Mirjam Varadinis, Curatorial Practice
11 January 2013, 19.00
Mirjam Varadinis is curator at Kunsthaus Zürich.
Art in the Public Space has gained a lot of attention in recent years. Cities are organizing open air exhibitions and festivals, very often to increase the value of the city - and to enhance the qualities of certain areas or districts. How can one escape this increasingly dominant influence of city marketing strategies when curating public art? And what could be a possible new paradigm when approaching such a project?
In my presentation I'd like to reflect on the challenges and possible traps one has to consider when leaving the white cube. Using two exhibitions as case studies I will discuss the problematic terms of "public space" and "participation" and sketch out ways of how art can still have a life on its own and have an impact.
The case studies I will present are on hand the exhibition "Shifting Identities" that I curated at Kunsthaus Zürich in summer 2008 (www.shifting-identities.ch) and on the other hand "TRACK", a large-scale, city-wide international group exhibition in Ghent I have curated with Philippe Van Cauteren (director of SMAK, Ghent) this summer (www.track.be).
Organized by Postgraduate Programme in Curating, ZHDK