Introduction to Curation (Online)

The course will give basic understanding of the discourse and terms regarding curating contemporary art. It will look at 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 will give basic understanding of the discourse and terms regarding curating contemporary art. It will look at 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. It will give the essential ideas and tools that the practice of curating involves, and take the students through the process of planning an exhibition step by step. The course will question the changes in the role of the curator in a time of 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.

Since the course aims to tutor the development of individual exhibition proposals, the content might change in relation to the materials brought and developed by the students. 

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
Students should be able to understand what the practice of curating entails, and what are the major issues and challenges that a contemporary curator tackles. They should be  able to untangle some of the complexities and mysteries behind the sought after profession, and be familiar with the milestones in the contemporary history of exhibition making.  

They should feel more confident regarding the various stages of curatorial practice and thoughts, and be able to put together an exhibition proposal that they can send to institutions or produce independently.At the end of the course each student will ideally have a proposal in which they received feedback from the tutor and peers, according to their needs and interests. 

Who Should Attend
Young curators, artists, designers, writers, activists, or other creative practitioners who are involved or want to be involved with curatorial practice. Persons from any profession and background are encouraged to apply as often the mix of interests creates a more interesting group. However, a basic knowledge and understanding of contemporary art is mandatory. 

Level
Beginner



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

DateDay of WeekTimeDurationCostStatusLocationAction
27/04/2017 - 25/05/2017Thursday17:00 - 18:305 Weeks£395Available Online Add to Basket