Thursday, 30 April 2009

Curator as a Translator of Theory into Practice - Workshop participation

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SCCA - LJUBLJANA Center for Contemporary Art

WORLD OF ART, School of Contemporary Art
Year 2008/09
Laboratorium of curatorial practices

Suzana Milevska
Curator as a Translator of Theory into Practice

Workshop in four parts

April 10-13, 2009
SCCA Project Room, Metelkova 6, Ljubljana

The four day long workshop will try to show how important is the relation between contemporary curating and theoretical discourses and how important it is that the position of contemporary curator is epistemologically explained. With the term translation (instead of ‘use’) we emphasize the awareness of limitations which occur when theoretical concepts are used as an excuse/advocacy of the curatorial choice of models, strategies and relationships instead of using this concepts as starting points for a self-critical reflection on art and curatorial choices.

The workshop will try to give an answer to the following questions:

  • whether theory confines curating or enables more innovative curatorial models
  • whether one of the roles of contemporary art curators, to address complex and socially relevant questions, produces more versatile and contextually sensitive truth when theoretical models are consulted
  • how the process of translation of various theoretical, cultural, and artistic concepts into specific projects embrace and promote the pedagogical and epistemological responsibility
  • how to apply theory in curating without giving to it primary role
  • how to intertwine theory and issues that stem out of everyday life

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