Friday March 1st, 2019
exact time to be announced!
Monthly Curators Dinner meets Le Salon!
DAS KAPiTAL welcomes the Independent Curators Network into their space on March 1st for a new Curators Dinner & Salon.
Seating is limited, so please sign up in advance by sending us an email to [email protected]
Please note that pressing the button «going» on Facebook, does not automatically register you for the event!
Join our Facebook group Independent Curators Network Berlin
In the spirit of the historical Parisian Salons — a format that is being quoted more and more often nowadays — Independent Curators Network Berlin launches a new, ongoing format. As self-organized cultural managers, we tend to work in a variety of localities: studios, co-working spaces, galleries, museums, art institutions, project spaces, libraries, archives, and of course our living rooms. Indeed, independent curatorship seems to be an inherently nomadic profession. Curatorial practice requires a constant oscillation between parasitizing and welcoming.
In line with this existence, and both out of necessity and out of principle, ICLNB is conceptualized as a nomadic platform itself. Simultaneously a parasite and a host to the Berlin independent art scene, we ask existing spaces to welcome us so that we can welcome our network.
About the network:
The Independent Curators Lab and Network Berlin (ICLNB) is a collaborative initiative geared at the culture of independent curatorial practice in Berlin. It is imagined to be a platform for the circulation of practice-based knowledge between Berlin-based curators, a conceptual (and hopefully in the future physical) laboratory to develop a discourse around the theoretical and practical themes, questions and challenges regarding independent curatorial work in the city, as well as on a transnational level.
ICLNB looks at the diverse augmented work processes of Curating, Organizing, Producing, Managing, Mediating and Conceptualizing, among other activities in the art world. The project thematizes the nature and efficiency of constituting meaning through curatorial work. Bringing to the forefront the (at times isolated yet collective) processual labour of these activities, we aim to create a space for meta-reflection on the practice of curatorship in the specific context of Berlin’s art scene.
Through our personal experiences working and living in Berlin, we have observed an increasing necessity among cultural managers for a network and support system that is neither institutional nor academic. We aim to activate the vast and rich field of initiatives in the city and create opportunities for the community to collect learning experiences and partnerships. The content of ICLNB is essentially shaped by the needs and desires of its participants and public, combining theoretical reflection with the confrontation of practical challenges. What are the wishes and demands of independent curators in Berlin? What are the questions, topics and issues that our community would like to see discussed? The situation of the independent curator is not an individual struggle but a structural subject that needs to be addressed collectively — solidarity as a response to solitude. We perceive a need to discuss themes such as Political Representation, Financial Stability, Exchange of Resources, Alternative Economies, Social Capital, the Relationship of Work and Labour, Connections between Institutions and the Independent, the Formal Definition of the Curator as a Profession, the Task of the Curator, the Theory of Curating, to name a few of the most pressing matters.
ICLNB essentially consists of a series of events that address questions and concerns regarding contemporary curatorial practice in the city, and shape an active community in the process. These will appear in different existing spaces, with an optimistic prospect of establishing our own project space on the long run. The focus is on active, personal exchange in a live setting, allowing people to connect with each other, find solutions to real problems and challenges together, and potentially start collaborations. As our core formats we aspire to create and offer Meetups, Curator Labs, Reading / Working Groups, Political Outreach, Panel Discussions, Online Tool Sets and a Self-Organized Publication preserving the knowledge that happens and comes into being in the events we organize. However, we imagine the ICLNB platform to be constantly extending its margins as the network grows, and we are eager to invite both existing and new partner formats that work in a similar spirit, both within Berlin and across different cities and cultures, for collaboration.
This project aspires to be a sustainable yet dynamic platform and network for Berlin-based curators to work with and through the theoretical and practical implications of curatorial labour in the city. ICLNB reflects the diversity of curatorial practices (in plural), moving beyond common understandings of the mediation of arts and culture outside, and in relationship to artistic and cultural institutions. Thematizing curatorship as such, what we propose is a curatorial practice on the topic of curating, a form of metacurating — To Curate Curating.