The Curatorial

Curatorial Politics
English/French (texts)

Doreen Mende
Start: October 2, 2017, 10am

Re-locating the art academy / What are possible spatial politics and architectures for learning and doing research practices in the arts of the 21st century?

The seminar will look into visionary concepts of architectures for (art-)educational institutions, self-organized groups and experimental initiatives with a particular focus on the question of research: What are the spatial concepts for learning and doing research practices in the arts? And how could we approach its spatial politics in the 21st century? The seminar takes place in a moment when the teaching staff of the Visual Arts Department, the Direction and the technical team of HEAD are in discussion with architects about the re-location of the Visual Arts Department from the building on Boulevard Helvètique (CCC on its 2nd floor), which seems to have been built and inaugurated as an ‘école de dessin / Société des Arts’ in 1748, to the former production-building of the Hispano-Suiza factory on 114B rue de Lyon in the North of Geneva. The move is planned to take place within the next few years to form the new campus of HEAD. What are possible architectural models for art/research processes from the perspective of the students? What are the problems and possibilities for re-locating the art academy from an architecture build as an art school to a former industrial building that will be refurbished to fit the needs of contemporary practices for research by the means of the arts? How does spatiality may and can inform a research practice with the contemporary call for scientificity in the arts? The seminar will engage in concrete case studies and ‘learning laboratories’ (Tom Holert) to study spatial politics for learning to make art/research. The learning about the case studies shall provide us with the material to think with and render more precisely what we would need or wish in our own situation. Examples, existing projects, and research by the participating students are very welcome and will be taken in consideration.

Outcome: (1) The seminar should lead into a student-conceived concept paper for the CCC-Program/Visual Arts Department that proposes a possible spatial concept for learning and doing research practices / the art academy of the 21st century. (2) The CCC Research Program is in the process to apply for funds for realizing an international conference at HEAD on this topic, scheduled between June 1 and 3, 2017. In case we get the funding, the students will participate actively in the conference.