An Open Operation’, exhibition presenting the results of postgraduate collaborations between artists, architects and neuroscientists. University of Edinburgh School of Informatics, Engineering, Arts, Culture and Environment, and Edinburgh College of Art (2006)

‘Seven Stories About Modern Art in Africa’ (Whitechapel Gallery, London, 1995 and Malmö Konsthall, 1996)

‘Lotte or the Transformation of the Object’ (Styrian Autumn Festival, Graz, and Akademie der bildenden Künste Wien, 1990)

‘Exotic Europeans’ (National Touring Exhibitions, Hayward Gallery, London, 1990-91)



‘Metronome’ (1996-2009): Editor and Publisher

Editor of ‘Object Atlas – Fieldwork in the Museum’ with contributions by Richard Sennett, Paul Rabinow, Lothar Baumgarten, Michael Oppitz, John Akomfrah, Paul D. Miller, Harald Welzer, Richard Kuba, Thomas Bayrle, Otobong Nkanga, Simon Popper, Antje Majewski, Sunah Choi, and Hans-Jürgen Heinrichs. 352 pp, German/English, (Publication Date: January 2012)

‘Stored Code – Remediating the Ethnographic Collection’, in: SMBA Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (2011)

‘Performing the Curatorial in a post-ethnographic museum’, in: Performing the Curatorial, edited by Maria Lind, Gothenburg, Stockholm, Sternberg Press (2011)

‘Between material and cognitive collections’, in 60 Ways, Framing Cultural Diversity, Dutch Foundation for Visual Arts, Culture and Diversity (2010)

‘What is Art Education? A Twenty-First Century Question’, edited by Steven Henry Madoff, MIT (2009)

‘Powerless Collections’, on Carl Einstein and Michael Elmgreen and Ingmar Dragset. For the Venice Biennale (2009), Nordic Pavilion

‘Like a Film at the Back of the Brain: Stills from Journeys Inside our Worlds’, On Eva Schlegel, Stills at the Back of the Brain, Catalogue (2009)

‘Between the Field’, in Fieldwork, published by A/S/N Mutual Press, Edinburgh College of Art (2008)

‘Crosskick, linking art education and curatorial practice’, with Beatrice von Bismarck, Martin Beck, Ann Demeester, Hortensia Volkers, Martha Rosler/Anton Vidokle, published by ADKV, Germany (2008)

‘privacy + dialect = capital’ in On Knowledge Production, BAK, Utrecht (2008)

‘Metronome, the moving organ, in GAK, Bremen, edited by Gabriele Mackert (2008)

‘Is it possible to map…?’, in Mahkuzine, Journal of Artistic Research, 5, edited by Henk Slager, Utrecht (2008)

‘Explore or Educate in Paul O’Neill (Ed.), Curating Subjects, Open Editions/Occasional Table, London (2007)


Clémentine Deliss was born in London to French-Austrian parents. She holds a PhD in philosophy (on eroticism and exoticism in French anthropology of the 1920s). From 1992 to 1995 she was the artistic director of africa95, an artist-led festival of new work in all media from Africa and the diaspora coordinated with the Royal Academy of Arts and over 60 UK institutions. Since 1996 she has transformed her curatorial interests into print, and edited and published eleven issues of the writers’ and artists’ organ Metronome moving each time to a different location including Dakar, Berlin, Basel, Frankfurt, Vienna, Oslo, Copenhagen, London, Tokyo, Paris and the woods of Oregon. Editions of Metronome have been supported by and presented at the Kunsthalle Basel, the DAAD Berlin, the 100 Days of Documenta X, Documenta XII, and the series was shown in 2002 at Galerie Chantal Crousel in Paris and in 2009 in Tokyo. She has acted as a consultant for the European Union and various cultural organisations, has held guest professorships at the Städelschule in Frankfurt, at the Academy of Fine Arts in Oslo, and conducted specific research projects through the support of art academies in Vienna, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Bordeaux, Bergen, Copenhagen, Malmö, Stockholm, and London. Between 2002-2010 she directed the international research lab Future Academy, which investigated the global future of independent art production within the art academy. Future Academy was based at Edinburgh College of Art, but was also supported by Chelsea College of Art & Design, Srishti School of Art, Design & Technology, Bangalore, KRVIA Institute of Architecture in Mumbai, and associated smaller, post-institutional organisations in Senegal. Her theoretical interests include research into bridging mechanisms between artists working in different parts of the world, forms of anti-education, and curatorial modalities that go beyond the exhibition. She is on the advisory committee of Theatrum Mundi/Global Street, the long-term research project initiated by Richard Sennett and Saskia Sassen. From 2010 until 2015, Clémentine Deliss has been the director of the Weltkulturen Museum in Frankfurt am Main.


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