We organize, through the ECCA project – European Centre for Contemporary Art, together with the Art Encounters Foundation (Timişoara), the Autumn School of Curating, aiming to give young curators access to an international platform for dialogue and learning. The partnership developed by the two organizations dedicated to contemporary art proposes a collaborative model that will develop and strengthen an active professional network in the sphere of contemporary culture in Cluj and Timişoara.

The special guests of the Curatorial School will be: Carlos Amorales (MX), Zheng Bo (CN), Ibrahim Nehme (LB), Heba Y Amin (AE), Tara Lasrado (AU / IN / CH), Joanna Warsza (PL / DE). 

ECCA – The European Centre for Contemporary Art Cluj-Napoca and the Art Encounters Foundation in Timișoara have launched an open call for the second edition of the Autumn Curatorial School, which will take place online from 20 to 30 November 2020.

The «NEW NOW» Autumn School of Curating is an engaging ten-day online seminar led by curator Adrian Notz, aiming to give young curators access to an international platform for dialogue, knowledge exchange and learning. Over the course of ten days, the participants will engage in conversation with artists and curators from around the world, who will offer insights on past and present best practices and share methods of presenting and communicating ideas and research topics, as well as possible solutions to problems faced by the art world today, hoping to answer a simple yet urgent question: Where and how can we / art engage?

The courses will tackle the disputed topics that drive contemporary discourse in art, activism and beyond, and attempt to offer a starting point for building a strategy and a vision on what is to be done now and in the future.

«NEW NOW» is the naïve and romantic idea of creating a collective movement full of pathos, aimed at addressing the urgent topics of society nowadays, which is longing for an intimate and gentle healing of individual personalities, but also of our social being as such.

TARGET PARTICIPANTS: 

Young professionals in the area of curatorship and art critics, with a minimum of 3 years experience in the field. The autumn curatorial school «NEW NOW» is free and open to international candidates. The courses will be held in English. Participants are required to be available throughout the entire school schedule.

DEADLINE:

23 October 2020 – Selected participants will be announced on 2 November 2020

REGISTERING

Applicants can register on the ECCA website, based on a form and the required documents: https://ecca.ro/future-events/the-autumn-school-of-curating-2/

Adrian Notz (b. 1977 in Zurich) is a freelance curator, curator at the Tichy Ocean Foundation, King of Elgaland-Vargaland and Chevalier de la Tombe de Bakunin. From 2012-2019 he was Director of Cabaret Voltaire in Zurich. He worked there first as a curatorial assistant from 2004 and from 2006 to 2012 as Co-director. From 2010 to 2015 he was Head of the Department for Fine Arts at the School of Design in St. Gallen. Since 2007, Notz has been a diplomat of NSK State and from 2008-2018 he was Ambassador of the Kingdoms of Elgaland-Vargaland for Zurich. Notz has organized numerous exhibitions, events and actions with international artists, activists and thinkers. He is currently researching a personal theory he calls «End of Future», fed by his nostalgic approach to the avant-garde.

Art Encounters Foundation is an independent cultural initiative, founded in 2015, oriented towards supporting the contemporary art scene in Romania. The Foundation’s activities follow three main directions: organizing the Art Encounters Biennial and the permanent exhibitions program, fostering education and audience development through public programs and developing a solid series of artistic and curatorial residencies.

ECCA is the future European Centre for Contemporary Art in Cluj-Napoca, dedicated to researching and promoting artistic processes and works in the fields of visual arts, performing arts and media arts. The project commits to accompany all segments of the public in a journey dedicated to critically exploring and actively involving contemporary art practice as a model of knowledge production. ECCA is part of Cluj Cultural Center, a non-governmental organization for culture and sustainable development, which believes that culture makes cities present and human. Their mission is to mobilize culture for social transformation and sustainable development.

For any questions related to the program, you can contact the organizers at: school.curating@gmail.com 

You can learn more about the previous edition of the Autumn Curatorial School here for Cluj: http://revistaarta.ro/ro/making-conversation-pieces-scoala-curatoriala-de-toamna-1/ and about Timișoara: https://revistaarta.ro/ro/making-conversation-pieces-scoala-curatoriala-de-toamna-2/