While a discussion of the curator’s role arose in part from the need to define the naturalized and, consequently, invisible influence of exhibition organisers, the definition of curator has meanwhile become inflationary and imprecise. Furthermore, the myth of the “independent curator” conceals the difficult position of countless university and curator programme graduates, who must juggle between financial and conceptual constraints. Parallel to the image of the artist, the ideal curator is hereby conceived to be a highly intelligent and vastly flexible individual, who is prepared both to relocate at any moment and to assume personal responsibility for uprooting his- or herself, while still maintaining a sociable profile within the ‘art family’ at art fairs and Biennales. When it comes to taking so-called “personal responsibility,” artists and curators are exemplary, serving as future role models for a societal agenda that demands ever more of creative players whilst giving them less and less in return.
Curators can counter such false perceptions by continuing to address certain issues, institutions and museums. Their significance lies in their potential as facilitators, interpreters and communicators of art. This demands an on-going preoccupation with the particularity of each artistic position and the endeavour to communicate it. Art associations and smaller institutions offer a particularly suitable platform in this regard, because production, presentation and reception are able to evolve in close proximity to one another. The situation of the recipient before a work of art, and the perturbation, insight or beauty that the latter evokes has yet to be surpassed.
- Aspects of contemporary East European art (exhibitions: Wilhelm Sasnal, Pawel Althamer, “Die Aufgabe der Zeit (The purpose of time)” (IRWIN, Deimantas Narkevicius, Igor Savchenko, Ene-Liis Semper, Artur Zmijewski), “SFX-Publicznosc” (with Roman Dziadkiewicz))
- The relationship between different forms of art and social conditions (exhibitions: “formal social,” “Housing,” “STREIK,” “Demokratie üben (practice democracy)” “Einmal Empire und zurück (To the empire and back)”
Carina Plath (2007)