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August 1, 2022

Final call: CAS/MAS in Curating

Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK)

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Few places left: get in contact and apply until mid August 2022.

Postgraduate programme in Curating CAS/MAS. Digitally expanded: Curating Contemporary Art and Digital Media. The international, English speaking programme, online only participation possible. Offered by the Center for Continuing Education at the Zurich University of the Arts, Switzerland. Head of the programme: Prof. Dr. Dorothee Richter. Co-Head: Ronald Kolb. More information here.

Concept
The Postgraduate Programme in Curating is conceived of as a discursive platform which involves 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 guest lecturers, from various fields.

The CAS/MAS in Curating is an international, English-speaking, part-time postgraduate programme founded in 2005; our alumni work worldwide. The programme focuses less on the "genius concept" of the exhibition planner as individual author—a highly controversial topic since the 1990s—and more on cooperative, interdisciplinary working methods, as employed, for example, in film production or non-government organisations. Exhibition-making/curating means the creation of innovative structures for the presentation of cultural artefacts and contemporary discourse through interdisciplinary collaboration. In this field art, digital media, design, and architecture intermesh in new ways.

The manifold shifts in our social fabric—in arts and culture and elsewhere—have shaken up old narratives and world views, making us aware that we have to engage actively in our societies and build networks of solidarity with traversal practices and sustainable structures both inside and outside of institutions in a non-reductionist manner. Digital means are inherently a crucial part of this.

We are constantly broadening our international network, reaching out to contemporary art curators worldwide and critiquing “Western” and patriarchal canons and conventional formats of exhibiting in real and in the digital space. Since 2018, programme participants have been able to attend all courses online.
The study programme is embedded in the ecosystem with the travelling workshop series Curating on the Move, collaborations with museums and art academies worldwide. It also hosts a vast network of international guest lecturers and organises conferences and workshops with collaboration partners.

We cooperated with the Manifesta, the Bucharest Biennale and the Taipei Biennale. In 2021, we organised the international event Situated KnowledgesCurating on the Move hosted by the Migros Museum of Contemporary Art in Zurich and the Tai Kwun Contemporary in Hong Kong, and the workshop and conference Curating on Shaky Grounds: Curating in Times of Crisis and Conflict at KW Berlin, from June 23 to July 7, 2022 the Summer School Commoning Curatorial and Artistic Education within the framework of CAMP notes on education for documenta fifteen.

Brief outline
–Contemporary discourse on art and curating. (See here.)
–Carrying out single and collaborative exhibition projects and cooperation projects. (See here and here.)
–Blended Learning opportunity (online attendance possible, hybrid workshops, all material online).
–MAS with 90 ECTS.
–Possibility to advance to the PhD Programme in Practice in Curating, University of Reading / ZHdK.

Collaborations with
–The publication platform Oncurating.org.
–The PhD in Practice in Curating, Practice-Based Doctoral Programme, University of Reading / ZHdK.

ZHdK and Zurich
Zurich University of the Arts is amongst the largest art schools in Europe. While firmly anchored in greater Zurich, our influence extends well beyond Switzerland to the wider international stage. Zurich as the cultural centre for art in Switzerland provides a unique and vibrant cultural scene at the heart of Europe.

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