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Stiftung Künstlerdorf Schöppingen — CAP - Curating for Advanced Practices
CAP - Curating for Advanced Practices
CAP - Curating for Advanced Practices

The intrinsic expansion of artistic practices gives rise to today’s transdisciplinary understanding of art and culture. At the same time, social changes and identity politics are breaking down conventional notions of periphery and center. Needs for artistic productions are changing and audiences are expanding.


With these developments, the curator’s field of activity is also changing. The classical exhibition is replaced by innovative and experimental lecture series, publications, discussions, workshops, film screenings, or digital formats. Readings and performances manifest outside established structures.


The Stiftung Künstlerdorf organizes an annual curator’s program with the aim of developing new strategies and structures and clarifying implementation issues. The concept is derived from the meaning of curating, according to which it involves a deep understanding of social challenges as well as artistic processes and methods, and is not limited to one artistic field or one professional discipline. The program focuses on production conditions, financing needs, and contemporary forms of mediation and participation of stakeholders and other target groups.


With changing thematic focuses, the transdisciplinary program is designed by a group of four to ten experts from artistic and non-artistic fields. The program takes place during a period of about one to two weeks in July in the Künstlerdorf. During this time lectures are held and contents are discussed. There is a part of public program units and presentation, like exhibitions, musical contributions or readings. The program is accompanied by a publication.

Making Worlds
16. März — 31. Dezember 2024

„Making Worlds“ is an artist-led workshop series that builds on principles of holistic and relational learning and provides spaces for experience and empathy.

Beyond Literature
1. — 9. Juli 2023

In the second edition of the CAP (Curating for Advanced Practices) program, everything revolved around (new) forms of literature and those who make and facilitate them.

Towards Perma-Cultural Institutions: Exercises in Collective Thinking
11. — 18. Juli 2022

The seminar takes the concept of permaculture as a starting point for new thinking about the functionality of artistic systems and the different types of art institutions. The goal is to bring the teaching of plants and permaculture, which has served primarily as exhibition content, into the structures of cultural work in order to influence curatorial practice: How can permaculture ethics (Earthcare, Peoplecare, and Fairshare) spur a sustainable transformation of arts institutions that goes beyond a superficial application of ecological principles?

In addition to keynote lectures that were accessible online, there was an open event for interested people, artists and cultural practitioners to follow content and exchange with participants.