In a message dated 6/8/2004 7:45:17 PM Eastern Daylight Time, [log in to unmask] writes:
> Sarah Cook wrote:
> > here's a question: can you curate a symposium?
yes -- but will it be seen as such? less certain.
a few years ago whilst in maastricht i curated a rather large symposium on the enlightenment, called 'what is the enlightenment, ch. 2'. it operated on three levels (literally): amongst the 'dirty' metal workshop, with its huge machineries -- and we set it up t.v. studio style with a bit of rubber (the screens) and leather and steel (the chairs and anvils and webs and vids etc). people spoke/peformed and carried on; all of which was broadcast to the 'clean' room -- a white video space with white carpet, white sofas and places where people could drink and smoke (this was the netherlands, so one can smoke just about anywhere); it was also streamed/ archived on the net with notice boards and various curios putting in their views etc. one of the artists (salvatore pulgia) developed the parachute room -- a large animal of a parachute where people could exit the dirt/clean/electro madness and just hang out in the rather damp air etc.
we had a great day/night, with candle lit dinner (around 200 people) etc. a bit mad, a bit off the point of 'what is the enlightenment?' with traditional style theorists and 'differently traditional' artist-philosophers and technicians and etc. some panels 'worked' others were totally reckless. some a bit precisely too close to 'the point', others creating their point(s) whatever that point was supposed to be.
one could say it was one burbling mutating 'installation'.
at any rate, in answer to the question: yes, curating a symposium is entirely doable.
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