Introduction to Curation (Online)

The course provides a basic understanding of the discourse and terminology surrounding the curation of contemporary art. You will study the role of the independent curator and how it came to be what it is today, through examples of seminal exhibitions and reading of exhibition critiques and theoretical texts...

Taught by: Ma'ayan Shelef.

Description


The course provides a basic understanding of the discourse and terminology surrounding the curation of contemporary art. You will study the role of the independent curator and how it came to be what it is today, through examples of seminal exhibitions and reading of exhibition critiques and theoretical texts. You will learn the essential ideas and tools involved in the practice of curating, and how to plan an exhibition step by step. The course will question the changes to the role of the curator, that are resulting from multi-disciplinarily, blurring boundaries and the falling of hierarchies. A special focus will be given to curating ephemeral and time based art such as the moving image, performance and new media, and how they touch upon critical, political and social ideas in contemporary art discourse.

The course will include weekly assignments of reading, writing and research. You will also develop individual exhibition proposals, and the content of the course may alter to best fit ideas being generated in the class


Topics Covered

  • Curating as a montage, and the relations between context and form
  • The role and practice of the independent curator
  • The rise and the demise of the white cube
  • Fractures in the white cube: participation, performance, and capitalism
  • Curating the moving image
  • How to write a curatorial concept and develop it towards an exhibition
  • How to work with artists
  • How to think of an exhibition space
  • Production and budget aspects


Learning Outcomes
By the end of the course you will have;

  • Learnt what the practice of curating entails, and what are the major issues and challenges that a contemporary curator tackles.
  • Developed the ability to untangle some of the complexities and mysteries behind role of a curator
  • Become familiar with the milestones in the contemporary history of exhibition making
  • Developed confidence in the various stages of curatorial practice and thoughts
  • Produced an exhibition proposal that can be sent to institutions or produced independently
  • Received feedback on your proposal from your tutor and peers, according to your needs and interests



Who is Introduction to Curation (Online) for
The course is beginner level, but an understanding (and love) of contemporary art is essential. Young curators, artists, designers, writers, activists, or other creative practitioners who are involved or want to be involved with curatorial practice will benefit from the course, as will anyone who wants to learn more about this sought after profession.
Level: Beginner
Please note: This course is for students aged 18 and over



Why choose a Chelsea College of Arts Online Short Course
Our online learning short courses allow you to experience Chelsea College wherever you are in the world. Additionally all Chelsea Online Short Courses include;
  • Live sessions with expert
  • Lesson recordings
  • Practical assignments
  • Personal feedback
  • VLE with course content
  • Forums for support
  • 3 months online access
  • Chelsea College Certificate upon completion

Further details about the Online Short Courses on offer at Chelsea college of Arts can be found here

Please note that the course will be taught in UK time. To check and compare times click here

Tutor information

Maayan Sheleff is an independent curator based in Tel Aviv. Her projects involve the exploration of participatory practices through new media, the moving image and performance while examining the borders between art and activism. She is currently the artistic advisor of The Art Cube Artists Studios in Jerusalem, and was the Curator at the CCA and at Line 16 Gallery, Tel Aviv, as well as assistant Director at the international Curatorial Studies Program of the Kibbutzim College of Education. Sheleff curated various projects in different venues and in the public sphere, among them at the Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Tokyo, Madre museum in Naples, Herzlyia Museum in Israel, Shift festival in Basel, and the Bloomfield Science Museum in Jerusalem. She was the co-curator of various exhibitions in Israel and internationally, among them the first Tel Aviv- Yaffo Biennial. She was a resident at Artport, Tel Aviv ( 2013), won ISCP’s (International Studio & curatorial program, NY) 2012 Curator Award, and participated in ICI’s (Independent curators international, NY) curatorial intensive (2010).  Sheleff teaches curating and social and political art practices in the Kibbutzim College of Education, Tel Aviv, Bezalel Academy of Art and Design and the Sam Spiegel Film and Television school, Jerusalem, and at Sapir College in Sderot, and guest lectures in many other institutions. Next year she will begin PHD studies at the Research Platform for Curatorial and Cross-disciplinary Cultural Studies, Practice-Based Doctoral Program, a co-operation of the Department of Art at the University of Reading (UK) with the Postgraduate Program in Curating at the Institute for Cultural Studies in the Arts, Department of Cultural Analysis, Zurich University of the Arts (CH).


Materials

Technical Requirements:

Prior to the start of your course, please ensure:

  • You have a headset and microphone attached to your computer.
  • You have a webcam.
  • Your browser has a recent version of Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, or Google Chrome.
  • Your computer is running the most recent version of Java. You can download it from here: http://java.com/en/download/index.jsp
Most importantly, you have a good internet connection with a bandwidth upwards of 56k.



Details for booking

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