While the annual IKT Congress had to be postponed due to the pandemic, IKT resolved to organize a virtual gathering to connect with its members and the public at large during these challenging times.
hosted by Marta Herford
Over a period of 3 hours each day, we will hear from a diverse group of IKT members who will share their stories, experiences and best practices developed over the past few months; as well as from keynote speakers and panelists exploring sustainable practices in our collective curatorial endeavors.
Saturday, October 17, 2020,
Sunday, October 18, 2020,
The IKT 2020 Virtual Meeting is free and open to IKT members as well as to the general public, however mandatory registration is required. Click here to register.
Sponsored by Kultursekretariat NRW Gütersloh and Bezirksregierung Detmold
1st day, Saturday, 17.10.2020
15:00: Welcome and introduction
15:15: It’s showtime from Marta Herford
15:20: A global outlook: stories from curators around the world with Eugenio Viola (Bogotá, Colombia), Julien Robson (Louisville, Kentucky, USA), Rahraw Omarzad (Kabul, Afghanistan), Juraj Čarný (Bratislava, Slovakia), O’Neil Lawrence (Kingston, Jamaica), René Morales (Miami, FL, USA), Paula Toppila (Helsinki, Finland), Biljana Ćirić (Melbourne, Australia), Maayan Sheleff (Tel Aviv, Israel), Marina Reyes Franco (San Juan, Puerto Rico) and Nahela Hechavarría Pouymiró (Havana, Cuba)
16:30: Sessions: talking with the world (discussions in several chat rooms)
17:00: Consequence Paralysis, a lecture by German author and journalist Till Briegleb
17:30: Q & A with Till Briegleb and the audience
17:50: Summary and outlook
18:00: End of the first day
2nd day, Sunday, 18.10.2020
15:00: Welcome and introduction
15:10: Tools for sustainable curating: panel discussion with Thomas Oberender (Director of Berliner Festspiele), Lucia Pietroiusti (Curator of General Ecology at the Serpentine Galleries) and Farid Rakun (part of the collective ruangrupa, which will serve as artistic director for documenta 15), moderated by Ombretta Agró (Executive Director of ARTSail Residency and Research Initiative)
16:00: Q & A with panelists and the audience
16:20: Intimate discussions facilitated by IKT members in working groups with Michele Fiedler on “The role of museums in the post-pandemic time”, Bayardo Blandino on “Creative funding through international collaborations: a case study in Honduras”, Neringa Bumbliene on “Adapting to the Corona times: Artist-Less Exhibitions, Digital Tours, and More”, Vanina Saracino on “Independent curating in times of isolation: creative evolution and survival strategies” and more!
17:00: Presentation of the outcomes of the working groups
17:30: Ask the curator: how much are we willing to change?
18:00: End of meeting
What is the IKT?
More than 700 curators from all over the world are today part of the IKT network (International Association of Curators of Contemporary Art, www.ikt-site.org). It was founded in 1973 in Germany by, among others, Harald Szeemann, Eberhard Roters and Eddy de Wilde (at the time under the name of “Internationaler Kuratoren-Tag” – IKT). Once every year this association meets in a different country for the IKT congress including an accompanying program of visits. The congress is organized by the office in collaboration with local partners. Stops up to now have included Brussels 2016, Oslo 2017, Danzig 2018 and Miami 2019. For the year 2020, the Kunsthalle Osnabrück, the Marta Herford and the art association “hase29” in Osnabrück were successful with their joint application “Westphalia 2020”. Unfortunately, the congress had to be postponed due to the current pandemic. Instead IKT organized a virtual meeting.