Methods, Theories and Tools for Emerging Curators

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Methods, Theories and Tools for Emerging Curators

Workshop
Mondays, from February 19 to March 19, 2018, from 5 to 8pm

Registration
From January 9 to February 9, 2018

In the late twentieh century, the notion of "new media" burst into the world of creation with so-called "new" technologies. If the new media have been mainly focused, in the last twenty or thirty years, on video, photography and experimentation with robotics, the explosion of accessibility to personal and portable workstations, programming and in digital development languages was an opportunity to expand the possibilities of designing interactive environments or works with technical components based on digital creation. From media came hypermedia, robotics, interactive, digital, not to mention many importanty works that circulate in fairs and exhibitions internationally. 

This workshop aims to present the methodological tools necessary to support artists in media or digital arts as curator, author or agent. What are the methodologies, strategies, policies and ethics surrounding the creation of technology-based exhibits? A series of open discussions will follow on the various stories of the police station from various perspectives. Participants will be invited to bring individual projects in development for which they will receive individualized coaching with the trainer.

This workshop is anchored in a feminist and postcolonial approach that wants to develop an acuteness to the inclusion and representation of the multiple discursive and critical perspectives present in the digital arts community.

Among the topics covered :
- The role of Media Arts Curators and its challenges;
- Exhibitions places;
- Is media the message?
- The basics: research, selection, commissioned works, distribution;
- Develop stimulating theoretical discourses;
- Prepare a schedule and a budget;
- Develop projects with a wide audience reach;
- Feminist and postcolonial methods;
- Exhibition plan, installation, technical equipment;
- Working with the distribution centre's team.

This workshop aims to provide emerging curators with practical and theoretical skills to develop their own curatorial projects. It will provide a historical overview of the major exhibitions in media and digital arts.

Prerequisites
- Be a professional artist, creator or cultural worker;
- Be a self-employed worker or a salaried employee in an enterprise not subject to 1 % Training Investment*;
- Attend every workshop session.

Number of participants: maximum 10
Registration period: Tuesday to Friday, from January 9 to February 9, 2018
Call or email the New Media Lab: 514-844-3250, ext. 230 or lab@oboro.net.
Cost: $110 (taxes included)
*NEW! Two spots are now available for employees of companies that are subject to the 1% Law. Please contact us for more details.

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Cancellation / Refund
OBORO does not refund registration fees except in case of illness (with a medical note) or of absolute necessity. In such cases, registration fees are transferable to another workshop or service offered by the New Media Lab.

Workshop Cancellation
OBORO reserves the right to cancel workshops at any time and without advance notice. In this case, registration fees are completely refunded.

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Erandy Vergara

Erandy Vergara is a curator and researcher, she reads and writes on media and contemporary art. She has organized and produced a number of exhibitions in various institutions ranging from museums to media art (Laboratorio Arte Alameda, Mexico) to artist-run centers and other non-profit spaces (Manchester Digital Laboratory, UK). She has been coordinator of Studio XX programming from September 2015 to 2017. She was the artistic director of the festival HTMlles: Conditions of confidentiality (2016), and artistic co-director of Transitio_mx 06, the Festival of media art in Mexico. Her main research interests include feminism, world studies in art history, curatorial studies, postcolonialism, and critical studies on race issues. She has a Master degree from Concordia University and a Ph.D in Art History from McGill University. Her essays have been published in books and journals, such as "The Routledge Companion to Remix Studies" (2014) and "[Ready] Media: Towards an archeology of Media and Invention in Mexico" (2013).