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Re: Emerging Ideas: March 2015 Discussion


Richter Dorothee <[log in to unmask]>


Richter Dorothee <[log in to unmask]>


Wed, 18 Mar 2015 10:32:12 +0000





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Dear All, I am organizing a conference in Zurich, with the migros museum

ruer Gegenwartskunst, the last panel will be considering Digital Media in

a variety of forms and content, best, Dorothee

Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Limmatstrasse 270, CH–8005 Zurich


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Symposium: Curating everything (Curating as symptom)

Dorothee Richter, Postgraduate Programme in Curating in cooperation with

Alena Nawrotzki, Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst


Cooperation partners:

Research Platform for Curatorial and Cross-disciplinary Cultural Studies,

Practice-Based Doctoral Programme, University of Reading, Fine Art

Department of Art and Postgraduate Programme in Curating,

www.curating.org, ICS, ZHdK



Inke Arns, Sebastian Baden, Ursula Biemann, Ellen Blumenstein, Sergio

Edelsztein, Felix Ensslin, Frederikke Hansen, Fatima Hellberg, Elke

Krasny, Marsha Meskimmon, Katharina Morawek, Dorothee Richter, Axel Wieder


Schedule: (details below)

Friday, March 20th, 1pm–5pm, plus: Exhibition Opening “Suzanne Lacy's

International Dinner Party in feminist curatorial thought“, ZHdK, 7pm

Saturday, March 21st, 10am–7:15pm


The ironic title “Curating Everything” proposes already to read the

activity of curating as a social symptom. We presume that the contemporary

urge for a curatorial position has an imaginary side: the wish to gain

authorship and agency as an illusionary closure in an overall unsteady and

precarious labour situation for cultural producers.


Undoubtedly CURATING is a new discursive formation, as defined by Michel

Foucault, which has rapidly developed since the 1970s. This new profession

has as its main tasks the production, the distribution and the reception

of cultural meta structures through the combination of cultural products

like art works, publications, film or performance programmes, sound

projects, digital media or projects in public space, a single project

often consists of a media-conglomerate. Also it instituted a now

hierarchical formation, when taking over the creative side of organising

projects and shows from the self-organisation of artists’ communities in

the 60s.


In this conference we put an emphasis on the interrelation of CURATING as

a meta-discourse and a cultural production with post-Fordist societies. We

would like to discuss curating in relation to changes in image production,

to changes of experiences of distance and modes of perception, changes in

the conception of subjectivity and communities, changes in ways of

circulations of images and changes in digital and material

infrastructures. We would like to question curating in respect to topics

of race, class and gender.


What can we propose as a critical attitude in curating achieved through

ruptures, gaps, inconsistency, failures and dissent? All speakers share an

interest in political agendas in artistic and curatorial practices.


Friday, 20th of March, 1–5pm

1–1:45pm  // Dorothee Richter „Curating – politics of knowledge production“

1:45–2:30pm  // Sergio Edelsztein “Are boycotts the new ‘Collective


2:30–2:45pm // Break

2:45–3:30pm  // Sebastian Baden „Terror Worldwide? Curating after the


3:30–4:15pm // Katharina Morawek “Involvements”

4:15–5pm // Panel „Curating and politics“


 Exhibition Opening at ZHdK Gallery, Friday, 7 pm:

“Suzanne Lacy's International Dinner Party in feminist curatorial


  curated by Elke Krasny, with: Aktion Arkiv, Queering Yerevan, radical

practices of collective care and Red Min(e)d;

ZHdK Gallery 1 + 2 (E05_5.K09 / E04_4.K13), Toni-Areal, Pfingstweidstr.

96, 8005 Zurich


Saturday, 21st of March 10am­–7:15pm

10–11am // Felix Ensslin „Material and Thought: Contemporaneity and The

Thing(s) of Curating”

11–11:15am // Panel Introduction/Moderation: Elke Krasny

11:15–12am // Marsha Meskimmon „Feminism’s ‚Curatorial Turn‘: What, Why

and Whither?”

12–12:45pm // Frederikke Hansen „The Drive to Remember: Kuratorisk

Aktion’s Curatorial Engagement with Invisibilized Coloniality and

Indigineity in the Nordic Region and beyond”

12:45pm–1pm // Break

1–1:45pm // Fatima Hellberg „Transformations – or how to deal with affect

and method“

1:45–2:30pm // Panel „Feminist Turn in Curating“, moderated by Elke Krasny

2:30–3:30pm // Break

3:30–4:15pm // Axel Wieder „Critical Populism“

4:15–5pm // Ursula Biemann „Making the World Matter“

5–5:45pm // Inke Arns „Curating (in) a

Post-digital/Post-media/Post-Internet World”

5:45–6:30pm // Ellen Blumenstein „The Curator and Her Double: The Cruelty

of the Avatar“

6:30–7:15pm // Panel „Curating/the public (and digital media)”


Theoretical Outlines

Dorothee Richter

Felix Ensslin

Curating and politics

How does art and curating interfere into the ideological sphere? How to

make politics with curating? And what problems does this present?

Sergio Edelsztein

Sebastian Baden

Katharina Morawek


Feminist Turn in Curating

The panel discusses the implications of a feminist turn in curating. What

are the historical legacies of feminism? How do feminist, queer feminist,

postcolonial, and critical theories and practices intersect with regard to

curating? What are the possible feminist curatorial futures?

Elke Krasny

Marsha Meskimmon

Frederikke Hansen

Fatima Hellberg


Curating / the public (and digital media)

What does the public mean in relation to curating? How to work with

publics? And  what does digital media offer in the relation to the new

relation of space and time? Anything, anywhere, anytime?

Axel Wieder

Ursula Biemann

Inke Arns

Ellen Blumenstein


Dr. Dorothee Richter

Head of Postgraduate Programme in Curating

Institute Cultural Studies in the Arts


Zurich University of the Arts

Toni-Areal, Pfingstweidstrasse 96,

Postfach, 8031 Zürich


www.curating.org				study programme

www.on-curating.org			webjournal

www.fluxusnow.net				film

www.gasthauszumbaeren.ch		venue


Skype: dorothee.richter

0041 76 23 45 372

0049 15 73 97 15 840

Am 18.03.15 11:26 schrieb "Suzy" unter <[log in to unmask]>:

>Dear List, 


>I would like to share a valuable contribution from Prof David Garcia,

>Digital Arts & Media Activism, Bournemouth University.


>I look forward to hearing your thoughts. : )




>On 16 Mar 2015, at 15:36, David Garcia <[log in to unmask]> wrote:


>> Dear Suzy, I wanted to contribute to the Terminology thread in your


>> from the Emerge meeting. This part of the discussion focuses on the fact

>> that something about the digital revolution has made it harder to


>> practitioners in the creative sector. Where once we would have spoken


>> about artists, illustrators or designers we now have to work with a more

>> expanded hybrid, boundary crossing vocabulary.


>> I think that Simon who declared that he was "interested in how artists


>> currently self-identifying. We increasingly see a range of titles beside

>> that of Œartist¹ in the biogs of artists. At a recent talk, Dave


>> introduced himself as a Œgeneralist¹. Dave describes himself as an


>> director and inventor and mentions Liam self identifies as a creative

>> practitioner, hacker, maker, artists or all or any of these. Danny


>> artists and digital creatives.


>>> While artists themselves seem comfortable with using multiple titles,

>>>it does

>>> raise some interesting questions about the term 'artist', what it

>>>covers and

>>> what it doesn't and what understanding and expectations industry

>>>partners have

>>> of the role and process of the artist in collaborative art/digital


>>> projects?"


>> I agree with Simon that this is important because the change in


>> points to a deeper change. I would argue that it is indicative of how


>> persistant concept of the *Creative Industries* in conjunction with the


>> that for more than two decades courses of media art and design are no


>> locked into single media crafts; e.g. painting, sculpture, film,graphic

>> design, or web design etc means that we have seen the emergence an


>> cultural landscape made up of networks of interdisciplinary General

>>Purpose Creativity companies.


>> These companies and other organisations frequently use digital media as


>> catalyst for cross platform hybridity. The general acceptance of this

>>kind of creative

>> hybridity is reflected in the currency of a term designating a new kind


>> professional: *the Creative*- a term that, these days, frequently


>> -artist or designer- Our acceptance of hybridity as a fact of


>> life is the basis of the new MA that Neal and I have been developing for

>> Bournemouth.


>> A symptom of this has been the recent decision of Central St Martins to

>> develop of all things an MBA. It would have once seemed absurd to have

>> instituted an MBA in an art school but these days it is seen as simply

>>a logical

>> consequence of the commodification of the concept of creativity. The

>> question is does this attempt to capture and commodify digital cultures


>> that the radical potential of this movement is now extinguished. In an

>>article here:




>> stion/ I have attempted to demonstrate that this is not neccessarily the

>> case.


>> David Garcia




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