[artinfo] Curators' Agenda: VIENNA 2019
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Last chance to apply: Curators' Agenda: VIENNA 2019
Curators' Agenda: VIENNA 2019 - Residency program for emerging
Application deadline: 3 June 2019
Duration: 16 September - 31 October 2019
Location: Vienna, Austria
Want to gain first-hand curatorial practical experience in one of the
most vibrant art hubs in Europe?
Looking to improve your curating skills in a highly international setting?
Motivated to connect with notable agents of the Viennese contemporary
Eager to create connections with peers coming from different parts of
Curators' Agenda: VIENNA 2019 (C'A) aims to answer your specific
professional aspirations and to provide you with a unique first-hand
curatorial experience during a 6-week residency program in Vienna.
In-depth exploration of the Viennese contemporary art scene
A platform for cultural exchange and collaboration with
representatives of the Viennese contemporary art community
Possibility for individual professional growth and international networking
A unique opportunity for implementing the "lessons learned" through
organization and realization of a mutual group show
For whom is the C'A designed?
Emerging curators from all around the globe who seek to discover the
Viennese contemporary art scene in-depth and create a network of
contacts as well as to gain additional theoretical and practical
experience in curating.
Weekly theoretical workshops
Project management workshop
Lectures & Talks with established curators and cultural educators
from leading institutions, off spaces as well as with freelance
Co-curating of the mutual group show realized in partnership with the
University of Applied Arts Vienna
Alongside organising a mutual group exhibition with students from
University of Applied Arts Vienna, as the final part of the program,
the C'A participants will also be provided with know-how modules and
workshops related to exhibition management and production.
The participants will receive the certificate of the C'A program
completion after finishing the residency.
Up to 10 applicants will be selected to take part in the C'A program.
Working language is English.
Please send us your CV (one A4 page) and letter of motivation (one A4
page) with emphasized special field of interest by 3 June 2019 to
<mailto:info at blockfrei.org>info at blockfrei.org
Selected participants will be notified several days after the deadline.
C'A program fee:
The cost of the program is EUR 1500.The registration fee is additional EUR 50.
The program fee includes:
Entry fees for museums and other special events
Workshops and lectures
Production costs of the group exhibition
Local cell phone cards
The program fee does not cover costs such as:
Note: Bank fees and wire costs should be covered by the participants.
Please take this into account when making a payment.
Selected participants should make a payment in advance, no later than
10 June 2019.
In case of cancellation, later than 15 June 2019 all fees will be
All inquiries regarding the program can be directed to
<mailto:info at blockfrei.org>info at blockfrei.org
The fifth edition of the program Curators' Agenda: VIENNA 2019 (C'A)
is taking place for six weeks in Vienna from mid-September till the
end of October 2019.
C'A is an annual, unique, know-how program for international,
emerging curators who are interested in exploring Vienna's
contemporary art scene and deepening their practical and theoretical
knowledge on production and realization of exhibitions.
The participants are selected on the basis of an open call, published
worldwide three months before the start of the program. The selection
is based on the motivation letter and biography of the applicants.
The selection committee includes a curator and an artist, both active
in the Viennese contemporary art scene, as well as BLOCKFREI's
The program includes the following activities: visits to artists'
studios, museums, off spaces, art collections, meetings with both
institutional and free-lance curators, specially designed guided
tours through exhibitions in various museums and galleries as well as
visiting current programs, which are taking place at that moment
(viennacontemporary, Parallel Vienna, Vienna Biennale, curated by).
These activities take place during the first four weeks, three days a
week (Mo-Wed). Thursdays are reserved for feedback sessions in order
to discuss participants' needs, to reflect on the previous week
together, as well as to have time to concentrate on the preparations
for the group exhibition and the upcoming workshop. On Fridays, the
weekly theoretical workshops related to the exhibition
conceptualisation are taking place.
The program is created with competencies of selected Viennese
curators (TBA) and BLOCKFREI's members.
The final part of the Curators' Agenda program is a preparation of a
mutual group exhibition. Besides the intensive program, which
introduces the participants to the Viennese contemporary art scene, a
special focus is set on curating a mutual group exhibition. By
reflecting on the lessons learned and by drawing upon their own
experiences and competencies, participants are given a task to
develop their own, personal approach to the contemporary Viennese art
scene, create a concept and execute a mutual group exhibition.
The exhibition is organized in partnership with
University of Applied Arts Vienna. Students interested in taking part
in the group exhibition, curated by the participants of the C'A
program, reply to an open call.
Venue of this year's exhibition is again
Methodology of the exhibition execution:
In 2018 we have introduced a thematic framework for the participating
curators. The idea was to provide them with a theme around which they
would build their exhibition concept. This specific approach gave
favourable results and it was decided to continue in a similar
direction for this year's edition of the Curators' Agenda program.
Prior to their arrival in Vienna, the selected curators -
participants of the Curators' Agenda: VIENNA 2019, will receive a set
of reading materials in a digital format. These selected readings
will be connected to the proposed thematic framework in order to
prepare the participants for the theoretical workshops. The workshops
are meant to provide support and guidance to the curators concerning
the process of development and conceptualisation of the (mutual
group) exhibition topic. This will be done by discussing the proposed
reading material as well as by implementing the curators' impressions
of the Viennese art scene, experienced through the carefully designed
weekly program. Furthermore, within the workshops, the curators' task
will be to discuss the students' artworks among each other and with
the mentor and elaborate on the methodology behind the selection of
the artworks for the final exhibition. The theoretical workshops will
assist the curators in investigating the recommended thematic
framework and might also serve as an instigator for the creation of
the exhibition concept. Nonetheless, it is up to the curators to
create the final exhibition concept through their own conclusions and
execute it according to their own perspective.
These theoretical workshops leading to the conceptualization of the
exhibition and selection of the artworks fitting the chosen topic
will be mentored by Anamarija Batista - a curator, researcher and
lecturer who already contributed with her mentorship during previous
editions of the Curators' Agenda.
Artists selection process:
At the beginning of March 2019, we will publish the Open Call at the
University of Applied Arts Vienna, which will be distributed to all
students through their departments. The open call will last until the
end of June. Prior to their arrival to Vienna, the selected curators
will be provided with the students' portfolios and will thus prepare
for the presentations of their artworks organised in the first week
of the Curators' Agenda program.
After several weeks of discussing the potential topic of the
exhibition and developing its concept in the context of the mentioned
workshops, the curators will announce the selected artworks that will
be included in the show. Meanwhile, during the selection process, if
additional information on artworks is required, the curators will be
getting in touch with the art students directly.
C'A thematic framework:
"Intimacy in the era of global connections"
In 2019 the Curators' Agenda program focuses on the topic of global,
digital and other (dis)connections and their implications concerning
The political and technological paradigm shift which happened 30
years ago functions as a historical starting point for new ways of
thinking, new perspectives and new forms of communicating,
travelling, negotiating and trading processes. Interestingly, the
fall of the Berlin Wall that signified the beginning of the end of
the Cold War, was accompanied by the introduction of new digital
technologies and network communication platforms such as the World
Wide Web*. The soft tool that enables the world to overcome spatial
and time boundaries, to connect, to standardize, to democratize has
become a communication, organization and marketing tool.
Since then the world has been thrusting into the innovation and
progress, while, at the same time, creating a portal to the earthly
pandemonium. Oversaturated with the multi-media imagery, public
representations and easily accessible machinery of communication, we
found ourselves in the society that is challenging our spaces of
Besides the relationships among lovers or friends, the forms of
intimacy also consider institutional frameworks, city or trade
spaces. Different forms of dialogues - from social media, publicity
platforms to physical spaces - prompt us to question and comment on
the notion of intimacy and its existence in today's society. The
guiding research question of this year's C'A program is whether and
how do we reflect on the question of intimacy in times of global
connectivity? How is this issue related to the most recent
technological developments? And in what way is it influenced by the
mentioned socio-political and economic phenomena initiated as of 1989?
* World Wide Web was invented by Tim Berners-Lee in 1989.
C'A as a networking platform:
C'A program is also a platform for cultural exchange and
collaboration for both international, emerging curators and the
representatives of the Viennese contemporary art community.
Besides an intensive schedule, where new contacts are being made, the
participants are also introduced to different artist-in-residence
programs such as KulturKontakt Austria, Quartier 21 and das weisse
haus, having the chance to get to know the visiting artists.
The C'A program is designed to offer an overview of established as
well as emerging players of the Viennese contemporary art scene and
to provide the participating curators with a collaborative space for
experimentation and innovation in an international setting, parallel
to the development of practical skills.
Note: Special feature of this year's edition of the Curators' Agenda:
VIENNA 2019 is that the program will reserve two places for selected
emerging curators from Ukraine as a result of the partnership among
Ukrainian institute and BLOCKFREI, and in the spirit of the bilateral
Year of culture between Ukraine and Austria. All Ukrainian applicants
should apply via
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