The course theme for 2023 will be announced soon.
The course theme for 2022 was Ecologies of Curating: Networks, Systems and Interactions.
What are the ecologies of contemporary curating? The 2022 Curating Contemporary Art and Design programme will investigate the networks and systems that curatorial practices inhabit on a local, national, and global level. We will explore how these ecologies of curating maintain the production and presentation of contemporary art and design. In the broader context of the climate crisis, we will ask how curatorial ecologies engage with questions of sustainability and care. And in an age of migration, we will question how the circulation of art and design objects operate in relation to the circulation of people. Exploring online and offline environments, we will investigate the materialities of contemporary curating in a hybrid context, one in which bodies, experiences, data, and forms of knowledge are both connected and dispersed. Throughout the course, we will consider whether we need new curatorial ecosystems in order to adapt to a changing world.
Week 1: Curatorial encounters
Taking the course theme as a central provocation, participants will investigate the ecologies of curating contemporary art and design in the present moment. In the first week, you will engage in workshops, seminars, presentations and discussions with leading curators and cultural practitioners working at the forefront of the field. Through these dynamic online sessions, we will explore urgent questions concerning climate, sustainability, and conservation; migration and translation; hybrid environments and materialities across online and offline worlds. By experiencing the latest developments in contemporary art and design curating, you will be encouraged to consider how curatorial ecosystems might adapt to a changing world.
Week 2: Curatorial practice
In the second week, you work collaboratively in small groups learning to think collectively, while independently developing your own curatorial positions. Additional seminars, workshops and ‘crit’ sessions are delivered by leading cultural practitioners and researchers in order to provide tailored support and stimulation for this active curatorial work. At the end of week two, each group presents a project, which can be in the form of an exhibition proposal, publication, event, digital initiative, online performance, or another medium that responds to the specific question selected by that group in relation to our theme of Ecologies of Curating.