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11 Jun 2021

Postgraduate Programme in Curating 2021

Excursion to ruruhaus, Kassel, October 2020.

Postgraduate Programme in Curating 2021


Application open until 30 June 2021/22 Online Info Event, 5 June 2021, 2pm CEST International, English speaking programme at the ZHdK

Ronald Kolb

Zurich University of the Arts
Pfingstweidstrasse 96

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Application deadline: 30 June 2021

Online info event: 5 June, 2pm CEST
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The International, English speaking programme.
Offered by the Center for Continuing Education
at the Zurich University of the Arts, Switzerland
Head of the programme: Prof. Dr. Dorothee Richter
Co-Head: Ronald Kolb

The Postgraduate Programme in Curating was established in 2005, adding an international trajectory in 2008. We are constantly broadening our international network, reaching out to contemporary art curators worldwide and critiquing 'Western' canons and conventional formats of exhibiting. Since 2018, programme participants have been able to attend all courses online.
The programme is embedded into the ecosystem with the journal, and the travelling workshop series 'Curating on the Move' and hosts a vast network of international guest lecturers. Last year, we collaborated with the Bucharest Biennale and the Taipei Biennale. The upcoming international event 'Situated Knowledges – Curating on the Move' will be a conference hosted by the Migros Museum of Contemporary Art in Zurich and the Tai Kwun Contemporary in Hong Kong on 25–27 June 2021.

Course registration

CAS Course Registration Online Form

Information for the CAS registration: Here

MAS Course Registration Online Form

Information for the MAS registration: Here

Upcoming events

– 25–27 June: Situated Knowledges – Curating on the Move. A parallel conference and workshop format in two different cities, online and on-site, as part of Shared Campus:
– October: Are we all here? Exploring Embodied Virtuality Today, multi-formatted project featuring an onsite and online exhibition, interventions, and events
– OnCurating Issue: In Case of Emergency – Curatorial Thoughts in Times of Social Distance
– OnCurating Issue: The Double Edge of Exhibition Histories Edited by Paz Guevara and Elena Agudio

Brief outline

–Contemporary discourse on art and curating
–Carrying out single and collaborative exhibition projects and cooperation projects
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–Distance Learning opportunity (for participants from abroad every session can be attended online)
–MAS with 90 ECTS
–Possibility to advance to the PhD Programme in Practice in Curating, University of Reading / ZHdK Statement

The Postgraduate Programme in Curating is conceived of as a discursive platform which involves key areas of contemporary exhibition-making by way of praxis-oriented project ­work. With instruction modules, group activities, seminars and lectures held by an international selection of guest lecturers, from various fields.

The CAS/MAS in Curating is an international, English-speaking, part-time postgraduate programme founded in 2005; our alumni work worldwide. The programme focuses less on the 'genius concept' of the exhibition planner as individual author—a highly controversial topic since the 1990s—and more on cooperative, interdisciplinary working methods, as employed, for example, in film production or non-government organisations. Exhibition-making/curating means the creation of innovative structures for the presentation of cultural artefacts and contemporary discourse through interdisciplinary collaboration. In this field art, digital media, design, and architecture intermesh in new ways.

Guest speakers
In addition to the teaching team at the University of the Arts, Dorothee Richter, Ronald Kolb, Martin Fritz and Sarah Spies, we invite a wide range of international curators, scholars and artists, recently including, among others, Johan Hartle, Raqs Media Collective, Ana Paula Cohen, Paz Guevara, Annette Bhagwati, Michael Birchall, Elke Krasny, Tobias Berger, Maria Hlavajova, Hajnalka Somogyi, Björn Gottstein, Maura Reilly, Olivia Anani, Michelle Wong, Sören Grammel, Charles Esche, Sabih Ahmed, Marius Babias, Jeebesh Bagchi, Ursula Biemann, Beatrice von Bismarck, René Block, Lionel Bovier, Sabeth Buchmann, Zasha Colah, Sergio Edelsztein, Claire Farago & Donald Preziosi, Alistair Hudson, Jeanne van Heeswijck, Daniel Kurjakovic, Maria Lind, Florian Malzacher, Oliver Marchart, Cesare Pietroiusti, Shwetal Patel, Farid Ragun (ruangrupa), Oliver Ressler, Stella Rollig, Henk Slager, Support Structure, Adam Szymczyk, Mirjam Varadinis, Axel John Wieder, Dmitry Vilensky, Joanna Warsza, Rein Wolfs, and more.

Cooperation partners
Migros Museum fuer Gegenwartskunst, Kunsthalle Zürich, Künstlerhaus Stuttgart, Künstlerhaus Bremen, Kunstmuseum Thun, Kunstmuseum Bern, Grafik Museum Lljubljana, Centre for Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv; Connecting Space Hong Kong, Humboldt Universität Berlin, Hochschule für Gestaltung Karlsruhe, Zentrum für Kunst und Medien/Centre for art and media, Karlsruhe; Kunsthalle Fridericianum, Kassel, OnCurating Project Space, Zürich, Kunstverein Baden Württemberg, Corner College Zürich, Kunsthaus Zürich, Akademie der Bildenden Künste, Wien, Kunstakademie Stuttgart, University of Reading,, Webjournal, Kunstmuseum Basel, Tai Kwon, Hong Kong.

Collaborations with
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