十方青年策展人計劃｜DAC Emerging Curator Program（DECP）：
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 DAC Emerging Curator Program（DECP） in 2018. The 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.
DAC resident artists present a complete creative methodology in this project, including their artistic development experience, themes, and ideas of the residency plan, local research, and art creation. Young curators can use this as the main body of research. In the exchange of artists, respect the artist’s creative methodology as the prerequisite, combine the current era, and the local social environment to conduct theoretical combing and academic research on artist-in-residence creation.
While establishing the context of the public art communication, young curators are translating the art content to the public, thinking and establishing a dialogue between art and society, guiding the public to understand the content presented and then realizing the interaction of their emotions and cognition and their artistic concepts and values of communication. To this end, this project will involve the following work content, and young curators can participate selectively or fully according to their circumstances:
- Theme planning: preparing exhibition content and forming academic theories, establishing curatorial ideas, and determining the theme of the Exhibition;
- Content promotion: media strategy formulation, article writing, exhibition hosting and interaction;
- Exhibition of works: planning of exhibition venues, display plan and display methods of works;
Finally, the young curators implement the curatorial plan in an orderly manner according to the specific implementation plan. While the organization provides resources and team support, the art director, curator, project leader, and other staff will simultaneously participate with young curators and provide corresponding assistance and guidance in academic theory and curatorial practice.