The Curatorial A Philosophy of Curating _ Bloomsbury Academic
Stop curating! And think what curating is all about. This book starts from this simple premise: thinking the activity of curating. To do that, it distinguishes between ‘curating’ and ‘the curatorial’. If ‘curating’ is a gamut of professional practices for setting up exhibitions, then ‘the curatorial’ explores what takes place on the stage set up, both intentionally and unintentionally, by the curator. It therefore refers not to the staging of an event, but to the event of knowledge itself.
Editor: Jean-Paul Martinon
Preface: Irit Rogoff and Jean-Paul Martinon
to buy on-line: http://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/the-curatorial-9781472525604/
_exhibition Harun Farocki. Against What? Against Whom?
19 November 2009 – 7 February 2010
Harun Farocki, Germany, 2009, 61m; 16mm, color, sound
“Bricks are the resonating fundamentals of society. Bricks are layers of clay that sound, like records, just simply too thick. Like records they appear in series, but every brick is slightly different—not just another brick in the wall. Bricks create spaces, organize social relations and store knowledge on social structures. They resonate in a way that tells us if they are good enough or not. Bricks form the fundamental sound of our societies, but we haven’t learned to listen to them. Through different traditions of brick production Farocki’s film makes our eyes and ears consider them in comparison—and not in competition, not as clash of cultures. Farocki shows us various brick production sites in their colours, movements and sounds. Brick burning, brick carrying, brick laying, bricks on bricks, no voice off-commentary. Twenty intertitles in 60 minutes tell us something about the temporality of working processes. The film shows us that certain production modes require their own duration and that cultures differentiate around the time of the brick.”