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Pick 'N Mix #45
- It's a grim moment in the art world. Ai Weiwei has been released from custody, though few find this cause for optimism. Culture budgets are being slashed in all the most unlikely places: first and foremost a savage attack by a Culture Minister in a fragile minority cabinet here in the Netherlands who, in implementing the cuts he was assigned with vicious zeal, garnered the putdown of being "more Catholic than the Pope." The head of the Dutch Arts Council (Raad Voor Cultuur) has resigned in protest at the carnage. Canadians are being warned to expect the same; the UK has already cut all the fat and is now sawing into bone. It's important to keep calm and carry on, but hard not to wonder what can really be done to counter this global tailspin. Signing petitions and going to marches (check, check) seems to have little impact where it matters. Making the economic case has also failed us, as Canadian culture pundit Mark Jones has recently noted. It certainly feels like we are all groping along in the dark together, signing e-petitions and preparing placards, meanwhile fervently hoping for a better strategy to emerge. If the economic argument (which is solid) won't work, then what will?

- Of course, it's also important to keep things in perspective and continue to laugh at ourselves a little. These posts at Hyperallergic and William Powhida's blog (scroll down a bit) should do the trick.

- Also on a lighter note, John Waters, famed director of pre-Jackass gross-out classics such as "Pink Flamingos", is now trying his hand at curating. ""I want to clean house, reward troublemakers and invite crashers," he wrote in an introductory wall panel that raises unusual curatorial questions."

- And last but not least, Issue 8 of ONCURATING is up, after the symposium Institution as Medium. Curating as Institutional Critique?, organized by the Kunsthalle Fridericianum and the Zurich Postgraduate Program in Curating. Contributions by Dorothee Richter, Rein Wolfs, Oliver Marchart, Maria Lind, and more.


IKT Congress Report 2011»
IKT, the International Association of Curators of Contemporary Art , held its annual congress in Luxembourg, Metz, and Dudelange from 28 April - 1 May 2011. It was a special Congress, as it was Enrico Lunghi's final one as President of the IKT. Enrico is highly regarded, his managerial competence keeping IKT as an organisation on an even keel, and his personal warmth and generosity ...

Reviews & Resources

Review: Journal of Visual Art Practice: Anti-Humanist Curating»
Guest editor, Mathew Poole Contributions by Amanda Beech, Roger M. Buergel, Bridget Crone, Andrew Hunt, Jaspar Joseph Lester, Matthew Poole, Paul O'Neill and Mick Wilson Open to submission from those involved in education at postgraduate and doctorate level within visual arts, The Journal of Visual Art Practice provides a platform for issues to be discussed in a public sphere ...

Questions & Conversations

Questions: VAGA International Research Enquiry (for UK-based curators)»
Commissioned by Creative Scotland, managed by VAGA (Visual Arts and Galleries Association) and led by independent curators Kirsteen Macdonald (Glasgow) and Ellen Blumenstein (The Office, Berlin) the VAGA International Research Enquiry (VIRE) aims to benefit the visual arts sector as a whole by identifying opportunities available to curators at all stages of their careers. VIRE is ...