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International Curatorial Workshop: Curating and Social Change
Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK)
Above: Connecting Spaces Hong Kong. Photo: Nigil Gregory (NG Studio).
Above: Connecting Spaces Hong Kong. Photo: Nigil Gregory (NG Studio).

March 27–31, 2017, 10am–5pm

Public talks: 7–9pm
Application deadline: March 1

Connecting Space Hong Kong
G/F, Wah Kin Mansion
18–20 Fort Street North Point
Hong Kong

[email protected]

www.curating.org
www.connectingspaces.ch

Cooperation partners: Connecting Space Hong Kong – Zurich, Zurich University of the Arts, and the Postgraduate Programme in Curating, Center of Further Education, Zurich University of the Arts

The Zurich University of the Arts is launching the postgraduate diploma Executive Education on Global Culture in Hong Kong in March 2017 with the first 5-day course focussing on Curating and Social Change.

International Curatorial Workshop: Curating and Social Change
The workshop will emphasise the question of how to connect social change with curatorial practice. In closed readings sessions the participants will discuss theory related to the topic. The participants will be young curators and students of curatorial studies who have started to develop their own curatorial projects. In this way, the dialogue of the participants with different social, political, and cultural backgrounds will be challenging and fruitful in Hong Kong. Questions will be discussed in the workshop, and individual projects will be developed in discussion with the workshop leader Dorothee Richter. Public talks will be held in the evening by local curators and artists Yang Yeung, Kacey Wong, Michael Leung, Bo Zheng.

The workshop will culminate in a presentation/exhibition of concepts by the workshop participants and a video installation showing excerpts from an ongoing video archive developed by Dorothee Richter and Ronald Kolb, a digital archive of interviews with since now over 50 international curators.

In demonstrations and civil rights marches, artists play often an important role as was witnessed in Hong Kong or in Taksim Square in Istanbul. Historically already Dada and Surrealism, and later on the Situationists, saw an urgent need to intervene in the social political fabric. Today, curators and artists still propose projects with an (imagined) influence on society and on the actual life of people. With which preconditions and in which specific contexts do curators and artists engage to make things happen? What does it mean to influence society? Does it mean to offer new models of living together? Does it mean to include notions of hospitality? Or does this mean to intervene more generally in the visual field? In which new way can curators and artists deal locally with global movements? How does art connect with social movements in specific situations? The aim of the public talks is to explore these strategies and contradictions as well as the possibilities and limitations of critical artistic and curatorial practice.

The workshop can be elected as one module towards a Postgraduate Diploma of Advanced Studies Executive Education on Global Culture or can be taken individually.

For general information about the Diploma of Advanced Studies (DAS) Executive Education on Global Culture see here.
For more information on the Curating Workshop see here.

This course will be joined by a number of students from the Postgraduate Programme in Curating, Zurich University of the Arts, helping young practitioners to broaden.

Enrollment
Please register for the workshop at: [email protected]

Terms and conditions 
The terms and conditions of the Further Education ZHdK are the same for the course in Zurich and in Hong Kong. Applicants send in the completed admission form and accept with their signature the conditions of ZHdK.

CAS/ MAS Postgraduate Programme in Curating
Centre Further Education, ZHdK
Toni-Areal, Pfingstweidstrasse 96
Postfach, CH-8031 Zürich
Switzerland

February 1, 2017