February 9, 2018 - Canadian Centre for Architecture - Open call for 2018 curatorial opportunities
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February 9, 2018
February 9, 2018

Canadian Centre for Architecture

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Open call for 2018 curatorial opportunities
Emerging Curator program and curatorial internships

Application deadline: March 2, 2018

Canadian Centre for Architecture
1920 Rue Baile
Montreal Québec H3H 2S6
Hours: Wednesday–Sunday 11am–6pm,
Thursday 11am–9pm

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As an international research institution that produces and broadcasts architectural ideas through its activities, the CCA is concerned with curatorial practice as a specific form or use of research—not only what this practice means with respect to the field of architecture, but also its specific techniques, knowledge, and boundaries. 

Emerging Curator program
Aiming to continuously rethink and re-examine the scope and the boundaries of “curating architecture,” the CCA solicits ideas for projects that take innovative curatorial approaches and experimental formats. The Emerging Curator program offers the opportunity to propose and curate a project at the CCA related to contemporary debates in architecture, urban issues, landscape design, and cultural and social dynamics. The project is to be developed during a residency of three months at the CCA. Architects, journalists, designers, critics, historians, photographers, artists, and other scholars and professionals born on or after January 1, 1982 are eligible for this program, regardless of citizenship and place of residence.

The CCA seeks proposals that use the curatorial project as a tool to foster ideas, to question relevant positions, to introduce new research themes, and to critique current modalities, with the ultimate goal of advancing new thinking for architecture and the built environment. The output of the proposal may follow many trajectories, and the result may be as varied as an editorial project, a program of seminars and research colloquiums, a series of public events or workshops, the production of visual content to be explored through the web and social media, or a physical or virtual exhibition. Interdisciplinary and collaborative practices are encouraged.

The residency should take place between September 2018 and May 2019. The project should be completed by fall 2019. For program guidelines and how to apply, please click here.

Past recipients 

2017–18 Robert J. Kett: Architecture Needs Indians: Design’s Technoprimitive Turn revisits key architectural engagements with the indigenous peoples of the Americas to examine their role in articulating architecture’s relation to an emergent technoscape.
2016–17 Evangelos Kotsioris: The exhibition Lab Cult: An unorthodox history of interchanges between science and architecture (Opening: March 22, 2018) investigates the lab as a recurring and productive allegory for experimentation, and imagines new modes of transdisciplinary research threading together these two fields.
2015–16 Víctor Muñoz Sanz: Off:Re:OnShore, an audio documentary launched in January 2018, explored the legacy of industrial offshoring, the effects of corporate actions on the built environment of labour, and the role of architecture in bringing closer ideas of work and the good life across the Global South.
2013–14 Francesco Garutti: Talking about Devious Design, a film and a digital publication, addressed the controversial history of the design of some overpasses commissioned by the American public administrator Robert Moses in Long Island at the end of the 1920s. 
2012–13 Carrie Smith: Best Supporting Actor challenged the passive role of indoor plants via a series of photographically documented interventions in the spaces of the CCA. 
2011–12 Dan Handel: The exhibition First, the Forests examined some unexplored relationships between forestry, planning and design. The project proposes an expanded understanding of the connections between natural resources, production processes, and designed form.

Curatorial internships
The curatorial internship program is designed to share the CCA’s expertise with students and young professionals in architecture, the design disciplines, the arts, the humanities, and cultural studies who are interested in exploring editorial and curatorial work in architecture. Students and young professionals born on or after January 1, 1987 are eligible for the annual curatorial internships program, regardless of citizenship and place of residence. Selected candidates will have the opportunity to become acquainted with the CCA’s curatorial approach—in particular its collection, exhibitions, editorial projects, and research programs—through a nine-month internship in Montreal beginning in the fall of 2018. For program guidelines and how to apply, please click here.

About the CCA
The CCA is an international research centre and museum founded in 1979 by Phyllis Lambert, on the conviction that architecture is a public concern. Based on its extensive collection, exhibitions, public programs, publications, and research opportunities, the CCA advances knowledge, promotes public understanding, and widens thought and debate on architecture, its history, theory, and practice, and its role in society today.

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