Compilation of the ten #OpenCurating interviews

What "old rules" about art programming, production and distribution has the internet broken? What challenges, expectations, and new possibilities does digital culture and social media present to contemporary art institutions? To what degree are curators, media teams, publishers and archivists concerned with a dialogue with their audiences? #OpenCurating has investigated these questions through how new forms of culture, participation and connectivity are being developed both on site and on line.

The research was structured around three elements: ten new interviews with curators, artists, researchers, archivists and editors produced and published as free digital editions as well as via Issuu; a Twitter thread was moderated around the hashtag #OpenCurating; and a public conversation (transcribed as interview #7) between Latitudes and Yasmil Raymond, Curator of Dia Art Foundation, New York, was held on 19 February 2013 at the Auditorium of the Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA).

#OpenCurating was a research project by Latitudes produced through La Capella. BCN Producció 2012 of the Institut de Cultura de Barcelona.

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In 'Beyond Interface' Robin Dowden (Director of New Media Initiatives), Nate Solas (Senior New Media Developer) and Paul Schmelzer (Web Editor) of the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, discuss the museum's new website, relaunched in December 2011 following a two-year conceptual reboot and complete redesign.

Read here (in English).


'Alguien dijo 'Adhocracy'?' is the interview with Barcelona-based architect, co-founder of the publishing project dpr-barcelona and blogger Ethel Baraona Pohl. Ethel was a member of the curatorial team of 'Adhocracy', the exhibition of the first Istanbul Design Biennial (13 octubre–12 diciembre 2012) which was recently part of the New Museum's 'Ideas City' Festival (1–4 May 2013).

Read here (in Spanish) or here (in English).


'Itinerarios transversales' is the interview with Sònia López and Anna Ramos of the Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA). The new web of the museum, was launched at the beginning of 2012 and includes new features such as 'Recorridos' (Itineraries), a tool that allows visitors to create their own transversal itineraries selecting amongst the five thousand works that compose the MACBA Collection, besides videos, artist entries, podcasts, publications, amongst others.

Read here (in Spanish) or here (in English).


'Democratizando la sociedad informacional' analyses the practice of visual artist, art theorist and web activist Daniel G. Andújar. Though the use of irony, his work has questioned the use of new communicative technologies, the democratic and egalitarian promises these media prophesy, critisising their real yet hidden intentions to control users.

Read here (in Spanish).


'books_expanded_field' is the interview with Badlands Unlimited, a New York-based publishing house whose motto is “books in an expanded field”. Its publications and editions in paper or digital forms (e-books for iPad or Kindle) acknowledge that “historical distinctions between books, files, and artworks are dissolving rapidly”.

Read here (in English).


In 'From One History to A Plurality of Histories', Latitudes converses with Steven ten Thije, Research Curator at the Van Abbemuseum, in Eindhoven, one the first public museums for contemporary art to be established in Europe. Under the directorship of Charles Esche since 2004, the museum has defined itself through “an experimental approach towards art’s role in society”, where “openness, hospitality and knowledge exchange are important”.

Read here (in English).


'Host and Ambassador' is the transcription of the conversation between Yasmil Raymond, curator of Dia Art Foundation in New York since 2009, and Latitudes that took place on 19 February 2013 at the auditorium of the MACBA, as the public event of the #OpenCurating research. The conversation begins with an overview of the project, followed by an overview of Dia's projects since 1974. It incorporates “crowd-sourced” questions received via Twitter and Facebook, including from Raymond’s current and former work colleagues, and concludes with questions from the audience.

Read here (in English).

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The interview 'Digression(s), Entry Point(s)' with Singapore-based artist, writer and curator Heman Chong, began at Spring Workshop, Hong Kong, in the context of Chong’s invitation to Latitudes to realise a curatorial residency as part of Moderation(s), a year-long series of programming between Spring and Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam. The interview includes a guest spot with Gothenburg-based artist and writer Anthony Marcellini.

Read here (in English).


Lauren Cornell, currently Curator, 2015 Triennial, Digital Projects and Museum as Hub at the New Museum, New York, was Executive Director of new media non-profit Rhizome – a New Museum affiliate – where she initiated programmes including the annual Seven on Seven conference pairing technological innovators with visual artists, and curated exhibitions including Free (2010). She is currently preparing the 2015 Triennial with artist and filmmaker Ryan Trecartin.

Read here (in English).


The Asia Art Archive (AAA) documents, secures and makes easily available information on the history of contemporary art in Asia within an international context. Based in the Sheung Wan district of Hong Kong, the non-profit organisation holds hundreds of thousands of physical and digital items. AAA aims to stimulate dialogue and critical thinking about how the region’s art histories are told and to “facilitate understanding, research, and writing in the field, enrich existing global narratives, and re-imagine the role of the archive”.

Read here (in English).


About Latitudes

Latitudes is an independent curatorial office initiated in April 2005 by Max Andrews and Mariana Cánepa Luna, that works in an international context from and in Barcelona, Spain. We initiate and develop contemporary art projects in association with institutions and collaborate with artists in productions encompassing a range of organisational forms and scales: genres of display and presentation; editorial practice and publication; forms of assembly, hosting and programming; as well as theoretical and interpretative contexts. Latitudes is a member of the International Association of Curators of Contemporary Art (IKT) and in 2010 received the inaugural Curatorial Award, Premi GAC.

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