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Curatorial Experiments
The Context of Music
Studio Heloisa Amaral & Florian Malzacher

Maximum capacity: 8
Deadline for applications: 20 May 2018

As concepts of curating from the visual and performing arts arrive in the field of contemporary music and sound art, a number of questions emerge: How to develop new forms of creation, collaboration and presentation in the musical field? How to integrate different modes of reception and alternative listening environments? How do contemporary music and sound-based art relate to society, politics and to the expanded field of culture? In brief: what is the context of music?

The seminar Curatorial Experiments: The Context of Music invites participants:

  • To analyse and discuss curatorial issues relating to contemporary music and sound art;
  • To experiment with these issues in the concrete context of the Darmstadt Summer Course 2018.

The seminar will consist of:

  • Theoretical and practical work sessions under the guidance of performer, music curator and artist-researcher Heloisa Amaral and performing arts curator and author Florian Malzacher on topics such as existing curatorial theories and methods, performativity, context, the social turn, alternative modes of production and display.
  • Participation in Defragmentation Days (17 – 20 July), a four-day conference on curating contemporary music;
  • Visits to the concerts and activities of the Summer Course (program to be published in the course of April on;
  • Talks and interviews with musicians, composers, sound artists and music curators;
  • Morning Reviews: An early-morning forum commenting on the activities of the Summer Course (and coffee and croissants) open for all course participants and moderated by participants of the Curatorial Experiments workshop;
  • A curatorial project to be devised during the course of the workshop. Curatorial projects can consist of individual as well as collective contributions. The improvisational character this presentation will become part of the curatorial game: How to curate with what’s at hand? Artistic productions, tutors, visiting artists, course participants, concert halls, classrooms, the streets, the city with its inhabitants and its surroundings – all are possible material. In this regard the final project might also take a critical view on the festival, propose alternative paths or readings, intervene or add to the official landscape of the Darmstadt Summer Course.



Young professionals with experience in programming and curation and / or artists making use of curatorial concepts in their practice. Applications from all fields of art are welcome, but applicants should have a strong connection to contemporary music or acoustic art.
Participants will be chosen based on their CVs and a motivation letter (max. one A4 page). Selected participants will be invited to a preparatory Skype session with the workshop hosts in June 2018.

Please send a PDF with all necessary information to:
by 20 May 2018 at the latest.

The selection by Heloisa Amaral and Florian Malzacher will be announced in the first week of June 2018.

All selected participants must register as participants of the Darmstadt Summer Course. Accommodation, breakfast and lunch are provided, travel costs are to be covered by the participants. Participation is only possible for the whole duration of the seminar.

In collaboration with and supported by Goethe Institut.

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