World of Art. Models of training and collaboration in contemporary arts

Worl of Art, School for curators and critics of contemporary art (SCCA-Ljubljana), ECM (Postgraduate educating, curating and managing studies at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna), University Jagiellonski Krakov (Postgraduate museological curatorial studies) and KURZIV (platform for culture, media and society Zagreb).

September 2010–June 2012

About the project World of Art. Models of training and collaboration in contemporary arts

World of Art. Models of training and collaboration in contemporary arts is a partnership focused on vocational training of Curatorial Studies, Art Critical Studies, Museum Studies, and Art Journalism. The partnership intends to examine the best practices of vocational training strategies, methods and curriculum, developed by the partners.

The partnership, based on long-term educational experiences of all partners, is developing a vocational program for curators, critics and art journalists of contemporary arts. The vocational program consists of different activities (writing skills, production of exhibitions, critical readings, workshops, lectures, and study excursions) and ends with acquiring the certificate, which helps the learners to start operating in the art world. The learners will gain a specific, mostly practical knowledge for operating as curators, critics and art journalists of contemporary arts.

Furthermore the partnership will search for alternative models of art education, it will develop a joint curriculum and vocational reader and it will enhance cooperation and networking between cultural institutions in four countries that share similar experiences regarding their status within the international art market and the state of art education. It will build the space for long-term collaboration on both institutional levels (partners’ organizations and their staff) and individual levels (learners, lecturers and tutors).



Conference is organized by ECM, Educating Curating Managing Studies, University of Applied Arts Vienna.

The history of exhibiting is the history of an interdisciplinary practice in the visual field, in which form and meaning, cultural production and its significance for the society are closely intertwined. Thus exhibitions maintain the claims and traditions of applied arts but revise and actualize them. With respect to the current process of re-formulating the term ‘applied’ it seems crucial to carefully scrutinize the demands and claims made to museums and exhibitions. Particularly important in this regard are the debates concerning democratization, participation, intervention, utopia and knowledge production. They all have in common that they think the ‘applied’ and ‘exhibiting’ together. This applies in particular to questions related to the design of exhibitions and the handling of objects. All the issues mentioned above will be discussed in depth at an international conference.

Many internationally recognized experts (Suzana Milevska, Peter Weibel, Barbara Steiner, Erwin K. Bauer, Martin Krenn, Marion von Osten, Kristina Leko and others) will attend two day international conference. They will discuss above-mentioned questions during their lectures and debates.

  • Saša Nabergoj: About curatorial interventions, panel talk, May 10, 2012, University of Applied Arts Vienna

Full program (pdf)

Study excursions


Vocational Reader: (Un)learning Together: Discourses, Moments and Conflicts that Make the World Bigger than the World of Art (pdf)

Editors: Maria Hussakowska, Antonija Letinić, Saša Nabergoj, Nora Sternfeld, Luiza Ziaja, Simona Žvanut
Publisher: KURZIV − Platform for Matters of Culture, Media and Society, Zagreb (Croatia)
In Cooperation With: SCCA, Center for Contemporary Arts – Ljubljana (Slovenia); Schnittpunkt Verein für Ausstellungstheorie und – praxis, Vienna (Austria); Podyplomowe Muzealnicze Studia Kuratorskie w zakresie sztuki najnowszej, Uniwersytet Jagielloński, Instytut Historii Sztuki, Krakow (Poland)
Managing editor: Antonija Letinić
Design: Dario Dević
September 2012
Languages: Croatian, English, Slovenian.

Publication: Talking about Exhibition (pdf)

Texts: Petja Grafenauer: Interview with Saša Nabergoj (We are interested in ways of working based on local needs), Andrzej Szczerski (Curating and the importance of an artwork), Maria Hussakowska (Helena Blum and her modern art history — written and exhibited), Nora Sternfeld, Luisa Ziaja (What comes after the show? On post-representational curating), Beatrice Jaschke (Curating. A profession in transition), Wojciech Szymański (The Program of No Program), Karolina Kolenda (Curating the East), Antonija Letinić (From culture to education and back).
Editor: Maria Hussakowska
Translated by: Karolina Kolenda
Graphic design: Władysław Pluta
Languages: poljski, angleški.


Editor: Antonija Letinic, KURZIV, Zagreb.

Program is supported by contribution of European Lifelong Learning Programme (partnership Leonardo da Vinci)

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