I think my advice would probably not change very much; it is to look and look and look, and then to look again, because nothing replaces looking...
Gilbert and George
Since Roman antiquity the curator has assumed an administrative and organisational role. Only in the 19th century, in the Victorian age of natural history and collection, is curation introduced into the realm of exhibition. The result is a profession that distinguishes itself through careful appreciation and precise selection, rather than just collection and safekeeping. It requires a talent for foresight and the ability to formulate new contexts by combining existing ideals. This leads to an entirely new form of art production; the modern curator’s task becomes one less involved in mediation, but an active part in creation.
The information age has exceeded the museological context of curating. We no longer need to rely on hierarchical structures to collect information, but depend on medial filters to cope with a continuous flood of knowledge: curated data, tailored to our interests. We establish new interrelationships on a daily basis, share them on social networks and publish them on blogs. Digital medias are malleable and interchangeable and have become an integral part of our semiotics. What curators practice on the art market we have translated into our everyday lives.
trans 27 investigates the significance of curation in the architectural creative process. If our environment has become exclusively curated, we wonder who the personalities are behind this exhibition, and what ideals they represent. Can architecture itself be selective and thus curatorial?
We are looking for positions and theses, diverse in form. These can range from documentaries, personal essays, pamphlets and papers, to graphic, photographic or hybrid contributions. We are primarily interested in a brief description of your proposal, the abstracts of which should be sent to us via email by the 13th March. The completed paper should be submitted by the 15th May.
trans27 will be available in bookstores from September 2015.