Curating Architecture is a research initiative set up by the Curating Programme, Department of Art, at Goldsmiths College. Its aim is to interrogate ideas proposed by recent and recurring influences of architecture on curatorial practice through the joint development of critical discourse and curatorial commissioning processes.
Curating Architecture starts with the premise that the routines of artists and architects share many practical and theoretical concerns and have entwined histories. It has long been the case that a wide range of artists are influenced by contemporary developments in the architectural field, and that architects look to the conceptual and methodological strategies of artists for ideas, the ‘expanded field’ of practice, described firstly by Rosalind Krauss in relation to sculpture and more recently by Anthony Vidler in relation to architecture, becoming a utopian site for the presentation of objects and scenarios for public consumption.
Curating Architecture ran over two years from January 2007. The research was carried out via two strands:
1. Four research seminars (March-December 2007) for a research group including artists, architects, curators, theorists. The research seminars will each be a day long and will be held at Goldsmiths College. A different international speaker will be asked to contribute a paper to each seminar and members of the research group will be invited to respond. The papers and proceedings will be published initially on the Curating Architecture website.
2. Four commissions developed alongside research seminars, organised by curators in the curating architecture team. The exhibition of works will take place between January and December 2008. The exhibitions and their sites will be determined through discussion with artists and producers and informed by discussions in seminars.