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In-Between Windowscapes

A Curator’s Perspective on Collaboration as Artistic Activation in Public Spaces

Abstract

This paper emphasizes that curatorial practice and site-specific art are essential aspects of the transition from artistic collaboration to collaborative curatorial practice and discovers the new potential of ‘curator as collaborator’ practice to cultivate community-based, collaborative and engaging cultural projects in public spaces. By examining the curatorial residency of my participation in Public Space 50 at RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia in 2017, this portfolio investigates how I, as a curator, explore art curation locations and methods to enable students to actively work collaboratively to plan, facilitate and produce public art projects. It asks how to turn public spaces into laboratories; how can student artists work together in public space; how to empower a creative student community through artistic collaboration and how artistic activation can be developed among creative participators of different cultures and backgrounds?

Published:
Pages:259 to 272
Section: Portfolio
How to Cite
Yeung, C. W. (Wilson) (2020) “In-Between Windowscapes”, The Journal of Public Space, 5(4), pp. 259-272. doi: https://doi.org/10.32891/jps.v5i4.1418.

Author Biography

Wilson Yeung Chun Wai is an artist-curator, researcher, and creative producer. Wilson holds a master’s degree in art curating from the Department of Art History at the University of Sydney and a Bachelor of Arts (Fine Art) with distinction awarded by RMIT University, both in Australia. He is a collaborator of Independent Curators International (ICI), an alumnus of Shanghai Curators Lab at Shanghai Academy of Fine Arts (SAFA) Shanghai University, China and a researcher of Curator(ial) Collaborative project at RMIT University's Contemporary Art and Social Transformation (CAST) Research Group, Australia. Wilson is undertaking a PhD by practice in RMIT's School of Architecture and Urban Design, addressing collective curatorial practices. His works have been presented nationally and internationally, including at the Jogja Biennale, Shenzhen Bi-city Biennale of Urbanism/Architecture, Ballarat International Foto Biennale, Hong Kong International Photography Festival, and International Multidisciplinary Printmaking Conference. His texts have appeared on the Public Art Journal (Shanghai, China), OnCurating, Journal of Urban Culture Research, International Academic Forum (iafor) Archive and RMIT CAST Publishing [forthcoming]. In 2020, Wilson was selected by Sydney’s 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art and London’s International Curators Forum (ICF) to participate in the 4A Curators’ Intensive.

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