DJ Curator


An educational programme from the The Role of Art / Roles in Art course catalogue for the HAVEL exhibition.

 

The “curator” role.


A curator of contemporary art chooses the topic of his or her exhibition, and then selects artists and their works that will comprise it. A curator mediates art to the viewer. Let’s ask ourselves this question: What can art exhibitions and the mass media have in common? The mass media select news from around the world for us and de facto “curate” our overview of current events, just as a curator takes care of our overview of contemporary art. Media often use various practices so that their products sell better on the market and are successful. Can we also find a range in art, from serious topics and reputable sources, to a “tabloid” approach? What can art exhibitions and the mass media have in common?

The DH Curator programme works with the HAVEL exhibition, which depicts moments from the life of the former president through photographs and film footage from three artists. The programme aims to familiarize students with the role of a curator while going beyond the cope of the exhibition itself – to consider how the media help create narratives and the celebrities about whom they write and thanks to whom they sell.

People want to be successful: in art too, and often at any price; it is therefore necessary to subject information, images, and important news on events and people to critical examination. Sensational news need not always correspond to reality. The critical thinking in the form of critical reading and viewing that the DJ Curator programme attempts to develop will help students realize the nature of such news in the most direct way possible: they will create it themselves.

For teachers who are interested in more information on this topic, we recommend the documentary Starsuckers (2009).

This educational programme will be adapted to the ages of its participants, and will feature suitable artistic activities, reflective dialogue, use of multimedia technology, and more.

Suitable for teachers of Art, Social Studies, Czech, History, Media Studies

 

Programme duration: 90 - 120 min

 

Target group: elementary and high school students, special-interest groups

 

Programme price: 400 CZK/group (500 CZK/group in English) + exhibition admission

 

Exhibition admission: 40 CZK/student (free entry for accompanying teacher)

 

This educational programme must be ordered at least two weeks in advance of the desired date.

 

Reservations and more information: skoly@dox.cz, 295 568 104