February 5, 2017 - Public Art Agency Sweden - Curating Context – Beyond the Gallery and Into Other Fields
February 5, 2017

Public Art Agency Sweden

Sisley Xhafa, Again and again. Photo: Ricard Estay/Public Art Agency Sweden.

Curating Context – Beyond the Gallery and Into Other Fields


Seminar: Stockholm, March 21, 2017 
Publication: Published by Art and Theory in collaboration with the Public Art Agency Sweden
Editor: Magdalena Malm

Curating Context describes the field where the curatorial practice is extended beyond curating exhibitions into working with entire contexts. This exciting and laborious curatorial approach where each project sets new demands, requires very specific skills rarely taught in curatorial programs or described in publications. The project Curating Context consists of an anthology and seminar articulating the why and how of curating art projects that gain their meaning in relation to a surrounding context, or which need a specific structure in order to play out. 

The anthology and the seminar reflect on how these curatorial methodologies not only situate works in different places, but also transfer curatorial methods into other fields, such as the contexts of law, urban development, and constructions of the civic. Curating Context departs from a desire to share this sustained conversation among practitioners in the field. It is part of the Public Art Agency Sweden’s program of knowledge development. 

Titles: Context and Relation / From Crystal Ball Gazing to Air Traffic Control / Curating Inside of the Mind / Survival Guide for Art Production / Curating Infrastructure / On a Sense of Togetherness / Perceptions of Care / Transforming, Composing, Instituting, Disappearing

Contributors: Grégory Castéra, Claire Doherty, Elvira Dyangani Ose, Suzan Lacy, Raimundas Malašauskas, Magdalena Malm, María Mur Dean, RAQS MEDIA COLLECTIVE, Jessica Segerlund, Nato Thompson and Joanna Zawieja 

The book will be published in March. To pre-order email: sales [​at​] artandtheory.org

Seminar and book release
The seminar will be held at the Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm and investigate topics like Production and Survival, Context and Relation, Curating the Urban, Gentrification or Agency. It will start with a session of lectures and talks on stage, followed by workshops for in-depth conversation. The book launch follows in the evening at Mindepartementet in collaboration with Art and Theory.

Contributors in the seminar: 
Grégory Castéra, co-director, Council, Paris
Claire Doherty, director, Situations, Bristol
Filip Jovanovski and Ivana Vaseva, directors, Akto Festival, Skopje
Sophie Goltz, artistic director, city curator, Hamburg
Johanna Gustafsson Fürst, artist
Magdalena Malm, director, Public Art Agency Sweden
Edi Muka, curator, Public Art Agency Sweden
María Mur Dean, director consonni, Bilbao
Helena Papadopoulos, director, Radio Athenes, Athens
Jessica Segerlund, curator and process manager, Älvstranden Development, Gothenburg
Joanna Zawieja, curator urban development, Public Art Agency Sweden

The seminar and book release are produced by the Public Art Agency Sweden in collaboration with the Royal Institute of Art Stockholm, Art and Theory, Valand Academy and Iaspis, the Swedish Arts Grants Committee's International Programme for Visual and Applied Artists.


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