The course entails two parts. The first part
focusses on the history and theory of exhibition making and the role of the
(artist as) curator. Influential exhibitions will be analysed and discussed,
including Op Losse Schroeven, Magiciens de la Terre, Xerox
Book, Documenta, the Venice Biennial, the exhibitions of some avant-garde
movements and emerging forms such as exhibitions in virtual space. What are the
artistic, social, political and economic issues addressed in these exhibitions?
In the second part the focus lies on the
students’ individual research, which will take place in several exhibition
spaces in the academy. Students will develop their intuition and ‘spatial
thinking’ while experimenting with their works in a variety of display modes,
space typologies and presentation forms. Particular exhibition strategies and
attitudes, as well as the role of the spectator in relation to specific works,
will be discussed. In what ways may this process of analysis and reflection
affect one’s work and practice?