View of artist Tania Candiani installation for the Srishti Outpost group exhibition at the Kochi-Muziris biennale (2017).
Srishti Institute of Art, Design & Technology offers a pathway in Curatorial Practices: Film, Media & Visual Arts. This is a two-year, full-time Masters programme designed to develop professional and academic excellence in the field of curating and to encourage students to curate projects and create a national and international network of peers and collaborators for their work.
This specialisation is founded on the premise that there is no separation between practice and theory in curatorial work and that curators operate across a vast ecology of contexts and spaces, from the museum, to the commercial gallery, to the artist-led space, to the festival, to a lab, to new creative ventures. In today’s art world, the role of the curator often blends in with that of the artist, the publisher, the researcher, the archivist, and the creative entrepreneur. This programme responds to such interdisciplinarity by offering practice-led learning that combines the study of art history, aesthetics and exhibition histories with developing skills in critical writing and thinking, as well as project development and management. The students will explore the ethical, philosophical and political dimensions of current debates in contemporary art and culture, and will be encouraged to respond to the historical, political and cultural contexts of South Asia.
The programme adopts the methodology of fine art practice and supports the development of an independent practice and research. It will offer a combination of taught seminars and workshops, along with the production of curatorial projects developed individually or in groups. The workshops will cover subjects such as critical writing, reading, and hands-on skills in exhibition design and project management. The programme will also include talks and visits with professionals in the art and cultural sectors, and students will benefit from the connections they will establish with artists, curators, gallerists and creative entrepreneurs.
The students of Curatorial Practices will be creative, critical, inquisitive, and independent while being open to experimentation and collaboration. They will acquire the criticality, skills and flexibility to work in the ever-changing contexts of the contemporary art world and cultural production, and they will have a strong awareness and understanding of international and national socio-cultural and political discourses in the field. Students will be encouraged to also focus on a local sets of practices, to evolve a method and practice that learns from, transforms and contributes to the local scenario as much as the global. Here doing surveys, documenting, interviewing and archiving will become important tools to expand the definition of curatorial practice.
At the end of the 2-year programme the students will produce a final curatorial project and a research dissertation.
This is a unique programme as it is rooted in the interdisciplinary art, design and technology context of Srishti, and it will develop in collaboration with professionals, arts organisations and cultural platforms operating in the region and abroad.