September 14, 2023

Lecture and Discussions
Urban/Curating as an advanced practice engaged with context
Guest: Inês  Moreira

Economic rupture, financial pressure, political tension, even climate and ecosystem change, accelerate the dismantlement of physical and social realities, into unstable sites of, sometimes, unwanted co-inhabitation. During the seminar we will focus on urban spaces, post-industrial zones and other man-made territories as sites daring for altered curatorial and artistic intervention and we will address urban/curating as a set of critical experimental practices occurring outside of cultural and museological institutions.  In such projects, curators and artists engage as active agents with the conditions of specific contexts struggling with forces imposing its pressure. So as to critically address, to document, and to induce perception changes in/on contexts, we have been experimenting with altered modes of knowledge production, to which fieldwork, art-based research and research lead practices, have contributed.

The afternoon workshop builds on this discussion and we propose to identify in Iasi a few sites under pressure/transformation and to imagine/articulate potential intersections. If possible, we will visit one or two after the session.

Inês Moreira is an active curator, researcher and editor based in Porto, Portugal. Inês was appointed Principal Investigator in Visual Arts at Lab2PT research center of University of Minho in 2022. She holds a PhD degree in Curatorial Knowledge from Goldsmiths College, University of London (2014), a Master’s degree from Metropolis — Masters Program in Architecture and Urban Culture, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya / Centro de Cultura Contemporánea de Barcelona (2003) and has graduated in Architecture from FAUP (2001). Her Post-Doctoral research project was affiliated to the Institute of Art History / Universidade NOVA de Lisboa, where she funded and coordinated the research cluster Curating the Contemporary: on Architectures, Territories and Networks, funded by the Individual Research Grants of the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (2016–2022). She served as a guest Auxiliary Professor at the Fine Art Faculty of the University of Porto (2014–2022), lecturing on Contemporary Culture and on Curatorial Studies.

Cooperative Workshop
Depicting an urban site in Iasi for curatorial intervention
Inês Moreira and Cătălin Gheorghe

Reading for the workshop

Moreira, Inês and Coelho, Patrícia. “Curatorial Fieldwork as a Critical Practice – Learning from Post-Nostalgic Knowings in Freixo” in Writing Place No. 7 (2023): Taking Place: Reflections from the Fieldworker

Cătălin Gheorghe is a theoretician, curator and editor living in Iași (Romania), but travelling mostly in the deep non-spherical space of the Internet. He is currently Professor of Curatorial Research at “George Enescu” National University of the Arts in Iași, teaching Curatorial Studies and Practices, Theories and Practices of Artistic Research, and Applicative Visual Studies. He is a member of WG5 Curatorial Studies Workshop of EARN (European Artistic Research Network). He is the editor of Vector – critical research in context publication series (that participated in documenta 12 magazines project in Kassel, 2007), editing the books: “Learning by curating. Current trajectories in critical curatorial research” (2022); “Exhibitionary Acts of Political Imagination” (co-editor Mick Wilson, a partnership between Vector [Iași] and PARSE [Gothenburg] (2021); “After the educational turn” (2017); “Post-photography” (co-editor Matei Bejenaru) (2015); “Critical Theories and Creative Practices of Research” (2014); “Exhibiting the ‘Former East’: Identity Politics and Curatorial Practices after 1989” (co-editor Cristian Nae) (2013); “Trial” (artist’s book: Dan Acostioaei) (2012); “Exhibition as [micro]city” (2011); “Vector – critical research in context” (pilot edition co-edited with Livia Pancu) (2010) []. He is also the curator of Vector – studio for art practices and debates (since 2007), which is a platform for critical research and art production based on the understanding of art as experimental journalism. He has given curatorial talks to a series of art schools and institutions in Northern, Southern, Western, and Eastern Europe. His explorational interests are elaborated around critical artistic research, curatorial critical practices, art as experimental journalism, contemporary art (political) theories, xeno-spaces, xeno-practices, trans(ex)positions, post-capitalism […]