According to Maria Lind: ‘the better curatorial programs help students acquire a discourse with which to talk about curating and a good network which at best becomes a peer group, however no program has the resources or facilities to help form a method, which is the most essential part of this applied form of articulation’, that is curatorial practice.
In creating a personal methodology for my wish to work comfortably within complexity, I looked into curricular development in primary education. While some academics advocate the introduction of experiential learning to post-secondary education and even doctoral research, this type of learning is, not unsurprisingly, best developed and described for the early stages of education. Based on ‘van de Akker’s Web’ for innovating curricular development, I created a similar web translated to fit the conditions of a curatorial or artistic practice. Within the context of the ‘sandbox studio’ research project, I subject this diagram as a temporary structure to tests by my peers and cross-disciplinary proffesionals. The diagram intends to step away from linear project-based development, as learning and creative practice do not reflect this linearity. Although many questions in the diagram may be familiar and may occur in several parts of conventional project development, the diagram visualises how these questions hang together, how they are interdependent on each other. In this way the diagram allows one to start from unforeseen angles while remaining able to assess the process.
Using the diagram:
The diagram consists of two different elements – the heart (vision) and the radials (aspects). The ‘vision’ for a mapped project is determined by the user of the diagram, this can be any more or less defined ideology, concept, feeling or intention to guide a project.
The different radials of the web represent a gradual scale to map ‘focus’ in the direction of one of the named aspects. The related questions (shown in one version of the map) help to think about how to outline the ‘focus’ of a project or an activity onto the different radials of the web. The aspects opposite each other in the diagram are oppositions or are interdependent. The aspects in approximation to each other are related.
Once filled out, the shape created is that of a ‘bubble’, (filled with the breath of its creator). As in nature, the most sustainable bubble is perfectly spherical and thus directs the shape a project should strive for. Any humps and dents in the non-spherical shape can now be acted upon. Mapping activities on the diagram, instead of setting a project out beforehand, slowly results in the collection of these activities adding up to a project.
- de Certeau, M. Practice of everyday life. (1992 ) at least: ‘General Introduction’ and ‘Making Do: Uses and Tactics’
- Sloterdijk, Bubbels (1998)
- Nanopolotics Handbook (2013)
- Lather, P. Getting Lost: Feminist Efforts Toward a Double(d) Science (2007) ✔
- Castenedra, Teachings of Don Juan
- Maitland, S. A Book of Silence
- Jacques Rancière, “The Aesthetic Revolution”, in The Aesthetic Unconscious, (Cambridge: Polity Press, 2009)
- Boaventura de Sousa Santos (ed.), Another Knowledge is Possible: Beyond Northern Epistemologies.
- Barthes, R. How to live together
- Foucault, M. The order of discourse
- Heidegger, M. Discourse of Thinking
I went back to Amsterdam this month (9.12—28-12), now I’m packing my bag and in it I put:
- Florian Malzacher and Johanna Warsza, Empty Stages, Crowded Flats – Performativity as Curatorial Strategy. ✔️ (Berlin: Alexander Verlag – House on Fire Publication, 2017)
- (Douglas Hofstadter. Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid. (1979) 1 chapter)
- John Dewey, Art as experience. (1934) Chapter 3 – an experience ✔️
- Derek Owens, Sustainable pedagogies. (1998) – preface ✔️ and chapter 2 ‘sustainability’ ✔️
- Jo Freeman’s, Tyranny of Structurelessness (1969?) ✔️
- Gilles Deleuze and Claire Parnet, Dialogues II, (1977) Chapter: A Conversation: What Is It? What Is It For? ✔️
- George Bataille, Unfinished systems of nonknowlege (2001) introduced by Stuart Kendall. (From this book I will read: Introduction✔️, Socratic college, Method of Meditation, Concequences of Nonknowledge, Nonknowledge and Rebellion, maybe some things that catch my interest while reading the book.)
Part of Amsterdam Art Weekend, initiated by Humans of the institution – UiB
Part of Amsterdam Art weekend, Initiated by Humans of the Institution – UiB