in Curating, Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK)
The Emancipated Audience – Experiential Curatorial Knowledge Production
Lecturer: Berit Fischer, PhD
Course dates: 2 Mar + 9 Mar 2024, 2–6pm (CET)
Maximum participants: 20
⮕ Enrol here until 24 February 2024
Special Fee: 280 CHF
This course invites curators, artists, activists, educators, cultural workers, and those who are interested in critically engaging in thinking about post-representational, affective, and experiential transdisciplinary curatorial forms: a curation that allows for a shift from an on-looking audience towards activated and self-empowered protagonists; a holistic and relational – versus informational and representational – curation, for an emancipatory activation of the curatorial public.
The materiality of our human existence – as a spatial agent itself – and as a multidimensional being with its sentient qualities, is an essential starting point for experiencing a critical practice. How might we create alternative curatorial ways to stimulate not only human inter-subjective but also inter-relational agency and critical consciousness towards our environment, and towards what might be considered as the “Other”? How might we take better account of, and create ‘response-ability’ in the ways that we learn, practise, and live together?
Berit Fischer (PhD) is a curator, researcher, artist, writer, and an editor with focus on experiential and socio-ecological knowledge formation, critical spatial and transformative emancipatory practices, that are often inspired by feminist- and radical pedagogies. In 2016 she founded the Radical Empathy Lab, an on-going nomadic socio-ecological and research laboratory for experiential knowledge formation.
She is the founder and curator of the (Re-)Gaining Ecological Futures festival that critically engages with the human-centred ontology and the dualism between nature and culture at the Floating University and is a founding member of the Urbane Praxis e.V.. She holds a practice-based Ph.D. from the University of Southampton, Winchester School of Art and has been working and publishing internationally for over two decades. Previously based in New York and London, she now works from Berlin, Germany.
Image: (Re-) Gaining Ecological Futures: Mycopoetics, 2023 at Floating University, curated by Berit Fischer. Photo: Katharina Geist
Preparation for the course:
Please use a headset (or headphones) and stay in a quiet place with a stable internet connection. Please read the texts which you will get access to once you have booked the course.
This intensive two-part direct live teaching course will be held over Zoom on two consecutive Saturdays, 2–6pm CET. Please prepare a very short introduction of yourself. The first session will be used for an in-depth introduction to the topic, and workshop research. Assignments will be given for the second session. Feedback and evaluation will be given in the second session. After successful completion, a certificate with 1 ECTS point will be handed out.
Download the Zoom application. You will find a detailed installation guide here.
Zoom can be also used in a browser window on a Mac, PC, iPad, iPhone, Android tablet or Android phone. You will find a Zoom invitation with a link to access the workshop.