DisplayCult is a curatorial collaborative that aims to rethink exhibition prototypes by amplifying sensory aesthetics, interrogating the diverse histories of display, and engaging with the performative aspects of presentation.
Founded by Jim Drobnick and Jennifer Fisher, DisplayCult's projects seek to creatively merge disciplines, media and communities in order to propose alternative prototypes for aesthetic engagement.
Exhibitions include NIGHTSENSE (2009), Odor Limits (2008), Listening Awry (2007), Do Me! (2006), Aural Cultures (2005), reminiSCENT (2003), Linda Montano (2003), Museopathy (2001), Vital Signs (2000) and CounterPoses (1998). Collaborative publications include the catalogues CounterPoses (2002) and Museopathy (2002), as well as essays in Trespassers & Captives (2000), Image and Inscription (2005), and Dispersions: Aernout Mik (2005). In 2000, they co-organized the academic conference Uncommon Senses: The Senses in Art and Culture held at Concordia University.
Jim Drobnick is a critic, curator and Associate Professor at OCAD University, Toronto. He has published on the visual arts, performance, the senses and post-media practices in recent anthologies such as The Multisensory Museum (2103), Senses and the City (2011), and Art, History and the Senses (2010), and the journals Angelaki, High Performance, Parachute, and Performance Research. His books include the anthologies Aural Cultures (2004) and The Smell Culture Reader (2006). He and Jennifer Fisher recently founded the Journal of Curatorial Studies, and guest edited special issues of PUBLIC (Civic Spectacle, 2012) and The Senses & Society (Sensory Aesthetics, 2012). Together they form the curatorial collaborative DisplayCult (www.displaycult.com).
Jennifer Fisher is a critic, curator and Associate Professor of Contemporary Art and Curatorial Studies at York University, Toronto. Her research focuses on exhibition practices, affect theory, and the aesthetics of the non-visual senses. Her writings have been featured in anthologies such as The Ashgate Research Companion to Paranormal Culture (2013) and The Senses in Performance (2006), and journals such as Art Journal, Border/Lines, n-paradoxa, and Visual Communication. She is the editor of Technologies of Intuition (2006). She and Jim Drobnick recently founded the Journal of Curatorial Studies, and guest edited special issues of PUBLIC (Civic Spectacle, 2012) and The Senses & Society (Sensory Aesthetics, 2012). Together they form the curatorial collaborative DisplayCult (www.displaycult.com).