Sunday, April 04, 2004

The Next Documenta should be curated by an Artist

Conference and book presentation: April 8-9, 2004
Organized by e-flux, New York, in collaboration with Platform Garanti Contemporary Art Center, Istanbul.

The Next Documenta Should Be Curated By An Artist

What would you do if you were asked to curate the next Documenta?

That was the question recently put to more than thirty internationally working artists, who were asked to reflect on their relationship to the profession of curating, and to assess the effects of the traditional division between artists and curators.

The result was The Next Documenta Should Be Curated By An Artist, an e-flux project curated by Jens Hoffmann, which endeavors to critically examine, from an artist's point-of-view, some of the parameters of large-scale international, contemporary art exhibitions in the wake of the growing number of artist critiques of curatorial practice in recent years and the central position taken by curators in the organization of exhibitions.

Responses of the artists, in the form of statements and written proposals, were posted on the e-flux website between July 2003 and January 2004-which are now available as a book of the same title, published by REVOLVER-Archiv fur aktuelle Kunst, Frankfurt.
Extending the project, a two-day conference in Istanbul on April 8-9 hosted by Platform Garanti Contemporary Art Center will enlarge on the discussion begun by the artists's contributions and offer further insight into the debate surrounding current large-scale international group exhibitions, and the sometimes complex relationship between artists and curators.

As its starting point, the conference will take the divergent, often conflicting, but always engaging contributions of the artists and pursue the discussion through a series of conversations between some of the project's participants, invited guests and the audience.

The conversations will focus on the separation, diffusion, reversal and negotiation of roles within the organization of art exhibitions, and the concept of internationalism as it applies to large-scale international group exhibitions, such as Documenta.

Participants: Daniel Buren, Alex Farqhuarson, Natascha Sadr Haghighian, Dorothea von Hantelmann, Jens Hoffmann, Christoph Keller, Vasif Kortun, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Serkan Ozkaya, Martha Rosler, Tino Sehgal, Anton Vidokle

The Next Documenta Should Be Curated By An Artist is an e-flux project curated by Jens Hoffmann. The conference is made possible by financial support from: Goethe-Institut Inter Nationes, Istanbul British-Council, Istanbul French Cultural Institute, Istanbul