It is a point of reference for artists and curators from all the parts of the world, one of the most important cultural centre in Europe periodically building new art curators and cultural workers. So it is again the time of the final project of the curatorial programme 2014-2015 at de Appel arts centre in Amsterdam which exhibitions, public programme and catalogue have been curated by the six participants of the last curatorial programme: Barbara Cueto, Bas Hendrikx, Chiara Ianeselli, Inga Lãce and Lian Ladia. The final project of the Curatorial Programme 2014-2015 presented two exhibitions: Spell to Spelling ** Spelling to Spell and Your Time Is Not My Time.
Spell to Spelling ** Spelling to Spell emerged in the spaces between the linguistic and associative relations of the notions of the spell and the spelling. The exhibition investigated various facets and rituals dealing with voluntary, involuntary and removed memory of the author, the visitors and the artworks themselves. Many ways of unfolding references, sources, stories and histories behind the objects have been explored. Most of the works has been commissioned for the exhibition. For example, David Bernstein presented objects inhabiting the library of de Appel arts centre and triggering stories that the artist and the librarian personally disclosed to the visitors. Ola Lanko worked on an installation that weaved nets between souvenir dolls and the prints of extinct birds from the Belgium chocolate cards collected by people in the 1930-70s. Creating a multi-verse of horizons, Lanko questioned the fragile relationship and understanding between associated identities. Participating artists, interpreters, archaeologists, scientists, historians, pilgrims, butchers and crossword experts included: David Bernstein (US), Francisco Camacho (CO), Alberto De Michele (IT), Christian Fogarolli (IT), Ola Lanko (UA), Martin La Roche (CL), Myriam Lefkowitz (FR), Charles Matton (FR), Robertas Narkus (LT), Ossip (NL).
Your Time Is Not My Time dealt with the blurred boundaries between audience and producer, exploring an expansive (or disappearing) notion of authorship. Usership arose as a novel form of behaviour in a society where public sphere and our private life are melting. Following the scheme of a play-list, Your Time Is Not My Time elaborated a custom-fit mode of cognition and perception triggered by the new use of visuality. Participating artists included: Keren Cytter (IL), Lav Diaz (PH), Benjamin Forster (AU), Andrés Galeano (ES), Riley Harmon (US), Tilman Hornig (DE), Metahaven (NL), Alexandra Navratil (CH), Sam Smith (AU), Wu Tsang (US), Bruno Zhu (PT).
To curate is to take care of art, artists and artworks with eagerness and diligence. Not because they are ill or deficient in something and therefore in need of care but because you love and respect them so much that you need to assure them the best, to take care of them just like a parent with children. For this reason it is very important for us to study and prepare to perform well this aim / work to avoid arranging exhibitions in which the name of the curator is written in large letters and the names of the artists in small letters or projects in which the views of the curator is dominant compared to the views of the participating artists. To organize an exhibition does not mean that the curator writes a screenplay and then assigned to various artists the part to play. The ideal is to create projects based on the twine of voices and different analysis.
Curator must maximize the potential of artists and artworks, helping the insiders and the general public to know and appreciate them, facilitating their relations with galleries, merchants and collectors regardless of the possibility of a financial return from such activities. The curator is someone all agents of the art field can trust and by virtue of this trust she/he has to fulfill its role with great responsibility as do the real friends from which you do not expect ever to be betrayed.