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Open Call: Applications for CAS/MAS in Curating at Zurich University of the Arts

09 March 2020

ELIA member and this year's hosts of our biennial conference Zurich University of the Arts offers an international, English speaking programme organised by the Center for Continuing Education. Applications are open until June 2020.

ZHdK and Zurich
Zurich University of the Arts is amongst the largest art schools in Europe. While firmly anchored in greater Zurich, our influence extends well beyond Switzerland to the wider international stage. Zurich as the cultural centre for art in Switzerland provides a unique and vibrant cultural scene at the heart of Europe.

Postgraduate Programme in Curating CAS / MAS
The postgraduate programme in Curating is conceived of as a discursive platform which imparts key areas of contemporary exhibition-making by way of praxis-oriented project ­work. With instruction modules, group activities, seminars and lectures held by an international selection of guest lecturers, from various fields.

The CAS/MAS in Curating is an international, English speaking, postgraduate part time programme founded in 2005, its alumni are working worldwide. The programme focuses less on the "genius concept" of the exhibition planner as individual author—a highly controversial topic since the 1990s—than on cooperative, interdisciplinary working methods, as employed, for example, in film productions or non-government organisations. Exhibition-making/curating means the creation of innovative structures for the presentation of cultural artefacts and contemporary discourse through interdisciplinary collaboration. In this field art, digital media, design, and architecture intermesh in new ways.

Head of the programme: Prof. Dr. Dorothee Richter
Contact: dorothee.richter@zhdk.ch

Brief outline
  • Contemporary discourse on art and curating (see www.curating.org)
  • Carrying out single and collaborative exhibition projects and cooperation projects
  • Distance Learning opportunity (for participants from abroad every session can be attended online)
  • MAS with 90 ECTS
  • Possibility to advance to the PhD Programme in Practice in Curating

Closing events of the educational year 2020 and beyond
  • 26 March, 6pm: Info event at OnCurating Project Space
  • 5 June, 2pm: Diploma exhibition at ZHdK, Room 5.K01 with a talk by Sergio Edelsztein and the launch of OnCurating, the Zurich Issue: Dark Matter, Grey Zones, Red Light and Bling Bling (constant cooperation with the webjournal On-curating.org)
  • 29 June – 3 July: Curating on the Move—summer workshop at the 9th Bucharest Biennale
  • October: Excursion Ruru haus, Kassel–hosted by ruangrupa, Documenta 15
  • November/December: Curating on the Move—workshop at the Taipei Biennale 2020
Guest speakers
In addition to the teaching team at the University of the Arts Dorothee Richter, Ronald Kolb, Alexandra Blättler and Daniel Morgenthaler we invite a wide range of international curators and artists among others Sabih Ahmed, Marius Babias, Jeebesh Bagchi, Ursula Biemann, Beatrice von Bismarck, René Block, Lionel Bovier, Sabeth Buchmann, Zasha Colah, Sergio Edelsztein, Claire Farago & Donald Preziosi, Alistair Hudson, Jeanne van Heeswijck, Daniel Kurjakovic, Maria Lind, Florian Malzacher, Oliver Marchart, Cesare Pietroiusti, Shwetal Patel, Farid Ragun (ruangrupa), Oliver Ressler, Stella Rollig, Henk Slager, Support Structure, Adam Szymczyk, Mirjam Varadinis, Axel John Wieder, Dmitry Vilensky, Joanna Warsza, Rein Wolfs, and more.

Cooperation partners
Migros Museum fuer Gegenwartskunst, Kunsthalle Zürich, Künstlerhaus Stuttgart, Künstlerhaus Bremen, Kunstmuseum Thun, Kunstmuseum Bern, Grafik Museum Lljubljana, Centre for Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv; Connecting Space Hong Kong, Humboldt Universität Berlin, Hochschule für Gestaltung Karlsruhe, Zentrum für Kunst und Medien/Centre for art and media, Karlsruhe; Kunsthalle Fridericianum, Kassel, OnCurating Project Space, Zürich, Kunstverein Baden Württemberg, Corner College Zürich, Kunsthaus Zürich, Akademie der Bildenden Künste, Wien, Kunstakademie Stuttgart, University of Reading, OnCurating.org, Webjournal, Kunstmuseum Basel

Constant collaborations with the publication platform Oncurating.org and the PhD in Practice in Curating, Practice-Based Doctoral Programme, University of Reading.

The application deadline is 30 June 2020.
For more information, please visit the website


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