[S-fotografie] Re: JOB: PhD Position in Curatorial Research

Tiziana SERENA tiziana.serena a gmail.com
Mer 20 Maggio 2015 15:05:28 CEST

agli interessati. Cordialmente, Tiziana Serena
> Subject: JOB: PhD Position in Curatorial Research
> Antwerp, Belgium, October 1, 2015 - October 1, 2019
> Application deadline: Jun 30, 2015
> PhD Position in Curatorial Research
> Art Against the Grain of “Collective Sisyphus:” The Case of Allan
> Sekula’s Ship of Fools / The Dockers’ Museum (2010-2013)
> The University of Leuven (KU Leuven, Lieven Gevaert Research Centre for
> Photography) and Museum voor Hedendaagse Kunst Antwerpen (M HKA) search
> to employ a PhD-candidate (full time / 2 (+2) years appointment,
> 2015-2019). The research will be conducted under the supervision of
> Prof. dr. Hilde Van Gelder (KU Leuven), dr. Mieke Bleyen (KU Leuven),
> and dr. Edwin Carels (M HKA).
> The position is available within the framework of a research project
> entitled ‘Art Against the Grain of “Collective Sisyphus:” The Case of
> Allan Sekula’s Ship of Fools / The Dockers’ Museum (2010-2013).’ Funded
> by KU Leuven and FWO (Research Foundation–Flanders), and hosted by KU
> Leuven and M HKA, it centers on a concrete case study: Ship of Fools /
> The Dockers’ Museum by the US artist, theoretician, critic, teacher and
> poet Allan Sekula (1951-2013). Sekula produced this unfinished,
> multifaceted and variably installable artwork, containing around two
> thousand objects, at the very end of his life. Its overarching theme is
> “dead labor.” With this notion, Sekula hints at collective efforts of
> human labor irretrievably lost in history. In his view, joint forces of
> past generations still have not sufficiently led to constructing real
> civil alliances among people, such as an international imposition of
> fair labor conditions. The project asks how Sekula’s last work,
> recently acquired by M HKA, aims to go “against the grain” of this
> “collective Sisyphus” by imagining possible forms of human solidarity
> in a globalized economy confronted to an ever-more critical extent with
> its own limitations. Interdisciplinarity is the project’s key asset: it
> aims at a cross-fertilization of theory and practice. Hence, this
> PhD-trajectory in Curatorial Research will be conducted in close
> interaction with a second PhD-student in Art History, who pursues
> research on Ship of Fools / The Dockers’ Museum from a theoretical
> perspective. Therefore, whereas the PhD-student in Curatorial Research
> will have her/his main office space at M HKA, where she/he will
> collaborate closely with M HKA’s research and collection team, a
> regular interaction will be built with members of the research team
> based at the Lieven Gevaert Centre in Leuven.
> Job Description
> The principal stake of the PhD-trajectory in Curatorial Research is
> articulating an adequate approach to define relevant ‘dispostifs’ for
> Ship of Fools / The Dockers’ Museum. The PhD will need to eloquently
> come to terms with the ways how Sekula integrated ‘curating’ into his
> own artistic production and in what sense such artistic activities may
> affect existing museum practices of collection conservation, disclosure
> and display.
> The successful candidate is therefore expected to develop a
> research-based curatorial practice leading up towards a final
> PhD-result that consists of a newly conceived, major exhibition of Ship
> of Fools / The Dockers’ Museum, which will be accompanied by a written
> exegesis (exhibition catalogue). Both components need to be a
> doctoral-level contribution that has substantial cultural significance.
> The PhD-student is expected to build up towards this final outcome via
> intermediary outputs, which consist of both exhibitions and
> publications.
> The PhD-student will furthermore contribute to the general activities
> of the research project (organization of workshops/conferences and of
> meetings of the project’s steering committee in curatorial research,
> and develop international contacts in the field of curatorial
> research). She/he will also be involved in teaching related to the
> research project and/or her/his curatorial research expertise.
> Job Requirements
> Applicants are required:
> - to hold a Master’s degree in Art History or Curatorial Research, or
> are able to convincingly prove equivalent knowledge when they have a
> Master’s qualification in a relevant discipline;
> - to demonstrate advanced knowledge of contemporary art, art history,
> arts institutions, and research-driven artistic practices;
> -to possess relevant work experience with presentational platforms, at
> an international level;
> -to provide evidence of their research excellence by means of a list of
> curated exhibitions and publications (catalogues, essays, papers, etc.);
> -to have a high level of English and outstanding writing, research, and
> organisational skills.
> Familiarity with the work of Allan Sekula will be taken into
> consideration as a plus.
> Salary
> This is a 100% PhD-bursary position, fully salaried and containing all
> social security advantages conform to Belgian labor legislation.
> Application Procedure
> Please send a motivated letter of application and an extensive CV
> (which may include selected illustrations of your previous projects) in
> pdf-format via e-mail to:
> Mr. Dieter Vankeirsbilck
> Managing Director
> M HKA, Museum voor Hedendaagse Kunst Antwerpen
> dieter.vankeirsbilck a muhka.be
> The closing date for applications is 30 June 2015. Selected candidates
> will be contacted for an interview by 20 July 2015. Candidates invited
> for this interview, which will be held on 4 September 2015 in Antwerp,
> will be asked to write a short research proposal (max. 750 words) by 15
> August 2015. The successful candidate will engage to move to Belgium
> and is scheduled to start on 1 October 2015.
> For more information, we kindly refer to the homepages of M HKA
> (http://www.muhka.be/) and the Lieven Gevaert Centre
> (www.lievengevaertcentre.be)

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