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N°8 / Proposal of contribution:

Since the second half of the 1990’s it exists an important tendency in contemporary art curation and practice that consists in a prevalence of educational objectives. In that sense, art will be considered as a production of knowledge or research and a participatory and not an object-based practice. This so called “Educational turn” – as it was called by Paul O’Neill, Mick Wilson and Irit Rogoff (2008) – is focused in processes, discursivity and pedagogical methods and situations in and outside the exhibition. That introduces a double problematic in the white cube, which is used to show artistic objects as merchandise and not immaterial and socially engaged art; and which is used to be organized from top to bottom against what “New Institutionalism” proposes. 

How can we exhibit these hybrid practices in order not to deactivate their critical positioning? How are the institutions adopting themselves as learning places and not just of entertainment where exhibitions are pretexts for further transformations? Are the artists and curators mediators who must facilitate access to culture or just produce it?

Deadline for contributions: 15th March 2016


Cover image: Dora garcía
Der Kuenstler ohne Werk. Eine Fuehrung durchs nichts / The Artist without Works. A Guided Tour Around Nothing
photo by Oliver Ottenschlaeger, Secession 2013