Jacina Leong, Concentric Curriculum Thinking with, and acting from, this place: caring in and through the ethics, methods and purposes of our practices Open CallDates: EOI Due: Monday 27th July, 2020
“Thinking with, and acting from, this place: caring in and through the ethics, methods and purposes of our practices”
APPLICATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED
Bus Projects and Jacina Leong invite you to submit an expression of interest for ‘Thinking with, and acting from, this place: caring in and through the ethics, methods and purposes of our practices’. This free, four-part workshop will take place via Zoom, facilitated by artist-curator, Jacina Leong.
From climate emergencies to global pandemics, to care in complex human and more-than-human worlds, amidst ongoing political, social and ecological challenges, is a weighted undertaking for contemporary curatorial practice, at once ‘globally implicated and radically situated’ , to critically and creatively grapple with. In this workshop series, we invite creative practitioners, whose work resonates with contemporary curatorial practice — that is, of bringing people together to explore and respond to complex challenges — to re-evaluate and re-imagine the methods, ethics and purposes of our practices.
In doing so, this four-part facilitated workshop will explore not only what bringing people together makes possible, but also the following sorts of questions: What are our methods and how do they shape the ethics and purposes of our work? What new forms of sociality might emerge from these moments? What are the implications of bringing people together online, as physical isolation continues? How can we use this time as an opportunity, not to return to the same habits, but to think through inventive methods ready to meet new demands and needs? What methods should we let go off? What methods do we take forward? And finally, for who do we care, what for, why and how, in and through our practices?
Each workshop relates to four overarching themes — Situating Presents, Curatorial Traces, Complicating Care, Possible Futures — and will combine shared reflection and group discussion about our past and recent experiences, and how, as practitioners bringing people together to explore and respond to complex challenges, we might take up the challenge to ‘think-with, & act from, this place’ .
(applicants are encouraged to attend all four sessions)
Session 1: Situating Presents, Thursday, 6 August 2020, 5PM – 7PM (AEST)
Session 2: Curatorial Traces, Thursday, 13 August 2020, 5PM – 7PM (AEST)
Session 3: Complicating Care, Thursday, 20 August 2020, 5PM – 7PM (AEST)
Session 4: Possible Futures, Thursday, 27 August 2020, 5PM – 7PM (AEST)
WHO CAN APPLY
Bus Projects welcomes applications from individual arts practitioners at all career stages. This workshop is open to participants whose practices resonate with contemporary curatorial practice — that is, whose practice is concerned with bringing people together to explore and respond to complex (social, ecological, political) challenges, through experimental and socially engaged, collaborative and participatory, transdisciplinary and pedagogic formats. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander practitioners are particularly encouraged to apply.
The EOI for this workshop series closes at midnight Monday 27th July, 2020. Applications should be submitted through our online form. After the closing date, a shortlist of applicants will be invited to participate in the workshop series. Applicants are encouraged to check the dates as we would like to involve all participants in all four sessions as an ongoing process.
References:  AusSTS. 2019. ‘AusSTS Graduate Workshop.’ AusSTS. http://topendsts.cdu.edu.au/aussts2020-workshop/call-for-apps-2020/  Osborne, Natalie. 2019. ‘For still possible cities: A politics of failure for the politically depressed.’ Australian Geographer, vol. 50: pp. 145–154. doi: 10.1080/00049182.2018.1530717.
Image credit Courtesy of Ars Electronica Futurelab Academy.
Jacina was born in Melbourne on the lands of the Wurundjeri people of the eastern Kulin Nations, to a Hong Kong immigrant and first generation Australian-Italian, grew up in Brisbane on the lands of the Turrbul and Yugara people, and now lives and works on unceded lands in Melbourne. She believes that responses to complex challenges (social, political, and ecological) necessitate not only transdisciplinary collaborations but also an ethics of care. She is committed to the roles that cultural and other civic institutions can play in bringing people together to explore and respond to complex challenges through purposeful and situated, critical-creative initiatives. This commitment has been shaped by professional and personal experiences working, since 2008, with and for universities, national and international festivals, museums and galleries, libraries and schools. It is a commitment that underpins Jacina’s work as an artist-curator, educator and researcher as a PhD candidate at RMIT University. To learn more, visit www.jacinaleong.com
The artist fees for this workshop are being donated to Pay The Rent.