Curating–In–Depth: International incubator framework Slovenia-Philippines-Croatia
3–16 May 2015
Project Room SCCA, Metelkova 6, Ljubljana
SCCA-Ljubljana with partners received the support of Creative Encounters: Cultural Partnerships between Asia and Europe 4th Edition (2014–2015)
We are proud to announce that our project Curating–In–Depth is one of the three projects that have been selected for the support in 2015 through the fourth edition of Creative Encounters: Cultural Partnerships between Asia and Europe, launched by the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF), and its partners the Arts Network Asia (ANA) and the European network Trans Europe Halles (TEH).
Curating–In–Depth, prepared by two main partners SCCA, Center for Contemporary Arts – Ljubljana (Slovenia) and Planting Rice (Philippines) and associated organisation Kurziv (Croatia), is an incubation project between non-governmental institutions from Europe and Asia, whose goals are for the development of curatorial education. It connects initiatives in the field of curatorial practices and the production of visual arts exhibitions, which share the same approach (we call it the curating-in-depth), but are rooted in different cultural environments and artistic milieus. Our assets are our diversities, connected to diverse contexts we are coming from. Together, we respond to the phenomenon of “parachuting curators” that rely on minimal engagement as they come into a new cultural milieu and discount the politics of cultural representation. All partners share the opinion that the contemporary visual arts, curatorial and critical practices should deeply engage with contexts: artists and practitioners that make up the bigger community; and that exhibitions and other artistic presentation should be supported by critical and/or practice-based research. In order to achieve this, a crossover of different manifestations (lectures, workshops, research work, modules on the practical work of the curator, study excursions) will be used in-between the project’s production, research, representation and education.
Through mobilities for curators, students and cultural operators between the Philippines, Slovenia and Croatia, we expect to increase knowledge on these cultural scenes and to develop a practice of accountability in intercultural exchanges and cross-cultural curating. The program of engagement includes, but not limited to, artist talks, workshops, and other modes of presentations structured within the aim of raising awareness that contemporary art practice is a medium for intercultural dialogue that exceeds cultural, and social boundaries. We tailor this incubator framework for new collaborations amongst artists and curators.