Event: Nothing You Ever Wanted to Know About Curating … Part 1: The Interview

Nothing You Ever Wanted to Know About Curating

Part 1: The Interview

7-9pm Friday 29th June 2012

Curated by:

Stefanie Kogler, Ana Yarto Bilbao, Ana Sol Gonzalez Rueda,

Kate Pardon, Katrin Bengl, Petra Power, & Nora Mohamed Ismail

(click on the image to scroll through the slideshow)

The past ten years have seen the interview grow in its ubiquity as a research tool and as a promotional tool for curators. We now see a plethora of books, magazine articles, and online publications carrying interviews by curators and interviews of curators. This one-night event  provocatively revised and re-framed the interview as a curatorial practice.

Three video interviews were presented and discussed. The first interview includes Hans Ulrich Obrist in conversation with Pablo Leon de la Barra, and takes place inside a moving car in Miami. The second interview sees Rirkrit Tiravanija filmed during his on-site preparation for The 21st Century: Art in the First Decade, an exhibition at GoMA in Brisbane, Australia (2010). Finally, a dialogue held at Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea in Rivoli-Turin between curator Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev and artist Nedko Solakov (2009) was shown.

A short discussion followed the presentation of each of the videos. The discussions interrogated and rethought the self-reflexivity of contemporary curatorial practice, asking how and why curators so often invoke and employ the rhetoric of neutrality that is entangled within and is presented as an integral part of the self-consciousness of their work. Moreover, the discussions considered how the so-called construction of personality, which once belonged more to the construction of the image of the artist, has spread so predominantly today to the figure of the curator.

This event was presented by MA students from the Centre for Curatorial Studies at The University of Essex: Stefanie Kogler, Ana Yarto Bilbao, Ana Sol Gonzalez Rueda, Kate Pardon, Katrin Bengl, Petra Power, and Nora Mohamed Ismail.