Open Call for Curators // Stad en Architectuur Auditorium Lecture Series

Tuesday, Apr. 10, 2018

Stad en Architectuur vzw is inviting curators to apply for the curatorship of the lecture series Auditorium 18/19. The latest edition of Auditorium will take place from October 2018 to May 2019 in the STUK Arts Centre in Leuven, Belgium, on the topic ‘the matter of architecture’.

Stad en Architectuur vzw has been organising the Auditorium lecture series since 2001 in cooperation with the STUK Arts Centre and the department of Architecture of K.U. Leuven. This series has been bringing together a wide range of experience and expertise and centres around a common theme. The series will feature a mix of renowned designers and up-and-coming architectural talents on the verge of their international breakthrough. Some of the renowned speakers who have been featured at Auditorium are Lacaton & Vassal, Sou Fujimoto, MVRDV, West 8, Diener & Diener, Snohetta, Alvaro Siza, Charles Jenks, OMA (Rem Koolhaas), Henning Larsen and many others. The lectures are accessible to all: not just a professional audience of architects, urban planners and related professions attend this series. All those who have a cultural interest in architecture are returning visitors of the lectures.

The starting point for this series, ‘the matter of architecture’, is architectural space that is actually built. The lectures will look at architecture as a carrier of meaning, not just a problem-solver, in which materiality transcends itself and adds an emotional value for its users. A story about the creation of space, the manufacturability of the human framework. The theme ‘architecture and matter’ triggers the curator to start working with the aforementioned concepts which he translates into a relevant, coherent list of speakers. The lectures show work that pushes boundaries of the built, of materials, and of the will to build. Work that has as its basis the true concept of construction and forces us to truly look at spaces and feel them.

Stad en Architectuur would like to invite anyone who has a detailed knowledge of current international developments in contemporary architecture and is available to organise the entire event and can take part in any and all meetings concerning the project. The curator develops and organizes a lecture series of six lectures in total in the STUK Arts Centre in consultation with Stad en Architectuur. The assignment consists of creating a shortlist of potential speakers, booking said speakers, writing promotional materials, making practical arrangements, welcoming and introducing said speakers, and organizing debriefings.

Candidates must apply with a full proposal of lecture series by shortlisting a number of design agencies and motivating that shortlist. Stad en Architectuur will provide the curator with a fee of € 5500 to curate the entire project (the budget to elaborate the programme with fees and transports for lecturers is not included).

Application Info
Deadline: April 27, 2018

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