Dorothee Richter and Pau Waelder

Curating as a reflection of the digital society

Saturday, 17 November 2018
Casal Solleric, Palma de Mallorca

Collective exhibitions of contemporary art and new media tend to reflect on a current issue connected to the multiple ways in which new technologies impact our society and daily life. During this round table, two curators with different profiles examine curatorial practice connected to reflections on current society: Dorothee Richter, head of the postgraduate programme in curating at Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK) and Pau Waelder, an independent curator specialising in art and new media. The round table includes a short presentation by the two participants and a discussion moderated by Pau Waelder.

Dorothee Richter is Professor in Contemporary Curating at the University of Reading, UK, and head of the Postgraduate Programme in Curating, CAS/MAS Curating at the Zurich University of the Arts, Switzerland; She is co-director with Susanne Clausen of the PHD in Practice in Curating, Practice-Based Doctoral Programme, a cooperation of ZHDK and University of Reading; as well as the publisher of the web journal; Richter has worked extensively as a curator: she was initiator of Curating Degree Zero Archive, which travelled to 18 venues in Europe; Curator of Kuenstlerhaus Bremen, at which she curated different symposia on feminist issues in contemporary arts and an archive on feminist practices, including Materialien/Materials; she directed, together with Ronald Kolb, a film on Fluxus: Flux Us Now, Fluxus Explored with a Camera (Staatsgalerie Stuttgart 2013, Akademie der Bildenden Künste in Wien, 2014, Kunsthochschule Hamburg 2014, Gesellschaft für Aktuelle Kunst, Bremen, 2014, Kunstverein Wiesbaden 2014, University of Reading 2013, Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zürich, 2013; Kunsthalle Sao Paolo, 2014; Ostwall Museum Dortmund, 2015, Kibbutz College Tel Aviv, 2015; Universität Lüneburg; 2015; Museum Tinguely in Basel, 2015, Lentos Museum in Linz, 2016), and she is working on a video archive on curatorial practices together with Ronald Kolb, a collaboration with the ZHdK and the ZKM Karlsruhe.

Pau Waelder is a curator, writer and researcher based in Spain. PhD in Information and Knowledge Society, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC) he is consulting lecturer in Design and Digital Creation at UOC and currently teaches the online course “Curating New Media Art: process, interaction, virtuality” at NODE Center for Curatorial Studies. His recent projects include the exhibitions Real Time. Art en temps real (Arts Santa Mònica/Centre Art Lo Pati), Remote Signals (Iberofest Festival, Tallinn), Data Cinema (Media Art Futures Festival), Extimacy. Art, intimacy and technology (Es Baluard Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art), Colmena and Metapaisatges (Pilar and Joan Miró Foundation). He has published articles and essays in several publications, among which the contemporary art magazines ETC Magazine (Canada), (Spain), ArtPress (France) and Estonian Art (Estonia), as well as the peer-reviewed journals Leonardo (US), M/C Journal (Australia) and Artnodes (Spain), among others. He has also worked as writer and content manager at the website VIDA Art and Artificial Life from Fundación Telefónica. He is currently the editor of the Media Art section at art.esmagazine, editor and writer at the blogs Art Matters and Design Matters (UOC).