Curating Radical Futures

Venue: Starr Cinema, Tate Modern, Bankside, London SE1 9TG.
Please arrive via the Café Entrance
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What does the future hold? In an age of escalating ecological, political and social crises across the world, reverberating across news and media platforms, it requires what Junot Diaz noted as ‘radical hope’ to resolve ourselves towards a future goodness that is beyond our current capacity to conceptualise what it might be. The act of curating becomes, if read in terms of the art market or globalised markets, an act of investment with a collaborative stake and culpability in our shared prospects for humanity.

This colloquium is the culmination of the research trip commissioned by Outset and Arts Council England, for 8 emerging curators selected from throughout the UK, to visit documenta14 and Skulptur Projekte in Münster. Curated by Annie Jael Kwan, the session invites leading curators, artists and thinkers to respond thoughtfully and playfully to the question of how to visualize and manifest ‘radical futures’ and thus, ‘alternative histories’, in terms of perceiving the multiple possibilities offered by artistic vision and practice.

Guest participants: Larry Achiampong (Artist), Candida Gertler OBE (Co-Founding Director, Outset), Jesse Jones (Artist), Melanie Keen (Director, Iniva), and Adriel Luis (Curator, Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center)
Participating research curators: Cairo Clarke, James Ravinet, Ying Tan, George Vasey

Image: Larry Achiampong – ‘Relic 1’, 4K Video 2017. Commissioned by PS/Y.


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