Curating Context

Seminar and book release in Stockholm, March 21, 2017

Curating Context – Beyond the Gallery and Into Other Fields describes the field where the curatorial practice is extended beyond curating exhibitions into working with entire contexts. This exciting and laborious curatorial approach where each project sets new demands, requires very specific skills rarely taught in curatorial programs or described in publications.

The project Curating Context consists of an anthology and seminar articulating the why and how of curating art projects that gain their meaning in relation to a surrounding context, or which need a specific structure in order to play out.

The anthology and the seminar reflect on how these curatorial methodologies not only situate works in different places, but also transfer curatorial methods into other fields, such as the contexts of law, urban development, and constructions of the civic. Curating Context departs from a desire to share this sustained conversation among practitioners in the field. It is part of the Public Art Agency Sweden’s program of knowledge development.

Seminar and book release March 21, 2017

Seminar: 10-18. Royal Institute of Art/Kungl. Konsthögskolan, Skeppsholmen, Stockholm
Book release: Kl 18-20. Mindepartementet, Skeppsholmen, Stockholm

The seminar investigates topics like Curating the Civic, Curating in Response to a Local Context, Curating the Urban – from Social Fabric to Infrastructure. It will start with a session of lectures and talks on stage and will be followed by sessions of workshops for in depth conversation. The book launch follows in the evening at Mindepartementet in collaboration with Art and Theory.

Contributors in the seminar:
Grégory Castéra, co-director Council Paris
Claire Doherty, director Situations, Bristol
Filip Jovanovski and Ivana Vaseva, directors Akto Festival, Skopje
Sophie Goltz, artistic director, city curator, Hamburg
Johanna Gustafsson Fürst, artist
Magdalena Malm, director Public Art Agency Sweden
Edi Muka, Curator, Public Art Agency Sweden
María Mur Dean, director consonni, Bilbao
Helena Papadopoulos, director, Radio Athenes, Athens
Joanna Zawieja, curator urban development Public Art Agency Sweden


Full prize: 300 SEK
Artist/student: 200 SEK
Coffee/tea breaks and lunch are included in the ticket prize.

Buy your ticket here

The seminar and book release are produced by the Public Art Agency Sweden in collaboration with the Royal Institute of Art Stockholm, Art and Theory, Valand Academy and Iaspis, the Swedish Arts Grants Committee’s International Programme for Visual and Applied Artists.

Publication Curating Context

Context and Relation, Magdalena Malm
Survival Guide for Art Production, Maria Muur Dean
Curating Inside of the Mind, Raimundas Malasauskas / Magdalena Malm
The Play of Protagonists, RAQS MEDIA COLLECTIVE
How about this? On a sense of togetherness, Elvira Dyangani Ose / Magdalena Malm,
From Crystal Ball Gazing to Air Traffic Control: Arts Producing in Public Contexts, Claire Doherty
Perceptions of Care, Nato Thompson / Suzanne Lacy
Curating Infrastructure, Jessica Segerlund / Joanna Zawieja
Transforming, Composing, Instituting, Disappearing: Four Movements of the Curatorial Inquiry, Grégory Castéra

Editor: Magdalena Malm
Published by: Art and Theory in collaboration with the Public Art Agency Sweden

The book will be published in March. To pre-order email:

Image: Again and again – Sislej Xhafa. Courtesy of GALLERIA CONTINUA, San Gimignano / Peking / Les Moulins / Havana. Photo: Ricard Estay/Public Art Agency Sweden.