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Itinerary 2: Scenarios of Mediation

ITINERARY 2: SCENARIOS FOR MEDIATION

Crossovers between creative, curatorial and educational processes

To what extent does the effectiveness of an art proposal depend on its corresponding process of mediation? To what extent can cultural mediation also be considered an experimental, creative practice?

Curating and education, like all mechanisms for cultural management and mediation, nowadays have to be conceived as active elements for obtaining innovative environments. While from the perspective of modern formalism art tended to be considered an autonomous device, today the communicatory and transformative effectiveness of art is no longer believed be possible if it doesn´t also influence, albeit anticipating, mechanisms of mediation. One of the challenges of contemporary art is therefore to rethink questions such as curating and education from an experimental perspective, as processes that actually generate the processes of dialogue and hybridisation necessary for cultural innovation.

The second itinerary of the Study Programme at *DESK 2012-2013 (more information abouth the complete programme here) proposes 2 workshops, 9 seminar sessions with invited agents and 11 laboratory sessions, for the tutored production of projects. Aside from the possibility of participating in the whole itinerary, it is also possible to participate separately in each one of the workshops and programmed seminars and laboratory sessions.

The itinerary will therefore establish environment in which to consider the different proposals that are currently arising within curatorial, education and creative practices, and also the processes of exchange that arise between these areas and the implications they have on cultural policies, collaborative working practices, institutional critique and the production of new cultural hybrids.

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Dates: 5 February – 11 April 2013

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Workshops:

Crossovers and frictions between curating and education

Workshop with Javier Rodrigo and Aida Sánchez de Serdio

Tuesday 26 February to 1 March in 2013, fromx 16h to 20h

More information for this workshop here

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Did Somebody Say Curating, Again? Recent Turns in Curatorial Practice

Workshop with Paul O’Neill

Tuesday 2 April to Friday 5 April 2013, form 15 to 20h

More information for this workshop here-

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Seminars and laboratory sessions: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, from 16.30 to 20.30h.

More information for seminars and laboratory sessions here-

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Price of the itinerary: 780 €.

Please consult the different itineraries within the Barcelona Study Programme of A*DESK 2012-2013 to obtain discounts.

The Itinerary 2 forms part of the Barcelona Study Programme of A*DESK 2012-2013, that aims to establish an environment for continuous learning, for students and professionals, where questions relating to contemporary creation, cultural mediation –curating and education – and artistic research are reconsidered. The programme extends through until June 2013 and includes the realization of seminars, laboratories and workshops delivered by recognised professionals within different creative fields.

For more information, to reserve a place or matriculate, write to contact@a-desk.org

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Image: Herbert Bayer, Inclusive picture of all possibilities. Publicat a: Fundamentals of Exhibition Design. 1937.

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