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Ruth Noack

Thinking with works of art
17.07.2017 – 29.07.2017

  • documenta 12, Kassel, 2007, Photo: © documenta Archiv / Julia Zimmermann
    Medium/Media: Exhibition
    Location: Festung Hohensalzburg

    Languages: English (primary) and German
    What to bring: An alert mind
    Requirements: No requirements, but own curatorial practice helpful
    Maximum number of participants: 18
    Co-teacher: Grace Samboh
    Participation fee: € 700.– (€ 540.–)


    Today's globalised art world has replaced all the hard questions with smart curatorial practices that claim to deal with the intricacies of power relations, while shifting goods from one continent to another. It is time to start asking what might resist this transnational trading of objects, people and networks. The workshop will address the potential of form to resist. This potential, however, is not to be equalled with resistance per se. Any form might be only provisionally non-transmittable. Much depends on the context in which – and methods with which – a form is meant to be transmitted – or not. Does this mean that non-transmittability has to be actively sought out, imbued with agency and introduced into our fantasies, if it is to become resistant? Or is it one of those phenomena that show their resistance by confounding anti-essentialism and thus, ultimately, defying the idea of the human subject in control?

    Starting from this question, participants will be encouraged as teams or individually to develop exhibition concepts, going through the steps of discussion, research, proposal and making. The aim of the workshop is not necessarily to end up with actual exhibitions, but to learn from the process of making how we might understand curatorial engagement with works of art as a process of thinking through an issue.