Lecture Spaces Of The Curatorial

Mark Nash: Curating the Moving Image, book cover design edit Mark Nash/ Duke University Press Books

Wed, 15.05.2024

7:00 PM

Goethe-Institut London

Conversation by Ute Meta Bauer and Mark Nash, moderated by Ines Weizman

We are delighted to host Spaces Of The Curatorial, a conversation by Ute Meta Bauer and Mark Nash, moderated by Ines Weizman. 

The moving image has become one of the most important tools for social and aesthetic exchange, and that this dynamic has taken center stage within the art world and contemporary curatorial practice.

Mark Nash’s recent publication Curating the Moving Image, is a collection of his curatorial writings for over the last decade or so, and has three thematic foci: Theatrical fields, on question of exhibition staging; Back to the Future - exhibitions exploring the legacy of actually existing socialism; and China as Method on the recent curatorial shift to Asia.

Nash is joined by Ute Meta Bauer, curator of the current Diriyah Contemporary Art Biennale and Founding Director of the Center for Curatorial Art, Singapore, whose latest publication is Joan Jonas Moving Off the Land, and Ines Weizman, Head of Architectural research at the RCA to discuss curating and exhibition making as an affective, artistic and architectural practice.

Their discussion will focus on the curated exhibition as a form of theatrical display, mediating between languages of architecture and choreography. They will also discuss the culture wars which have upended exhibition practice since the controversies of Documenta 15.

Ute Meta Bauer (b. Stuttgart, Germany) is Founding Director of Nanyang Technological University (NTU) Centre for Contemporary Art (CCA) in Singapore. Bauer is also Professor of Art at NTU’s School of Art, Media, and Design. She was previously Associate Professor and the Director of the Program in Art, Culture, and Technology at MIT’s School of Architecture and Planning, where she had served as Director of the MIT Visual Arts Program from 2005-09. From 1996-2006, Bauer held an appointment at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna as a professor of theory and practice of contemporary art. Educated as an artist for more than two decades Bauer has worked as a curator of exhibitions and presentations on contemporary art, film, video, and sound, with a focus on transdisciplinary formats. She was a co-curator of Documenta 11 (2001/2002) in the team of Okwui Enwezor, has been the artistic director of the 3rd Berlin Biennial (2004) and in 2005 curated the Mobile_Transborder Archive for InSite05, Tijuana /San Diego. Bauer served as a curator for the 17th Istanbul Biennial in 2022 and the the current Diriyah Contemporary Art Biennale.

Ines Weizman (b. Leipzig, Germany) Ines Weizman is the Head of PhD Programme at the School of Architecture, Royal College of Art in London. Since 2022 she is also Professor of Architectural Theory and Design at the Academy of Fine Arts, Institute for Art and Architecture in Vienna. She is the founding director of the Centre for Documentary Architecture (CDA), an interdisciplinary research collective of architectural historians, filmmakers, and digital technologists. Among her most recent publications are Dust&Data: Traces of the Bauhaus across 100 Years (2019), Documentary Architecture/ Dissidence through Architecture (2020). In 2023 she was the commissioner of the Lithuanian Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale. At the same Biennale, she presented an installation titled ‘“Of All the Gin Joints in All the Towns in All the World ...”: Joséphine Baker and Modern Architecture across the Colonised Arab World’, which was also shown in Diriyah Contemporary Art Biennial, curated by Ute Meta Bauer. Her new book Joséphine Baker across the Colonial Modern will be published by Sternberg Press, London in 2024.

Mark Nash is an independent curator and writer, and a professor at the University of California, Santa Cruz since 2018. Previously, he was Head of the Curating Contemporary Art department at the Royal College of Art, London, where he established Inspire, the first positive action curating course in the UK.

In cooperation with the School of Architecture, Royal College of Art.