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Online Course on Contemporary Curating: Curating Performance and Performativity as Curatorial Method

Curating Performance and Performativity as Curatorial Method

Funmi Adewole, Restfulness, within a space curated by Elizabeth Price. Available at: Photograph: © Christian Kipp.


Online Course on Contemporary Curating Course on two consecutive Saturdays, 2–6 pm CET 1 ECTS point, and a Certificate of Completion Center of Continuing Education at the Zurich University of the Art


Zurich University of the Arts
Pfingstweidstrasse 96
8005 Zurich

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Curating Performance and Performativity as Curatorial Method
Lecturer: Sarah Spies, PhD

Course dates: 5 Dec + 12 Dec 2020, each 2–6pm (CET)
Enrol until 27 November 2020.

Departing form the rich arc of curatorial frameworks that have mined contemporary performance and choreographic practice since the early 21st century – alongside seminal examples from the 1950s onwards – under the semblance of the 'new performance turn', this online course will focus on the expansive potential of performance as a mode of production and performativity as a method of curatorial exchange. Course content will highlight critical questions around the potential for performative curatorial activities to both negotiate and critique the systems that capture intimacy, collectivity, transmission, embodiment, mediation, and spectatorship. The course will provide a range of pertinent examples (both practical and conceptual) to support more refined subject knowledge, and assignments are designed to support the emergence of individual insights and future projects.

Sarah Spies (PhD) is a choreographer, performance curator, and senior lecturer in contemporary dance and performance art. She is part of Manchester-based artists-led curatorial collective Accumulations and has worked with ICI as well as the international exchange programme MAHALA/Temporary Occupations and AFiRIperFOMA Biennial.

The Online Courses on Contemporary Curating are offered by the Postgraduate Programme in Curating, Continuing Education, Zurich University of the Arts.
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Zurich University of the Arts is amongst the largest art schools in Europe. While firmly anchored in greater Zurich, its influence extends well beyond Switzerland to the wider international stage. As the cultural centre for art in Switzerland, Zurich provides a unique and vibrant cultural scene at the heart of Europe.