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Publisher OnCurating.org

Executive Editor: Dorothee Richter
Editor-in-Chiefs: Dorothee Richter, Ronald Kolb

OnCurating.org is a non-profit association based in Zurich, Switzerland with a registered identification number. (President Dorothee Richter)
It runs the OnCurating Journal and an exhibition space in Zurich (oncurating-space.org). The journal is independent with focus on curating both on the web and in print. The publications are openly accessible on the website. It collaborates with different partner institutions.

With its base in Zurich, the OnCurating provides a space for experimental, critical and meta-curatorial practices, and is based on a multi-authored approach, bringing together various disciplines into play. Among other, OnCurating association is interested in the transformations of contemporary societies, the reorganization of labour, cultural policies, politics of inclusion/exclusion and issues poised by points of intersection. OnCurating publishing and OnCurating Projects are run by the association OnCurating.org e.V.

ISSN 2673-2904 (Online)
ISSN 2673-2955 (Print)

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The non-profit association OnCurating collaborates with the OnCurating Academy Verein, - non profit- registered in Berlin, Germany under the address
ZK/U, Siemensstraße 27, 10551 Berlin

The rights of contributions in the issues remain by the respective authors. Each publication is openly accessible on the website www.on-curating.org and can be downloaded and shared under the restriction of crediting the authors and/or OnCurating.org.

The Publisher is granted a non-exclusive right of use in respect of the online publication of the work without the obligation to make use of this right. The authors are entitled to make a PDF version of the work publicly accessible online via his/her personal website, an institutional server or a suitable subject-based repository once it has appeared in book form. This usage of rights is in compliance to the requirements by the of Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF).

Furthermore, the editorial practice of OnCurating with an evaluation process through the editors at large, and the advisory board members is applicable as a peer review practice.

Advisory board

Elke Krasny, Curator, architecture, urbanism, cultural theory

Elke Krasny is a curator, cultural theorist, and writer. She is professor at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, Austria.
Her theoretical and curatorial work is firmly rooted in socially engaged art and spatial practices, urban epistemology, post-colonial theory, and feminist historiography. In her conceptually driven and research-based curatorial practice she works along the intersections of art, architecture, education, feminism, landscape, spatial politics, and urbanism. She aims to contribute to innovation and debate in these fields through forging experimental post-disciplinary alliances between research, teaching, curating, and writing.

Nkule Mabaso, Curator at the Michaelis Galleries at the University of Cape Town

Nkule Mabaso is based in Cape Town. She currently works as curator at the Michaelis Galleries, at the university of Cape Town and is responsible for co-ordinating the exhibitions programme. Mabaso graduated with a Fine Arts degree from the University of Cape Town (2011) and received a Master’s in Curating at the Postgraduate Programme in Curating ZHdK, Zürich (2014). Her recent curatorial projects include curating the South African Pavilion at the 58th Venice Biennale, 2019 together with Dr. Nomusa Makhubu. the In 2017 she has also collaborated with the art historian, Manon Braat to towards the realization of the Exhibition and publication “Tell Freedom: 15 South Africa Artist”. She has authored articles and reviews in the OnCurating journal, Field Journal, Third Text. She serves on the committee of the UCT Works of Art Collection and other cultural institutions. Mabaso works collaboratively and her research interests engage the South Africa and Afro-continental context. She has curated shows and organised public talks in Switzerland, Malawi, Tanzania, and South Africa, and the Netherlands and all past projects are available: www.nkulemabaso.com.

Astrid Mania, Professor of Art Criticism and Modern Art History, HFBK Hamburg

Astrid Mania is currently Professor of Art Criticism and Modern Art History at HFBK Hamburg. As independent art critic, she also regularly contributes to Süddeutsche Zeitung and international art magazines, among them Artforum International. Together with Thomas Fischer, she recently co-edited "A Mental Masquerade - When Brian O'Doherty was a female art critic: Mary Josephson's collected writings."

Sarah Owens, Professor of Visual Communication at the Zurich University of the Arts, Zurich

Sarah Owens is an educator and researcher who focuses on the history, practice and mediation of visual artifacts, as well as the social and anthropological aspects of design. She currently chairs the subject area and directs the graduate programme in Visual Communication as well as research endeavours in this area at Zurich University of the Arts. She is a graduate of the University of Reading, the Royal College of Art in London, the University of Applied Sciences Augsburg and in 2009, was a fellow at the Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart.

Shwetal Patel, Kochi-Muziris Biennale, Consultant – International Partnerships

Writer and Researcher, Founding Member of Kochi-Muziris Biennale. PhD candidate at Winchester School of Art (University of Southampton).

Helena Reckitt, Reader in Curating, Goldsmith College, curator and feminist, London

Helena Reckitt is a curator, researcher and writer based in London, UK, where she is Reader in Curating in the Art Department at Goldsmiths, University of London. She has held curatorial and programming roles at institutions including the ICA, London, the Contemporary, Atlanta, and the Power Plant, Toronto, and has initiated exhibitions and discursive programmes independently for organisations such as the Blackwood Gallery, University of Toronto, Flux Projects, Atlanta, and The Showroom, London. With collaborators including artist Grace Ndiritu and curator Christine Shaw she has recently run a series of workshops on (un)learning habits of care in the cultural sector, and developing resistant, rather than compliant, subjectivities. These workshops form the basis of an informal cultural care network that she is developing in London with Lina Džuverović and Irene Revell. With Dorothee Richter and Simon Sheikh she is co-editing the Bloomsbury Reader in Curatorial Studies (2020, forthcoming).

Maayan Sheleff, independent art curator and artist based in Tel Aviv

Maayan Sheleff is an independent curator based in Tel Aviv, as well as the artistic advisor of The Art Cube Artists’ Studios in Jerusalem and the founder and curator of its international residency program, “LowRes Jerusalem”. Her projects take a reflexive approach towards participation and activism. She is currently studying for a Practice-Based PHD at the Curatorial platform, the University of Reading (UK) and ZHDK (CH), exploring political choirs, or the use of the collective human voice in participatory practices. Some of her recent projects include “The Infiltrators”, exhibition of participatory projects with African Asylum seekers, at Artport Gallery, Tel Aviv ( 2014), “Preaching to the Choir” at Herzlyia Museum in Israel (2015), and “50 years”, an activist project marking 50 year of Israeli occupation with Bet’selem human reights organization. She is currently working on an exhibition at the Bonnefantenmuseum in Maastricht, Holand, realted to her PHD research. She teaches in various academic institutions and her latest publication was Fear and Love in Graz, (in:) Empty Stages, Crowded Flats. Performativity as Curatorial Strategy, performing urgency #4, Editors Florian Malzacher and Janna Warsza.

Beat Wyss, emeritus professor for the history of art and ideas, Berlin, Venice

Beat Wyss (1947 in Basle) is a Swiss art historian, was professor ordinarius for art history and media theory at Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design, Germany, and member of the Heidelberg Academy of Sciences and Humanities.

Editors at Large

Dorothee Richter, Executive Editor and Professor in Contemporary Curating

President of the Association OnCurating Zurich

Since 1998, Richter has held lecturing posts at the University of Bremen, the Merz Akademie Stuttgart, the École des Beaux Arts in Geneva, and the University of Lüneburg alongside the travelling Exhibition/Archive “Curating Degree Zero Archive”. CDZA travelled to 18 different institutions, mainly in Europe, 2003-2008. From 1999 to the end of 2003, Richter was artistic director of the Künstlerhaus Bremen, where she curated a discursive programme based on feminist issues, urban situations, power relation issues, and institutional critique. In 2005 she founded the Postgraduate Programme in Curating, CAS/MAS at the ZHdK.
2012 she founded the PhD in Practice in Curating programme as a collaboration between the University of Reading and the ZHdK, in both institutions she helds a professorship.
She is directing in cooperation with others the OnCurating Project Space. (oncurating-space.org).

Curatorial projects among others: Fluxus Festival at Cabaret Voltaire (2008), New Social Sculptures at Kunstmuseum Thun (2012) Speculative Curating, Performative Interventions at Migros Museum for Contemporary Art (2016/17),  Small Project for Coming Communities, Stuttgart, Zürich (2019). She has co-curated numerous symposia, like Re-Visions of the Display (2009) with Jennifer Johns, Sigrid Schade; Institution as Medium. Curating as Institutional Critique? with Rein Wolfs (2010); Who is Afraid of the Public? at the ICA London with Elke Krasny, Silvia Simoncelli and the University of Reading (2013); Third, fourth and fifth spaces: Curatorial practices in new public and social (digital) spaces  with the Manifesta Journal and the Institute of Contemporary Art of the ZHdK (2013), with the Manifesta in Zürich Work, Migration, Memes, Personal Geopolitics, (2016), at the De-Colonizing Art Institutions (2017) Kunstmuseum Basel; Movements in Feminism / Feminisms in Movement: Urgencies, Emergencies, Promises, (2018) with Elke Krasny, Belvedere 21 Vienna; Curate Your Context: Methods on and of Curating (2019), Institut national d'histoire de l'art , Paris. Small projects for Coming Communities, Stuttgart, Zurich, Tel Aviv, Online, Seoul.

Her own PhD dealt with Fluxus, “Fluxus: Art – Synonymous with Life? Myths about Authorship, Production, Gender and Community”. In 2013, she released a film together with Ronald Kolb: Flux Us Now! Fluxus explored with a camera, which was screened for the first time at the Staatsgalerie Stuttgart in April 2013, at the Migros Museum in Zurich 2013, at the Museum Tinguely 2015, Ostwall Museum Dortmund 2015, Lentos Museum Linz 2017, Kunstmuseum Ulm, 2019, and different European art academies (www.fluxusnow.net) .

Ronald Kolb, researcher, lecturer, curator, designer and filmmaker in Stuttgart and Zurich

Ronald Kolb works as a designer, lecturer, and filmmaker in Stuttgart and Zurich. He was an Associate Professor at Merz Akademie, University of Applied Arts, Design and Media from 2009–2015 and is Co-Head at the Postgraduate Programme in Curating, ZHdK. He is one of the editors of large of the journal On-Curating.org, and runs together with others the OnCurating Project Space (oncurating-space.org).
Kolb’s doctoral dissertation (PhD), titled “Curating as Governmental Practices. Post-Exhibitionary Practices under Translocal Conditions in Governmental Constellations,” critically examines contemporary artistic-curatorial practices through a governmental lens, exploring their dynamics between representational power and participatory operations within both global and situated contexts.

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Contributors / Guest editors

OnCurating.org exists since 2008 as a publisher of the OnCurating Journal. The journal is read in about 120 countries.

The issues were taken up by different editors: CAS/ MAS in Curating, ZHdK; PhD in Practice in Curating, ZHdK and University of Reading; Folkwang Museum, Essen; Manifesta 11 Zurich; Curatorial study programme of School of Visual Arts in NY; IFCAR, Institute for Contemporary Art Research, ZHdK; Institute for Theory, ZHdK; Design Department, ZHdK; Kunstmuseum Basel; Kuenstlerhaus Stuttgart; Darmstaedter Tage fuer Neue Musik; Fridericianum in Kassel, united Feminist Curators, and other independent editors.

New collaboration partners are welcome. Please get in contact with us with a proposal and a list of contributors.
The costs for an issue are composed through a small publishing fee, layout (design and image reproduction) and proof reading and depending on the number of content (number of contributions and page count) appr. between 2000–5000 CHF.


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