The session will feature a series of conversations with the convenors, culminating in a short collective writing workshop.
14:00: Welcome by convenors Antony Hudek and Sue Spaid 14:05: Kunstenpunt, on Belgium’s “green track” and the "Reframing the international" card game 14:15: Heidi Ballet, independent curator, whose exhibitions explore human beings' impact 14:45: Nicolas Galeazzi, artist and a.pass program coordinator, on research as ecology 15:15: An Fonteyne, from noAarchitecten, on the transformation of KANAL-Centre Pompidou 15:45: coffee/tea break 16:15: Régine Debatty, writer and researcher behind the blog we-make-money-not-art.com, leads a short collective writing workshop via Skype 17:00: Concluding remarks and announcement of the next Curators Anonymous session.
Warm thanks to Mu.ZEE for its hospitality and to Kunstenpunt for its ongoing structural and financial support. Free entrance to Mu.ZEE for Curators Anonymous is supported by Curatorial Studies, KASK & Conservatorium.
Curators Anonymous #2
How do we listen?
Thursday 6 June 2019, 20.00, Chateau Nour, Brussels
Let’s have a look at the motive of the blind leading the blind, and have a look at ourselves, and our position within the art world. In the conflictual economic ecosystem that we consider our professional field, precarity is constantly lurking around the corner. General frustrations often arise, and good intentions risk turning into worst practices, resulting in a polarised and competitive working environment.
From our first assembly, we’ve noticed a variety of agenda’s willing to be tackled. Rather than singling some of them out, we’re opting for a different approach. Embracing the hybridity that makes up curatorial work in Belgium, we want to create a common ground in which we can share experiences, resources, help and support. A hybrid group in which all of the aforementioned concerns can resonate. Consider Curators Anonymous a bottom-up catalysator for a more liveable visual arts field in Belgium. But first, let’s have a collective listening session to incorporate tools on how we can make this happen.
We’re happy to invite you on June 6th, for an evening of listening, at Chateau Nour (13 Square Albert 1er, 1070 Brussels).
20.00 Welcome 20.15 Listening sessions with David Bernstein, Sonia Dermience, Philippine Hoegen, and Sue Spaid amongst others. 21.15 Collective discussion and reflection moment. Defining next steps for Curators Anonymous
Your hosts for the evening are Louise Osieka and Evelyn Simons for Curators Anonymous.
Drinks will be served.
Curators Anonymous #1 The current legal and socio-economic position of the curator in Belgium
Thursday 14 March, 2019 from 16.00 to 19.30, Atelier Vlaams Bouwmeester, Galerie Ravenstein, Brussels
We have the pleasure to invite you to the first open discussion on the current legal and socio-economic position of the curator in Belgium. It is a first step to address the often precarious working conditions of curators.
Curator's Anonymous is a diverse and open platform in progress that welcomes all curators active or based in Belgium, whether informal, freelance or institutional.
16.00 introduction of "Curators Anonymous" 16.20 On possible models of community building (Nikol Wellens, Kunstenpunt) 16.50 Presentation and discussion of main concerns 17.20 Break 17.30 Current relationship institutions and curators (Jan Bloemen, Z33) 18.00 The contract as a tool. Towards an ecology of practices (Julie van Elslande, Caveat - Jubilee) 18.30 Discussion and decision on the form of next event (scheduled for 6 June) 19.00 Drinks
The meeting will take place in English, but we will do our best to accommodate translations to French and Flemish if needed.
Do let us know if you will attend by 4 March by confirming your presence with an email to: curatorsanonymousBE@gmail.com
Curators Anonymous is a non-profit, non-affiliated association of curators in Belgium, founded in 2019 offering a platform for exchange on pressing issues affecting curators – their socio-economic and legal status, professional environment and societal roles.
Working from bottom-up, this responsive, supportive structure intends to ally active freelance and institutional curators from all generations in order to share knowledge and experiences. Through regular public meetings and an online presence, it discloses the various visible and invisible responsibilities of curators and their valuable contribution to the national arts landscape.
Curators Anonymous is supported by Kunstenpunt and KASK/HoGent