Natasha Becker. Exterior of the Museum of Contemporary Art Metelková, 2012. Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, Massachusetts

Parallel Models of Curating

November 3-4, 2012, Ljubljana, Slovenia

This colloquium examined the rise of the curator and curatorial practice in contemporary art. Following the collapse of universalist models of museums, it has become clear that a curator is someone who negotiates the hegemonic positions and takes responsibility for the historicization and canonization of art by questioning normative ideas about historical experience, time, works of art, and the art environment. What do notions of universality and particularity mean in different contexts? How do curatorial practices and networks emerging from local conditions shape the larger professional field? How does it go beyond the so-called limitations posed by geography, institutions, and access? How might we view these “limitations” as a productive condition for curating and interregional collaboration? These are some of the issues and questions this colloquium addressed.

Participants: Nancy Adajania, Independent Curator and Scholar; Zdenka Badovinac, Director, Moderna galerija; Cosmin Costinas, Executive Director, Para/Site Art Space; Ekaterina Degot, Professor, Moscow State University and Rodchenko Moscow School of Photography and Multimedia; Christine Eyene, Art Critic, Independent Curator, and Consultant; Inti Guerrero, Art Critic and Independent Curator; Alenka Gregoric, Artistic Director, City Art Gallery, Ljubljana; Ranjit Hoskote, Poet, Independent Curator and Scholar; Maria Lind, Director, Tensta Konsthall; Tevž Logar, Artistic Director, ŠKUC Gallery and Academy of Visual Arts; Andre Mesquita, Independent Scholar; Bojana Piškur, Curator, Museum of Contemporary Art Metelkova; Sarah Rifky, Curator, Townhouse Gallery of Contemporary Art and Professor, American University in Cairo, and MASS Alexandria; WHW, Curatorial Collective; Joana Warsza, Director, Laura Palmer Foundation; Beti Žerovc, Professor, University of Ljubljana; Anton Vidokle, Artist and Founder, E-flux.


Welcome and Introductions- audio
Zdenka Badovinac and Bojana Piškur

“Limitations or the Non Common:” The Impact of Current Geopolitical Conditions on Curators and Curating
Presentations by:
Cosmin Costinas - audio
Ekaterina Degot
Alenka Gergoric - audio
Anton Vidokle - audio
WHW - audio
Beti Žerovc - audio

“Alternatives or the Common:” New Ways of Curating, Producing Subjectivities, Forms of Production, and Networks
Presentations by:
Nancy Adajania - audio
Andre Mesquita - audio
Tevž Logar
Bojana Piškur - audio
Joanna Warsza - audio

“Imagination or Becoming:” What escapes the limitations, is outside the frame, and always in-becoming?
Presentations by:
Christine Eyene - audio
Inti Guerrero - audio
Ranjit Hoskote - audio
Sarah Rifky - audio

Public Conversation Moderated by Natasha Becker

“The Melancholy Art” Lecture by Michael Ann Holly- audio

*If you are interested in the exhibit Repetition 2, held at the Museum of Contemporary Art Metelková, October 9 - November 11, 2012, please click here.