Curating has had to change in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and so MA Culture, Criticism and Curation students and staff found themselves on the most live of live projects, curating during a period of accelerated change and unpredictability. Some of the changes are obvious, the unilateral move to digital platforms and formats, frustrations around collaborating remotely. Others are subtle, like emerging understandings of what it means to be present and new experiences of temporality, as we connect to different time zones and cultures. We’ve all experienced a range of human responses to this crisis and stretched ourselves to find tolerance and deeper understandings.
These five projects undertaken since May, have now been completed creatively and intelligently within these conditions. Working with our partner organisations each project has calibrated itself to particular contexts and histories. Each has also forged a response to the large issues of our new world: the stark legacy of historical inequality, extremist politics and diminishing resources. The achievement of these projects testifies to the hard work, adeptness and commitment of these students.
The course and students would like to thank the generous support of our project partners: Four Corners, Modern Forms, the Centre for Investigative Journalism, the Lethaby Gallery, CSM’s Associate Studio Programme and MA Graphic Communication Design.