Course theme for 2023
Curatorial risk: Uncertainty and experimentation
The global pandemic taught us all in different ways how to live with uncertainty and how to assess risk in our daily lives. There is much discussion now in the aftermath of the pandemic as to whether there is less or greater appetite for risk – is this a new era of innovative cultural practices or a moment of conservative retreat? In this context, this year's summer course asks ‘What is the value of risk and experimentation in the context of curating contemporary art and design?’ Across different geopolitical contexts, we will consider how creative practitioners are navigating uncertainty to produce innovative projects and work, while building new relationships and networks of interest. Through talks, workshops and discussions with curators, artists, designers and institutional directors, we will explore the generative potential of risk-taking for individuals as well as for organisations, and we will ask how risk can be recognised, planned for and embraced. Exploring the topic from these different perspectives, we will consider the importance of engaging actively with risk in ways that respond to the complexities of the contemporary world through creativity and experimentation.
Week 1: Curatorial encounters
Taking the course theme as a central provocation, participants will investigate risk, uncertainty and experimentation in the context of contemporary art and design curating. In the first week, you will engage in workshops, seminars, presentations and discussions with leading curators and cultural practitioners working at the forefront of the field. Through these dynamic online sessions, we will explore urgent questions concerning curatorial risk.
Week 2: Curatorial practice
In the second week, you work collaboratively in small groups learning to think collectively, while independently developing your own curatorial positions. Additional seminars, workshops and ‘crit’ sessions are delivered by leading cultural practitioners and researchers in order to provide tailored support and stimulation for this active curatorial work. At the end of week two, each group presents a project, which can be in the form of an exhibition proposal, publication, event, digital initiative, online performance, or another medium that responds to the specific question selected by that group in relation to our theme of Curatorial Risk.