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WHAT COULD
SHOULD CURATING DO

I would like to start this session with question What Could/Should Curating Do

We propose this question in order to engage with practices and encourage curating to stay dynamic and responsive in the world around me, anchored in caring with.

 

We understand curatorial practice as walking with. We mean walking not as a way of getting somewhere, but walking with, as sharing time and creating space for unevenness to co-exist. When writing about walking, Canadian geographer Juanita Sundberg separates this into two steps. The first step is positioning that i believe you already did in first part, which is locating my body-knowledge in relation to the existing paths I know and walk. Sundberg defines the second step as walking with. “Walking with means ‘reciprocal respect for the autonomy and independence of organizations’ involved in the struggle; in other words, respect for the multiplicity of life worlds. Step two, then, involves learning to learn about multiplicity.”

BLOCK 2.1

An input for this task is provided by Biljana Ciric, WSCSD program initiator.

Intro

We understand curating as caring with or walking with. It doesn't only reflect curatorial work.

These prompts may help you to approach the topic:

  1. Can you define how you care through your practice? Caring with / caring for/ caring below?

  2. how does you care influence the future

  3. Whose vision of the future you are living in?

  4. What could you do?

  5. Thinking about deep time? How?

  6. What would you like to have as your legacy?​

Task

Through this exercise try to build connections of your practice of care and relationships you are entangled with. You can use your own writing format or you can use the format that we propose.

  • Make your first steps by finishing sentences "I care for/ with/ about/ beyond _______"

  • Try to think of your life but also your practice as part of your everyday through writing.

  • If writing is not your format of expression then use another format of comfort for 10 minutes.

Additional materials 

 

 

Self-feedback

  • Did the notion of ‘care’ change or unfold in an unexpected way during this exercise?

  • What appeared to be most problematic to formulate? Why?

BLOCK 2.2

Intro

  • How care is performed through the institutional structure you are entangled with?

  • What are possible practices of care through institutions?

  • What could you do within these structures?

  • How can an institution perform deep time in its practice of care?


We continue this exercise on care asking you to map some of your aspects reflected in personal writing in relation to care and the way it could be affecting larger social/political contexts.

Task

We would like to invite you to do this as a collective exercise with other peers in the program.

Below is the link to a collective Miro board. We propose you to start filling it.

  • Put main tags you came up with during individual exercise.

  • Take some time and see what others add. If the map is not empty - initially place your tags in relation to others.

  • Connect the tags, add questions and comments that occur during their juxtaposition.

 

Access collective Miro map

         

Self-feedback

  • Did the inputs of other participants open new ways for thinking/ questioning for you?

  • What were the hardest parts in mapping? What do you feel is still most problematic?

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