CURATORIAL RESIDENCY / ONLINE

 

Period: 2 Nov - 16 Nov 2021

Length: 2 weeks

Location: online

Application deadline: 4 October 2021

 

The East Call Curatorial Residency offers a unique opportunity for emerging curators to gain a comprehensive insight in the Hungarian and Slovakian contemporary art scene by examining its characteristics and understanding them in a broader, regional context.

 

East Call is an intensive 2-week program that focuses on the status and practice of artists, contemporary curatorial conditions, institutional situations and the understanding of issues affecting contemporary art, with a focus on the roles and responsibilities of curators as mediators between audiences and artists, and researchers as theoretical transmitters of knowledge, interpretation and contextualization. 

East Call aims to foster dialogues on issues surrounding curation and to interrogate what constitutes “the curatorial” in the Central Eastern European region. The East Call program focuses on open, horizontal and conversation-based transfers of knowledge and experience.

The program is designed for emerging curators and curators-to-be still involved in their studies who expect to work in the field of contemporary art. It intends to introduce participants to current and relevant practices as well as to the mechanisms of curating in relation to exhibitions, institutions, audiences, aesthetics and cultural political discourse.

 

Throughout the two weeks, participants intensively expand their professional knowledge and practice by conducting in-depth investigations of contemporary exhibitions, getting introduced to case studies of leading curators and their engagements, taking part in curatorial workshops, visiting artist’s studio, and exchanging, discussing with each other during the online meetings. By sharing the experiential and theoretical best practices of leading contemporary art museums, galleries, the program offers to the participants a unique chance to develop project ideas, conduct research of their particular interests, enrich connections and networks internationally as well as elaborate discussions with contemporary art professionals active in Budapest and Bratislava. The residency aims to conclude with the conception of a publication, the curation of an exhibition or the presentation of a lecture in the form of a case-study.

 

Participation fee: 800 EUROS

The course will include virtual gallery and museum visits, covering a range of curatorial models, where you will meet and have the opportunity to speak with professionals in the field. It also includes an online guest lectures from established curators and artists. 

Easttopics also provides a budget for a project developed in the frame of and as a result of the residency program.

 

Please send a letter of intent and cv to: easttopics@gmail.com  

Application deadline: 4 October 2021.

Selection process: 6 October 2021.


For additional information, please contact us at: easttopics@gmail.com  

 

UNIQUE STRUCTURE AND STAKES

Since 2019, Easttopics organizes curatorial residency programs that are among the first ones to focus on the contemporary art scene of the Central Eastern European region. Our curatorial residency programs offer a unique opportunity for emerging curators to gain a comprehensive insight in the CEE contemporary art scene by examining its characteristics and understanding them in a broader, regional context.

Program structure and values:

  • unfolding as a 2 week intensive program

  • providing access to a strong network of diverse, visionary and agile practitioners in the field of exhibition making and institution building, shaped by our alumni and advisors

  • offering the opportunity for highly-motivated individuals from distinct social and cultural contexts to come together, collaborate and find ways to learn from each other and from leaders in their chosen field

  • before, during and after the residency, we pay special attention to ensure that the selected residents would have an increased visibility on our social media platforms, become active participants in our future projects, and provide space to promote their individual activities

  • allowing participants to intensively expand their professional knowledge and practice by conducting in-depth investigations of contemporary exhibitions

  • comprising self-reflexive discussions and debates examining how the residencies can help young curators to develop in a professional way 

  • getting introduced to case studies of leading curators and their engagements, 

  • taking part in curatorial workshops

  • visiting artist’s studio, and exchanging, discussing with each other during their stay

  • sharing the experimental and theoretical best practices of leading contemporary art museums, galleries and research centres 

  • offering to the participants a unique chance to develop project ideas, conduct research of their particular interests, enrich connections and networks internationally as well as elaborate discussions with contemporary art professionals active in CEE

 

Core topics:

  • Contemporary art scene and its player in Budapest and other CEE countries (2021: focus on Slovakia)

  • Emerging and established contemporary curatorial practices and the issues, topics they address

  • Cultural, historical and political background allowing a better understanding of contemporary issues addressed by art

  • The region’s art market and collecting practices

  • Networking with artists, curators, art critics and directors

 

Whom is this program designed for?

  • Emerging curators who, engaging with art and contemporary culture, wish to take up the challenge of contemporary curating as an artistic, social and critical commitment

  • Applicants with a study background in any of the following areas of contemporary art: curatorial studies, theory and philosophy of art, art history, art management and art production, visual arts, fine arts, as well as university graduates in the cultural studies field

  • Candidates who have acquired curatorial skills through practical experience in a public institution, a commercial gallery or independently

 

TUTORS, LECTURERS AND GUEST TEACHERS OVER THE PAST YEARS HAVE INCLUDED:

Barnabás BENCSIK, Fanni MAGYAR, Tünde VARGA, Gergő NAGY, Tamás DON, Claudia KUSSEL, Dóra HEGYI, Ilona NÉMETH, Imre BAK, Péter BENCZE, Zsolt PETRÁNYI, Alexander TINEI, Zsófi RECHNITZER, Juraj CERNY, Lýdia PRIBIŠOVÁ, Sári EMBER, Máté DOBÓKAY, Random Routines, Borsos Lőrinc, Péter KREKÓ, Ferenc GRÓF, Bea ISTVÁNKÓ, Nikolett ERŐSS, Szilvia BOLLA, Adrián KISS, Flóra GADÓ, Ádám ALBERT, János SZOBOSZLAI and many more

 

PREVIOUS EDITIONS & ALUMNI

Alexandra Hartstone is an emerging cultural administrator and curator. She holds a BA in Studio Art from the University of Guelph, a post-graduate certificate in Museum and Gallery Studies from Georgian College, and is currently pursuing graduate studies in art history and visual culture at the University of Guelph. Her thesis research involves exploring the formative roles curatorial acts play in the development, framing, and dissemination of contemporary Latin American art within national and global visual cultures. 

Alexandra has experience in community engagement, development, and curatorial projects, and has worked at a variety of galleries including: Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, McMichael Canadian Art Collection, and Art Gallery of Guelph. Her research interests include the agency of museums and galleries, curatorial rhetoric, and the intersection between decolonial practices and representation in cultural institutions.

Oleksandra Pogrebnyak is a curator from Kyiv. Oleksandra has been developing a project on cooperation with young artists called «SPADKOIEMTSI». She constantly visits students’ studios in National Academy of Fine Art and Architecture of Ukraine and communicates with young authors focusing her curatorial inquiry at the diversity between their academic and extracurricular practices. Aspired to arise to publicity unfamiliar questions, Oleksandra holds special attention on how artists experiment while looking for their own language, how try themselves in different techniques creating works on the intersection of various media, and how they explore own bodies, position in space and voices. She says that the most valuable for her in that synergy is to keep up with the artistic search of the generation.

Takuya Tsutsumi (Japan, 1987) is a curator / graphic designer based in Poznan. He graduated at Kyoto University of Art and Design, worked for an alternative space as a director / curator (2013 – 2016). He is currently an MA student at Adam Mickiewicz University, writing on Piotr Piotrowski’s theory.

Alana J. Coates is the Curator of Collections & Exhibitions for the Freedman Art Gallery at Albright College in Reading, Pennsylvania. Coates holds a master’s degree in Art History from the University of Texas at San Antonio and bachelor’s degrees from the University of Rhode Island in Art and Art History. Recent and notable curatorial projects include Daydreams and Other Monsters at UTSA Main Art Gallery and YLA 22: ¡Ahora! at Mexic-Arte Museum in Texas. Coates has held positions across the U.S. in reputable museums, galleries, cultural institutions, and public art boards.

Ann Mirjam Vaikla is exploring with the field of scenography and performing arts as well as with a community building on the border of European Union and Russia due to her role as a director of Narva Art Residency (NART).

Genevieve Farrell (1988) is an emerging curator from Canada. For the past two years, she has been living, studying and working in the strange and wonderful city of Winnipeg, Manitoba. She recently completed her M.A. in Cultural Studies and Curatorial Practices and has been working as a Programming Assistant at the School of Art Gallery (SoAG) at the University of Manitoba. Genevieve grew up in five countries due to her parents work assignments, and spent the other half of her life residing in various provinces of Canada, all of which led her to her interest in cross-cultural and intergenerational exhibition making. With a focus on emerging and underrepresented art practices, Genevieve deliberately and conscientiously employs inclusionary curatorial methods in order to bring diverse audiences and artists into dialogue together through contemporary art.  Her most recent exhibition “She Presses a Flower to Her Cheek: A Feminist Revisioning of Colour Theory” juxtaposes the work of 14 female artists; a mixture if contemporary, historic, and emerging artists, with the work of Wassily Kandinsky and Josef Albers, to demonstrate the centrality of colour in female life, and in turn women’s masterful use and manipulation of colour theory, design and pattern.

Josh Plough is the city curator and editor at Onomatopee Projects in Eindhoven where he works in the shadow of the Design Academy. He graduated from there with an MA in Design Curating & Writing and is skeptical yet hopeful about how design is being dealt with and defined. Currently, Josh is working on a grassroots project that brings art and design research within reach of the public and policy makers. The aim of this, and his practice at large, is to widen the debate surrounding technology and the city through active participation. He is also saving up for a telescope.

Ana Sánchez was born in Palencia, Spain. Graduated from the University of Valladolid, with a BA degree in History of Art, and from the University of Alcalá de Henares, with a MA degree in Art Management and Exhibitions. She combined her studies in Madrid with an internship in Museo ABC as project assistant in the departments of exhibitions and conservation. Later, she joined the team of the Historical - Artistic Heritage department at the Spanish Bank BBVA’S Art Collection, where she occupied the post of artistic projects manager and coordination. Currently, she is working as a curator, cultural events planner and dynamization culture in order to develop new projects that are linked to the promotion of Cultural Heritage and artistic creation. Postgraduate in Art, Culture and Social intervention.

Anna (Ania) Paluch is a Polish-Canadian PhD student in Cultural Mediations at Carleton University, situated on unceded Algonquin territory in Ottawa, Canada. Her research focus is on Indigenous North American and Eastern European Futurism, spaces of cultural hybridity, and post-memory in the diaspora, specifically around diasporic and mixed identity. She is a curator, mixed-media artist, cultural educator through the Young Polish Canadian Professional Association (YPCPA) and co-director of the Indigenous+Diasporic Friendship Festival in Ottawa, connecting diasporic/immigrant communities with local Indigenous communities through art, academia and culture.