Curators Connection: Vienna – Budapest 2013
9. October – 31. November 2013
Curators Connection is created in 2013 as a unique residency program for emerging, international curators, offering them a comprehensive insight and opportunity to build a network in the Viennese and the Budapest contemporary art scene. Curators Connection is a pilot program organized by cARTc, contemporary art project space in Budapest and the BLOCKFREI association from Vienna.
The program lasts 8 weeks, in which 7 participants from different parts of the world take part. The main focus of the program is to represent different curatorial approaches and to map the focal points of the contemporary art scenes in Vienna and Budapest.
The participants will spend three weeks in Vienna and five weeks in Budapest. Throughout the intensive 8-week period, they will have a chance to expand their professional practice by conducting in-depth investigations of contemporary exhibitions, learning about the case studies of leading curators and their engagements, visiting artist’s studio and taking part in project management workshop. Moreover, the participants will have the opportunity to hear more about the practical and theoretical best practices of the leading contemporary art museums, galleries and fairs, such as the Vienna Art Fair and the Budapest Art Market.
The program offers participants a unique chance to develop their project ideas, conduct a research of their particular interests, make connections with professionals of the leading contemporary art events and organizations in Vienna and Budapest, creating new network internationally.
Seven curators – selected participants for the Curator’s Connection residency program – Ashlee Conery (Canada), Holeng (Singapore), Jordana Franklin (Canada), Kimi Kitada (USA), Roberta Palma (Italy), Roland Ramos (USA), and Ya’el Santopinto (Canda) will finalized their residency by conceptualizing a five-day program in scope of the Budapest Art Fair, where next to the chosen artists for an exhibition installations, they will organize series of debates with Austrian and Hungarian artists and curators.
Inspired by the gained experiences, the curators have created a joint online blog 7×8 Curatoren where they plan to publish articles about their impressions and views on contemporary art scenes in these two cities and beyond.