We are seeking one curator from each of the Western Balkans countries to respond to the themes explored by UK-based artists in the moving image exhibition, FUTURE ECOLOGIES. In collaboration with the British Council and LUX, you will introduce artworks by contemporary artists from the Western Balkans whose works resonate with the themes in FUTURE ECOLOGIES to show in parallel with the UK-based works. You will also create an audience engagement programme that attracts audiences, both familiar with, and new to contemporary artist films.
This is a design, development and exchange opportunity for curators in the Western Balkans to co-curate FUTURE ECOLOGIES in their respective countries and develop a public engagement programme. Selected curators will travel to the UK for a week-long curatorial intensive hosted by LUX where they will meet with UK-based artists and arts organisations as well as refine their curatorial concepts for presenting FUTURE ECOLOGIES in the Western Balkans.
About FUTURE ECOLOGIES
FUTURE ECOLOGIES is part of WE ARE HERE: Artists’ Moving Image from the British Council Collection and LUX, a series of artists’ film programmes that interrogate how contemporary artists explore themes like storytelling and heritage, social inclusion, gender identity, urbanisation and sustainability, and diverse voices through biography, documentary, poetry and fiction in film.
Through a mix of documentary, (science) fictional and poetic modes, the works in FUTURE ECOLOGIES bring together incisive views on the environment, ecologies and cosmologies, climate change, the Anthropocene, colonisation and extractive industries, urban futures and sustainability.
Curatorial Intensive: Working with Artists’ Moving Image
As part of this co-curatorial opportunity, successful applicants will travel to the UK for a curatorial intensive study week. Facilitated by LUX, the curators will explore the practice of curating artists’ moving images in contemporary art and cinema and will embrace a broad conception of curating as the treatment of works from their acquisition, archiving, preservation, restoration, and reformatting, through to screening, programming, installation, circulation, translation, and interpretation. There will be a focus on refining the curatorial concepts for FUTURE ECOLOGIES in the Western Balkans where curators will have the opportunity to view the UK-based works.
At the heart of FUTURE ECOLOGIES is a curated compilation of four works by Uriel Orlow, Louis Henderson, Charlotte Prodger and Ben Rivers. In addition to the compilation, there are a series of time-based media installations by artists like Lawrence Lek and Jane and Louise Wilson that can also be displayed with the compilation. Please see the Future Ecologies Exhibition Specifications document on the bottom of the page for further details about the works and their installation requirements.