/ecm diskurs 64: Call for Public Space: Building and Repairing Civic Life


Freitag, 3. März 2023, 19.00 Uhr
Universität für angewandte Kunst Wien, Flux1, 3. Stock
Vordere Zollamtsstraße 7, 1030 Wien

Sophie Goltz Director Salzburg International Summer Academy of Fine Arts
Moderation: Luisa Ziaja Chief Curator Belvedere, /ecm Team of Directors

Based on the repercussions of Documenta Fifteen and connected with the question of public (art) spaces, this lecture will present artistic and curatorial strategies around notions of remembering. Lately, it was called "Versöhnungstheater" (spectacle of reconciliation, Czollek), the German Erinnerungskultur (remembrance culture) is questioned in these projects and its institutional manifestations be it a memorial site, museum, archive, walkabout, ritual, or gesture. With which understanding of public space – and thus infrastructure – do artists and curators develop strategies of alternative forms of remembering? What role do compromises play towards a not-yet reconciliation?

Sophie Goltz lives and works in Salzburg and Berlin as a curator, art educator, and writer. In 2020, she was appointed director of the Salzburg International Summer Academy of Fine Arts. From 2017 to 2020, she taught as an Assistant Professor in the new Museum Studies and Curatorial Practice (MA) program at the School of Art, Design and Media at Nanyang Technological University Singapore. She served as Deputy Director of Research and Academic Education at NTU Center for Contemporary Art Singapore (NTU CCA Singapore). From 2013 to 2016, she was the Artistic Director of Stadtkuratorin Hamburg. From 2008 to 2017, she worked as a curator at Neuer Berliner Kunstverein (n.b.k.), where she also became the Head of Communications and Art Education until 2013. Most recently, Goltz published Culture City. Culture Scape. (co-authored with Ute Meta Bauer and Khim Ong, NUS Press, 2021) and Passages. Art in Public Space Hamburg since 1981 (forthcoming, Spector Books) reflects on her time as Artistic Director of Stadtkuratorin Hamburg.