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keynote speaker: hans ulrich obrist

Hans Ulrich Obrist (born 1968 in Zürich, Switzerland) is the Artistic Director of the Serpentine Galleries, London, and co-founder of 89+. Prior to this, he was the Curator of the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris. An Honorary Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects, Obrist has not only written a number of books including Ways of Curating, and contributed to magazines like Art Forum and 032C, but he has curated more than 300 art exhibitions since his first “World Soup” (The Kitchen Show) in 1991. Take me (I’m Yours), being one of his most favourite. It has been presented in London (1995), Paris (2015) and at the Swiss Pavilion at the 14th International Architecture Biennale in Venice (2014). Other exhibitions include the Cities on The Move series (1996–2000), Laboratorium (1999), the operatic group exhibition Il Tempo del Postino in Manchester (2007) and Basel (2009), and The 11, 12, 13, 14, 15 Rooms series (2011–).

Obrist co-curated the 89+ research project in 2012, which mapped the digital native generation, born in or after 1989. The research has been presented through conferences and exhibitions including the 2015 show Filter Bubble at LUMA Westbau in Zurich, and Poetry Will Be Made By All! for After Babel at Moderna Museet in Stockholm.

curating in the 21st century

For his me Convention keynote address Hans Ulrich Obrist will present “Curating Beyond Art,” addressing the cultural phenomenon of curating and how it is a creative act that entails so much more than simply choosing. Taking a brief history of contemporary art curating as a jumping off point, Obrist will explain how everything is and can be curated, from architecture and philosophy to ecology and technology; how an Instagram account and a museum are alike, and not alike; and how the craft of curating demands a revolutionary mastery of time management and adaptability, which anyone can learn and apply to their own professional and creative goals.

keynote // saturday, september 16 // 12 noon – 1 p.m. // forum I stage