Curator Symposium "Post-Exhibition Curating: Moving into Unknown Territories"

Daikanyama Hillside Forum

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Curators are today not simply exhibition-makers, to use the phrase made famous by Harald Szeeman. Rather, today’s contemporary art situation seems to accommodate many different encounters with art. The curator may select artists and work towards a space of representation in the form of an exhibition, or the curator may initiate specific spaces, discussion spaces, play spaces, therapeutic situations or research forms. These may or may not involve working with artists. Such extended ways of curatorial practice have emerged as a prominent energy in the last ten years. The role of independent curators as ‘public researchers’ may be emerging in a time when many public museums cannot adequately fund curatorial research and archival programs because of funding and economic pressures.

We live in a time when ideas of what constitutes the public sphere is threatened by economic and political forces. Can an extended understanding of curatorial practice that moves away from privileging the exhibition, generate new experiences and understandings of the public sphere? Is the curator in this reading, more than an art historian and somewhat closer to what we can call a community organizer or researcher?

This one day symposium session brings together several curators and thinkers who are engaged in thinking about these issues from the situation in Japan now.

*The event will be in Japanese only. Reservation required. See AIT's website for more details and reservation.

Speakers: Mizuki Endo, Fumihiko Sumitomo, Kyongfa Che, Shinichi Hanada, Roger McDonald
Moderator: Keisuke Ozawa

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2009-02-21 from 11:00 to 16:30

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