Curating After the Global: Roadmaps for the present

This symposium is organized by LUMA Foundation with Paul O’Neill and Tom Eccles (CCS Bard), in partnership with: Kjell Caminha, Andrea Phillips, Mick Wilson (Valand Academy of Arts, University of Gothenburg); Charles Esche, Alison Green, Lucy Steeds (Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London); Simon Sheikh, (Department of Art, Goldsmiths, University of London); Niels Van Tomme, Guus van Engelshoven (De Appel, Amsterdam); Mélanie Bouteloup (Villa Vassilieff and Bétonsalon, Paris); and Lotte Arndt (École supérieure d’art et design Valence).

Grande Halle
Parc des Ateliers
LUMA Arles
Arles, France
September 14 – 16, 2017

Conference is free and open to the public.  Pre-registration is required, you can do so at:

Confirmed participants include: Antariksa, Lotte Arndt, Marwa Arsanios, Athena Athanasiou, María Berríos, Mélanie Bouteloup, Ntone Edjabe, Guus van Engelshoven, Charles Esche, Liam Gillick, Alison Green, Céline Kopp, Prem Krishnamurthy, franck leibovici, Emmanuelle Lainé, Nkule Mabaso, Qalandar Bux Memon, Morad Montazami, Tone Olaf Nielsen, Paul-Emmanuel Odin, Paul O’Neill, Andrea Phillips, Vijay Prashad, Kristin Ross, Rasha Salti, Sumesh Sharma, Simon Sheikh, Joshua Simon, Emily Smith, Hajnalka Somogyi, Lucy Steeds, Niels Van Tomme, Françoise Vergès, Mick Wilson, and others. With an installation by Emmanuelle Lainé.

Since 2014, the LUMA Foundation has partnered with the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College (CCS Bard)—an internationally recognized research center established in 1990 and dedicated to the study of art and exhibition practices from the 1960s to the present day— to present a series of conferences examining questions of aesthetic and cultural production.

Following on from the success of How Institutions Think (LUMA, Arles, 2016), and The Future Curatorial What Not and the Study What? Conundrum (CCS Bard, 2014), the LUMA Foundation will host this third symposium in the series, which extends our questioning of the dynamic relations between curatorial education, research, practice, and their institutions. Curating after the Global aims to address curating with respect to questions of locality; geopolitical change; the reassertion of nation states; and violent diminishing of citizen and denizen rights across the globe.

It has become commonplace to talk of a globalized artworld, with specific circulations of discourses, commodities, and individuals, and even to speak of contemporary art as a driver of globalization. This universalization of what art is, or can be, is often presumed to be claimed at the cost of local traditions and any sense of locality and embeddedness. But what exactly does it mean to be global, or to be local in the context of artistic, curatorial, and theoretical knowledge and practice? 

These issues will be discussed in three ways that together seek to create a roadmap of our actuality:

  •  The first full day will look at ‘options’, in which routes for future globalisms are mapped out.
  • The second day will turn to a consideration of the ‘road blocks’ in the form of new physical, economic, and psychic nationalisms, and the apparent lack of alternative forms of international solidarity, specifically within the arts and as exemplified in some prominent curatorial practices.
  • The third day will examine ‘pathways’ for curating and instituting posited after the global, that is after the historical emergence and possible demise of a particular globalism.

Curating after the Global: Roadmaps for the Present will comprise presentations, dialogues, and panel discussions. Each day will begin with a Working Group session facilitated by the symposium team exploring the main theme of each day.

Videos will be made available here on our website after the symposium, along with a follow-up publication to be released in 2018. For more information, including attending the conference please email or call 845.758.7598.


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