Curating Diversity

Taught by Du Yun, Julia Gerlach and Vigdis Jakobsdottir


Submission period

Mon Mar 7 at 05AM UTC

End of submission period

Thu Apr 14 at 09:59PM UTC

Results date

Sat Apr 30 at 04PM UTC

Entry or Course Fee

Course participation 340 €


For participants born after 1st of July 1987
5th–10th July 2022 at Time of Music Festival, Viitasaari, Finland

What does curating music mean in the world that we live in today? Does a curator – that can today imply in the field of music an artistic director, performer, composer, collective, programmer or producer – have a social role to play? What makes a work or performance connect with audiences today, and how are we producers and facilitators sensitive to the ambitions of creators? How can we rethink music presentation to better reflect and resonate with different societies and communities of today? Is the modern curator obliged to take on social responsibility? What are the curatorial concepts and methodologies used in other art fields that the musical world could learn from?

Curatorship and curationism have become important buzzwords in the art world and world at large during the last decades. The classical and new music field, the ensembles and festivals involved are, too, moving towards more hybrid, collaborative projects and processes that involve other art forms that ask for new methodologies. Currently there are few educational programmes where to learn and discuss these questions in the contemporary music world, so emerging music curators and programmers must learn their trade as best they can through internships or by trial and error.

Course description

During the “Curating Diversity Course“ mentors will give presentations on their work as curators, discuss different approaches linked to that and lead workshops that target questions and challenges involved with programming and building projects involving different communities, institutions and audiences. In addition to these guest lecturers, the Artistic Director of Time of Music Johan Tallgren and artists participating in the festival will participate in discussions on specific topics. Some of the panels will be part of the general programme of the festival.

The course will focus more on ethical and positional questions of today as opposed to purely technical aspects (like local fundraising and production realities). Discussions in class will cover questions like; challenges of public and private space, collaborative and participatory strategies, working with archives and existing material, modern identity-politics initiated by digital media, curatorship as activism proposing social change, diversity, gender and inclusivity to name a few. The course will include opportunities to work in smaller groups with mentors where participants own projects and ambitions can be discussed. For the last day of the course the participants will prepare a public discussion & outcome (“manifesto”) around what they consider the important questions in curating in the new music field today.


Applying students should have some experience and traceable history on own work that links to curatorship. They should be willing to discuss in class own projects and discuss / share challenges they have experienced themselves. They should in the letter of interest lift up questions that they would want that would be discussed during the course, equally write what they could contribute themselves.

The course will include participants selected from this international call as well as nominated stipendiates and researchers in the context of the Creative Europe funded Sounds Now project.

The course will be taught in English and the applicants should be born after 1st of July 1987.

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