"Johann Wolfgang von Goethe spent a great deal of time worrying about stones. Not least, he was troubled by a giant 700-tonne granite rock that lay near the otherwise flat land near Berlin. What on earth was this alien to the region’s geology doing there? Goethe’s realisation that the strange mineral object must have been displaced by glaciers helped instigate the theory of ice ages and deep time. Stone provokes us to recalibrate our concept of the past and our place in the world. Rock is radical." Continue reading by clicking the grey bar underneath the image.
We remind artists, researchers, cultural writers and curators interested in slower and longer-term view of art, exhibitions, and their institutions (as well as rocks of course!) that the call for the Banff thematic residency programme "Geologic Time" (September 11–October 6, 2017) led by Latitudes and artists Sean Lynch as Guest Faculty, is open until May 24 (11:59pm MST).
Cover Stories' are published on a monthly basis on Latitudes' homepage and feature past, present or forthcoming projects, research, writing, artworks, exhibitions, films, objects or field trips related to our curatorial activities, and are archived here.
- Archive of Cover Stories since March 2015
- Cover Story – March 2017: Time travel with Jordan Wolfson 1 March 2017
- Cover Story – February 2017: The Dutch Assembly, five years on 1 February 2017
- Cover Story – January 2017: How open are open calls? 4 January 2017
- Cover Story – December 2016: Ten years ago – Land, Art: A Cultural Ecology Handbook 5 December 2016
- Cover Story – November 2016: Plucking Gilda, synesthetic Toni and dazzling Víctor 2 November 2016
- Cover Story – October 2016: "A Funny thing Happened on the Way to the Gallery, 13 October 2016
- Cover Story – September 2016: "El misterio de Caviria" by Antoni Hervàs 1 Septiembre 2016
- Last chance to read the August 2016 Monthly Cover Story "Fermínlandia" 31 August 2016
Session with first year participants of the MA Curatorial Practice at the California College of the Arts (CCA), San Francisco, 8 September
On September 8, 2015, Latitudes led a 3h session with the participants of the first year of the MA in Curatorial Practice at the California College of the Arts (CCA) in San Francisco. This was our last day as residents at the Kadist Art Foundation.
As a mode of introduction we presented a range of projects we have worked on and referred to the closed-door seminar ‘The Near-Future Artworlds Curatorial Disruption Foresight Group’, we had led a week earlier with the participation of colleagues and art professionals – an informal dialogue about the future of contemporary art institutions, and more particularly concerned with programming speeds, institutional scale, and periodicity.
For the second part of the evening, we split the group in three and asked them to prepare descriptions of hypothetical art organisations and to reflect on urban/ non-urban contexts and mission statements.
- Guest Faculty of the Thematic Residency 'Blueprint for Happiness' at The Banff Centre, Canada, 27 July–8 August 2015 16 July 2015
- Tutors of the 2015 International Curatorial Retreat, 9–13 May, Bari (Italy) 17 May 2015
- Lead Facilitators, Curating Lab 2014–Curatorial Intensive, National University of Singapore (11–14 June), symposium (14 June, 15–17h) and field trip to Hong Kong (16–20 June) 30 May 2014
- Lunchtime Art Forum and seminar with PhD candidates in Curatorial Practice, MADA | Monash Art Design & Architecture, Melbourne, 14 May 2014 6 May 2014
- Directors: ‘Campus’, Espai Cultural Caja Madrid, Barcelona, 27 June–28 August 2011
Guest Faculty of the Thematic Residency 'Blueprint for Happiness' at The Banff Centre, Canada, 27 July–8 August 2015
As Guest Faculty of the Visual + Digital Art thematic residency ‘Blueprint for Happiness’ – a five week programme starting July 13 led by British artists Heather and Ivan Morison – Latitudes will join the group in the middle two weeks of the programme (27 July–7 August).
Latitudes will also undertake studio visits with each of the 11 resident artists, participate in field trips and organise a closed-door evening film programme with films by Spanish artist Emilio Moreno, Irish artist Sean Lynch and Australian artist Nicholas Mangan. The three films share a focus on public sculptures, monuments or buildings that have been displaced from their original context.
Tuesday 28 July 2015, 16–17:30h: Public Lecture, Presentation of Latitudes’ curatorial practice as part of the Visual Art Lecture Series. Jeanne and Peter Lougheed Building, 204. Free event.
For the Public Lecture Latitudes will forgo a chronological account of its projects of the last decade, and instead attempt various transects through its curatorial projects determined by raw materials and their transformation. From the zinc which led to an Esperanto micro-nation, to the air of a Beijing shopping centre, or the dead trees of printed news, Latitudes will try and join some traits and ideas around extractive modernity, obsolescence and the carbon cycle.
In conversation with the artist Nicholas Mangan at Chisenhale Gallery, London, 7 July 2015, 19h. 22 June 2015
Tutors of the 2015 International Curatorial Retreat, 9–13 May, Bari (Italy) 17 May 2015
Lead Facilitators, Curating Lab 2014–Curatorial Intensive, National University of Singapore (11–14 June) 30 May 2014
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Organised by Vessel in collaboration with the Curatorial Practice Ph.D. Program at MADA (Monash School of Art Design and Architecture) in Melbourne – which a year ago co-hosted our Melbourne residency as part of Gertrude Contemporary's Visiting Curatorial Program – the retreat brings together participants and tutors in an intense mobile four-day format.
Alexandra Ross presented http://www.continuous-curatorial-conversations.org/, a "compilation of supplementary histories which appropriately emphasizes the oral nature of curatorial practice".
View from the Doppelgaenger Gallery in the old town area, space that hosted the seminars.
Food shopping at the Mercato ex Manifattura Bari (former tobacco factory) in the Quartiere Libertà.
Photo: Piero Percoco
- Review of the 2015 VESSEL /MADA International Curatorial Retreat, by Dr Alexandra Ross, June 2015 Residents, Visiting Curator Program, Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne, 12 May–7 June 2014.
- Lecture and seminar, MADA | Monash University of Art Design & Architecture, 14 May 2014 (6 May 2014)
- Lead Facilitators, Curating Lab 2014–Curatorial Intensive, National University of Singapore (11–14 June) 30 May 2014
- Latitudes' writing archive (essays, reviews, catalogue entries, etc. since 2005)
'Foro de expertos' Máster On-line de 'Arte Actual: Análisis y Gestión' de la Universitat de Barcelona
Los próximos 23 y 24 de Noviembre, Latitudes participará en el 'foro de expertos' del Máster On-line de Arte Actual: Análisis y Gestión organizado por el Instituto de Formación Contínua de la Universitat de Barcelona dirigido por el comisario y crítico David G. Torres y la gestora cultural Ester Prat dentro del módulo dedicado al 'Coleccionismo y Arte Actual' coordinado por la crítica y comisaria Montse Badia.
[Imagen: 'Self-Help', publicada en la compilación Helguera’s Artoons: Cartoons about the Art World de Pablo Helguera, via www.artworldsalon.com/blog