Freelance curators enjoy a degree of flexibility in their work, but are often also in precarious positions when working with large organisations. A clear example of the difficulties faced by curators working in a freelance capacity emerged last week when the Koffler Centre of the Arts in Toronto issued a statement saying they were “disassociating” from artist Reena Katz, that […]

Increasingly open ways of participating in the selection and display of content are blossoming. Harnessing the ubiquity of internet access, the Brooklyn Museum are able to produce Click!, a “crowd-curated” photography exhibition. Weblogs, like FFFFOUND!, allow invited internet users to select pictures worthy of scrutiny from the tonnage of imagery available on the web. Taking the semi-randomness of allowing web […]

IKT, the International Association of Curators of Contemporary Art, held its annual congress in Montreal from 22-26 May 2008. More than 130 members attended this year’s IKT Congress, the first Congress ever to be held outside Europe. The days were very full, and included visits to major museums and galleries including the Musée d’Art Contemporain de Montreal (MACM), Montreal Museum […]

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Astria Suparak, a US-based curator, noted in a recent public letter that her role as a “citizen and as a curator is to enrich the communities in which I live and work, through engaging, exciting, and relevant creative work.” I agree with this sentiment wholeheartedly, and I’d also add that taking these actions involves an intimate knowledge of the context […]

I’ve noted of late that the term “open source” gets bandied about quite a bit, not just in technology-related industries, but also increasingly in the art world. To be sure, some systems in the art world, including curatorial processes, are very open and transparent. Is it stretching it a bit, however, to relate this transparency and receptivity in the art […]

Recently I was the invited respondent to GLOBAL BENDING: Opening Creative Space – Rooting Curatorial Media Practice in China panel at the Dutch Electronic Art Festival. This panel was expansive in scope and ambitiously attempted to cover many topics. After a brief introduction from moderator Li Zhenhua, we heard from Zhang Ga, proposing that a top-down strategy is a sensible […]

“What Do Curators Want?” was the name of an event held recently at Side Street Projects (an art centre in Pasadena, California, USA) featuring Caryn Coleman, editor of art.blogging.la and owner of sixspace. The promotional blurb stated: If you go about this the wrong way, you can kill your career before it even happens. So, how do you approach curators […]

If pressed, I suppose I would say that one of my favourite things about art openings is the conversations that take place – since usually the room is too full to really appreciate the art. Recently I was at an opening in a white cube and ended up chatting to the curator of the show, whose name I usually recognise […]

I’m proud to announce the (semi-recent) launch of my latest curatorial effort. In-Site Montreal is a collection of site-specific art presented on the portal pages of five wireless internet hotspots in the Ile Sans Fil network. Artists Nicolas Fleming, Maria Legault, and Virginie Laganiere have created art works that can be viewed simply by logging in to the Ile Sans […]