2012 Curatorial Symposium, 29 - 30 March 2012 PDF Print E-mail
Past Events - 2012

The 2012 Curatorial Symposium is an exciting two-day event that will explore what curating means here and now within the wider sphere of cultural and knowledge production. The 2012 Curatorial Symposium is the first in a series of discussions around curatorial practice hosted by ST PAUL St Gallery.

International speakers include: Ute Meta Bauer, Kate Rhodes and Wiebke Gronemeyer

Keynote lecture: Ute Meta Bauer Thursday 29 March, 5.30pm, Auckland Art Gallery auditorium


ST PAUL St Gallery 2012 Curatorial Symposium programme.

Thursday 29 March 5.30pm – 7pm, Auckland Art Gallery auditorium
Keynote lecture
Ute Meta Bauer
"re-territorialization" Documenta11 and its platforms.
Followed by a Q&A session led by Wiebke Gronemeyer.
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Friday 30 March, WS114 AUT University, 34 St Paul Street, (this lecture theatre is in a building next to ST PAUL St Gallery and will be signposted)

9.30am registration opens.

Introduction to the Symposium : Vera Mey
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10 – 11am Kate Rhodes
Round Roundtable: Conversational Curatorial Practice in Design
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11am – 12pm Wiebke Gronemeyer
Curating in the ‘Culture Complex’
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Midday:  Lunch at ST PAUL St Gallery (40 St Paul Street). You can prebook a lunch of vegetarian paella and hot cross buns for a $10 koha, or provide your own.

1-2.15pm "The Ungovernables" led by Heather Galbraith.
Panelists: Caterina Riva, Ema Tavola, Jinsang Yoo and Vera Mey
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2.15- 3.30pm "On Curating" led by Charlotte Huddleston.
Panelists: Anthony Byrt, Wystan Curnow, Dane Mitchell and Kelvin Soh
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3.30- 4pm "Everything you ever wanted to know about curating *but were afraid to ask". Open Q&A session and feedback.

5pm Guided tour of "Every cloud has a silver lining" 25th birthday exhibition at Artspace (level 1, 300 Karangahape Road) followed by drinks.

Ute Meta Bauer is an Associate Professor and the Director of the recently established Program in Art, Culture, and Technology at MIT’s School of Architecture and Planning, where she served as director of the MIT Visual Arts Program from 2005 - 2009. For more than two decades, Bauer has worked as a curator of exhibitions and presentations on contemporary art, film, video, and sound, with a focus on transdisciplinary formats. She was a Co-Curator of Documenta11 (2001/2002) on the team of Okwui Enwezor. She was the Artistic Director of the 3rd Berlin Biennale (2004) and in 2005 she curated the Mobile_Transborder Archive for InSite05, Tijuana / San Diego. Bauer was the Founding Director of the Office For Contemporary Art Norway (OCA) and has edited numerous publications in the field of contemporary art, including: What’s left…What remains? SITAC VI (Mexico City 2009); Education, Information, Entertainment. New Approaches in Higher Artistic Education (Vienna, 2001); and the art periodicals META 1-4 (Stuttgart, 1992-94); case (Barcelona, 2001; Porto, 2002); and Verksted # 1-6 (Oslo, 2003- 06). Bauer is advisor for a number of cultural institutions such as the MIT List Visual Arts Center and serves on the Scientific Advisory Boards of the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation, Germany. In 2012 she will take up the position of Dean of Fine Art at the Royal College of Arts, London.

Kate Rhodes is Curator at the Design Hub, RMIT University, Melbourne. She also fulfils an Adjunct Curator role at Object: Australian Centre for Craft and Design in Sydney. Rhodes was Creative Director of the 2011 State of Design Festival and curator of the 2010 event. She is a former Editor of architecture and interior magazine Artichoke, and has taught in the School of Architecture and Design at RMIT. She has worked as Curator at the National Design Centre and Craft Victoria; Cultural Program Manager at the L’Oréal Melbourne Fashion Festival, and was formerly Assistant Curator of Photography and Contemporary Art at the National Gallery of Victoria. She completed a Masters of Art Curatorship at the University of Melbourne in 2002 and an MA Design Research Thesis at RMIT in 2010.

Wiebke Gronemeyer is an independent curator and writer based in Hamburg, Germany. Her practice emerges out of the realm of critical theory, cultural studies and sociology, which she studied at University Witten/Herdecke before completing the MFA Curating at Goldsmiths College, London. She is currently working on her PhD at Goldsmiths College, supervised by Dr. Andrea Phillips and Prof. Dr. Boris Groys, investigating the relationship between curatorial practice and cultural production in the social sphere. The double bind of how the curator not only reflects on culture but through their practice contributes to the production and formation of culture is a concern that appears in her curatorial practice and writings in the field of contemporary art and cultural studies. Recently curated exhibitions include No Neutral Ground, German Embassy, London (2011); In the Event of Suspicion at the Bielefelder Kunstverein (2010); mAssage at Galerie Caesar&Koba in Hamburg (2009); and the exhibition project Economies of Attention: (1) Leisure, (2) Resistance, (3) Desire, (4) Labour with the Arts Council Collection, London.

Other speakers include: Heather Galbraith (Massey University), Caterina Riva (Artspace), Ema Tavola (Fresh Gallery Otara), Sophia Al-Maria (Mathaf Arab Museum of Modern Art), Anthony Byrt (Whitecliffe), Wystan Curnow (University of Auckland) and more.

The 2012 Curatorial Symposium is being produced by ST PAUL St Gallery, Artspace and the School of Art + Design, AUT University with generous funding support from the Goethe Institut, Creative New Zealand and National Services Te Paerangi, Te Papa.

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