Scenography Expanding 3: On Curating
September 27 – 29, 2010
Festival Escrita na Paisagem and Centro de História da Arte e Investigação Artística (CHAIA), Évora, Portugal
In his 2008 Whitechapel Gallery talk, Boris Groys pointed toward „exhibition practice as the cure that heals the originally ailing image, that gives it presence, visibility; it brings it to the public view and turns it into the object of the public`s judgement. However, one can say that curating functions as a supplement, like a pharmakon in the Derridean sense: it both cures the image and further contributes to its illness“ .
The ambivalent gestures of curatorial practice in both „healing“ and, possibly, „infecting“ or „contaminating“ come into particular, – and contested – focus when the object that is exhibited is nothing more but the remnant of a past performative event. Can the scenographic object be „helped“ by the curators effort in order to achieve a status of autonomy beyond ist original co-authored mode of production? Or must it be transformed into another genre (installation) to be exhibited? Can we identify an intrinsic essence of the scenographic object in relation / in contrast to exhibition space and public viewing?
In the third and last symposium before the June 2011 Prague Quadrennial for Perfomance Design and Space (PQ), curators and artists from the performing arts, visual arts and spatial design disciplines are invited to enter into a transdisciplinary dialogue on the challenges of exhibiting the ephemeral, the fleeting, the immaterial – the performative event and the scenographic space.
Speakers include: Maria Federica Maestri (Director of Natura dei Teatri, Italy), Radivoje Dinulović (Scenographer and Theoretician, Serbia), Christian Teckert (Architect and Academic, Germany/ Austria), Katharina Schlieben (Curator, Germany) Joanna Warsza (Curator, Poland), Randy Martin (Theory, USA), Dorita Hannah (Architect and Scenographer, Curator for PQ Architecture Section, New Zealand).
The official language of the symposium is ENGLISH.