The Museum of Contemporary Art Zagreb


Vasif Kortun: Anchoring the Institution in a Hyper-Connected Time

Museum of Contemporary Art Zagreb, Wednesday, May 9th 2018 at 6 pm

In his lecture, Vasif Kortun will reflect on founding an institution in 2010s, during a time of shrinking public sphere, dissolving print media and eroding trust in the Museum. How does an institution maintain its integrity while being displaced from its historical burden? What could be the architectural, social and technical tools to introduce? How to retain a sense of experimentation without becoming a neo-liberal incubator? The talk with focus on the successes and failures of SALT in its search for media to communicate using readily available tools and developing others, maintaining a stubbornly content-driven approach and refraining from speaking from “one to many” while fostering an ecology of users and constituencies towards and expanded sense of ownership of the institution.

Vasif Kortun is a curator, writer and teacher in the field of contemporary visual art, its institutions, and spatial practices. He was the founding Director of Research and Programs of SALT in Turkey. Kortun serves on the board of directors of the Foundation for Arts Initiatives and SALT, and was on the CIMAM International Committee for Museums and Collections of Modern Art (2010-2015). A recipient of the Award for Curatorial Excellence from Bard College, he was the founding director of a number of institutions including the Platform Garanti Contemporary Art Center, Istanbul, Proje4L, İstanbul Museum of Contemporary Art and the Museum of the Center for Curatorial Studies. Kortun has worked on a number of biennales, including Taipei Biennial (2008) co-curated with ManRay Hsu, 9th International Istanbul Biennial (2005) co-curated with Charles Esche. Recent publications include VOTI: Union of the Imaginary: A Forum for Curators (Author & Co-Editor), 2017; 20: Collected Essays II, (Turkish, 2018).

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