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Curatography​

Curatography​

Editorial​
Hongjohn Lin

At a time when exhibitions have already become an important part of everyday life, it is necessary to know how ideas and messages are perceived, received, and circulated through the practice of curation. Indeed we are living in a culture which has always already been taken care of in various forms of social institutions. Not only were trade fairs, the prototype of exhibitions, but salons, museums closely tied to the birth of capitalism and cultural governmentality. Today exhibitions, whether they are curated or not, are produced at a great pace. It is high time not only to examine what we have been doing as we curate exhibitions, but also to uncover curation’s history, topology, and traditions. These practices are naturalized and hidden not only in the walls of the white cube, but also inside the black box of the cultural production of everyday life…



Issue 1 Curatography
Hongjohn Lin
The past twenty years has seen a growing number of publications focusing on curating practices emerge. Within this same period of time, the installment of curatorial programs in academia as well as in biennials has increased as well. Curating is no longer seen solely as the practice of art aficionados, as art systems have resulted in curating emerging as a must-have profession within the education criterion as well. Curating has also begun to take different subjects from modern society, as long as variations of public presentations, loosely defined exhibitions, and selections of art are involved.  It goes without saying that discourses around the new subject of curating can often be heated , projecting various views with diverse applications. This article  examines the approaches of these discourses, highlighting the relationships between them so as to locate the aesthetic-political dimensions of the practice, which is becoming a part of contemporary culture.  The neologism “curatography,” etymologically meaning the writings about curating, is designated in order to show the discursive practice of curating noetic knowledge. The term is also necessary to explain the relation between speech and writing, whose interplay is not only an indispensable part of an exhibition, but also the construction of discourses in the production of knowledge.
Issue 1 Curatography
Yoann Gourmel, Elodie Royer
This is a fiction. A fiction that might begin in the following way: “Once upon a time a story known as the history of modern art…”

A fiction whose characters would be the artists, curators, art historians and collectors together with the artworks, exhibitions and institutions that have played a part in shaping that history such as we know it today. As Walter Benjamin stated in 2003: “Art is defined only within the story called art history. Artifacts shown at this exhibition are not works of art. They are rather souvenirs, selected specimens of our collective memory.”
Issue 1 Curatography
Eileen Legaspi Ramirez​
At the risk of preaching to the choir, let me offer this text as essentially a plea for counting on history in the curatorial toolkit, primarily as a wake-up call, an anti-amnesiac in post-truth times if you will, now that so many leaders and their groupies remain keen on fueling war, propping up dictatorships, and making “difference” a reason to kill and to refuse basic rights. It is indeed tragic that too many today are intent on forgetting and making up the past in the most blatantly self-serving and incongruous ways. This is sadly true in the Philippines, and across the world, where at each site the ominous occurrence of forgetting is nuanced in its own way. We need not dwell too long on the pulse points in this broadened notion of region or spatial remit—there is Hong Kong, Myanmar, Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, India, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Japan, China, and so forth.
Issue 1 Curatography
Hongjohn Lin
 
Hongjohn Lin
 
Yoann Gourmel, Elodie Royer
 
Eileen Legaspi Ramirez
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Issue 1 Curatography
Editorial /​ One Step Forward, Two Steps Backward Hongjohn Lin
What is Curatography? Hongjohn Lin
Les fleurs américaines Yoann Gourmel, Elodie Royer​
There are No Blank Slates Eileen Legaspi Ramirez​
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Issue 1 Curatography
Editorial
Hongjohn Lin
What is Curatography?
Hongjohn Lin
Les fleurs américaines
Yoann Gourmel, Elodie Royer
There are No Blank Slates
Eileen Legaspi Ramirez