Since its inception in 1994 De Appel Curatorial Programme is a prime, internationally respected educational platform in Amsterdam for the advancement of the theory and practice of exhibition making, as well as its manifold ideological framings. Under the new directorship of Niels Van Tomme the programme will continue to pursue these ambitions but will simultaneously also shift towards a more pragmatic and research oriented approach. Six emerging curators with various academic and experiential backgrounds will be asked to develop projects within the framework of De Appel’s newly established theme: modes of de-universalization.
Rather than viewing the exhibition, performance programme, film screening, or any other curatorial activity as static notions, De Appel approaches them as multifaceted concepts with dynamic definitions that should be constantly extended and adapted. Such evolving definitions form a direct motive to develop a curatorial inquiry that offers a conscious rejection of the increasing universalization of curatorial practices, and explores alternative ways of thinking, developing, and implementing artistic activities. De Appel Curatorial Programme firmly positions itself as a laboratory for alternative forms of exhibition making and curatorial activities more broadly.