The ST PAUL St Gallery 2012 Curatorial Symposium is an exciting two day event examining notions of curatorial practice. The Symposium will be journalistic in approach and tone presenting a slice of different curatorial methods operating within the local art scene. As a timely response to the “curatorial turn” in New Zealand the Symposium will be dedicated to the emerging important field of curators as cultural producers. The curator has evolved greatly from its initial incarnation as carer of objects for museum collections to a more ambiguous and political role.
Speakers include: Ute Meta Bauer ( Documenta 11, 6th Berlin Biennale), Kate Rhodes ( Design Hub RMIT), Wiebke Gronemeyer (Goldsmiths, UK) Sophia Al-Maria (Mathaf Arab Museum of Modern Art), Charlotte Huddleston (ST PAUL St Gallery), Heather Galbraith (Massey University), Ema Tavola (Fresh Gallery Otara), Caterina Riva (Artspace), Wystan Curnow (University of Auckland), Anthony Byrt (Whitecliffe), Layla TC (s/f) and Vera Mey (ST PAUL St Gallery).
As a timely response to the “curatorial turn” in New Zealand the Symposium will be dedicated to the emerging important field of curators as cultural producers. The role of curator in contemporary art has gained greater economy since its initial inception. Curators are now given as much agency as artists. The role of the curator, however, is not without its criticisms and this role in particular is constantly called into question because of its potential for emphasis over the artist, power dynamics between artists and curators, the differing but often overlapping role of the artist as curator, the question of curator as producer, relationships between the curator’s practice and the institution they are part of, the ethics and politics of curatorial practice, and the increasing professionalisation of curators through the number of post-graduate courses available. The curator has evolved greatly from its initial incarnation as carer of objects for museum collections to a more ambiguous and political role.
The 2012 Curatorial Syposium is being presented by ST PAUL St Gallery, School of Art + Design, AUT and Artspace. The 2012 Curatorial Symposium has been supported by the Geothe-Institut, School of Art + Design, AUT, Creative New Zealand and National Services Te Paerangi, Te Papa.