Hogeschool Rotterdam Willem de Kooning Academie

Belinda Hak on public programming in art institutions

Belinda Hak on public programming in art institutions

Workshop #2: with Belinda Hak

Time: Saturday May 14, 19:00 – 22:00 hrs.
Location: Piet Zwart Institute, Karel Doormanhof 45 Rotterdam
Admission: As the maximum is 20 participants, the event is open to 6 additional participants. If you are interested please make a reservation at pzwart-info@hr.nl

From the contemporary perspective, museums and art institutions no longer simply aim to conserve or show their objects and art works. Their practice became increasingly complex. With the changing role and expectations of museums and institutions, internally and externally, the role of the artist, curator, educator, and other ‘agents’ also transformed. The question of audience, the public, became at least as complicated. Who is art for? What is it that gets us involved? What are the motivations and pay-offs? Simplistic as it may seem, these questions have many possible answers. Accordingly,educator Belinda would like to actively and creatively explore diverse methods and models of involvement derived from artistic, curatorial, educational and activist practices.

Belinda Hak is a curator, educator and change agent involved in contemporary art projects Additional roles include teaching, editing, committee work, providing artistic and business advice to institutions and artists. Her work involves a variety of subjects that are relevant to the current state of contemporary art, relating to learning, knowledge sharing, participation, communities, and networked forms of organization.

Having been involved with numerous institutions such as the Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art in Rotterdam, the FRAC Nord-Pas-de-Calais in France and the Kunsthalle Wien in Austria, the students of the Master Education in Arts are interested in hearing about how her professional practice adapted to these different cultural and structural settings.

How do you position yourself or act in what are always complex pedagogical situations? As part of this year’s Master Education in Arts programme, the students self-organized a series of lectures/events. They mapped out four areas most relevant to their current interests: #1Embodiment/Interaction with theatre maker and artist Lotte van den Berg; #2 Institutional Public Programming with educator and curator Belinda Hak (May 14); #3 Education Innovation with media artist and educator Michiel Koelink (May 27) and #4 Artistic Research (tba).


Credits image: Marko Lulic, proposal for a Workers’ Monument, 2014
Commissioned by Le Mouvement, Swiss Sculpture Exhibition, Biel/Bienne, 2014
video, 10‘25’‘, Courtesy of Gabriele Senn Gallery, Vienna and the artist