ICI – Curatorial Seminar in Istanbul

Independent Curators International Curatorial Seminar

Program Dates:June 25–September 25, 2013

Developed by ICI, the Curatorial Seminar will offer a small group of curators the opportunity to engage closely with mentors and their peers to explore pertinent issues relating to exhibition-making, commissioning, running non-profits, and other activities curators are now regularly expected to perform. This program will be open to curators working all over the world who have 6+ years of experience, and alumni of the Curatorial Intensive program are welcome to apply.
The Curatorial Seminar will focus on Istanbul as a case study, exploring a number of key issues that challenge our understanding of what constitutes an emerging art scene, the strengths and pitfalls of working within such a context, and questions of how to develop a curatorial practice that supports the development of artists and local infrastructure within the international art world.
Between June 25 and September 20 the seminar will be conducted via online sessions that will include lectures from curators, roundtable discussions, reading groups, and workshops to explore each participant’s research topic. Between September 21 and 25 the seminar will be held in Istanbul, and will include site visits to artists’ studios and selected venues, seminar sessions with guest curators, and an in-depth study of the 13th Istanbul Biennial, Mom Am I a Barbarian?, curated by Fulya Erdemci.
The activities will be led by the following faculty: Zoe Butt (Executive Director and Curator at Sàn Art, Ho Chi Minh), María del Carmen Carrión (Associate Director of Public Programs & Research, ICI, NY), Collin Chinnery (Artistic Director of the Wuhan Art Terminus (WH.A.T.), Wuhan, China), Kate Fowle (Chief Curator at Garage, Moscow, and Director-at-Large of ICI, New York), Hou Hanru (Curator of the 5th Auckland Triennial), Vasif Kortun (Director of Research and Programs, SALT, Istanbul), Julian Myers (Associate Professor at California College of the Arts, San Francisco), Georges Pfruender (Head of the Wits School of Arts, Johannesburg, South Africa), Andrea Phillips (Curator of Public Programme, Istanbul Biennial 2013), Sally Tallant (Director of the Liverpool Biennial), Fatos Ustek (independent curator and art critic), and Dominic Willsdon (Leanne & George Roberts Curator of Education and Public Programs at SFMoMA), among others.
About the Curatorial Seminar: The Curatorial Seminar evolved from ICI’s successful short-term, low-cost training program, The Curatorial Intensive. This new model emphasizes the importance of curatorial research and writing. In contrast to the fast pace and rigorous concentration of our Curatorial Intensive model, this one proposes a longer duration in which to conduct in-depth analysis of a single topic that will spread out in time. Taking advantage of the tools available for online knowledge sharing and collaborative work, the Curatorial Seminar enables participants to remain at their workplaces and still engage in an international dialogue. The purpose of the Curatorial Seminar is to offer a small group of curators the opportunity to engage closely with mentors and their peers to explore pertinent issues of contemporary curatorial practice.
TEACHERS & ADVISORS: Zoe Butt, María del Carmen Carrión, Colin Chinnery, Kate Fowle, Hou Hanru, Vasif Kortun, Julian Myers, Georges Pfruender, Andrea Phillips, Sally Tallant, Fatos Ustek, Dominic Willsdon