The Curatorial Thing 2019
Communities of Practice in Precarious Times

Public Talks: Haapoja&Gustafsson, Gene Ray, Ximena Moreno, Nina Möntmann, and Bergen/Copenhagen Papers

22 - 29 August 2019

We invited artists, art writers, curators, and critical theorists to collectively reflect upon the challenges and rewards of working together through communities of practice and curatorial collectivity, in a time that is increasingly marred by social, political, economic and ecological precariousness.

Through the thematic framework, Communities of Practice in Precarious Times, the program aimed to reflect on how curatorial methodologies can foster collaborative, co-creative, critical and experimental approaches that can help us rethink the ways we learn and work together. This could include thinking from and learning through other perspectives: by looking to emotions, bodily responses and across species, as well as by focusing on local and particular forms of knowledge that might not otherwise be recognized as ‘cultural production’.

Taking the precariousness of our times as a starting point, the workshops, talks and conversations revolved around specific questions related to the plurality of knowledges and collaborative and communal practices in the field of contemporary art, asking us to view our current moment in its full import, not only as a moment of danger but also as a resource for implementing real change.

The 2019 edition of The Curatorial Thing was organized by Line Ellegaard and Paola Paleari for SixtyEight Art institute.

Thursday 22 August:
18.00 - 20.00: Writer and Artist duo Haapoja&Gustafsson – Museum of Nonhumanity
Moderator: Mary L. Coyne, Chicago-based curator and writer

Monday 26 August:
18.00 - 20.00: Critical Theorist Gene Ray – Athena’s owl takes flight at the end of the Holocene
Moderator: Katarina Stenbeck, Copenhagen-based curator

Wednesday 28 August:
17.00 - 18.00 Curator Ximena Moreno – ‘Proyecto Eclipse’
In conversation with Hugo Hopping, SixtyEight Art Institute

Break 18.00-18.30

18.30 - 20.00: Curator Nina Möntmann – The Curatorial and Its Mediation
Moderator: Line Ellegaard, Curator at Large, SixtyEight Art Institute

Thursday 29 August:
15.00 - 17.00: Launch of Bergen/Copenhagen Papers No. 2 – A new journal on art & politics
Round table discussion with artist and editor of Bergen/Copenhagen Papers, Frans Jacobi, co-founder and editor of Really Simple Syndication Press, Hugo Hopping, and artist Tore Hallas.

The Curatorial Thing is funded by Nordic Culture Point