“Curating everything
(Curating as symptom)”

“Curating everything
(Curating as symptom)”

Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK)

Lecture by Roberto Nigro, “Alienation, Social Individual, and Communism. Marx in the 21st Century,” October 2014, Gasthaus zum Bären, Zurich. © Postgraduate Programme in Curating.

March 15, 2015
“Curating everything(Curating as symptom)”

20 & 21 March 2015

Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst
Limmatstrasse 270
CH–8005 Zurich


Friday, 20 March, 1–5pm
Saturday, 21 March, 10am–7:15pm


Special programming

Suzanne Lacy’s International Dinner Party in feminist curatorial thought
21 March–13 April
Curated by Elke Krasny, with Aktion Arkiv, Queering Yerevan, radical practices of collective care and Red Min(e)d
Exhibition opening: Friday 20 March, 7pm

ZHdK Gallery 1+2 (Floor 5+6)
Pfingstweidstr. 96
CH–8005 Zurich
Hours: Tuesday–Thursday 3–6pm


The ironic title “Curating everything” proposes already to read the activity of curating as a social symptom. We presume that the contemporary urge for a curatorial position has an imaginary side: the wish to gain authorship and agency as an illusionary closure in an overall unsteady and precarious labour situation for cultural producers.

Undoubtedly curating is a new discursive formation, as defined by Michel Foucault, which has rapidly developed since the 1970s. This new profession has as its main tasks the production, the distribution and the reception of cultural meta structures through the combination of cultural products like artworks, publications, film or performance programmes, sound projects, digital media or projects in public space, a single project often consists of a media-conglomerate. Also it instituted a now hierarchical formation, when taking over the creative side of organising projects and shows from the self-organisation of artists’ communities in the ’60s.

In this conference we put an emphasis on the interrelation of curating as a meta-discourse and a cultural production with post-Fordist societies. We would like to discuss curating in relation to changes in image production, to changes of experiences of distance and modes of perception, changes in the conception of subjectivity and communities, changes in ways of circulations of images and changes in digital and material infrastructures. We would like to question curating in respect to topics of race, class and gender.

What can we propose as a critical attitude in curating achieved through ruptures, gaps, inconsistency, failures and dissent? All speakers share an interest in political agendas in artistic and curatorial practices.

Organized by Dorothee Richter, Postgraduate Programme in Curating, in cooperation with Alena Nawrotzki, Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst.


Inke Arns, Sebastian Baden, Ursula Biemann, Ellen Blumenstein, Sergio Edelsztein, Felix Ensslin, Frederikke Hansen, Fatima Hellberg, Elke Krasny, Marsha Meskimmon, Katharina Morawek, Dorothee Richter, Axel Wieder

Admission Please book in advance via [email protected]

Cooperation partners
Research Platform for Curatorial and Cross-disciplinary Cultural Studies, Practice-Based Doctoral programme, University of Reading; Fine Art Department of Art and Postgraduate Programme in Curating, ICS, ZHdK  


Call for applications: Postgraduate Programme in Curating 2015

The Postgraduate Programme in Curating is conceived of as a discursive platform, which imparts key areas of contemporary exhibition making by way of praxis-oriented project work. With instruction modules, group activities, seminars, and lectures held by an international selection of guests, various fields of knowledge are researched and projects are developed and carried to realization.

Application deadline is 30 June. For international students, we strongly advise to apply as soon as possible. All lectures are held in English; German is dispensable.


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