How can curators be involved in world building? Drawing from concepts like care and repair as well as planetary consciousness––as developed by Achille Mbembe as »an ethics for a common custodianship of the Earth, continuing life for everyone and everything«––Keng Sen Ong will ponder the question: Is it possible for art to create, rather than exploit, worlds? A lecture about what an expanded definition of curation can look like: A form of curation that sustains practices of care, creates a multiplicity of »local worlds« instead of a pre-pandemic »global international«, and critically engages with the internet. The expanded curator is doing pioneering work, situated in curatorial collectives, and focused on diasporic, transcultural, and inclusive activations of diverse communities.
Curating and World-Building kicks off The Curator’s Suitcase, a three-week program of lectures, performances, workshops, screenings, games, and conversations, will be the frame for seven curators who have three days each to unpack their own strategies of resistance and share the contexts of their work.
The Curator’s Suitcase is part of The Young Curators Academy which welcomes intersectional makers––artists, thinkers, writers, program producers, curators––who are developing new forms of authorship.