The reader presents a cross-section of the voices that populate the ongoing debate about, on the one hand, how and in what terms curating functions as a critical cultural practice, and on the other, what methodologies and histories exist with which we can critically analyse curatorial work today. This collection of essays was first published in 2007 by Revolver, in Frankfurt am Main and ICE, Institute for Curatorship and Education, Edinburgh College of Art as the first ICE Reader.
The Reader was quickly sold-out and it is in the spirit of wishing to make the valuable contributions within available to a broader public that we are reissuing the entire book as an issue of the on-curating journal. The Book was conceived of by its guest-editors Barnaby Drabble, curator and lecturer ECAV and Dorothee Richter, curator and head of Postgraduate Program in Curating, Institute Cultural Studies of the Arts, Departement Cultural Analysis, Zurich University of the Arts, and commissioned and edited by Marianne Eigenheer, director of the Institute for Curatorship and Education at Edinburgh College of Art and editor of the ICE series. We are very grateful to all authors and contributors for their permission to re-publish, and to all supporters of the original publication.