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The Curator’s Workshop is a monthly gathering, open to all, that aims to foster discussions around curating, contemporary art practices and interdisciplinary theory.

The Curator’s Workshop # 7 | Power and Parasites
presented by Katherine Midgley

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In his 2018 book ‘Art After Money, Money After Art’, Max Haiven calls for the abolition of both money and art as they exist under Capitalism. His case centres on art being so compromised by money that it could never help to overthrow today's parasitic and exploitative system. But could there be a way in which art could seek to play the system at its own game, slowly feeding on those in power? Using biological case studies, Katherine Midgley will state the case for a rethinking of the parasite as a way in which small groups can leach power from the global hegemony. Could we use this idea of art-as-parasite as a way to complicate ideas of Critical Mass in the 21st century?

Katherine Midgley is an artist and curator based in Glasgow. She is the founder of Making Space, a collaborative project centred on a series of workshops for women and non-binary people to discuss politics together.

CCA Glasgow
12 December 2019

Image: Entamoeba histolytica x100mag UK NEQAS. Parasite microscopic image by Biology Open Educational Resources (CC License, Flickr)

The Curator’s Workshop # 6 | Living Ecological
with Kotryna Ula Kiliulyte and A+E Collective


As Extinction Rebellion gathers in major cities of the UK to demonstrate for climate and ecological issues, The Curator’s Workshop returns in October with a special event responding to Timothy Morton’s book ‘Being Ecological’ (2018). Co-hosted with artist Kotryna Ula Kiliulyte and joined by special guests like the A+E Collective, we will show screenings of artists’ videos and discuss together how to live ecological.

Kotryna Ula Kiliulyte is a Glasgow based artist and educator. She works with video, photography and installation. Her current research looks into migrations, climate change, plants and bioplastics.

A+E is a multidisciplinary collective from Glasgow, navigating the intersection of art and ecology. A+E’s practice consists of curation, art and publishing. We are leaning forward, staying with the trouble and taking notice of a climate in crisis. Mental health and wellbeing in the Anthropocene, disrupting anthropocentric tunnelvision and aligning in solidarity with the more than human around and inside us are the focus for our interdisciplinary work.

CCA Glasgow
10 October 2019

Image: Kotryna Ula Kiliulyte, Amateur Botanist, 2019. Single channel HD video. Duration: 5min59s

The Curator’s Workshop # 5 | The Exotic Gaze


The Curator's Workshop returns with a gathering focused on discussing the heritage of colonisation and its fictional, naive, though suprematist constructions. 

CCA Glasgow
12 September 2019

Image: Clément Cogitore, Les Indes galantes (2018), video 

The Curator’s Workshop # 4 | Curating from a con-textual space: Cannibal O
Presented by Catalina Barroso Luque

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In April 2019, artist and writer Catalina Barroso Luque invited 8 women to take part of Cannibal O, a silent reading of her homonymous barf (published by PSS) and a curatorial event hosted inside a womb-like installation at the CCA's Intermedia Gallery in Glasgow. This intimate event explored ideas of feminist cannibalism as related to female authored art and spectatorship.  

The next event of The Curator's Workshop will be the opportunity to hear the artist speaking about her project, and reflect together about dynamics of performativity, digestion and consumption and widely about hierarchies of power built around the body in regards to female-male / Western-non-Western relations.

Catalina Barroso-Luque is a Mexican artist and curator based in Glasgow. Catalina constructs narratives inhabited by surrogate female bodies, voices and texts, which foil how she relates to others and herself. Her practice spans across writing, installation and performance; utilising language and sexuality as instruments of power. Projects evolve out of extended research, artistic and curatorial processes where writing, making, and performative interactions with practitioners in other fields infect and inflect each other. Intimate collaborations and encounters, allow works to be sincere and present, while retaining a potent indignation that illustrates the violence these dynamics produce.

CCA Glasgow
11 July 2019

Image courtesy the artist

The Curator’s Workshop # 3 | Shadow Curator
Presented by Rachel Grant & Naoko Mabon


In the third install we will examine the position of the Shadow Curator as it relates to roles of dialogue, geographical isolation and critical support in curatorial practice. The Shadow Curator concept evolved through Nuno Sacramento’s PhD in curatorial practice at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, University of Dundee, titled ‘Shadow Curating: A Critical Portfolio’ (2006). He currently works as the Director of Peacock Visual Arts in Aberdeen. 
A selected chapter from ‘ARTocracy: Art, Informal Space, and Social Consequence’ by Nuno Sacramento and Claudia Zeiske will act as a platform to examine the possibilities and limitations within this position.  
Supported by freelance curators, Naoko Mabon and Rachel Grant. They are currently in the position of Shadow Curators at Peacock Visual Arts, Aberdeen for the Peacock Associates Curatorial Fellowship, an educational platform for artist/curators and curators working in the North East region of Scotland. 

CCA Glasgow
6 June 2019

The Curator’s Workshop # 2 | Post-Internet Mnemosyne

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To which extent the Internet has influenced contemporary artistic practices in their access to an expanded knowledge, as well as in the displays and forms of (re)presentation?  

This question will be the starting point to foster discussions during the next meeting of The Curator’s Workshop. 

CCA CCA Glasgow
9 May 2019

Image: Andrew Brooks, The Space Between, Kochi Biennale, 2018

The Curator’s Workshop # 1 | Cannibalism & Hybridity. Acting from the periphery


In our first meeting, we will speak about forms of cannibalism and hybridity in art as a postcolonial gesture starting from an essay by Inti Guerrero (When One Swallows the Canon. A Certain Way to Understand the 1998 Anthropophagic Bienal de São Paolo and Its Aftermath, in Manifesta Journal #1 2010-11), and extracts from Homi K. Bhabha’s The Location of Culture.  

CCA Glasgow
11 April 2019

Image: Helio Oiticica, Parangole

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