The National Culture and Arts Foundation (NCAF) and the Taipei Fine Arts Museum (TFAM) are honored to announce the launch of the Curators’ Intensive Taipei 19: International Conference and Workshops (CIT19) which is going to take place at the TFAM from 10 to 14 October 2019. The 3-day international conference (11-13 October, Fri.-Sun.) features a star-studded line-up of artistic and cultural practitioners, curators and scholars from home and abroad. The two workshops are scheduled respectively on 10 and 14 October.

As a platform established by the ARTWAVE─Taiwan International Arts Network, the CIT19 accentuates the discussion and contemplation on the profession of contemporary curating, 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, and get the curatorial education into a state of greater profoundness.

The contemporary curating began to sprout in Taiwan in the 1990s. The NCAF and the TFAM have taken a bellwether role in vigorously supporting and incubating the diverse developments of Taiwanese talents for curating. Based on the 20 years’ root-taking development of curatorial studies in Taiwan, the CIT19 international conference is dedicated to constructing Taiwan’s curatorial history and advancing knowledge about curating.

Contemporary Curating Rethink: In the Context of Asia and Beyond is the main theme that runs through the CIT19 international conference. Centering on Taiwan’s cultural heritage, geographical location, and historical background, the conference 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.

A total of 15 groups of speakers headline the CIT19 international conference, and its agenda consists of three interconnected threads: “transdisciplinary curating, the institution of art, and the educational turn,” “cross-regional/cross-cultural curating and geopolitics,” and “curatorial practice and the formation of art history.”

The keynote speakers include Raqs Media Collective, David Teh, and Pi Li. The other speakers include Yoann Gourmel, ruangrupa (Ade Darmawan and Mirwan Andan), Kenjiro Hosaka, Zoe Butt, Eileen Legaspi Ramirez, Jo Hsiao, Feng-Rong Hsieh, Yu-Ling Chou, Manray Hsu, Raimundas Malašauskas, Pei-Yi Lu and Francis Maravillas. In addition, scholars including Hong-John Lin, Jau-Lan Guo, Fang-Tze Hsu, Yi-Hsin Nicole Lai, Ming-Jiun Tsai and Nobuo Takamori are invited to the round-table discussion.

Apart from the 3-day international conference, the CIT19 also contains six curatorial workshops. The first to fourth workshops were held in this May and June. In coordination with the international conference, the fifth and sixth are scheduled on 10 and 14 October to be led by Fang-Wei Chang and Esther Lu from Taiwan as well as Raimundas Malašauskas and Yoann Gourmel.


The contents of the CIT19 international conference will be uploaded to our official website in the form of video file.