On Mediation/2: Theory and Curatorial Practices in the Global Art

On Mediation/2: Theory and Curatorial Practices in the Global Art

Training Seminar

Theoretical Phase: November 5 – December 17, 2014
Practical Phase: March – May 2015, Barcelona, Spain

Organizing Team

Organized by: Global Visual Cultures | Department of Art History, University of Barcelona.
Direction: Anna Maria Guasch, Martí Peran
Coordination: Christian Alonso, Diana Padrón, Olga Sureda
Guest Curators: Pilar Bonet and Conrado Uribe

Program

Theoretical Phase

November 5 – December 17, 2014

24 training hours (8 sessions of three hours each) Wednesday from 6:00 to 9:00 pm. Mandatory sessions
Language: Spanish or English (depending on the guests)
Location: Faculty of Geography and History, UB (Montalegre 6, Barcelona), Room 402

Direction: Anna Maria Guasch
Guest Curator: Conrado Uribe
Coordination: Christian Alonso, Diana Padrón, Olga Sureda

8 scheduled sessions are divided into 3 sections: Introduction to Curatorial Practices, Cases of Study’s Modules focusing on Curatorial Theory and Practice; and complementary activities (see Program of Theoretical Sessions).

1. Introduction: ON MEDIATION/2 by Anna Maria Guasch
Presentation of the coordinators and participants
Keynote: Curatorial turns in contemporary art
November 5

2. Session by José Roca, Adjunct Curator Estrellita B. Brodsky of Latinamerican Art in Tate Modern (London) and Director of FLORA ars+natura, (Bogotá).
Moderator: Diana Padrón
November 12

3. History of Curatorship. Session by Conrado Uribe, Artistic Director of LOOP Festival 2014 (Barcelona); From artist as curator to curator as artist, by Luis Guerra. Artist, theoretician and writer.
November 26

Case Study Modules: Curatorial Theory and Practices

4. Session by María Inés Rodríguez, Director of CAPC Musée d´Art Contemporain Burdeos, Chief Curator of MUAC Museo Universitario de Arte Contemporáneo, 2011-2013 and Director of MUSAC Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León, 2009-2011.
Moderator: Olga Sureda
December 3

5. Session by Maria Hlavajova, Director of FORMER WEST, Artistic Director of BAK Basis Voor Aktuel Kunst (Utrecht), Curator of the Roma pavilion for the 54 edition of Venice Bienale, 2011 and Curator of the Dutch pavilion fot the 52 edition of the Venice Bienale, 2007.
Moderator: Christian Alonso
December 10

6. Session by Beatrice Von Bismarck, Professor of Art History and Visual Studies in HGB Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst (Leipzig). Editor of Cultures of the Curatorial.
Moderators: Anna Maria Guasch and Conrado Uribe
December 11, 7-9 pm. Aula Gran 4º floor. Open session

Complementary Activities

7. Round table. Sustaining community-based curatorial practices: Bar Project, Festival Plaga, Homesession, Halfhouse, Perder el Norte. November 19

8. Guided tour of the exhibition Futurs abandonats. Demà ja era la qüestió.
Curator: Martí Peran. Fabra i Coats Centre d’Art Contemporani Barcelona

9. Training seminar with Beatrice Von Bismarck.
December 12. From 12-2pm. Media Lab, Faculty of Geography and History, 3rd floor

10. Papers session (optional)
Evaluation Commitee: Anna M. Guasch, Martí Peran, Conrado Uribe and Luis Guerra
December 17

The research group AGI presents the second edition of the training seminar ON MEDIATION , whose first edition gathered more than 30 participants from 8 different countries who were asked to generate three different curatorial projects in collaboration with the platform iDENSITAT, the Fundació Antoni Tàpies archive, the Fundació Guasch Coranty, and the Cercle Artistic Sant Lluc. These three exhibitions were the outcome of the first edition of a seminar that arises from the need to offer a university training program that is able to provide both theoretical and practical tools for the creation process of an exhibition.

From the research group AGI and as a result of the recent profesionalization of the figure of the curator, we believe it is necessary to detail the results from contemporary curatorial practices understood as a mediation mechanism, ‘thinking beyond the specialized role’ and creating a space for debate ‘on the cultural location of this mediation’ (Lars Bang Larsen & Soren Andresen, 2006).

ON MEDIATION/2 Theory and Curatorial Practices in the Global Art, is a theoretical and practical training seminar, where various perspectives are addressed in order to identify different methodologies to promote the curatorial practice towards a multidisciplinary scenario. Thus, the seminar will be organized through a first theoretical phase of lectures led by curators of recognized international experience and a second practice phase where participants, by previous selection, can develop the ideas put forth by the mentored curatorial projects that will be presented in ADN Platform in May 2015.

This seminar is open to artists, curators, critics, students, researchers and other collectives interested in developing their curatorial concerns beyond the disciplinary scope, deepening the practice of cultural mediation and questioning imposed models. All registered participants will receive a certificate of attendance, online work materials, personalized tutoring and specific monitoring of curatorial projects.

Session 1. Anna Maria Guasch

Curatorial turns in contemporary art by Anna Maria Guasch. This is an Introductory Session, presenting the coordinators and participants of the Training Seminar On Mediation/2.
Introduction: Anna Maria Guasch

Session 2. José Roca

José Roca, Adjunct Curator Estrellita B. Brodsky of Latinamerican Art in Tate Modern (London) and Director of FLORA ars+natura, (Bogotá).
Moderator: Diana Padrón

Session 3. Conrado Uribe & Luis Guerra

Two topics to be covered: History of Curatorship by Conrado Uribe, Artistic Director of LOOP Festival 2014 (Barcelona); and From artist as curator to curator as artist, by Luis Guerra. Artist, theoretician and writer.

Session 4. María Inés Rodríguez

María Inés Rodríguez, Director of CAPC Musée d´Art Contemporain Burdeos, Chief Curator of MUAC Museo Universitario de Arte Contemporáneo, 2011-2013 and Director of MUSAC Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León, 2009-2011.
Moderator: Olga Sureda

Session 5. Maria Hlavajov

Maria Hlavajova, Director of FORMER WEST, Artistic Director of BAK Basis Voor Aktuel Kunst (Utrecht), Curator of the Roma pavilion for the 54 edition of Venice Bienale, 2011 and Curator of the Dutch pavilion fot the 52 edition of the Venice Bienale, 2007.
Moderator: Christian Alonso

Session 6. Beatrice Von Bismarck

Beatrice Von Bismarck, Professor of Art History and Visual Studies in HGB Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst (Leipzig). Editor of Cultures of the Curatorial.
Moderators: Anna Maria Guasch and Conrado Uribe

Venues

UB, Universitat de Barcelona
Faculty of Geography and History, Classroom 402
Montalegre 6, 08001 Barcelona
www.ub.edu