Staff Profile:Dr. Dorothee Richter

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Professor in Contemporary Curating

is since 2005 head of the Postgraduate Programme in Curating (MAS/CAS) www, at the University of the Arts Zurich (ZHdK). She also co-founded with Susanne Clausen the "Research Platform for Curating, Practice-Based Doctoral Programme" a cooperation of the Postgraduate Programme in Curating and the Department of Fine Arts, University of Reading, now PhD in practice in curating. From 1999 to the end of 2003, Richter was artistic director of the Künstlerhaus Bremen where she curated a discursive programme based on feminist issues, urban situations, power relation issues, institutional critique. She worked as a curator ever since.

Since 1998, Richter has held lecturing posts at the University of Bremen, the Merzakademie Stuttgart, the École des Beaux Arts in Geneva, and the Universiy of Lüneburg alongside the traveling Exhibition / Archive "Curating Degree Zero Archive". She co-curated numerous Symposia like "Re-Visions of the Display" 2009, coop. Jennifer Johns, Sigrid Schade, Migros Museum in Zurich. 2010 "Institution as Medium. Curating as Institutional Critique?" coop. with Rein Wolfs, in 2013 the symposium "Who is afraid of the public?" at the ICA London, coop. with Elke Krasny, Silvia Simoncelli and the University of Reading, also the symposium with the Manifesta Journal and the Institute of Contemporary Art of the ZHdk " Third, fourth and fifth spaces: Curatorial practices in new public and social (digital) spaces" at the Migros Museum 2013. One of her 90 publications is her PhD "Fluxus. Kunst gleich Leben? Mythen um Autorschaft, Produktion, Geschlecht und Gemeinschaft" and the new Internet platform which presents current approaches to critical curatorial practice , with 32 Issues of OnCurating, both in print and online.

In 2013 she published a film together with Ronald Kolb: „Flux Us Now! Fluxus explored with a camera." which was screened for the first time at Staatsgalerie Stuttgart in April 2013, Migros Museum in Zürich and different European art academies. In September 2013 she was appointed as mentor for POOL, (Collection of Hoffmann and Ringier) Zürich. In 2014 the Cultural Department of the city of Zurich appointed her as the curator/ programmer of half of Gasthaus zum Baeren / Museum Baerengasse, where she did run a programme together with young curators under the title "Curate Your Context". As a cooperation project with the Centre of Art and Media (ZKM) Karlsruhe, Dorothee Richter and Ronald Kolb are working on a video archive with interviews with contemporary curators. Working Title is "CURATING politics of display, politics of site, politics of transfer and translation", with 52 detailed video interviews with internationally acclaimed curators, such as Peter Weibel, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Stella Rollig, Rein Wolfs, Beatrix Ruf, Daniel Baumann.

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I welcome enquiries from prospective postgraduate students who would like to work on such topics as: research in and through curatorial practice, film and video, digital practice, collective practice(s), curating contemporary feminism, political art, alternative spaces, as well as relational curating.

Please also see Research Platform in Curating

Dr Dorothe Richter

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