Curatorship with visiting scholar (compulsory)

Manuel Segade has proposed a workshop that will deal with:
a) affect and curatorial work – how we construct curatorial and artistic labour from an emotional scene in the field of contemporary art
b) curatorial gestures – how the curatorial presence and body informs our practices
c) display – as related to the subjects of The Infinite Species project, a visual essay on the unwritten rules and genealogy of display, as found in natural history and anatomy museums of the nineteenth century.
The three subjects are intertwined and will work together as a corpus of theory on new curatorial approaches. The workshop will culminate in a public event.

Conservation May 26-30, 2014 (compulsory)

Conveners: Hayden Proud and Angela Zehnder
Curators need to work closely with professional specialist conservators and to internalize and apply the basic principles of preventive conservation in their ongoing practice. The management, care, storage and handling of objects and works of art is as much a curatorial responsibility as the act of curating itself. In a museum context curators have to interface with collection managers and registrars as well as conservators. Together they form the core team that makes the realization of any exhibition possible. This workshop will enable and enrich your awareness of the various processes and interventions carried out by conservators of different kinds. Of fundamental importance is to increase your broad knowledge of preventive conservation as a basis. You will be engaging with professional conservators of paintings (both portable and mural), paper, photography and ethnographic material.

When Oceans Meet: a workshop in curating the projected image and queer theory (optional)

Proposed by: Nancy Dantas
This workshop makes use of the When Oceans Meet exhibition which obliquely refers to the archives of two ongoing pageants in Cape Town’s community – the Miss Gay Western Cape and Spring Queen pageants – to introduce the wider discussion of labour, gender and queer theory into the discursive playing field of the Honours in Curatorship programme. Students enrolled in this workshop should attend two lectures on dates to be advised (‘White Cube, Black Box and the Space-in-Between’ and ‘Queer Affiliations’ on queer genealogies and archives), as well as related group readings of texts on curating the moving image and the death of Brandon Teena, a young transgender man who was brutally murdered in small-town Nebraska. Whenever possible, students will be given the opportunity to interview artists featured in the programme and will be expected to take on the role of exhibition facilitator.

The order of things: a workshop on taxonomy (optional)

Proposed by: Nina Liebenberg
Investigating ideas and systems of display, archiving, classification, storage and curatorship, this workshop aims to familiarise students with the concerns of exhibition making with a focus on taxonomy as a tool to engage with collections on a creative and critical level. Through the reappraisal of traditional methods, students will be encouraged to use alternative devices of appropriation, mimicking and reinterpretation to renegotiate meaning.

The workshop will facilitate discussion around various topics which include: a historical overview into the nature of collecting – from the Wunderkammer to contemporary artists using the museum as medium; the digital archive and its potential as curatorial device for cross-pollination, information and re-curating existing collections; artists’ discussions of their work; the politics of renegotiating old systems of classification in relation to a medical collection; the shifting process of classifying the natural world; and the taxonomy of metaphor in relation to museums of fiction.

Between Subject and Object: human remains at the interface of art and science (optional)

workshopThis workshop seeks to draw out further discussion on the exhibition, Between Subject and Object, curated by Josephine Higgins, Kathryn Smith and Penny Siopis.
The workshop will begin with a presentation by Kathryn Smith, drawing out similarities and differences between photographs, illustrations and objects of scientific and cultural interest. The presentation places emphasis on the roles of context and accompanying information with such representations. Following this, the three curators will lead the students on a walkabout of the exhibition itself, discussing individual pieces as well as broader curatorial concerns. The nature of this walkabout will be inherently conversational, encouraging the students’ interaction.
Finally, Dr Gemma Angel (Liverpool University, UK), will skype in with the students to discuss her PhD research on the tattoo collection of the Welcome Collection, London. Angel’s research coheres around themes of memory, tactility and the affective force of human remains.
Review of Between Subject and Object