AboutAnti-Humanist Curating symposium
7pm, Thursday 25th November, 2010
Whitechapel Gallery Auditorium
Roger M. Buergel, Bridget Crone, Anselm Franke
Introduced and Chaired by:
Matthew Poole, Director, Centre for Curatorial Studies, University of Essex
Whitechapel Gallery Auditorium
77-82 Whitechapel High Street
London E1 7QX
Tickets: £7 (full price), £5 (concessions), £3.50 (members)
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The University of Essex's Centre for Curatorial Studies in collaboration with PoCA (The Political Currency of Art Research Group) present presentations and discussion between three international curators: Roger M. Buergel (art critic, curator, and Director of documenta 12, 2007), Bridget Crone (Artistic Director, Media Art Bath), and Anselm Franke (Artistic Director of Extra City Center for Contemporary Art in Antwerp, and co-curator of Manifesta 7 in Trentino-Alto, in 2008).
The symposium will focus on the limits and problems of liberal humanism, as it is manifest through the workings and ethos of contemporary curatorial practice, and will ask what other modes of ethics might regain more stringent political valence for curatorial activities.
Roger M. Buergel is a writer, art critic, and curator based in Berlin. Buergel was artistic director of documenta XII, which took place in 2007. He has curated numerous exhibitions including âThings we don't understand', with Ruth Noack, Generali Foundation, Vienna (2000); âGovernmentality. Art in conflict with the international hyper-bourgeoisie and the national petty bourgeoisie', Alte Kestner Gesellschaft, Hannover (2000) and âThe Subject and Power the lyrical voice', CHA Moscow (2001). Most recently, he curated âThe Government' (200305) with Ruth Noack, which was presented at Kunstraum der Universität Lüneburg, Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona, Miami Art Central, Secession, Vienna and Witte de With, Rotterdam. He has also written several books including Peter Friedl, Leipzig and Amsterdam, 1999 and Abstrakter Expressionismus. Konstruktionen ästhetischer Erfahrung, Leipzig and Amsterdam, 2000 and contributes regularly to Texte zur Kunst and springerin - hefte für gegenwartskunst.
Bridget Crone is a curator, writer and lecturer based in London and the South West of England. She has worked for many years with a focus on developing new work with artists, who have included: Daria Martin, Gail Pickering, Pil and Galia Kollectiv, Tom Nicholson, Melanie Gilligan and Maryam Jafri. Curatorial projects include: A theatre to address (2010), Arnolfini, Bristol (2010), Greetings Comrades, the image!, Occular Lab, Melbourne (2009), Gail Pickering Brutalist Premolition, ICA, London and Arnolfini, Bristol (2008), and The body. The ruin, Ian Potter Museum, Melbourne (2005). Bridget has organized conferences such as Artist Culture and the New Spirit of Capitalism, The Showroom, London (2006) and Imploded Action Dissonant Effects (with Amanda Beech and Marie-Anne McQuay), Spike Island, Bristol (2010). Bridget is the Artistic Director of Media Art Bath.
Anselm Franke is a curator and writer based in Brussels and Berlin. He is the Artistic Director of Extra City Center for Contemporary Art in Antwerp, and he was a co-curator of Manifesta 7 in Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy, in 2008 (Trento). Previously, Franke acted as curator of KW Institute for Contemporary Art in Berlin until 2006, where he organized exhibitions such as âTerritories. Islands, Camps and Other States of Utopia' (2003); âImage Archives' (2001/2002); âThe Imaginary Number' (2005, together with Hila Peleg), and âB-Zone Becoming Europe and Beyond' (2006), and he co-developed the project âNo Matter How Bright the Light, the Crossing Occurs At Night' (2006). He has edited and published various publications and is a contributor to magazines such as Metropolis M, Piktogram, and Cabinet.
Matthew Poole is Programme Director of the Centre for Curatorial Studies and Director of the MA in Gallery Studies & Critical Curating at The University of Essex. As well as lecturing, Matthew works as a freelance curator and collaborates with a wide variety of contemporary artists. He has experience working for a number of arts organisations and galleries both in the public and private sectors. Matthew is also a co-founder and currently a Director of PILOT, an international contemporary artists' & curators' forum and online archive [www.pilotlondon.org], is Director of PoCA (Political Currency of Art Research Group), and a founding Director of the research group Curating Video (www.curatingvideo.com).