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Postgraduate Course: Curating Contemporary Art (ARTX11038)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course examines some of the prominent emerging theories in the field of contemporary curatorial practice. You will engage with the selection, commissioning, organisation and distribution of contemporary art in professional institutionalised settings. You will contexualise, document and reflect critically upon current contemporary art projects in relation to emerging curatorial theories.

Aims of the course -
1. To enhance your understanding of how the values and meanings of contemporary artworks are adopted and adapted by changing systems of exhibition and distribution.
2. To introduce you to new developments in curatorial practice, to define a variety of critical approaches to curatorial history and enable you to become familiar with some working practices within institutions of contemporary art.
3. To introduce you to the study of exhibitionary spaces and develop your historical, theoretical and practical knowledge of their means of signification.
Course description - Lecture Programme on Curating
- Seminar Programme uses moodle-based research resources

Indicative subjects:

1. Why Curate?: Rites & Rituals
2. Why Curate?: Reputations & Archives
4. Who Curates?: Curator/Artist/Bot
5. How Curate?: Issues & Objects
6. How Curate?: From Objects to Projects
7. How Curate?: 'Content' & Audiences
8. Where Curate? Centres/Peripheries
9. Where Curate? Black/Brown/White Space
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2014/15, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 9, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 17, Feedback/Feedforward Hours .5, Summative Assessment Hours .5, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 169 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Assignment 1 Presentations: Each seminar group will be subdivided into small teams. Each team will present each week on two assigned research resources made available online. Your presentations should successfully engage your peers in discussions that generate and respond constructively to a critical dialogue focused upon contemporary curatorial theories and practices. Presentations should demonstrate a highly developed command of visual literacy and an imaginative critical faculty.

Assignment 2 Essay: You will submit an essay that applies critical analysis, evaluation and synthesis to two or more theories and discourses at the forefront of contemporary curating
+ bibliography of all research resources consulted. The topic of the essay must be agreed with your tutor. Your essay should demonstrate a highly developed command of visual and material literacy and an imaginative critical faculty.

Assessment is weighted equally by Learning Outcome.
Feedback Not entered
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. On completion of this course, the student will be able to:

    LO1: Use complementary media to conceptualise, promote, and generate a critical dialogue around contemporary practices.
  2. L02: Visually and verbally justify your approach to the distribution and consumption of contemporary practices.
  3. L03: Write a critical study of two or more curatorial approaches appropriate to the distribution of contemporary practices.
Reading List
Micchelli,Thomas. On Curating: Interviews with Ten International Curators, Distributed Art Publishers; 2010.

Zeiske,Claudia and Sacramento, Nuno. ARTocracy,Jovis,2011.

Kouris and Rand,Cautionary Tales: Critical
Curating, Apexart,2007.

Marincola, Paula. What Makes a Great
Exhibition?, Reaktion, 2007.

Wilson,Mick,Curating and the Educational
Turn,Open Editions/De Appel Arts Centre,

Abbing, Hans. 'Why are artists poor?: The Exceptional Economy of the Arts, Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press,

Wade,Gavin.Curating in the 21st Century, Wolverhampton,2000.

White Cube, University of California Press,

Greenberg, Reesa. Thinking about
Exhibitions. Routledge, London,1996.

Buskirk, Martha. 'The Contingent Object of
Contemporary Art',MIT,2005.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills - By researching in groups and working towards common goals you will learn social skills and negotiating skills, understand accountability and appreciate alterity.

- You will learn extradisciplinary skills, an understanding how to gain an applied knowledge of disciplines that are relevant to your research by engaging with curatorial case studies.

- You will learn a range of artwriting and publishing skills; working with IT, social and print media. These skills relate to the distribution of their work.
Keywordscurating; contemporary art; curatorial theory; taxonomy; cultural capital; archive
Course organiserDr Susannah Thompson
Tel: (0131 6)51 5909
Course secretaryMiss Lizzie Robertson
Tel: (0131 6)51 5852
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