Call for Applications 3rd Gwangju Biennale International Curator Course: August 8 – September 3, 2011. Application deadline: May 17, 2011.

▪ Sponsored by the Gwangju Biennale Foundation & the Metropolitan City of Gwangju

▪ Chaired by Yongwoo Lee (Executive Vice President, Gwangju Biennale)

▪ Directed by Co-Directors, 2011 Gwangju Design Biennale (Ai Weiwei, Seung H-sang)

Co-Artistic Directors, 2012 Gwangju Biennale (Nancy Adajania, Wassan Al-Khudhairi, Mami Kataoka, Sunjung Kim, Carol Yinghua Lu)

▪ Visiting Professor: Ute Meta Bauer (Associate Professor & Director of Program in Art, Culture, and Technology at MIT’s School of Architecture and Planning)

The Gwangju Biennale hosts its third edition of International Curator Course. The course, which has attracted much attention from young curators across the globe since its inception in 2009, takes place in parallel with the Gwangju Biennale and the Gwangju Design Biennale.

The visiting professor for this year’s course will be Ute Meta Bauer, an internationally acclaimed curator and professor at MIT’s School of Architecture and Planning. She was co-curator of Documenta11 (2002), artistic director of the 3rd Berlin Biennale (2004), and founding director of the Office for Contemporary Art Norway (2002–2005.) Her exhibitions include Architectures of Discourse at the Fundació Antoni Tàpies in Barcelona (2001), First Story – Women Building / New Narratives for 21 Century, a main exhibition for the European Cultural Capital Porto 2001 and the Mobile_Transborder Archive for InSite05, Tijuana /San Diego. Most recently she served as the director of SITAC VI What’s left…What remainsSITAC VI (Mexico City 2008.) The first visiting professor was Barbara Vanderlinden, founder and artistic director of the Brussels Biennial, followed by Dan Cameron, artistic director of Prospect New Orleans Biennial.

This year, the course will include practice in preparation of the 4th Gwangju Design Biennale which will start on September 2. The key subject of the course is the Exhibition as Communicative Space and will include: discussions about criticism and analysis of comprehensive phenomenon of how contemporary art, design, architecture, sound and performance, and publications as dominant art forms of visual culture adapt, co-exist, and conflict with market system; the course will reflect upon creative responses to conflict and crisis versus problems of value judgment on today’s market-led cultural phenomenon and cultural movement, and the role of curator as a cultural translator and mediator between the two; and exploration of alternatives for ecological health of increasingly globalized art and culture.

The course consists of special lectures by visiting professor Bauer along with discussions and practices under the guidance of artistic directors and curators of 2011 Gwangju Design Biennale as well as 2012 Gwangju Biennale. Co-Directors of 2011 Gwangju Design Biennale, Co-Artistic Directors of 2012 Gwangju Biennale, Prof. Maurizio Bortolotti of NABA, Milan, and Nader Tehrani, architect and Head of Department of Architecture at MIT who participates in 2011 Gwangju Design Biennale will join the lectures and seminars.

The course will be delivered in English. Participants will have the opportunity to take part in the process of installation and preparation for the biennale as assistants of artistic directors and curators. They will make group presentations in the final week before guests including biennale participating artists and curators. Visits to museums, galleries, and artists’ studios in Gwangju and Seoul are also scheduled.

The Gwangju Biennale will grant tuition and accommodation to participants during the entire course in Gwangju. Participants will be responsible for their roundtrip airfares to Gwangju and living expenses during their stay in Gwangju. Since the course aims to give young curators opportunities to receive in-depth training, an age restriction has been set at 35 and under.

The application must include:

1. Application form (download from www.gb.or.kr)
2. Curriculum Vitae
3. Motivational statement illustrating the applicant’s interests and explaining the reason for application (1,000 words max.)
4. A copy of the most relevant published texts and reports of realized curatorial projects

Send your application by email: curatorcourse@gb.or.kr

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