The Curatorial Imaginary: An Overview
On October 27, Niels Van Tomme held a class of Free Academy at PAVILION - center for contemporary art and culture.
Image: Image: Harun Farocki, Niels Van Tomme, and Trevor Paglen. Photo by Elise Gallant, October 24th, 2013.
In his class, Niels Van Tomme addressed some of the specifics of his curatorial practice, situated on the axis between academic and artistic research, institutional and independent practice, and professional and amateur interests. His projects include museum and gallery exhibitions, interventions in public space, and projects curated for the internet.
Niels Van Tomme is the appointed curator of the 7th Bucharest Biennale. He is a curator, researcher, and critic working on the intersections of contemporary culture, politics, and aesthetics. His exhibitions and public programs are shown at venues such as The Kitchen (New York), Värmlands Museum (Karlstad), National Gallery of Art (Washington, DC), Contemporary Arts Center (New Orleans), Gallery 400 (Chicago), and Akademie der Künste (Berlin). A Contributing Editor of Art Papers, he publishes internationally in journals, magazines, and exhibition catalogues. His curatorial endeavors have received grant awards from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, The Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation, Lambent Foundation, and The Nathan Cummings Foundation, as well as critical press in publications such as Afterall, Artforum, Art in America, Afterimage, and The Wall Street Journal.
Free Academy wishes to be an informational platform, a discursive alternative to the official Romanian educational system (unsatisfying), without the intent of placing it in an institutional context. Focusing on a neo-liberal way of teaching, this project would like to attain individual benefits rather than collective ones. Free Academy is a project generated by Pavilion - journal for politics and culture.
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