SYNAPSE – The International Curators’ Network Workshop 2015

SYNAPSE – The International Curators’ Network Workshop

Application deadline: 20 January 2015
The Curators’ Workshop 2015 (June 30 – July 4, 2015) takes place in the context of the thematic exhibition “Ape Culture”, curated by Anselm Franke and Hila Peleg at HKW. The exhibition traces the long cultural and scientific obsession with humanity’s closest relatives. For a long time, in Western history of representation, apes and monkeys have been exclusively used as paradigmatic tokens of subhuman animal nature.

Recent primatology however has begun to increasingly acknowledge the complex organization of ape society, and now speaks of an “ape culture” in its own right. The exhibition “Ape Culture” examines the way apes and monkeys have featured as signifiers in human representations and civilizational narratives. The exhibition presents a range of existing and commissioned artworks next to films and documentation from the history of science and popular culture.

Application requirements:

The call is open to international curators with initial experience. Applicants must be able to speak and write English fluently.


Haus der Kulturen der Welt and Schering Stiftung will cover travel and accommodation as well as food during workshop hours.

Deadline for entries: January 20, 2015

Please submit your application online. To apply, please register here.

  • After registering, you will receive a confirmation e-mail
  • You will be asked to provide information about yourself, a curriculum vitae and a portfolio of previously realized curatorial projects OR a paper on a theoretical subject related to the thematic frame work of SYNAPSE 2015.
  • Further information regarding the application can be found in our FAQ.

Workshop: June 30 – July 4, 2015, with a public performance by Coco Fusco (artist and writer, New York), “Observations of Predation in Humans: A Lecture by Dr. Zira, Animal Psychologist” (2013), on July 2, 2015

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