Consider this scenario… let’s call it Situation A. An artist applies for a large commission with a high profile arts institution. Their application includes detailed plans of their proposed project. Yet after receiving news their application was unsuccessful, they realise another applicant has been engaged by the same institution to deliver a project with similarities to their proposal.
Then there’s this circumstance – let’s call it Situation B. An emerging artist opens a dialogue with an esteemed curator about their work. Their discussions, which take place over a number of months, include the artist divulging plans for future artistic projects. After conducting these seemingly trustworthy talks over time, the artist sees that one of the curator’s forthcoming exhibitions has used the artist’s independently conceived ideas as the basis for that show.