Contemporary art curating news and views from Michelle Kasprzak and team

Answers: Results of the Netherlands Media Art Institute's survey

Posted by Michelle Kasprzak • Wednesday, October 27. 2010 • Category: Questions & Conversations

Thanks to everyone who was able to assist the Netherlands Media Art Institute by responding to their survey targeted at curators, which I posted here. The NIMk received 172 responses, and have collated the results into a report that you can download in PDF format at the Culture Vortex website.
I encourage you to browse the whole report, but thought I'd point out findings that I think are interesting:
- only 20% of the respondents use online video sites (Vimeo, YouTube) to scout for new work.
- 67% of respondents listed UbuWeb as one of their most visited websites, however, suggesting that curators appreciate a resource that is already heavily curated.
- there is no interest in a printed catalogue of NIMk's works for distribution, but heavy interest in being able to save selections in NIMk's online catalogue.
- several needs were identified, including access to full-length works online, access to non-Western work, and access to performance work.
Get the whole report here.

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Opportunity: Zabludowicz Collection Curatorial Open

Posted by Michelle Kasprzak • Wednesday, October 27. 2010 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities

The Zabludowicz Collection Curatorial Open is a new opportunity for independent curators and arts professionals. As its name suggests, the Open invites professionals from creative fields to propose ideas for exhibitions and projects to be produced in July and August 2011, as part of the Zabludowicz Collection’s programme at 176 Prince of Wales Road, one of London’s foremost spaces for contemporary art.

The first stage of proposals asks applicants to familiarise themselves with the Collection’s ethos and holdings by using online resources available on the Collection’s website and to propose a project to be realised during the six weeks between 7 July – 14 August 2011, with an accompanying publication and programme of events.

A shortlist of ten projects will be selected in January 2011 by a panel composed of Lisa Le Feuvre, James Lingwood, Mark Rappolt and Anita Zabludowicz. Shortlisted candidates will then be invited to develop their proposals. In February 2011, up to four curators will be invited to realise their projects at 176 Prince of Wales Road in July-August 2011.

To be eligible, entrants must have previously realised at least two exhibitions or projects with contemporary artists or art, which were open to the public, and must be over 21 years of age. They can be from any creative background; in fact we are keen to encourage cross-disciplinary proposals and new ways of approaching the Zabludowicz Collection. Applicants can find more information, and download the application pack, on the Zabludowicz Collection website.

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Pick 'N Mix #40

Posted by Michelle Kasprzak • Tuesday, October 26. 2010 • Category: Pick 'N Mix
Welcome to the latest edition of Pick 'N Mix.

- It's not easy to put together a show," says Manish Pushkale. "Being an artist I understand the limitations of other artists and the discussions could extend to techniques as well. An artist-curator has that advantage, even though they might not have studied curating."

- Holland Cotter: "The subject of what is gained and lost in art in the age of mechanical reproduction is ancient by now. But the question of what art’s future might be on the accessible, untamable Internet is still a bit new. And cyberspace remains, so far, a curator-challenging frontier."

- Alex Kleiman: "In order to be a good curator, generally, you have to be quite flexible and responsive, and in order to curate interestingly and engagingly you have to be multifariously aware, impressionable and analytical."

- Who Cares? 16 Essays on Curating in Asia, commissioned by Para/Site Art Space, is an anthology that compiles 16 essays on curating art in and of Asia. One of the themes addresses the politics of care, commonly understood as the basic role of curators, with regards to art and artists, across time and contexts. Another theme revolves around markers of success in the realm of contemporary curating. A third recurring theme deals with curating in the globalised art world of advanced travel and communication technologies. A fourth theme reconsiders the audience as active producers in a curated experience. Through a variety of perspectives and literary styles, these texts constitute primary notes towards 'curatorial criticism,' a subfield of art criticism that identifies the new in curating today.

- Issue 6 of On Curating is available for download, focusing on exhibition making. The issue features interviews with Nikolaus Schaffhausen, Zoe Gray, and Paul O’Neill, an essay by Hito Steyerl, and much more.
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Opportunity: Residency at Hordaland Art Centre

Posted by Michelle Kasprzak • Sunday, October 17. 2010 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities

Applications to Hordaland Art Centre's residency are accepted via e-mail between October 15th and November 15th every year.

Hordaland Art Centre has been host to guests since 1987. Today the residency is focused on research and development and is an integral part of our programme. The residency is open to international artists, curators, art writers and other art professionals within the contemporary field. Our guests are expected to have a public presentation during their stay with Hordaland Art Centre.

Guests stay in a quiet residential area seven minutes walk from Hordaland Art Centre in the centre of Bergen. The flat has one bedroom, kitchen, living room and bathroom, as well as a south-west-facing balcony. The studio is 34 m2 and is located at Hordaland Art Centre. The studio is furnished and has open access wi-fi. Guests are expected to bring their own computer and other tools necessary for their work during the residency.

Hordaland Art Centre covers travel, rent, studio rent, electricity and a small stipend to cover the high living costs in Norway. The applicant can apply for periods of 2 weeks, 1 month or 2 months.

The residency is financially supported by Hordaland County and Nordic Culture Point. Successful candidates are also encouraged to apply for additional funding.

Please make sure you comply with the instructions. Incomplete applications will not be taken into consideration. Please e-mail completed application form, cv and images/texts in one single e-mail to hks[at]kunstsenter[dot]no with your name as subject line.

Applications are accepted in English only to accommodate the international jury members.

Applications are assessed and chosen by a jury on the basis of merit, and the ability Hordaland Art Centre has to support the proposed research or project.

To be eligible for the Nordic residency, supported by Nordic Culture Point, you are a professional working artist, curator, contemporary art writer, critic or researcher from one of the Nordic (Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Iceland, Greenland or the Faroe Islands) or Baltic (Estonia, Latvia or Lithuania) countries, or based professionally in one of these countries.

To be eligible for the International residency, supported by Hordaland County, you are a professional working artist, curator, contemporary art writer, critic or researcher from any country outside of Norway.

To download the application form, please visit Hordaland Art Centre's website.

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