March 21, 2015

INVOLVEMENT REQUIRES PERCEPTION: Eleven ways to get involved with art and social space

Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK)

Exhibition opening, Involvement Requires Perception. Gasthaus zum Bären, Zurich; March 6, 2015. © Bruno Macor.

Supported by Stadt Zürich Kultur, Zurich University of the Arts.

Roundtable discussion
On the last night of the exhibition—which is also the last night of 15 months of the Gasthaus zum Bären and of its intensive programme—the Postgraduate programme in Curating will launch a discussion that takes its point of departure in the subtitle of the exhibition: “Eleven ways to get involved with art and social space.” What is it that gets us involved? What are the motivations and pay-offs of getting involved with contemporary art? As part of the exhibition, 11 independent international project spaces elaborated their approach in dialogue with an artwork. Eleven curatorial teams each formulated a statement reflecting their way of getting involved. This discussion aims to go a step further: What are the possible traps, dangers, inconsistencies and ruptures of getting involved?


Eleven ways to get involved with art and social space

March 7–27, 2015
Hours: Thursday–Saturday 2–6pm

Eleven project spaces – Eleven artworks – Eleven ways
In order to expose the broad scope of ways, motivations and pay-offs of getting involved with contemporary art, the Postgraduate Programme in Curating has invited eleven project spaces and curatorial teams to the Gasthaus zum Bären in Zurich.

By reversing the evocative slogan of artist Antoni Muntadas, Perception Requires Involvement, the exhibition title aims to allude to the close relation of social awareness, knowledge production and image circulation. The intention is to show various ways by which the discussion of topics relevant for today’s society is translated into the sphere of contemporary art and back.

Each curatorial initiative is given one of the 11 rooms at the Gasthaus zum Bären. Each of them will elaborate their approach in dialogue with an artwork. The term “artwork” is understood in a broad sense, stretching from objects to social sculptures and other experimental formats. All 11 participants are self-organized and as part of the exhibition are asked to provide an insight on how they run.

The participating project spaces include 100plus (Zurich), bblackboxx (Basel), CENTER (Berlin), DIENSTGEBÄUDE (Zurich), eggn’spoon (Zurich), Gasconade (Milan), HACIENDA (Zurich), LULU (Mexico City), Raum № (Bern), SALTS (Basel), and VACANT (Tokyo).

The participating artists include Copa & Sordes, bblackboxx no border academy, Clémence de La Tour du Pin, Mathis Gasser, Colin Guillemet, Beat Huber, Aron Kullander-Östling, Antoine Renard, Mimmo Rubino, Jonas Schnyder, Rosalie Schweiker, et al.


A project by the postgraduate programme in Curating 
Mona Liem Adinegoro, Tenzing Barshee, Mariana Bonilla, Frédéric Bron, Francesca Brusa, Cindy Hertach, Milena Isler, Raphael Karrer, Nadine Lopez, Giulia Magnani, Alejandro Mondria, Cordelia Oppliger, Atalja Reichlin, Carolin Reichmann, Anja Soldat, Eleonora Stassi, Franziska Stern-Preisig, Makiko Takahashi
Concept by: Dorothee Richter and Mirjam Bayerdörfer


Call for applications: postgraduate programme in Curating 2015
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The postgraduate programme in Curating is conceived of as a discursive platform, which imparts key areas of contemporary exhibition making by way of praxis-oriented project work. With instruction modules, group activities, seminars, and lectures held by an international selection of guests, various fields of knowledge are researched and projects are developed and carried to realization.

Application deadline is 30 June 2015.

For international students we strongly advise to apply as soon as possible.
All lectures are held in English, German is dispensable.


INVOLVEMENT REQUIRES PERCEPTION discussion and closing night, supported by Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK)

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