NOVEMBER 2017 // CURATING THE SOCIAL: MEET ME AT THE EMPTY CENTRE

DEVELOPED WITH NATASHA MARIE LLORENS AND NORSK KURATORFORENING 

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In-process view of Untitled (To plumb), 2017 by Sophy Naess. Photo: Natasha Marie Llorens
 

Residency dates //  1 November – 29 November 2017
 

PRAKSIS and Norsk Kuratorforening (The Norwegian Association of Curators) are pleased to invite curator and writer, Natasha Marie Llorens (US) to develop Residency No. 8 to be held from 1 November - 29 November 2017.

This residency will take the form of a masterclass with a horizontal structure, with all participants contributing and gaining from each other. Over the course of the month, Llorens and the residency group will examine the curator’s role in facilitating social practice in contemporary art, foregrounding the ethical questions of their involvement. Research and discussion will start out from Llorens’s recent critique of Claire Bishop’s 2012 book Artificial Hells. Published in Contemporary Art Stavanger’s online journal earlier this year, Llorens’s text defines social practice art as an art form that produces events and situations that are out of artists’ and curators’ control, and asks how the idea of responsibility applies in such cases. During the residency, she and the residents will explore ways that social practice might focus more on the ambivalent meanings of relations between people, and less on the authored gesture. How might this be achieved? What new kinds of curatorial practice might support it? And would such practices shape the work of independent curators differently from the activities of institutional curatorship?
 

About Natasha Marie Llorens //

Natasha Marie Llorens is an independent curator and writer based in Marseille and New York. Recent curatorial projects include “We the Watchers are Also Bodies,” at Hercules Art Studio Program in Manhattan, "The Exposed Suture" in Marseille, and "Mine are True Love Stories...." at the Skowhegan offices in New York. Llorens has held curatorial residencies at Marra Tein in Beirut and at Triangle Arts Association in New York, and is currently the 2017 Entrée Principale curatorial resident at Rond Point Projects in Marseille, France. Her writing has appeared in ArtReview, Modern Painters, BOMB Magazine, Pastelegram, WdW Review, Contemporary Art Stavanger, Ibraaz, and elsewhere. Institutions taught at include Columbia University and the Cooper Union in New York City, and the Curatorial Studies MA program at Parsons in Paris. She is currently developing a PhD at Columbia University, focused on the representation of war in Algerian national cinema between 1965 and 1979.  


About Norsk Kuratorforening //
 

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The Norwegian Association of Curators works to enhance the understanding of curatorial practice in Norway and to promote the legal and economic conditions of its members vis-à-vis public policymakers and cultural institutions. To this end, the Association initiates professional forums for discussions around contemporary curatorial practices, seeks to document the history of the profession, and contributes to discourses relevant to the field. For more information please see norskkuratorforening.no.
 

THE RESIDENTS //

Natasha Marie Llorens worked together with Natalie Hope O'Donnell (Norwegian Association of Curators) and Nicholas John Jones (Nicholas John Jones) to select 7 successful applicants who will work alongside Llorens through the month-long residency. They are Ina Hagen (NO), Jasmine Hinks (GB), Maria Jonsson (SE), Michael Mcloughlin (IE), Rodrigo Ghattas Pérez (PE), Maija Rudovska (LV), and Helle Siljeholm (NO). 

WHAT'S BEEN GOING ON? //

Events

FROM THE RESIDENCY
 

Meet the resdidents


Public talks by Natasha Marie Llorens, Nina Möntmann, and Charlotte Thiis-Evensen. Read Subjekt Magasine's coverage of Llorens' talk here (in Norwegian).


Visits to OCA, UKS, KORO, Podium, Gallery 69, Kunsthall Oslo - Munchmuseum on the Move, Tent Haus, Oslo Pilot, and Mela Foundation.


Screenings and discussions with Ana Hjort Guttu, Elin Mar Øyen Vister

Collective cooking and meals, dance workshops, reading groups, screenings, Curating & Ethics Working Group affiliated to the Humans of the Institution conference (Amsterdam) and other activity.

 

READING LIST //

The following texts were addressed through weekly reading groups:

  • Judith Butler, Senses of the Subject (2015)
  • Claudia Rankine, Citizen: An American Lyric (2014)
  • Shannon Jackson, Social Works: Performing Art, Supporting Public (2011)
  • Antjie Krog, Country of My Skull (1998)
 
 

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