Call for applications: Shanghai Curators Lab 2: November 4–30, 2019

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Call for applications: Shanghai Curators Lab 2
November 4–30, 2019

Application deadline: September 5

Hosted by SAFA (Shanghai Academy of Fine Art, Shanghai University) and Shanghai International Art City Research Institute, in collaboration with Shanghai Biennale (Power Station of Art), Shanghai Curators Lab (SCL) is a dynamic and challenging curatorial platform for early career curators focusing on experimental and critical discussion of the ecology of curatorial practice. SCL is also an artistic agency to intervene in and interpret the meaning of artistic and cultural production in a period of transforming knowledge, information, systems and values. Since curatorial practice has become an open-ended, catalytic cultural agency for shifting perspectives on artistic, socio-political, environmental, urban and various industrial showcases, a wide range of intersectional meeting points for research and practice is essential.

The Lab consists of talks by 20 invited art professionals, thinkers, activists, architects, filmmakers, and cultural readers on a variety of subjects. The topics and programs of the Shanghai Curators Lab include multidisciplinary exhibition-making, the ecosystem of disciplines and expertises, technological advancement and its responses, the Anthropocene, the regeneration and revitalization of industrial heritage, and new exits for perennial artistic events.

SCL is a rare and extensive participatory program which since it’s initiation has been jointly organized by a university, a museum, a biennale and an art city. Participating curators will present their artistic projects at the end of the program, and the strongest proposal will be selected to be realized at an art institution in Shanghai the following year. The presentation will be open to the public and art institution officials in Shanghai in the form of a symposium.

Led by professor Yongwoo Lee and curator-duo Sam Bardaouil and Till Fellrath, founders of curatorial collective Art Reoriented, participants will experience and explore the hybridized, multi-layered art community of Shanghai and more broadly China during their time in the Lab. SCL serves to bridge art and educational institutions across China and beyond, having already created a remarkable impact in its first year. It works to facilitate theoretical and practical implications not only in the area of visual arts, but also in the context of knowledge production.

Applicants interested in participating should email their self-introduction letter, resume, and motivation to the specified email address below by September 5. The applications will be juried by lead professors and representatives of relevant institutions. Applications will only be accepted via email, with a final selection of 22 curators under the age of 33. SCL will provide free tuition and accommodations for the selected curators. Participants will be responsible for their own round-trip air tickets to and from Shanghai as well as their meals during their stay.

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