Thursday, June 23, 2011

A curatorial position - Hans-Michael Herzog

I was lucky enough hear curator Dr Hans-Michael Herzog late last year. These are some notes I made during his discussion and they are a guide to my approach to curating this.

The so called curator comes with this 'wonderful idea' [from the top] and imposes it on the work. I am interested in an inductive process that works from the art upwards.

Herzog was delightfully scathing about curators - saying the role of the curator had become crazy, with a huge inflation of the role. He also said a person of normal intelligence will leave [most] art related events after 15 minutes because the events are too silly - also damning the whole business of curators indulging in travel related talks, with these becoming the main focus of curator's working lives, rather than the art.