Since its establishment in 2013, Dimensions Art Center has continuously explored working methods rooted in Chinese society with an open attitude and tried to interact with all social sectors and promote a great academic ecology. DAC Artists In Residency (DAIR), which lasted from 2014 to the present, has realized the above ideology very well. After half a year of preparation, we launched the Emerging Curator Program in 2018. The DAC Emerging Curator Program (DECP) includes two parts: “Recruitment of Curators in Residency” and “Emerging Young Curator for Exhibition Practice”.
The “Recruitment of Curators in Residency” was implemented jointly with the DAC Artists In Residency (DAIR) through the open recruitment of the residency platform to attract young curators from home and abroad to reside in and carry out the local on-site practice, to bring a broad vision and unique curatorial work methods to the local art community.
The “Emerging Young Curator for Exhibition Practice” started with the DAC Artists In Residency (DAIR) practice platform. Under the framework of the residency exhibition and social practice, it provides young curators with academic exhibition curation opportunities. In this project, young curators, starting from their academic perspective, take artist-in-residence creations as sample cases, and carry out the planning and practice of exhibitions as “executive curators” or “curators.” Young curators will face different types of artists and art exhibitions, face society and local culture together, conduct cross-field, cross-media, and cross-disciplinary research practice and knowledge accumulation, and then promote their academic theories and social cognition.
As the carrier of the public presentation of art, art exhibitions focus on effectively establishing the context of public communication and the public transformation of art content, to build a bridge between art and the public. Usually, mature curator exhibitors have an independent and complete multi-disciplinary theoretical system and wide-area social field knowledge.