Guangdong Times Museum is pleased to announce No Ground Underneath; Curating On the Nexus of Changes, a three-daylong international seminar from 2nd to 4th July 2012. It will be held at the 19th floor main exhibition hall of the museum. This is organized in conjunction with the pre-launch of a book series on curating that is conceived and produced by Guangdong Times Museum.
This seminar is co-curated by Nikita Yingqian Cai and Carol Yinghua Lu and produced by Guangdong Times Museum. The topics originated from a column co-hosted by Cai and Lu on the magazine Contemporary Art and Investment since 2010 (renamed as The Independent Critic in early 2012) about questions of curating. On the premise of exploring the unstable grounds for curating and how they shape and generate new visions and imaginaries on exhibition-making, we intend to bring together curators, artists and critics from China and abroad to discuss issues of their practices in response to the precarious context of critical mediation and the ever-changing roles of art practitioners and institutions. Invited speakers and participants will examine the possible implications of curating and its related activities according to their respective backgrounds and areas. Aiming at building a platform for critical reflections and proactive visions, the seminar also functions as an educational platform for young practitioners in China, where on-site responses and discussions are encouraged as an active way of participation and self-education. On the very nexus of current changes, the registration and sharing of the diverse approaches of self- historicization, exhibition-making and institutionalization beyond geo-political regions and circus have become more than urgent.