[artinfo] Curatorial Things, a conference and book release

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"Curatorial Things" and
Timing: On the Temporal Dimension of Exhibiting / 
Cultures of the Curatorial Vol. 2


Conference: "Curatorial Things"
October 30-November 1, 2014

Haus der Kulturen der Welt 
John-Foster-Dulles-Allee 10 
10557 Berlin

Meaning and status of things have changed 
significantly since the beginning of the 21st 
century. This becomes particularly evident with 
regards to the handling of things in the context 
of presentation. In the practice of today's 
globalized exhibition system they are of high 
mobility just like people, discourses and spaces, 
and are involved in changing signifying contexts. 
As a result traditional concepts of how things 
obtain meaning as exhibits begin to dissolve and 
get re-formulated, which in turn entails 
far-reaching consequences for the ways of dealing 
with them as well as for the conditions of these 
practices. The current trans-disciplinary 
interrelation of discourses and praxis-theory 
approaches provide a situation which allows for 
an analysis of the status of things which is 
specifically related to the curatorial. 

"Curatorial Things" will investigate the 
implications, consequences, and potentials which 
arise from the changing meaning and status of 
things. It is based on the understanding of 
curatorial practice as constructing 
constellations. Bringing together theoreticians, 
academic researchers, curators and artists from a 
variety of professional and disciplinary 
backgrounds the conference aims at exploring from 
different cultural and institutional perspectives 
the changes, effects, and power attributed to 
things as participants in such curatorial 


Contributors: Sabeth Buchmann (Wien), Clémentine 
Deliss (Frankfurt a.M.), Anselm Franke (Berlin), 
André Lepecki (New York/Sao Paulo), Maria Lind 
(Stockholm), Florian Malzacher (Berlin), Susanne 
Neubauer (Berlin/Braunschweig), Kerstin 
Schankweiler (Berlin), Peter Schneemann (Bern), 
Jana Scholze (London), Mario Schulze (Zürich), 
Leire Vergara (Bilbao), Victoria Walsh (London), 
Katharina Weinstock (Konstanz)

Concept: Beatrice von Bismarck, Benjamin Meyer-Krahmer 

Supported by the Michael & Susanne 
Liebelt-Stiftung, the Academy of Visual Arts 
Leipzig, the Freundeskreis of the Academy of 
Visual Arts Leipzig Cultures of the Curatorial, 
Academy of Visual Arts Leipzig in Cooperation 
with the Haus der Kulturen der Welt Berlin 

Timing: On the Temporal Dimension of Exhibiting 
Cultures of the Curatorial Volume 2
Beatrice von Bismarck, Rike Frank, 
Benjamin Meyer-Krahmer, Jörn Schafaff, Thomas 
Weski (Eds.)

Processuality and performativity, and more 
recently dramaturgy and choreography, are terms 
often used in analyses of exhibitions and 
other curatorial formats. These attributions 
reflect the changes curatorial practice has 
undergone over the past 20 years in the wider 
context of cultural and economic globalization 
and the related notions of acceleration, action 
orientation, and mobility. In this light, the 
exhibition manifests itself as a 
transdisciplinary and transcultural set of 
spatio-temporal relations, which is time-based by 
its very nature. Focusing on time instead of the 
typically predominant category of space, this 
publication-the second volume in the 
of the Curatorial" series-takes up the 
key aesthetic, social, political, and economic 
issues of the early 21st century running through 
the field and framed by the axes of 
exhibiting and the temporal.

Contributions by Pierre Bal-Blanc, Bassam 
El Baroni, Claire Bishop, Beatrice von Bismarck, 
Sabine Breitwieser, Barbara Clausen, 
Maeve Connolly, Rike Frank, Adrian Heathfield, 
Nikolaus Hirsch, Inka Meißner, 
Benjamin Meyer-Krahmer, Maria Muhle, Philippe 
Parreno, Jörn Schafaff, Bennett Simpson, Kerstin 
Stakemeier, Thomas Weski, and Catherine Wood.

Sternberg Press, co-published with Kulturen des 
Kuratorischen, Hochschule für Grafik und 
Buchkunst Leipzig
Design by Surface
July 2014, English
14 x 21 cm, 396 pages, 65 b/w ill., softcover
ISBN 978-3-943365-99-3

Cultures of the Curatorial 
Academy of Visual Arts Leipzig
Wächterstr. 11 
04107 Leipzig  


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