Curators’ Agenda: Vienna 2016
22. September – 06. November 2016
The third edition of the program, Curators’ Agenda: VIENNA 2016 (C’A), is taking place for six weeks in Vienna in September and October 2016.
C’A presents an annual, unique, know-how program for international, emerging curators who are interested in exploring Vienna’s contemporary art scene and deepening their practical knowledge on production and realization of exhibitions.
The participants are selected on the basis of an open call, that is published worldwide five months before the program starts. The selection is based on the motivation letter and biography of the applicants. The selection committee includes one artist and one curator, both active in the Viennese contemporary art scene, as well as BLOCKFREI’s members.
The program includes following activities: visits to artists’ studios, museums, off spaces, art collections, meetings with both institutional and free-lance curators, specially designed guided tours through exhibitions in various museums and galleries as well as visiting current programs, which are taking place at that moment (Viennacontemporary, Parallel, Vienna Biennial, curated by).
These activities take place during the first four weeks, four days a week (Mo-Thu). Fridays are left for the feedback sessions, in order to discuss participants’ needs, reflect together the previous week as well as to have time to concentrate on the preparations for the group exhibition.
The final part of the Curators’ Agenda program is a preparation of a mutual group exhibition. Besides the intensive program, which introduces to the participants the Viennese contemporary art scene, a special focus is set on curating a mutual group exhibition. By reflecting on the lessons learned and by drawing upon their own experiences and competencies, participants are given a task to develop their own, personal approach to the Viennese contemporary art scene, create a concept and execute a mutual group exhibition.
The exhibition is organized in partnership with the University of Applied Arts Vienna. Students interested in taking part in the group exhibition, curated by the participants of the C’A program, reply to an open call.
This year the exhibition will take place at Krinzinger Projekte.
C’A as a networking platform
C’A program is also a platform for cultural exchange and collaboration both to international, emerging curators and to representatives of the Viennese contemporary art community.
Besides an intensive schedule, where new contacts are being made, the participants are also being introduced to different artist-in-residence programs such as KulturKontakt, quartier 21 and das weisse haus, having the chance to get to know the visiting artists.
The C’A program is designed to offer an overview of established as well as emerging players of the Viennese contemporary art scene and to provide the participating curators with a collaborative space for experimentation and innovation in an international setting, parallel to the development of practical skills.
The program is supported by the Austrian Federal Chancellery (Directorate of Arts and Culture – International Cultural Policy) and the City of Vienna.