The Autumn School of Curating, 1st edition
“Conversation pieces” were traditionally historical landscape paintings depicting people engaged in a dialogue. The expression later started to denominate objects, which would spark a verbal exchange, as well as artworks that use talking and chatting as a medium. The etymological root of conversation is the Latin convertere: to turn around, to go back and forth spontaneously. The Autumn School of Curating is conceived as a platform to discuss the notion of the conversation in, around, for and against, art. We will talk about the social aspect of conversation pieces, we will network and have small talks, we will construct and deconstruct arguments, we will create intimate settings and large digital networks of voices, and finally we will engage in making podcasts with artists, artworks, small art organizations in Romania, Biennial visitors and others. Throughout the week, while meeting different artists, curators, art producers and journalists both in Cluj and Timișoara, we will think about how to use curatorial skills to become a good conversation partner and mediator, how to talk about art, how to “make things with words”, and how to use words to reach outside our own bubbles into the public sphere. One of the main differences between the field of vision and performing arts or music is that art often enables a conversation in real time, an opportunity for walking and talking while encountering art. So, let’s talk!
Guests and conversation partners
About the organizers
Organized by Cluj Cultural Center and Art Encounters Biennial Timişoara.