[artinfo] curator course at Kwangju Biennale

dora hegyi hegyidora1 at gmail.com
Mon May 4 00:30:17 CEST 2009

The Gwangju Biennale Foundation sponsors the first edition of International
Curator Course in Gwangju from August 24 to September 20, in collaboration
with worldwide colleges running curatorial studies. The Course will offer
the opportunity to 25 young curators from all over the world to work with an
internationally renowned visiting professor and curators, dealing with many
challenging issues of theoretical and practical aspects of curatorial
research, and reviewing the contemporary art as a broadened terrain of

The Course consists of lectures, seminars, workshops and practice in
preparation of Gwangju Biennale and Gwangju Design Biennale, with an
intensive schedule of classes and curatorial administrations led by the
visiting professor as well as presentations of the participants' projects,
and visits to artists, designers, museums, galleries and related

The objectives of curatorial course are aiming to:

- promote reflections questioning the role of the curator, and research
projects in the field of contemporary visual culture
- set up working platforms that may enable participants to develop further
curatorial works
- proliferate networking between young creators of the visual art scene and
encourage international circulation of cultural projects

Themes examined during three weeks of lessons will be: concepts of "cultural
hybrid," "aesthetic groundedness," "terrain," and the cultural topology and
its relations between East and West; the role of museums and alternative
spaces; the question of history and its redefinition; and the relations
between art and its audiences will be included along with themes.

*Visiting Professor*
Barbara Vanderlinden is internationally renowned curator, author and
founding artistic director of Brussels Biennial, Belgium (2008) and founding
director of Roomade, Office for Contemporary Art, Brussels. She has curated
numerous exhibitions including in 1999 *Laboratorium* (with Hans Ulrich
Obrist), Manifesta 2 in Luxembourg in 1998 (with Maria Lind and Robert
Fleck), Revolution/Restoration in Brussels in 2002 and *Do You Believe in
Reality?* Taipei Biennial (2004). She is Chief Editor of *The Manifesta
Decade, Debates on Contemporary Art Exhibitions and Biennials in Post-Wall
Europe*, Cambridge, MA: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2005.

*How to Apply*
Interested applicants from any nationality may apply. No study certificate
and academic degree required. Lectures and seminars will be delivered in
English. The screen committee consisting of Yongwoo Lee, Byungsoo Eun,
Massimiliano Gioni, Barbara Vanderlinden, and Sunjung Kim will select from
the applications. The application form must be posted by May 15, 2009.

The applications must include:
1. Application form
Date of birth:
Place of birth:
Postal address:
List of studies /work experiences:*
(Please attach your detailed CV to this form.)
2. A copy of the most relevant published texts and reports of realized
curatorial projects.
3. A motivational statement illustrating the applicant's interests and
explaining the reason for the application (max. 5.000 characters.)

The selected applicants will be contacted via email by the end of May 2009.
The Gwangju Biennale Foundation will sponsor tuition and accommodation
during the International Curator Course. Selected applicants will be
responsible for travel from place of residence to Gwangju and back, and
meals. The material sent for the application will not be returned. According
to regulation of the Course, personal data of the applicants is exclusively
used for the Course selection procedures and not communicated to others.

Exhibition Department /Gwangju Biennale Foundation
211 Biennale 2 Gil, Buk-Gu, Gwangju, 500-070, KOREA
E-mail: curatorcourse at gb.or.kr
Info: Gwangju Biennale Foundation + 82 62 608 4233

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