The Curatorial Residency
The Curatorial Residency is a joint project by the Critical Heritage Studies initiative at the University of Cape Town and the Critical Heritage Studies initiative of the University of Gothenburg that seeks to place forms of theoretical engagement and forms of creative practice in the same frame, and encourages work that explores the intersection between the two in relation to a local site or event. http://www.curatorialresidency.org/ Its format is a 7-day residency for transdisciplinary discussion, methodological innovation, and the production of work. The Curatorial Residency is conceived as an annual event. Each year it will relocate to a new site and it will be themed around a particular topic or set of interests. Residency #1 will take place in and around the city of Cape Town. Residency #2 will take place in Gothenburg, Sweden.
Heritage as Common(s) - Common(s) as Heritage
Urban Heritage seminar series 2013-
In times of extensive privatization of urban space and of welfare institutions, the theme of the seminar is provocative. It is provocative not only because of the statement being made with this focus, but also because the "commons" here will be put in the perspective of heritage.
Cultural heritage, although an infinite and seamless notion in and of itself, has seldom been put in relation to "commons"-- the negotiated, competed, challenged and variable social areas of sharing that throughout history have been offering various kinds of alternatives to processes of privatization, segregation, partition and separation. Other way around, cultural heritage as such, is one of few contemporary notions that may provoke and complicate current simplified and homogenized understandings of the past.
The subject matter of Heritage as common(s) – Common(s) as heritage is thus to put focus on sharing – as space and place, as social imaginary, as practice – and to explore its imperatives. Issues that can be addressed are for example:
Urban commons: places and spaces / Governing and scaling the commons / Conflict meaning of heritage commons / Ecology of commons / Discursive and non-discursive aspects of the common / Transformation of urban commons / The co-production of urban commons (knowledge, skills, objects, things, networks etc) / The commons of public welfare institutions / Common imaginaries and shared facticities / Erased and forgotten commons / Activism and commons / Origins, varieties and species of urban commons.
Structure of seminars
The seminar is an experiment. We invite guests to each seminar, to present a paper on the theme HAC-HAH. In addition, we ask this guest to invite yet another guest of her/his choosing – someone who he/she is curious of (and preferably someone which she/he hasn't interacted with before). Both are asked to write an extended abstract/sketch of 3-5 pages in relation to their interpretation of HAC/CAH, and during the seminar they will have the opportunity to comment on each other’s contributions. The extended abstracts/sketches produced alongside the seminars, together with an independent reflection on the seminar, will be collected in a publication. See link to the publication – published in June 2015 - on the upper right side of this page.
The seminar series started in the fall 2013 and will continue in 2014. They will mainly be held at The Deparment of Conservation or The School of Design and Craft (HDK) at Gothenburg University and details will be announced in relation to each seminar at the events page.