WORLD OF ART
Laboratorium of Curatorial Practices
Season 11: 2007/08
July 21st – August 1st, 2008, Yerevan, Armenia
The 3rd International Summer School for art curators in Yerevan is a collaborative project organized by The National Association of Art Critics of Armenia (NAAC) in cooperation with SCCA-Ljubljana, SCCA-Almaty in Kazakhstan and Beral Madra Center for Contemporary Art in Istanbul.
This year’s summer school was comprised of a series of lectures, presentations, study trips, visit of artists’ studios and workshops that focused on issues related to the methodologies of curating, the role of the curator in the ever increasing globalization of the art market, strategies of representation and institutional structures in the contemporary art world.
The theme of the 2008 project Post-Socialism and Media Transformations: Strategies of Representation focused on aspects of new media representation in the specific context of post-Socialism. The aim of the summer school was a research on transformations in the uses of media for artistic production and the mechanisms of representation in the artistic scenes of former socialist countries, with an awareness of ideological connotations of new media utilization.
Petja Grafenauer Krnc, independent curator and tutor of Laboratorium of Curatorial Practices 2007/2008 within the World of Art program, gave a lecture and lead a workshop Painting in the Era of (New) Media Condition. Fourteen participants from East and West Europe, Asia, Canada, and New Zeland researched East-European painting, which is characterized by the use of images from mass media and by connecting different art media, such as installation, sculpture, video, performance… The workshop’s method was close reading of selected theoretical texts, accompanied by visits of artists’ studios. The participants’ final task was to prepare outline for theoretical and critical text about one selected art piece.
Dušan Dovč, SCCA-Ljubljana’s production manager, presented achievements of World of Art School of Contemporary Art, and gave a talk about programmes of SCCA-Ljubljana with emphasis on video art. During a three-part presentation he took take the audience to a journey with three main stops: curatorial education and practices; SCCA operation within the world of art; an overview of video art in Slovenia from the beginnings up to now.