We are The Center for Curatorial Studies is both an exhibition and research project, a multi-year program incorporating artist projects, exhibitions, collaborations, and public and non-public programs. We are the Center for Curatorial Studies perceives curating as a series of actions leading toward the emergence of an eventual exhibition-form.
A LUNÄ Talk about social, political, and ecological (in)dependence. Material aspects are also relevant: especially in relation to cotton, they form a constant theme throughout colonial history and the power structures that dominate today’s world. LUNÄ is a copy of the original table of the Lunar Society, an 18th-century group of British industrialists, scientists, poets, and writers. They used to hold inspiring meetings – mostly during full moon.
The phrase "Why Not Ask Again" is a bid, and a query, whose ascending, joyously twisting arc embraces the maneuvers, disputations and stories that contain and encode the turbulences and transports of our time. A listener eavesdropping on deep space walks out of the pages of the recent science fiction novel written in Chinese, The Three Body Problem by Liu Cixin. A wanderer steps out into the deep time of eternity and the straight path of a police bullet in the terminal sequence of the picaresque Bengali film Jukti, Takko aar Gappo (Reason, Debate and a Story) from 1974 by Ritwik Ghatak. They embody the spirit of a mobile triangulation between reason, intuition and the fabulous that the Biennale seeks to discover, transmit, and learn from. Chief curators - Raqs Media Collective.
In 2017, Artefact looks at the Act of Magic. From poetry to strategy, from magical object to obscure systems, from harmless distraction to manipulation: the artists in The Act of Magic investigate what enchants us today. With: Troika, Verena Friedrich, Jens Brand, Eric Arnal Burtschy, Marjolijn Dijkman, Suzanne Treister, Centre for Tactical Magic, Shana Moulton, Melanie Bonajo, Tim Etchells, Jonathan Allen, Hollington & Kyprianou, Liz Magic Laser, Goldin+Senneby, Femke Herregraven, Tobias Revell, RYBN.org, and BCL.
Even though when we look into outer space, what we see are light sources, carriers of traces from the past, we associate outer space with the future. This projection screen of human destiny has evolved into the ambition to conquer and colonise cosmic space, escaping the possible disastrous developments on Earth. For many ‘visionaries’ the only way for humankind to survive is to expand human territories to the Universe.