The Performative Curatorial Studio


Curatorial practice in a collective and performative context, or how to perform the Curatorial.

The Performative Curatorial Studios aim, is to share with the public a collective process that usually happens behind closed doors.

Sunday 23 June / Top floor/ 13:00–17:00

Participating artists: Katrina Blach, John Holten, To Whom it May Concern Collective, Carlos Leon-Xjimenez, Monte Masi, Pauline Payen, Paz Ponce Pérez-Bustamante, Clémence de La Tour du Pin, Lorenzo Sandoval, Joël Verwimp, Jenny Wolka (Mahony), + Guests.

‘The Performative Curatorial Studio (DAY#10)’ is an on-going process which aims to create dialogue around collective practices and outcomes between artists and curators.

The aim of this event is to share with the public a curatorial process that usually happens behind closed doors. We invite visitors to insert themselves in this context, in a transparent interconnexion on collaborative practices. This will be informed by the thoughts and input of the invited and involved participants while reflecting on an expanded discourse around the core topic of the day: performative aspects of curatorial practice.

Through an experimentation of the traditional symposium format by practicing and enacting discussions in an experimental real-time study, The Performative Curatorial Studio takes on the framework and mission of Agora ethos, and use this to experiment on pedagogical situations, acknowledging, ‘thematising’ the tensions between ideas of art as an autonomous activity or as participation and sharing, translating, transferring ideas and reshaping them.

Through a closed workshop in the morning with key international artists, curators and thinkers on the field, stretching into the afternoon where real-time actions, performances and readings, The Performative Curatorial Studio provides a working platform where we can discuss process and outcome in a think-tank of minds and experiences coming together. As active participants, the public is invited to contribute their experiences and thoughts throughout the debates as well as submit physical or non-physical material.

*This project is created in collaboration with guest curator Judith Lavagna, and TWIMC curatorial collective member, Lara Merrington. (DAY #10) is an extension of The Open Curatorial Studio, an open platform for curatorial discussion created by The To Whom it May Concern Curatorial Collective (TWIMC), which was held in April of this year for nine consecutive days at SAVVY Contemporary, and continues in an online and progressive presence at: www.theopencuratorialstudio.tumblr.com


10.30 – 12.30 am Workshop ‘Performing the Curatorial’ (closed session).

1.30 – 4 pm Activation of The Live Library, talks, performances and round table discussions (open to the public)

1.30 pm I Presentation of the Live Library (Judith Lavagna and Lara Merrington) Lorenzo Sendoval: The Narrative Machine. Presenting forms of activation and deactivation in and for a performative context.

1.30 – 5 pm I Monte Masi : Marathon Critique. Online and interactive performance, San Francisco/Berlin.

2 pm I John Holten, reading session

2.30 I Judith Lavagna and Clémence de La Tour du Pin. Performative aspects of the project ‘we outsourced everything and now we’re bored’.

3pm I Joel Verwimp, ‘My Table is My Cock’, performance.

3.30 – 4.30 pm I Round table discussions.

4.30pm | Pauline Payen, performance.

Pictures by Franz Brueck

Date: May 10, 2013