Seminar II - Hyejung Jang
Curator's Attitude and Methodology 2 – Devising and Implementing Ideas to Hold an Exhibition
While participating in the previous two seminars, I brought up an image of things that flicker sequentially. Looking at someone’s directories and lists was similar to observing a light bulb going on in a person’s brain. I again realized how interesting that a curator, who is also a creator, selectively defines their role and scope by the level of engagement in a project. This means that the curator requires romantic thoughts, cool-headed judgment, or an ambivalent stance depending on the circumstances. In the process of holding an exhibition (or all other “activities of being together”), which is created through give-and-take interactions based on the relationship between something and someone, reciprocal respect and affection are crucial elements. How such acts are performed in the process requires a rethink. I think the key to maintaining long-term companionship and making rational decisions is to put oneself in the shoes of a taker to understand and deal with what is truly necessary to them.
– Miji Lee (DCW 2022)
One of the more difficult things when curating an exhibition is conducting close communication with the figures involved like artists, as well as maintaining relationships with them. Sometimes the curator, artists, and designers are on the same page when it comes to the exhibition’s purpose, while conflicts of opinion are inevitable when each of them pursues different directions. I believe the curator should decide the direction to move toward by dealing with relationships between the others involved and issues arising in and out of the exhibition.
In addition, a curator’s duties vary according to a project’s circumstances and type.: for example, whether the exhibition/project is curated independently or collaboratively, whether it includes new works of participating artists, and whether the event is curated as part of a project hosted by sponsors or foundations. The seminar allowed me to realize again that what drives us to curate a new exhibition is that curation enables us to learn about relationships through various projects and to attempt to deliver appropriate messages that can be expressed through art in our society in diverse ways in an exhibition.
– Min Ah Lee (DCW 2022)
Creating an exhibition or a project requires a lot of labor. We sometimes need to imagine artworks and space that do not yet exist and must keep striving to devise new plans to turn imagined scenes into reality. I regard curation as a creative work that combines various movements, ranging from administrative tasks to attracting people and learning good communication skills, into a dance. As the choreographer of this dance, the curator must cooperate with participants in an exhibition in various ways, such as curating an exhibition jointly, collaboratively, or independently, and to hold the appropriate curating attitude according to exhibition type such as solo, group, or sponsored. The most important thing to bear in mind is that since curation is a work to create the yet-to-exist scenes under the various types of exhibitions, a curator must be open to flexibility and communication depending on the situation.
– Minjoo Lee (DCW 2022)