[artinfo] Call for Applications: MA Cultures of the Curatorial

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Call for Applications:

Master of Arts Program in the Cultures of the Curatorial

Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst / Academy of Visual Arts, Leipzig

Application Deadline: 29 May 2013
The program starts in October 2013 (4 semesters, part-time)

In which way is the curatorial relevant within 
the cultural field under the conditions of 
globalization? How do techniques, strategies and 
effects of the curatorial relate to those of art 
and science? Which are the similarities and the 
perspectives of mutual exchange? Which 
specificities does the curatorial develop in the 
different arts and which forms does it take in 
the different cultures? What are the functions of 
the curatorial in the respective aesthetic, 
social or economic context? Tightly interweaving 
theory and practice, these are some of the 
questions which the study program 'Cultures of 
the Curatorial' addresses.

'Cultures of the Curatorial' is a postgraduate 
part-time program, founded in 2009, which 
combines application-oriented research practice 
with theoretical reflection. It is conceived for 
people with different disciplinary and 
professional backgrounds - the arts, cultural 
mediation, human, social and natural sciences - 
who are interested in an engaged work within the 
cultural field as well as in a concentrated, 
well-founded theoretical and practical additional 
qualification for a professional practice in the 
curatorial field.

The study program imparts not only methods of 
conception, organization and realization of 
curatorial projects, but also theoretical means 
for the analysis, debate and elaboration of 
exhibitions and other forms of mediation: In 
transdisciplinary seminars, workshops, talks and 
excursions students and teachers are dealing with 
the historical and current relations, conditions 
and potentials of the curatorial as a particular 
method of generating, mediating and reflecting 
experience and knowledge. Of central importance 
are the two curatorial projects, in which the 
participants of the program develop in real 
conditions their own statements in relation to 
the current challenges and possibilities of the 

1) History and Theory of the Curatorial/History of exhibiting
2) Modern and Contemporary Art History and Theory
3) Research Practice I: Curatorial Project
4) History and Theory of the Curatorial/Transdisciplinarity
5) History and Theory of the Curatorial/Transculturality
6) Research Practice II: MA-Project/Conception
7) Research Practice III: MA-Project

The modules can be studied alongside work. The 
theory courses usually take place in four to five 
blocks per semester. This offers the opportunity 
to continue an occupational activity and follow 
one's own projects parallel to the study program.

In addition to the teaching team at the Academy 
of Visual Arts (Thomas Weski, Beatrice von 
Bismarck, Benjamin Meyer-Krahmer) the following 
guests gave input into the study program:

Daniel Birnbaum, Gabriele Brandstetter, Rike 
Frank, Hannah Hurtzig, Maria Lind, Matthias 
Michalka, Christiane Mennicke, Marion von Osten, 
Raqs Media Collective, Dorothee Richter, Irit 
Rogoff, Avinoam Shalem, Barbara Steiner, Hito 
Steyerl, Nora Sternfeld, Anton Vidokle, Hortensia 
V‘lckers, Eyal Weizman, Tirdad Zolghadr

Alice Creischer, Lorenzo Fusi, Stefan R‘mer, Maja 
Ciric, Eran Schaerf, Gabriele Genge, Pierre 
Bal-Blanc, Bassam el Baroni, Claire Bishop, 
Sabine Breitwieser, Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, 
Barbara Clausen, Sigrid Gareis, Adrian 
Heathfield, Nikolaus Hirsch, Jutta Koether, 
Christian Kravagna, Matthias Mühling, Maria 
Muhle, Willem de Rooij, Hartmut Rosa, Bennett 
Simpson, Gregor Stemmrich

Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden
Institute for Theatre Studies, MA Program, Freie Universität Berlin
Goldsmiths College, Ph. D. Program Curatorial/Knowledge, London
ecm Masterlehrgang, University of Applied Art, Vienna

Please note: German language skills are required 
for the enrollment into the program.

Additional information:
Additional information on the study program, the 
conditions of admission, the application 
procedure and the dates you find on our website 

Please send your application to the address given 
below by May 29, 2013 (date of receipt).

For inquiries please contact:

Frau Judith Krakowski
Kulturen des Kuratorischen / Cultures of the Curatorial
Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst / Academy of Visual Arts
Postfach 10 08 05
04008 Leipzig

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