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Emerging Curator Program

Aiming to continuously rethink and re-examine the scope and the boundaries of “curating architecture,” the CCA solicits ideas for projects that take innovative curatorial approaches and experimental formats.

The Emerging Curator program offers the opportunity to propose and curate a project at the CCA related to contemporary debates in architecture, urban issues, landscape design, and cultural and social dynamics. The project is to be developed during a residency of three months at the CCA.

The CCA encourages a wide range of proposals for curatorial projects with a broad scope. Proposals must bring an innovative curatorial model to the contemporary discourse on architecture. The CCA seeks proposals that use the curatorial project as a tool to foster ideas, to question relevant positions, to introduce new research themes, and to critique current modalities, with the ultimate goal of advancing new thinking for architecture and the built environment. Particular attention will be given to projects that intend to locate the discourse of architecture within a broader context across disciplines and practices.

The output of the proposal may follow many trajectories, and the result may be as varied as an editorial project, a program of seminars and research colloquiums, a series of public events or workshops, the production of visual content to be explored through the web and social media, or a physical or virtual exhibition. Interdisciplinary and collaborative practices are encouraged.

The selected candidate will become acquainted with the CCA’s institutional knowledge and vision, explore the institution’s resources and the collection holdings, and apply her/his curatorial direction to develop the proposed project. The CCA will provide guidance towards the project’s realization in accordance with the curatorial direction of the institution.

The residency should take place between September 2019 and May 2020 and can be divided into several sessions. The project should be completed by fall 2020.

The deadline for applications is 1 March 2019.

Eligibility and terms

Architects, journalists, designers, critics, historians, photographers, artists, and other scholars and professionals born on or after 1 January 1984 are eligible for this program, regardless of citizenship and place of residence.

The recipient will receive a maximum of $12,000 CAN to cover travel, housing, and living expenses for a period of up to three months in Montreal (subject to the income tax laws of Canada and Quebec). The languages in use at the CCA are English and French.

Collective or collaborative projects are welcome; however, only one person will be eligible for the residency to realize the project on behalf of the group.

All submissions must be new projects, never presented, published, or realized before.

The scope of the project and specific timing of the residency will be determined in consultation with the Chief Curator, CCA. No more than one project per applicant will be accepted.

Application requirements

Applications should be submitted through the CCA online application portal and consist of the following documents and information, in English or French (in a PDF file of up to 5 MB maximum):

1) A curatorial statement (1,500 to 2,000 words, with no more than ten images), including the description of the project and strategic justification. The document must also include a plan and a working schedule;

2) A curriculum vitae detailing education, research and professional experience, working languages, and any other relevant information;

3) A representative selection of a few realized projects that convey an impression of the candidate’s distinctive approach;

4) Contact information for two academic or professional references who are familiar with the candidate and his or her work.

Only applications submitted through the online application portal will be accepted.

Selection

The CCA will select a project according to the following criteria: originality of the curatorial statement and approach, relevance to architectural thinking and practice, expertise and trajectory of the candidate, feasibility, and relevance to the curatorial direction and vision of the CCA.

The CCA will notify all applicants by early May 2019.

The agreement will be effective only after the applicant has obtained all required authorization from the immigration authorities of both Quebec and Canada.

For more information, please send an email to curatorialopportunities@cca.qc.ca.

Recipients

2018–2019
Sben Korsh, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong S.A.R.
Maxime Decaudin, Université Paris-Sorbonne, France
“Natural Markets” is an investigation into the urban ecologies of two major financial districts: Hong Kong’s Central District and London’s Canary Wharf. Entangled by histories of empire stretching from the early stages of industrial capitalism up to the present day, this project explores how seemingly mundane design features—like parks, plantings, and land works—reveal new frameworks to understand the inner workings of global financial markets and their wider planetary impact. In doing so, the project aims to contribute to the knowledge of architecture’s role in the Anthropocene.

2017–2018
Robert J. Kett, University of California, Irvine, USA
In the 1960s and 1970s, architecture embraced “anonymous” building and simultaneously turned toward systems and the digital. This project revisits key architectural engagements with the indigenous peoples of the Americas to examine their role in articulating architecture’s relation to an emergent technoscape, a process with important implications for contemporary debates concerning cultural appropriation, architectural method, and the digital.

2016–2017
Evangelos Kotsioris, Princeton University School of Architecture, USA
Lab Cult, an exhibition, investigates the laboratory as a recurring and productive allegory for experimentation, and imagines new modes of transdisciplinary research. A series of case studies from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries are presented through archival material from the CCA collection, as well as models, scientific instruments, and photographs on loan from historical and scientific institutions.

2015–2016
Víctor Muñoz Sanz, TU Delft and Het Nieuwe Instituut, The Netherlands
Off:Re:OnShore, an audio documentary, explores the legacy of industrial offshoring, the effects of corporate actions on the built environment of labour, and the role of architecture in bringing closer ideas of work and the good life across the Global South.

2013–2014
Francesco Garutti, Politecnico di Milano, School of Architecture and Society, Italy
The project “Talking about Devious Design,” which resulted in a film and a digital publication, takes as its point of departure the controversial history of the design of some overpasses commissioned by the American public administrator Robert Moses in Long Island at the end of the 1920s. This narration becomes a tool to activate a discussion on the relation between material form and social content.

2012–2013
Carrie Smith, University of California, USA
The houseplant arrived indoors around 150 years ago and quickly became a familiar element in the interior. “Best Supporting Actor” challenges this passive role of indoor plants via a series of photographically documented interventions in the spaces of the Canadian Centre for Architecture.

2011–2012
Dan Handel, Technion Israel Institute of Technology, Israel
The exhibition First, the Forests examines some unexplored relationships between forestry, planning and design. The project proposes an expanded understanding of the connections between natural resources, production processes, and designed form.

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