Call for applications – Shanghai Curators Lab, Shanghai Academy of Fine Arts, China

Deadline: September 16, 2018

Shanghai Curators Lab (SCL) is an intensive and challenging residence program for young curators. The SCL aims to be an open forum for experimental, critical and discursive discussion on the ecology of curatorial practices and intercultural platforms in the period of radical transformation of the social framework.

The SCL (Principal, Wang Dawei) is a very rare and extensive participatory program jointly organized by a university, museum, biennale and art city. The subjects and programs of the SCL include exhibition-making of contemporary hybrid culture and art, the ecosystem of disciplines and expertise, technological advancement and its countermove, climate change and social environment, decolonizing architecture, regeneration and revitalization of industrial heritages, new exits and alternatives for biennales, art and industries, studio visits, etc.

The SCL will also look at a tremendous potential for expanding the role of curators within the culture of multidisciplinary boundaries of art, industry, big data, new forms of media and politics.

The participating curators will be divided into four different research groups to present imaginative projects, either as exhibitions or diversified performative events, at the end of the program. The outcome and researched short-term projects produced by the participants during their stay in SCL will be open to the public and the arts community in Shanghai and China.

The curators will also experience the unique production processes of the 12th Shanghai Biennale with its curators and participating artists during the preparation period.

The lead professors for the SCL are Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, the Director of the Castello di Rivoli Museum of Contemporary Art, and Yongwoo Lee, professor of SAFA at Shanghai University.

Applicants wishing to participate should email their self-introduction letter, resume, and motivation to the specified email address below by September 16. The application is accepted through email only, and a maximum of 22 curators will be selected. The screening committee will be composed of lead professors and representatives of collaborative institutions of the SCL. Qualified applicants will be informed of the final results by early October. Tuition is granted and accommodations for the selected curators will be provided by the host. Participants will be responsible for their round-trip air tickets from/to their locations and meals during their stay in Shanghai.

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