What is Curation?
Curation is the act of presenting art and cultural artefacts and other cultural expressions.
There are many different types of curators, who work in cultural institutions, museums and galleries, public space and who work with communities. There are artists who are curators and curators who are artists. Curation is something that everyone engages with, regardless of whether you are a visual artist, theatre-maker, musician or even a publisher putting together a book.
Today, the use of the term 'curate' has extended to people using it when they have "curated a playlist" or a "curated a selection of wine" or "curated a window display at the department store". Curation is the selection, arrangement and editing of items in a particular space and time that tells a story, albeit it not always a linear one. To "curate" is to make connections between histories and cultures, hidden in artworks and cultural artifacts and other cultural expressions.
At Dramaturgy x Curation we are interested in all curation, with knowledge and experience in how curation can support artists to make new work, by working through processes of reflection, articulation, investigation, provocation and integration to support the artists, the audiences, and the art. Their core task is to try to understand all the elements at play in a given project, and how they work together to create a dynamic.
Curation shares similar pragmatics as dramaturgy or producing, but is rooted in an understanding of the visual arts, which is fundamental to any cultural or creative expression.
^ This is a photo of Lynda Roberts, conducting one of a series of walking tours around Melbourne as part of her PhD on public art.
Lynda brought us on for a series of consultations, using dramaturgical tools to help her develop the performative aspect of her project.
We worked together on form, structure, flow, and how to make sure she was connecting with the material, and communicating it effectively with her audience.