The curatorial

Curatorial Politics
English/French (texts)

Doreen Mende
Start: 12 October 2020, 10am

“And we cannot assume that we will accomplish that in our lifetime.” (Angela Davis) –– The seminar curatorial/politics in 2020/21 is called Modernity’s Grandchildren. Who are modernity’s grandchildren? The seminar claims that the participants of the curatorial/politics seminar are.

We will continue to engage with practices of relationality by the means of art this year. We will aim at engaging with curatorial methods and artistic forms that speak to the relationality between generations and geographies. Our point of entry into the space-time between generations are transgenerational problems or gaps or threads as the lubricant for living the life of modernity’s grandchildren. We may understand modernity as a complex worldmaking project that has been built on the “differential principle” (Ariella Aïsha Azoulay) in respect to race, gender, sexuality and knowledge as value-making systems. This principle operates the violent split between exclusion and inclusion by political, structural, psychological and technological means of transacting value into faculties of power.

The seminar takes place in a moment of important movements departing from Black Lives Matter, the SARS-Covid2-pandemic condition, the call for the abolition of the university or “the university: last words” (Fred Moten/Stefano Harney), abolitionist feminism and the end of the world as we know it. In this transformative moment, I found it necessary to re-engage with practices of relationality in respect to transgenerational problems as a creative source. The transgenerational shall not be dominated by a hereditary concern. Because the generational is different to the dynastical or the biological family. Yet, the generational appears in cultural, social or political bodies of knowledge that seem specific for a particular generation as well as geography: What can we learn from previous generations? And what better not? Where or when do we detect the absence of a previous generation? What does it mean to think beyond lifetime?