EXPLORATIONEN 11 – Beyond Curating

EXPLORATIONEN 11 – Beyond Curating


November 16, 2010
EXPLORATIONEN 11 – Beyond Curating

28 – 30 January, 2011

Essen, Germany


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The conference “EXPLORATIONEN 11 – Beyond Curating” is the first of its kind in dance in the German-speaking world. Against the background of a successive dissolution of branches of art and increasingly hybrid artistic forms of expression, the conference seeks to bring together artists, curators, and theoreticians with their respective specific experience in the areas of performing and visual art.

Alongside the general transfer of experience between the disciplines, we will investigate new ways in which art can be made publically visible and also identify examples of particularly successful curatorial strategies and approaches to this objective.

The currently vibrantly beginning discussion about curating in dance and performance comes at a moment when, on the one hand, ever new courses of study in curating are being launched for visual art and, on the other hand, the shape of the curatorial profession, in its authorial intervention and its omnipresence in the art market, has everywhere become the focus of massive criticism – as it was in the 1970s.

At the same time, the entanglement of theory and practice has become ubiquitous, not least because of the transformation and revaluation of art colleges and art academies into universities.

In what is currently happening in art, the art museum is testing the performative and processual exhibition, while the dance and performance house oriented toward performative arts is developing the live course or the “Musée de la danse”.

Against this hybrid background, the conference EXPLORATIONEN 11 – BEYOND CURATING seeks to bring together artists, curators, and theoreticians with their respective specific experience in the areas of performing and visual art. The starting position of the participating disciplines is thereby highly diverse:

In the field of dance, since the end of the 1990s, artists’ initiatives have been developing that introduce new artistic practices and criticize the existing organizational models (for example, from choreographs and performance artists like Xavier Le Roy, deufert + plischke, and Boris Charmatz). Substantively and structurally, organizers took up important impetuses from artists, whether in the form of a thorough interlocking of theory and practice or of the establishment of artist and co-curator teams, artistic laboratories, or residence programs.

The discussion about the shape of the profession of the curator in the field of dance, however, is relatively young and did not appear on the scene until just under three years ago at the initiative of the Tanzplan Deutschland.

The conference EXPLORATIONEN 11 – BEYOND CURATING, organized by tanzplan essen 2010 at PACT Zollverein, is thus the first of its kind in dance in the German-speaking world. The thematic spectrum ranges from institutional critique (called the “New Institutionalism”) and reflection on curatorial decision-making and ethics, through performative and process-oriented curating, to the transcultural and transdisciplinary approaches.

The goal of the conference is to produce a transfer of experience that is intensive and productive for all concerned. In times when many certainties are disappearing and people are searching for answers to decisive questions of the future, it seems more necessary than ever to (continue to) work interdisciplinarily with artists and theoreticians on the critical awareness of a professional group and its institutions.

This is a call to all participants in and visitors to the conference alike.

Inke Arns, Beatrice von Bismarck, Gabriele Brandstetter, Boris Charmatz, Cosmin Costinaş, deufert & plischke, Corinne Diserens, Juan Domínguez, Iris Dressler, Tim Etchells, Adrian Heathfield, Jens Hoffmann, Elke van Campenhout, Veronica Kaup-Hasler, Ong Ken Sen, Bettina Kogler, Marysia Lewandowska, Nayse Lopez, Florian Malzacher, Berno Odo Polzer, Petra Roggel, Irit Rogoff, Shuddhabrata Sengupta / Raqs Media Collective, Simon Sheikh, Tea Tupajić, Anton Vidokle, Petra Zanki.

Sigrid Gareis, Stefan Hilterhaus, Christine Peters

tanzplan essen 2010
Ingo Dellmann
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Phone: +49 (0)201 2894729

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