2016/17 Talks on Curatorial Practice

2016/17 Talks on Curatorial Practice

Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK)

Roberto Nigro, Museum Bärengasse, 2014. Photo: Mirjam Bayerdörfer.

September 30, 2016
2016/17 Talks on Curatorial Practice


Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) / Master of Advanced Studies (MAS)
The English speaking programme of the ZHdK

The Postgraduate Programme in Curating at Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK) is a discursive platform focusing on key areas of contemporary exhibition-making. It has a strong practical orientation. Taught modules, group activities, seminars, excursions and lectures delivered by a team of acclaimed international guest lecturers serve to build essential knowledge and skills in the field of curating. Coursework also involves research and the development of individual and group projects from start to finish.

October 7, 6pm
Rein Wolfs
Director of Bundeskunsthalle Bonn and Founding Director of Migros Museum
ZHdK, Room 5.K04 (Kaskadenfoyer)

October 14, 6pm
Nadja Baldini
Programme Curator in School Projects
ZHdK, Room 6.K04 (Kaskadenfoyer)

October 21, 6pm
Kadiatou Diallo
Curator/Programmer at SPARCK – Space for Pan_African Research, Creation and Knowledge
Corner College, Kochstrasse 1, Zurich

October 28, 6pm
Christian Falsnaes
Artist talk
Migros Museum, Limmatstrasse 270, Zurich

November 4, 6pm
Fatima Hellberg
Artistic Director of Künstlerhaus Stuttgart
ZHdK, Room 5.K10

November 11, 6pm
Philipp Ziegler & Julia Moritz
Curator at ZKM the Centre for Art and Media Karslruhe (Ziegler)
Theory Curator at Kunsthalle Zurich
ZHdK, Room 6.K04

November 18, 6pm
Filmscreening with John Canciani
Artistic Director at Shortfilmfestival Winterthur
Migros Museum, Limmatstrasse 270, Zurich

November 25, 6pm
Paolo Caffoni
Archive Books
ZHdK, Room 5.K10

December 2, 6pm
Stella Rollig
Director of Lentos Museum and Nordico, Linz
ZHdK, Room 2.A05

December 9, 6pm
Sabine Himmelsbach
Director of HeK (House of Electronic Arts Basel)
ZHdK, Room 2.A05

December 16, 6pm
Thomas Laely
Vice Director of the Enthnographic Museum Zurich
ZHdK, Room 2.A05


About the Postgraduate Programme in Curating
The Postgraduate Programme in Curating focuses less on the notion of the exhibition planner as a “genius” or self-sufficient individual author—a highly controversial issue since the 1990s—than on cooperative, interdisciplinary working methods, used, for example, in film productions or by non-governmental organisations. Here, at Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK), exhibition-making and curating mean the creation of innovative structures for the presentation of cultural artefacts through interdisciplinary collaboration. Here, art, digital media, design, and architecture intermesh in new ways. The working methods adopted by curators, artists, architects, designers, museum educationalists, and writers have become increasingly diversified, bringing about new forms of communication, lounges, archives, reading rooms, and new virtual forums—along with new means of access and forms of interpretation.

At the same time, we are witnessing a shift in the organisation of work processes throughout society towards affective, immaterial labor. Individual spheres of action are merging on new meta-levels, resulting in increasingly dynamic networks and know-how transfer. Our Postgraduate Programme in Curating responds to these manifold changes in the production of cultural meaning and review the entanglement of the curatorial critically. The course creates a model situation in which students can gain first-hand, practical experience of curating and practise critical reflection. Modular structure ensures that our programme is constantly up-to-date and innovative.


www.curating.org is in cooperation with the Postgraduate Programme in Curating, ZHdK, DKV, ICS, Center of Further Education

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