In April 1-5, 2019 internationally renowned, independent curator Lauren Reid from Berlin will host at Vilnius Academy of Arts, Graphic Art Department. She will read open lectures, lead creative workshops, invite students for meetings, portfolio reviews. Lauren Reid is as an independent curator who works at the intersection of film, exhibition-making and anthropology. She is Co-Director of Insitu collective, lecturer at Node Center for Curatorial Studies and Co-Founder of the Project Space Festival Berlin.

Since 2010, Lauren has curated over thirty exhibitions internationally at locations such as the Kunsthal Viborg, Denmark as part of the European Capital of Culture 2017 and upcoming in Casino, Luxembourg. Significant exhibitions include ‘Haunted Thresholds: Spirituality in Contemporary Southeast Asia’ (2014) in collaboration with the research network Dynamics of Religion in Southeast Asia (DORISEA) and ‘A Brief History of Memory’ (2014), a strategic project at the Moscow Museum of Modern Art for the IV Moscow Biennial of Young Art.

Insitu collective (from left to right): Gilles Neiens, Nora Mayr, Lauren Reid, Marie Graftieaux

At Node Center for Curatorial Studies Lauren teaches the courses ‘Expanding Exhibitions: Innovative Approaches to Exhibition-Making’ and ‘Key Moments in the History of Curating’. She has a special interest in creatively exploring the potentials of exhibition-making, as demonstrated by her workshops ‘The Next Big Thing: Futures of Exhibitions’ at European Cultural Academy, Venice (2017) and ‘Creative Writing in Three-Dimensions - Can an exhibition be a story?’ at the Silapakorn University, Bangkok (2015). Lauren’s writing has been published on the online anthropology website Allegra Lab, in ISSUE Art Journal, Singapore, and more.

Beyond the Final Frontier (install view) 2019. Curated by Lauren Reid for S.A.C. Subhashok The Arts Centre, Bangkok. Photo: Preecha Pattara

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Lauren Reid’s workshops at the VAA will be related to her expertise in exhibition-making. Over the week, she will share creative strategies in curating by presenting a wide variety of innovative curatorial approaches that are designed to open up the students’ ways of thinking about their practice from the white cube and beyond. These workshops will focus on key themes and debates within exhibition-making such as the role of the curator, boundary-pushing curatorial concepts, and working with other disciplines. It will cross both inventive exhibition strategies as well as curatorial critique. Students will take a hands-on role in the workshops and be lead through exercises that are designed to further develop their own ideas and provide an opportunity for lively debate and feedback. By the end of the week, each student will develop a proposal for a hypothetical exhibition. These proposals will be installed as an exhibition themselves, and students will work to apply their new knowledge to present their proposals in engaging and creative formats.

Corridor I: Onkalo (install view) 2016. Curated by insitu collective at insitu, Berlin. Photo: Markus Georg

We invite you to register for creative workshop: Indicating: name, surname, study program, course, phone number, e-mail address, adding a few sentences about motivation as well. Group of participants – 15

Open lectures are for all:
April 2 13.30-15.00 Open lecture ‘Key Moments in the History of Curating’ (Malūnų str. 3, Building C, PhD department, room 102)
April 4  10.00-11.30 Open lecture ‘Sharing the experience: Project Space Festival and running an independent art space in Berlin’ (Malūnų str. 3, Building C, PhD department, room 102)

Organizes: VAA Graphic Art Department Assoc. Prof. Marija Marcelionytė-Paliukė
Supports: Education Exchanges Support Foundation, Vilnius Academy of Arts

Beyond the Final Frontier (install view) 2019. Curated by Lauren Reid for S.A.C. Subhashok The Arts Centre, Bangkok. Photo: Preecha Pattara