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Investigating the Concept of the Curator in Performing Arts

October 27, 2010

PuSh Festival’s Executive Director Norman Armour is a contributor to the edition of Frakcija #55: „Curating Performing Arts”

FRAKCIJA, a Performing Arts Magazine, was established in 1996 by a group of dramaturgs, theatre theoreticians, critics and artists based in Zagreb. From its first issue FRAKCIJA has been providing a theoretical and critical support for projects that were of marginal interest to the (not only Croatian) mainstream media, theatre criticism and official drama and theatre studies. Until 2000 FRAKCIJA has published one international issue every year, in collaboration with various production units, performing arts centres and festivals, such as Intercult (Stockholm), International Sommertheater Festival (Hamburg), Aarhus Festuge, Chapter Arts Centre (Cardiff) and DANCE festival (Munich).

We are happy to announce the editon of:
Frakcija #55: „Curating performing arts“

The concept of the curator has become more and more influential in the performing arts in recent years. But while it has been heavily discussed and theorized within the visual arts, the function of the programmer, producer, curator in the performing arts remains strangely un-debated. Even though programming in dance, theatre and performance has undergone fundamental changes over the last decades there are barely any texts that reflect on its specific role in art production and reception.

This edition of the performing art magazine Frakcija is the first publication fully dedicated to investigating the concept of the curator in performing arts, from its pragmatic limitations, its relations to art and artists up to its conditions within the field of immaterial labour and its role within the system of the art market. In original contributions theorists, artists and curators define the field of future discussions: From very concrete descriptions to abstract reflections on the very specific conditions of programming time based art. Coming out on November 6th, 2010.

With Essays by Beatrice von Bismarck (DE), Elke van Campenhout (BE), Florian Malzacher (AT/DE), Christine Peters (DE), Goran Sergej Pristaš (HR), Rebecca Schneider (US), Mårten Spångberg (SE), Tea Tupajić (HR) & Petra Zanki (HR)

Artist’s contributions by Deufert + Plischke (DE), Tim Etchells & Hugo
Glendinning (GB), Rabih Mroué (LB), Dan Perjovschi (RO) and Jan Ritsema

Conversations with Gabriele Brandstetter (DE), Hannah Hurtzig (DE), Hans Ulrich Obrist (GB/CH), Virve Sutinen (SE/FI) and Hilde Teuchies (BE)

And a Curator’s Glossary with contributions by Danjel Andersson (S), Norman Armour (CA), Vincent Baudriller (FR), Sven Birkeland (NO), Tom Bonte (B), Marie Collin (F), Lane Czaplinski (US), Sally De Kunst (CH/BE), Zvonimir Dobrović (HR), Juan Dominguez (ES), Silvia Fanti (IT), Vallejo Gantner (US), Sigrid Gareis (DE), Matthias von Hartz (DE), Stefan Hilterhaus (DE), Veronica Kaup-Hasler (AT), Frie Leysen (BE), Matthias Lilienthal (DE), Nayse Lopez (BR), Barbara Raes (BE), Christophe Slagmuylder (BE), György Szabó (HU), Annemie Vanackere (NL/BE), Barbara Van Lindt (NL/BE) & Gordana Vnuk (HR)

Edited by Florian Malzacher, Tea Tupajić & Petra Zanki

The magazine is published in collaboration with “The Curators’ Piece”
Ca. 120 pages, 11 Euro (plus 4 Euros international shipping costs)
Order at: frakcija@cdu.hr