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Defragmentation: Morning Lectures
With Dorothee Richter, Florian Malzacher, Anke Charton and Björn Gottstein

Thu 19 July 2018, 10.00 – 12.30
Schader-Forum (Basement: Lecture Hall)

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10:00 Lecture Dorothee Richter:
Critical practices of curatorship

What makes a curatorial project critical? Curator and director of the Postgraduate Program in Curating at the School of Art and Design Zurich, Dorothee Richter, discusses critical curatorial discourse at the beginning of the twenty-first century through her project Curating Degree Zero Archive, a documentation of the work by over 100 contemporary art curators known internationally for their critical and experimental positions.

10:40 Lecture Florian Malzacher:
Empty Stages, Crowded Flats –
Performativity as Curatorial Stategy 

During its impressive career over the last decades the term ‘performative’ has been attributed with many parallel meanings in the humanities, philosophy, arts, or economics. But how to apply the notion of the performative to the context of curating with the aim to unfold a potential that so far has been mostly unused? The lecture follows Austin, Butler, and others in their belief in the performative capacity to transform reality with words and other cultural utterances, but it also emphasises the colloquial notion of the performative as something being ‘theatre-like’, believing that those two strands are in fact interdependent. How can ‘theatre-like’ strategies and techniques in fact enable ‘reality making’ situations in art, and how, as a consequence, curating itself becomes staged, dramatised, choreographed, and composed?

11:20 Lecture Anke Charton: Default, Debug, Decolonize:
Thoughts on intersectionality and New Music

Can intersectionality be a perspective that renders old habits in New Music visible?
Concepts of creativity, authorship and authenticity inform processes of music-making and interact with social markers such as gender, race, ethnicity, class, age, or sexual orientation. They emerge in different power relations to each other in differently coded fields of music. Observing their shifting balances may offer a framework to circumvent the bias of default settings in institutionalized practices of (New) music.

12:00 Lecture Björn Gottstein:
The CurAItor

Can a machine curate a music festival? The Defragmentation technology group and Durham University have developed a learning machine that can judge and rank contemporary piano music. By having listened to over 100 hundred recordings of contemporary piano music, our machine, the CurAItor, has developed listening criteria. The machine will be presented in Darmstadt on 19 and 20 July. In his lecture, Björn Gottstein will uncover the strategies of the CurAItor machine and try to lay out the perspectives of curating with machines.

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