Highlights from Bard symposium on curating

Highlights from Bard symposium on curating


Liam Gillick, Wie würden Sie sich verhalten? Eine Küchenkatze spricht (How are you going to behave? A kitchen cat speaks),

November 8, 2014

e-flux conversations:
Highlights from live commentary on Bard symposium “The Future Curatorial What Not and Study What? Conundrum”


“There’s an elephant in the room: What purchase does curatorial practice have on the world at large?”

“These loops of curatorial self-critique largely reveal a detached modality of preservation rather than meaningful disavowal.”

“Curatorial practices need to constantly write and re-write a canon in order to fully consolidate a yet new professional figure—that of the curator.”

“Are we responsible to the criteria of OTHER disciplines then, to the methodology of science, the analytical rigor of mathematics, or the statistical focus of the social sciences?”

“Curators should contribute to the world, not just to the art world.”

“there is a lot of pleasure to be had in the circuit of preaching, and even being further converted.”

“There is something irritatingly boyish about the cockiness of the tone (not necessarily the content) of the presentation.”

“Is it just me or are things getting a little echo chambery in here?”

“If you hate curators right now so much then YOU tell US what the future of curating is!”
–audience member

“But you work in the COMMERCIAL ART WORLD and make MONEY!”
–audience member

“Sorry I was just daydreaming, what did you say?”
–Liam Gillick

Read more commentary and follow the final day of Karen Archey’s live coverage on Saturday, November 8 by visiting conversations.e-flux.com.

Taking the contested discipline of curatorial studies as its subject, “The Future Curatorial What Not and Study What? Conundrum” asks “What futures?” there might be for curatorial practice. This is a question asked with deliberate intention to carry forward the various critical projects framed within curatorial production of the last two decades. Invited presenters come from an international framework of academics, museum professionals, writers, and artists. The symposium takes place at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, NY, November 6 to 8, 2014. The recently launched e-flux conversations is providing live coverage and commentary throughout the event.

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