BLOCKFREI - Association for Culture and Communication
BLOCKFREI is an independent cultural organization founded in 2013 in Vienna. It is conceived as a platform for innovative cultural praxis with the goal to support the co-operation between cultural groups from Austria and other countries around the globe, with a special emphasis on South-Eastern Europe. Furthermore, considering that national groups from the mentioned region form a significant part of the Austrian society today and the great importance of the current and future interaction between the two, BLOCKFREI is aiming to contribute to the higher visibility of immigrant cultural and art production which is undoubtedly embedding itself into Austrian cultural landscape.
The fourth edition of the program, Curators’ Agenda: VIENNA 2018 (C’A), is taking place for six weeks in Vienna in September and October 2018. C’A presents an annual, know-how program for international, emerging curators who are interested in exploring Vienna’s contemporary art scene and deepening their practical knowledge on production and realization of exhibitions. The participants are selected on the basis of an open call, that is published worldwide five months before the program starts. The selection is based on the motivation letter and biography of the applicants. The selection committee includes one artist and one curator, both active in the Viennese contemporary art scene, as well as BLOCKFREI’s members.
The program includes following activities: visits to artists’ studios, museums, off spaces, art collections, meetings with both institutional and free-lance curators, specially designed guided tours through exhibitions in various museums and galleries as well as visiting current programs, which are taking place at that moment (Viennacontemporary, Parallel, Vienna Biennial, curated by). These activities take place during the first four weeks, four days a week (Mo-Thu). Fridays are left for the feedback sessions, in order to discuss participants’ needs, reflect together the previous week as well as to have time to concentrate on the preparations for the group exhibition.
The final part of the Curators’ Agenda program is preparation of a mutual group exhibition. Besides the intensive program, which introduces to the participants the Viennese contemporary art scene, a special focus is set on curating a mutual group exhibition. By reflecting on the lessons learned and by drawing upon their own experiences and competencies, participants are given a task to develop their own, personal approach to the Viennese contemporary art scene, create a concept and execute a mutual group exhibition. The exhibition is organized in partnership with the University of Applied Arts Vienna. Students interested in taking part in the group exhibition, curated by the participants of the C’A program, reply to an open call. This year the exhibition will take place at Krinzinger Projekte.
C’A program is also a platform for cultural exchange and collaboration both to international, emerging curators and to representatives of the Viennese contemporary art community. Besides an intensive schedule, where new contacts are being made, the participants are also being introduced to different artist-in-residence programs such as KulturKontakt, quartier 21 and das weisse haus, having the chance to get to know the visiting artists. The C’A program is designed to offer an overview of established as well as emerging players of the Viennese contemporary art scene and to provide the participating curators with a collaborative space for experimentation and innovation in an international setting, parallel to the development of practical skills.
Participants are required to stay during the whole program from 17 September – 29 October 2018. It is required from the participant to be present at all activities (studio visits, meetings with curators and cultural educators, lectures, workshops, etc.) and to take part in the exhibition realization.
Curators' Agenda program does not provide a place of residence. It is up to the participants to organize an accommodation according to their own needs and possibilities. Curators' Agenda program will, however, enable a virtual platform for the selected participants to meet and inquire about the possibilities of shared accommodation.
They are organising meetings and workshops on the premises of the University of Applied Arts Vienna or the visiting institution/organization/artist’s studio.