Curatorial Studies WG5

The Curatorial Studies Workshop is a working group of researchers and practitioners coming together to exchange and dialogue on aspects of curating and the curatorial in order to develop a wider collaborative international and inter-institutional research environment. This is done through shared events and joint outputs, providing a context for both doctoral and senior researchers to develop their work in an international milieu of critical-friends.

The format of a “studies workshop” is adopted to place equal emphasis on engaging with existing knowledge-practice while collaboratively seeking to build new insights through the tangles of discussion and practice, of production, exhibition, commission, publication …

Within the 2021 Postresearch Condition, this group convened a panel discussion–under the heading “expo-facto: into the algorithm of exhibition?”–on the question of the relays between exhibition protocols and the culture of digital networks, and the specific question of online exhibition mediations, extensions, alternates and substitutions. The panel was proposed as a forum through which to formulate the preliminary terms for an enquiry into the conditions, affordances and horizons of artistic operations and labour that are emergent in the transfer and relay of exhibitionary protocols online. This was conceived as a very tentative and modest first step in response to what seems to be (i.e., not necessarily to be taken at face value) a global institutional convergence. This development might be seen as similar in ways to the pervasive distribution of the white cube as a primary exhibition paradigm, though seeming to occur at a much more accelerated rate.

Members of the working group include:
Henk Slager (HKU, Utrecht) WG5 Contact
Prof. Noel Fitzpatrick (GradCAM / TU Dublin)
Prof. Mick Wilson (Hdk-Valand, University of Gothenburg)

Upcoming activities
The group will publish a book on the relay of exhibition-making into virtual and online spaces, following up on issues addressed “expo-facto: into the algorithm of exhibition?”. (Oct 2022)
The group will host a symposium on curatorial research early June 2022 at Hdk-Valand, University of Gothenburg. (Details and exact dates will be posted here in February 2022. There is a planning meeting on Thursday 27 Janaury 13:00 CET. Enquiries to mick.wilson(at)

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