WORLD OF ART
Laboratorium of Curatorial Practices
Season 10: 2006/07
Between Exposition and Mediation
July 23-August 7, 2007
The Summer Seminars for Art Curators 2007 has been organized in collaboration with the National Association of Art Critics (Yerevan, Armenia), SCCA, Center for Contemporary Arts – Ljubljana (Slovenia), Soros Center for Contemporary Art – Alma Aty (Kazakhstan) and BM Center for Contemporary Art (Istanbul, Turkey).
After successfully completing and summarizing the Summer Seminars, the National Association of Art Critics (NAAC) now intends to further develop the program focusing on partnership and networking with regional actors in the field of art criticism and curating.
SCCA, Center for Contemporary Arts – Ljubljana (Slovenia) was present at the summer’s programme with two lectures: Tevž Logar, the World of Art assistant, presented the school of contemporary arts World of Art, that has been operating in frame of SCCA-Ljubljana from 1997. Conceived in yearly cycles and composed by the course for curators with a final exhibition, seminar in writing, series of lectures and a yearly anthology, it has established the mechanisms necessary for reflective operation in the world of art. Barbara Borčić, SCCA-Ljubljana director and head of video programs, presented different aspects of curating in Slovenia comprised of juxtaposition of different understandings, visions, achievements and interpretations of curatorial practices in a wider context of contemporary art from the sixties to the present.
SCCA-Ljubljana also launched open call for tenders for residents of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Poland, Serbia, Slovakia and Slovenia. The SCCA-Ljubljana selection board (Barbara Borčić, Saša Nabergoj and Nevenka Šivavec) made a preselection. The final selection was made by the National Association of Art Critics.
From Slovenia Petra Kapš, art critic, curator and publicist, took part in the Summer Seminars.
2nd Summer Seminars for Art Curators
The 2007 summer seminars and the workshop for art curators centered on the relation of the art critic and curator on the one hand and curator-artist on the other, in the face of globalization/westernization of the art market and big exhibitions; i. e. biennales, art fairs and festivals as one of the outcomes of these processes that have penetrated into former socialist countries since the mid-1990’s.
The program focused on curating as a critical practice, and particularly, the curator as someone who combines the management of relations (artist-curator, artist-critics, artist-society) with the function of evaluation.
The intensive two-week program comprised of a theory and method courses, as well as a curatorial workshop. The courses were combined with presentations by local and international artists, curators, art historians and cultural workers as well as with visits to artist’s studios, galleries and museum in Yerevan.
Miško Šuvaković: Critical Writing Workshop
At the “Critical writing” workshop the theoretical platforms of critical practice and theoretical and curatorial practices in contemporary art was discussed. The goal of the course was to introduce the students to analytical relationship to the discursive problems and questions of power in contemporary art and culture.
Neery Melkonian: Global Feminism’s Other
During the course the contexts, subtexts and curatorial approaches that inform big feminist international exhibits were discussed. The ideological frameworks and the possible causes for the absence of certain cultural geographies in such undertakings were addressed. The course focused on exploring the works of Armenian women artists internationally covering the post WWII period to the present.
Elvan Zabunian: A History of Exposition
The five meetings were articulated around outstanding exhibitions organized in Europe since 1969, the year when the exhibition When Attitudes Become Form (Harald Szeeman) was organized. The exhibitions discussed included Paris-Berlin (1978) and Paris-Moscow (1979), Magicians of the Earth (1989), Dokumenta XI.
Presentationas and lectures