Curators Anonymous #5
Café Anonymous



Saturday 15 February 2020, 15.00 - 17.00, Kunsthal Gent


All people who curate in Belgium, whether regularly or occasionally, are warmly invited to come together over drinks for open discussions around keywords raised in the four preceding CA sessions, including ‘social engagement’, ‘ecology’, ‘care’, ‘listening’ and ‘privilege’.

Across Belgium, cultural budgets are being slashed. As vital links between art producers and institutions, curators have a role to play in protecting our threatened cultural landscape. So over the course of this afternoon, let’s share our stories, thoughts and aspirations to map out sustainable scenarios for curating in a post-austerity Belgium.

A supervised child-friendly area, with fun activities, will be provided.

Will attend the event:

- Heidi Ballet
- Timon Bloemen
- Sara De Bondt
- Jérôme Cotinet-Alphaize
- Dirk De Wit
- Melanie Deboutte
- Jef Declercq
- Sonia Dermience
- Marianne Derrien
- Sofie Dierickx
- Valentijn Goethals
- Laura Herman
- Antony Hudek
- Piet Mertens
- Louise Osieka
- Chiara Santini Parducci
- Samuel Saelemakers
- Evelyn Simons
- Sue Spaid
- Anna Stoppa
- Veronica Valentini
- Charlotte Van Buylaere
- Niels Van Tomme
- Danielle van Zuijlen

among many others...

Curators Anonymous #4
From Me to We: Reconfiguring Community



Saturday 7 December 2019, 17-21h
La Loge, Rue de L’Ermitage 86, 1050 Brussels

On Saturday, December 7 from 17-21h, Curators Anonymous organises its 4th meeting during which we will identify action steps for creating solidarity and a crisis ethics amongst arts and activist organizations. Speakers and participants will suggest alternatives to classical curatorial and artistic performances that often go hand-in-hand with individualism, a competitive ethos, (art) market-oriented actions and unpaid labor in hierarchical and oppressive environments.

We invite artists, curators and cultural workers to briefly introduce their own praxis which center on relations rather than on production; focus on the maintenance of (social) infrastructures which are usually kept out of sight; and examine ways of doing which redefine the criteria of success. The presentations will be followed by one-hour workshops divided into several groups, during which the speakers will co-develop concrete steps and proposals as how to transform modes of relationality and integrity.

The event will pursuit CA’s aim to conceive and develop new models of social infrastructure with the primary goal to engage them in democratic processes that reflect open societies and differing values. We are interested in community and socially-engaged practices and the question of how  art institutions could learn from these. We hope to develop a long-term, sustainable discourse and structural change in order to overcome the capitalist regime of visibility, success and CV-based actions. In other words, we aim to take our responsibility seriously by providing imaginative spaces for communities to develop social infrastructure and collective transformation, rather than spaces functioning as displays for passive spectatorship.

Programme
17.00: Welcome by convenors Jana J. Haeckel and Laura Herman
17.10: Staci Bu Shea on the politics of living and care
17:40: Ilse Ghekiere on sexism in the arts
18:10: Grace Ndiritu on healing practices for the arts
18:40: Tereza Stejskalová on reshaping institutions from an horizontal perspective
19:10: Break
19.30: Group workshops with Ilse Ghekiere, Grace Ndiritu, Staci Bu Shea and Tereza Stejskalová.
20:30: Concluding remarks and announcement of the next Curators Anonymous session.

Drinks will be served.


Supported by La Loge, the Czech Center Brussels and the Goethe-Institut Brussels



Curators Anonymous #3
The Ecological Angle

Saturday 21 September 2019,  14.00, MuZee, Ostend

The session will feature a series of conversations with the convenors, culminating in a short collective writing workshop.

Programme

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, leads a short collective writing workshop via Skype. we-make-
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


    ° Dear,

    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).

    Programme

    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.

    Programme

    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