The Curatorial Thing
August 22nd-29th, 2019

organized by Line Ellegaard and Paola Paleari
for SixtyEight Art Institute, Copenhagen

The Curatorial Thing is an intensive summer program initiated in 2017 by SixtyEight Art Institute in Copenhagen with the aim of discussing curatorial methodologies and exhibition-making. The program is comprised of two strands: a series of closed workshops and field visits for 12 participants selected through an Open Call process, and a series of talks and events open to the public.

Using the Nordic notion of a ‘thing’ – an old Nordic concept for a meeting place, an assembly of the community, or what can be defined as the precursor of the modern term ‘parliament’ – The Curatorial Thing annually invites a range of Nordic-based and international speakers to address the various potentials opened by the concept and the practice of “curating”.

The programme is constructed around a new theme each year that serves as a framework for different reflections on aesthetic and political potentials in art; the exhibition as a social, affective or discursive situation; and new pedagogical possibilities in artistic and curatorial practices.

The thematic frame that Line Ellegaard and I defined for the 2019 edition of The Curatorial Thing was “Communities of Practice in Precarious Times“.

The public talk program saw the participation of writer and artist duo Gustafsson & Haapoja, critical theorist Gene Ray, curator Ximena Moreno, curator Nina Möntmann, and a launch of Bergen/Copenhagen Papers issue no.2.
The talks took place at Union (VerdensKulturCentret), Copenhagen N.

The workshops were held by Arts of the Working Class/Paul Sochacki, Katarina Stenbeck, Giovanna Esposito Yussif and Inês Geraldes Cardoso. The program included field visits at Kunstscenen and meter.
The workshops were kindly hosted by the Danish Arts Workshops.