Stad en Architectuur vzw is inviting curators to apply for the curatorship of the lecture series AUDITORIUM 16/17. The latest edition of AUDITORIUM will take place from October 2016 to April 2017 in the STUK Arts Centre. Stad en Architectuur vzw centres its latest lecture series around the city of Leuven’s city-wide project ‘Utopia’ and would like to invite curators to propose a programme that treats architectural and spatial utopia.
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. International design and architecture offices focus attention on new trends and developments in the field of architecture, urbanism and design. The series will feature a mix of renowned designers and up-and-coming architectural talents on the verge of their international breakthrough.
The central theme ‘Utopia’
The next edition will have as its central theme ‘Utopia’. In 2016 it will be exactly 500 years ago that British humanist and statesman Thomas More published his famous book Utopia in Leuven. The city of Leuven celebrates this milestone with a grand city festival opening at the end of September.
The book Utopia was the start of a long tradition of utopian thinking, within the architecture discipline as well. Numerous architectural utopias are pioneering and visionary representations of the built environment which are conceived and designed to guide, to show intent and to influence the concept of building. Stad en Architectuur wants to explore architecture as a utopian practice with this lecture series.
The lecture programme will be composed of a group of leading architectural and design agencies chosen as diversely as possible that in their designs manage to translate current utopias.
The central theme ‘Utopia’ ensures a strong cohesion in an international context, but primarily intends to leave enough room to ensure varied and highly qualitative lectures.
What part does the curator play?
The curator develops and organises 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 organising debriefings.
Stad en Architectuur asks candidates to send their application before March 21, 2016.
TitleCall for Applications: Curator for AUDITORIUM 16/17 Leuven
TypeCompetition Announcement (Ideas)
Submission DeadlineMarch 21, 2016 09:00 AM
VenueSTUK Arts Centre, Leuven, Belgium