press release

MJ Manifesta Journal, the international magazine for contemporary curatorial practices, is organising a series of discussions related to theoretical issues published in the journal. The discussions will take place in Sofia, Vilnius, Ljubljana, Moscow and Kiev in the course of 2004 and the beginning of 2005.

MJ Manifesta Journal focuses on issues of curatorial work, its strategies, conditions, dilemmas, and contexts. The aim of curatorial reflection will be explored in the first discussion on November 12, 2004 in collaboration with the Institute of Contemporary Art- Sofia, which will be followed by a publication in MJ Manifesta Journal # 5.

The discussion “Curators and Artists: Changing relations and perspectives” is open to the public.

The role and function of the curator within the field of contemporary art has changed tremendously the past decade. The independence and responsibility involved seem to have increased. The attention the curator receives, as well as his or her identity have become an important issue of discussion for artists and art professionals. The traditional boundaries between those who create and those who mediate, in terms of organisers, facilitators to collaborators in the creative process with the artist, become increasingly difficult to define. In fact, where does the work of artists end and where does that of curators begin? What conditions have influenced this division of labour, of roles, of responsibilities? Under what circumstances have the distinctions between the two become blurred? Is curating a meta-discourse or does it exist on the same level as an art practice? What influence has institutional critique had on institutional practice? Should artists influence the structures and processes of institutions? Why, when, how?

MJ Manifesta Journal and the MJ discussions are an initiative of the International Foundation Manifesta, the co-producer of the Manifesta Biennial and supported by the Culture 2000 Programme of the European Commission, the Allianz Kulturstiftung, Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds and Mondriaan Foundation.


only in german

Curators and Artists: Changing relations and perspectives / Diskussion
MJ Manifesta Journal 1st Discussion
International Foundation Manifesta, Amsterdam
Ort: Goethe Institute, Sofia
2.11.04, 17:00

TeilnehmerInnen: Luchezar Boyadjiev, Massimiliano Gioni, Ali Subotnick, Raimundas Malasauskas, Nedko Solakov

Einführung: Marieke van Hal, Iara Boubnova

12.11.04 Goethe-Institut Sofia
23.11.04 Contemporary Art Center, Vilnius
27.1.05 Moscow Contemporary Art Museum, Moskau