June 24, 2013

2013 Curatorial Symposium

ST PAUL St Gallery at AUT University
Assembly, 2012. ST PAUL St Gallery.
registration“From a history of exhibitions towards a future of exhibition making” is a platform of three seminars initiated and organised by Biljana Ciric. The platforms propose to revisit the importance of the exhibition, addressing the situation that beyond the art works themselves, the exhibition is a key factor in relating art to its wider social context. The seminars, stretching across New Zealand, Singapore and China (of which the ST PAUL St Gallery 2013 Curatorial Symposium acts as the first one) will look specifically at the history of exhibitions in China, South East Asia, Australia and New Zealand. This will be done through a series of case studies examining how the exhibition as a form and medium determines our understanding of art practice and how exhibitions as a medium are read in different social and cultural contexts.

How do we attempt to create a cohesive archive and conversation amongst these disparate but overlapping contexts? There is a desire to focus on what it means to make and historicise exhibitions in the Asia Pacific that does not just return to the conventional centres and models of understanding art history. What are the points and measures of reference without referring back to a fixed and dominant centre? Addressing this geo-political area might provide a new approach to art historical mapping and methodologies as well as provide an anchor for comparative research. This research will address the development of contemporary art exhibitions in the region, its relation to curatorial and artistic engagement in the chosen locality, and the global context of exhibition making practices.

The second part of the Symposium will look more towards present curatorial practice reflecting on current concerns as well as imagining an ideal future. Made up of condensed roundtable discussions with curators, artists and writers responding to provocations, the discussions aim to extrapolate the various positions around curatorial practice today.

The Symposium convened by Vera Mey includes speakers Karl Chitham, Natasha Conland, Biljana Ciric, Lauren Cornell, Sarah Farrar, Patrick D. Flores, Rosemary Forde, Jens Hoffmann, Charlotte Huddleston, Reuben Keehan, Caterina Riva, Daniel Satele, Seng Yu Jin, Simon Soon, Taarati Taiaroa, Tran Luong, Luke Willis Thompson, and others to be announced.

ST PAUL St Gallery is a non-collecting gallery based within the School of Art + Design, AUT University, Auckland. The gallery is dedicated to the development of contemporary art and design through an international programme of exhibitions, events, symposia and publications. ST PAUL St Gallery embraces one of the primary instructions for universities in the New Zealand Education Act, that they “accept a role as critic and conscience of society.” We also interrogate the longstanding proposition that the arts have a particular capacity to speak critically about social issues.

For more information please contact Vera Mey, T (+64 9) 921 9515 or [email protected].

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