September 30, 2014

“Curatorial Things” andTiming: On the Temporal Dimension of Exhibiting / Cultures of the Curatorial Vol. 2

Academy of Fine Arts Leipzig

Markus Weisbeck, Gravitationsmaschine, 2012.
Courtesy of Krome Gallery, Berlin; Kai
Middendorff Galerie, Frankfurt am Main.
Photography: Das Schmott.

Conference: “Curatorial Things”
October 30–November 1, 2014

Haus der Kulturen der Welt 
John-Foster-Dulles-Allee 10
10557 Berlin

Meaning and status of things have changed significantly since the beginning of the 21st century. This becomes particularly evident with regards to the handling of things in the context of presentation. In the practice of today’s globalized exhibition system they are of high mobility just like people, discourses and spaces, and are involved in changing signifying contexts. As a result traditional concepts of how things obtain meaning as exhibits begin to dissolve and get re-formulated, which in turn entails far-reaching consequences for the ways of dealing with them as well as for the conditions of these practices. The current trans-disciplinary interrelation of discourses and praxis-theory approaches provide a situation which allows for an analysis of the status of things which is specifically related to the curatorial.

“Curatorial Things” will investigate the implications, consequences, and potentials which arise from the changing meaning and status of things. It is based on the understanding of curatorial practice as constructing constellations. Bringing together theoreticians, academic researchers, curators and artists from a variety of professional and disciplinary backgrounds the conference aims at exploring from different cultural and institutional perspectives the changes, effects, and power attributed to things as participants in such curatorial constellations.

Conference program

Contributors: Sabeth Buchmann (Wien), Clémentine Deliss (Frankfurt a.M.), Anselm Franke (Berlin), André Lepecki (New York/Sao Paulo), Maria Lind (Stockholm), Florian Malzacher (Berlin), Susanne Neubauer (Berlin/Braunschweig), Kerstin Schankweiler (Berlin), Peter Schneemann (Bern), Jana Scholze (London), Mario Schulze (Zürich), Leire Vergara (Bilbao), Victoria Walsh (London), Katharina Weinstock (Konstanz)

Concept: Beatrice von Bismarck, Benjamin Meyer-Krahmer

Supported by the Michael & Susanne Liebelt-Stiftung, the Academy of Visual Arts Leipzig, the Freundeskreis of the Academy of Visual Arts Leipzig Cultures of the Curatorial, Academy of Visual Arts Leipzig in Cooperation with the Haus der Kulturen der Welt Berlin


Timing: On the Temporal Dimension of Exhibiting Cultures of the Curatorial Volume 2
Beatrice von Bismarck, Rike Frank, Benjamin Meyer-Krahmer, Jörn Schafaff, Thomas Weski (Eds.)

Processuality and performativity, and more recently dramaturgy and choreography, are terms often used in analyses of exhibitions and other curatorial formats. These attributions reflect the changes curatorial practice has undergone over the past 20 years in the wider context of cultural and economic globalization and the related notions of acceleration, action orientation, and mobility. In this light, the exhibition manifests itself as a transdisciplinary and transcultural set of spatio-temporal relations, which is time-based by its very nature. Focusing on time instead of the typically predominant category of space, this publication—the second volume in the “Cultures of the Curatorial” series—takes up the key aesthetic, social, political, and economic issues of the early 21st century running through the field and framed by the axes of exhibiting and the temporal.

Contributions by Pierre Bal-Blanc, Bassam El Baroni, Claire Bishop, Beatrice von Bismarck, Sabine Breitwieser, Barbara Clausen, Maeve Connolly, Rike Frank, Adrian Heathfield, Nikolaus Hirsch, Inka Meißner, Benjamin Meyer-Krahmer, Maria Muhle, Philippe Parreno, Jörn Schafaff, Bennett Simpson, Kerstin Stakemeier, Thomas Weski, and Catherine Wood.

Sternberg Press, co-published with Kulturen des Kuratorischen, Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst Leipzig
Design by Surface
July 2014, English
14 x 21 cm, 396 pages, 65 b/w ill., softcover
ISBN 978-3-943365-99-3

Cultures of the Curatorial
Academy of Visual Arts Leipzig
Wächterstr. 11
04107 Leipzig

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