Open Lecture: On critical curatorial practice in public space
We are pleased to announce that Trude Schjelderup-Iversen, senior curator in KORO Public Art Norway, will give a lecture on curatorial practice in public space.
Place: Medielab, undervisningsrom 1 (ask the reception), Oslo National Academy of the Arts, Fossveien 24.
Focusing on rethinking the mental and physical space for organic, collaborative practices in art and public space, and questioning established forms for production of art in public buildings or public space in general, Schjelderup-Iversen has as a senior curator in KORO Public Art Norway, initiated and conducted new curatorial working methods. She initiated the platform Critical Issues in Public Art a lecture series that examines conditions that apply to art in the public realm. Since 2011 Trude Schjelderup-Iversen has worked on developing the discourse around and understanding of a critical curatorial practice in art in public space. In 2018 Trude Schjelderup-Iversen was in charge of KOROs first curatorial study Curatorial Practice + Public Art, a yearlong intensive program co-produced with artist and Professor Suzanne Lacy at Roski School of Art and Design, University of Southern California.
Trude Schjelderup-Iversen is invited by Art and Public Space.
I began my curatorial practice within an artist run institution in Oslo, UKS (Young Artists Society), when I became the director in 2001, fresh out of Philosophy and Art Theory “hovedfag”-studies and activists’ practice. The years 2001-2005 at UKS consisted of analyzing and collaborating with artists on what formats could be interesting for the institution at the time, collaborating with Nifca (Nordic Institute for Contemporary Art) and OCA (Office for Contemporary Art) on different platforms and collaboration models. I worked on relocating the institution to the east center of the city in premises that tripled the space but also put us in contact with a new audience.
The former director at Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, Maria Lind invited me to be the curatorial resident at CCS Bard College 2008-2009 where I also taught contemporary art theory (to first year MA students). While pursuing my PHD on “Art institutional desires after institutional critique”, I continued to work on the questions on Art / Society, and as a consequence became increasingly interested in working with art in public space. Since 2011 I have worked on developing the discourse around and understanding of a critical curatorial practice in art in public space. Through my own curatorial productions, but also through the initiated lecture series Critical Issues in Public Art. The series explores the current problematics and conditions for art in public space and invites leading figures within the field to lecture, such as Hans Haacke, Eirin Støen, Magdalena Malm, Goksøyr/Martens, Camille Norment, Grant Kester, Nato Thompson, Apolonija Šušteršič, Oslo Pilot by Eva Gonzales-Sancho og Per Gunnar Eeg-Tverbakk, Suzanne Lacy, Maria Lind, Andrea Phillips, Mary Jane Jacob, Jasmina Cibic, Mechtild Widrich, Paul O`Neill, Per Gunnar Eeg-Tverbakk, Knut Åsdam, Thomas Hirschhorn, Rosalyn Deutsche, Marianne Heier and Claire Doherty.
It is interesting for me to explore the curatorial discourse outside of the exhibition format, and to contribute to the recognition of this art practice (with its many names: new genre public art, social practice, participatory art, etc) within contemporary art history and its important relation to social history. In this process I have worked with different formats to increase the development of a world-wide collegial network for conversation, collaborations, and possible co-productions and in general the development of the curatorial discourse and visibility of the practice of curators and histories of curatorial practice. In 2018 I was in charge of KOROs firs curatorial study Curatorial Practice + Public Art, a yearlong intensive program co-produced with artist and Professor Suzanne Lacy at Roski School of Art and Design, University of Southern California. Contributors in Curatorial Practice + Public Art where among others Lucy Lippard, Rick Lowe, Tania Bruguera, Grant Kester, Judy Baca, Lauren Bon, Dominic Willsdon, Tania Bruguera, Lucia Sanroman, Andrea Bowers, Kenyatta Hinkle, Bill Kelley Jr, and Rigo 23.