Denmark, Aarhus

Global Art Curating

when 5 August 2013 - 23 August 2013
duration 3 weeks
credits 9.9 ECTS

Curation, understood as a conceptual, artistic, discursive, educational and institutional practice, has become an important area not only in contemporary art, where curation has developed in dynamic interplay with artistic practice, but in contemporary culture in general. Increasingly, we understand our lives through curated events, mediated by interfaces, social media and interpretive filters of different kinds which both open up and control our access to our world. This societal development frames the course. We will explore curation as an experimental space for action in various public institutional contexts in the domain of art and as a new cross-disciplinary field of knowledge which combines methods drawn from the domains of art, criticism, aesthetics, media studies, sociology and philosophy. Traditionally, curation has been defined as the presentation and framing of art, images and all other kinds of public presentation of cultural and aesthetic artefacts in a variety of spaces and social contexts, physical as well as digital. However, this artefact-centred approach to curation has been challenged in recent years by a discursive, process-oriented approach to art and video production, where themes such as participation, communities, self-organisation and other issues of social relevance often are more central to artistic production than the works themselves. In the most recent theory of curation, curatorial practice and conceptions of space, aesthetic strategies and reception have also been challenged by digital technologies, for example in the form of net curation, which creates new forms of cultural exchange between users across time, space and culture. The course will thus require students to reflect on methodological and theoretical dimensions of the concept of curation and the role of the curator, as well as reception in its institutional and historical contexts. The course will be offered in collaboration with the Aarhus School of Architecture and other cultural educational institutions in Aarhus.

Course leader

Jette Gejl, Anders Troelsen & Signe Meisner Christensen, Aarhus University

Target group

Master students

Course aim

Through the course, students will learn to take a critical, independent approach to understanding the role of the curator, specific concepts of curation and the institutional context in which the curator functions. Practical exercises and analyses will also develop and improve curatorial competencies and skills, as well as a range of aesthetic and discursive practices.

Fee info

EUR 0: Students on a bilateral exchange programme do not have to pay. Freemovers are obliged to pay participation fees while tuition fees only apply to freemovers from countries outside the EU/EEA/Switzerland.