Curating as Care Work: Of the Museum Climate in Planetary Interdependencies and Cultural Imaginaries.

A contribution by Prof. Dr. Elke Krasny

Professor of Art and Education at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna

Lecture as part of the symposium
Yesterday. Today! Tomorrow?
From the museum of late modernism, its history and its future, monument protection, the “third place” or climate box versus climate crisis.
Part III, October 27 + 28, 2023
Climate box versus climate crisis. Fit for the future: the climate-neutral museum

Dark beige background with black lettering: Curating as care work imagines and practices grief work and care for the future and insists on the hope that a culture of the living, in which human and non-human living beings can breathe again with their planet Earth, is possible.
Excerpt from the lecture by Elke Krasny, 2023
Red background on which is written: Kunstpädagogische Positionen 57, Elke Krasny. The modern museum as an Anthropocene institution. For feminist curating in the age of mass extinction.
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Based on the etymology of the term curating, which is derived from the Latin curare, to care, the lecture explores questions of potentialities and responsibilities of curating in times of globalized climate catastrophe and massively increasing precarization and social inequality. This is why the lecture introduces the concept of the museum climate? What is the climate in the museum? How does curatorial work with a museum, both with its holdings and collections and with its spatial, environmental and social environments, relate to the climate? How can the museum be a place where cultural imaginaries can be shared by many? How does curating as a critical care practice relate to the heritage of the modern museum and to the future, which can only be understood through planetary interdependencies? Curating as care work is understood through ecologies of curating. Curating as a change in the museum climate is in search of working on and transforming the hegemonic dichotomies and violent binaries of modernity, such as culture and nature, production and reproduction.

You can watch the recording of the entire talk here.

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Prof. Dr. Elke Krasny

Professor of Art and Education at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna

Elke Krasny researches on issues of care, social and ecological justice, transnational feminisms, and memory work in art, architecture, urbanism, and curatorial practice. Your exhibition Hands-On Urbanism. The Right to Green was shown at the Venice Biennale in 2012. With Angelika Fitz she curated Critical Care. Architecture and Urbanism for a Broken Planet (2019). The exhibition Yasmeen Lari. Architecture for the Future (2023) she curated with Angelika Fitz and Marvi Mazhar.

With Lara Perry, she edited the two volumes Curating with Care and Curating as Feminist Organizing, published by Routledge in 2023. 2022 she published The modern museum as an Anthropocene institution. For Feminist Curation in the Age of Mass Extinction.

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