The National Culture and Arts Foundation and the Taipei Fine Arts Museum co-organize the Curators’ Intensive Taipei 19 (CIT 19) this year. As a platform established by the ARTWAVE─Taiwan International Arts Network and programmed by TheCube Project Space, the CIT19 accentuates the discussion and contemplation on the profession of contemporary curating. It proceeds in a two-pronged fashion; to wit, international conference and workshops, insofar as to echo the diversification of contemporary curatorial approaches, forge a congenial platform for international dialogue and exchange, build up a strong network of art practitioners from the four corners of the world, and get the curatorial education into a state of greater profoundness.
Art practitioners/curators from Taiwan and abroad are invited to lead the workshops, in which the participants can learn, cogitate and put their ideas into practice through the group interaction and pluralistic dialogue that these workshops afford. These workshops are hosted by the Museum of National Taipei University of Education and co-programmed by the Master’s Program in Critical and Curatorial Studies of Contemporary Art, National Taipei University of Education.
Contemporary Curating Rethink: In the Context of Asia and Beyond is the theme that runs through the three-day international conference scheduled to take place from 11 to 13 October 2019. In the 20 years’ root-taking and thriving development of the curatorial studies in Taiwan, the National Culture and Arts Foundation and the Taipei Fine Arts Museum have taken a bellwether role in vigorously supporting and incubating the diverse developments of curatorial experimentation in Taiwan. On this solid basis, the conference organizers will endeavor to fulfill multiple tasks such as the construction of Taiwan’s curatorial history and the pursuit of knowledge about curating.
Starting from regional cultures and historical background, the CIT19 not only explores the history and methodology of curating as well as the role and responsibility of a curator within the Asian context, but also stimulates reflections on how “curating,” while simultaneously in researchful, exhibitional and pedagogical roles, can lay out brand new contexts as effective as creative in face of the trends towards cross-cultural fusion and exhibition-based educational turn.