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Ruth Noack

Thinking with works of art
30 July–8 August 2018

Lily, Ruth Noack
photo: Ruth Noack


Hohensalzburg Fortress

English (primary) and German

What to bring
An alert mind

No requirements, but own curatorial practice helpful

Maximum number of participants

Grace Samboh

Participation fee
€ 600,– (€ 470,–)

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.

A website with more information was produced in this course. Have a look here:
Ruth Noack, born in Heidelberg (DE) in 1964, trained as a visual artist and art historian; she has worked as author, art critic, university lecturer and exhibition-maker since the 1990s. Noack was curator of documenta 12 (2007). Head of the Curating Contemporary Art Programme, Royal College of Art, London (2012–13), she acted as Research Leader for the EU project MeLa – European Museums in an age of migrations. Noack was Šaloun professor at the Academy of Fine Arts, Prague (2013–14) and directed the Gwangju Biennale International Curator Course in 2014. Since 2015 she has been responsible for one of the DAI Roaming Academy trajectories.

2018 Sleeping with a Vengeance − Dreaming of a Life. DAI, Athens. 2015 Notes on Crisis, Currency and Consumption, curated by_Vienna 2015, Galerie Raum mit Licht, Vienna. 2012 Not Dressed for Conquering – Ines Doujak’s Loomshuttles/Warpaths, Royal College of Art, London. 2007 documenta 12, Kassel (DE). 2003–05 The Government (curated with Roger M. Buergel), Kunstraum der Universität Lüneburg, MACBA-Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (ES), Witte de With, Rotterdam (NL), MAC, Miami (US), Secession, Vienna. 2000 Things We Don’t Understand (curated with Roger M.Buergel), Generali Foundation, Vienna. 1995 Scenes of a Theory (curated with Roger M.Buergel), Depot, Vienna.

Ruth Noack: Sanja Ivekovic: Triangle, One Work Series, Afterall Books, London 2013
Ruth Noack (ed.): Agency, Ambivalence, Analysis. Approaching the Museum with Migration in Mind, Politecnico di Milano, Milan 2013.

Portrait photo Ruth Noack