Lecture from Aneta Rostkowska: Potential Landscape. Towards Slow Curating
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“Potential Landscape” is a title of an Interview with the fictitious curator Hortensja Kowalik, conducted in the year 2067. During the interview the curator reveals how a single artwork presented a considerable challenge to her imagination and, in consequence, changed her life. She talks about limits of our imagination, ways of expanding it through art and how it is to dedicate almost the whole life to the understanding of one artwork — an opposite of what we experience today with very quick, fleeting and superficial experiences of art. During her talk Aneta Rostkowska will use the interview as an introduction to her curatorial and artistic practice in which experimental storytelling meets politics, ‘gonzo journalism’ and botany.
Aneta Rostkowska is a curator, researcher and writer, and a graduate of the de Appel Curatorial Programme in Amsterdam. Together with Jakub Woynarowski, she developed the concept of ‘gonzo curating’, a creative practice conceived as a process of appropriation of any phenomena by means of constructing a semi-fictional narrative around it. An example of ‘gonzo curating’ is a fictitious institution they founded, the Wawel Castle Centre of Contemporary Art. Rostkowska studied philosophy, economics and art history in Kraków, Poznań, Heidelberg and Frankfurt am Main. From 2005 to 2016 she taught art theory, art history, philosophy and logic at the Jagiellonian University in Kraków, the Jan Matejko Academy of Fine Arts in Kraków and the Art Academy of Szczecin. From 2011 to 2016 she worked as a curator at Bunkier Sztuki Gallery of Contemporary Art in Kraków. In 2013, together with Martyna Niedośpiał, she edited a book on the interrelations between art, activism and ecology, based on the works of Kraków’s artist Cecylia Malik. In 2014 she received a Young Poland scholarship of the Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage. In 2015, together with Virginija Januškevičiūtė, she curated “A Million Lines“ as part of the XII Baltic Triennale. The exhibition was based on a short story of China Miéville and was accompanied by a Polish translation of Kristupas Sabolius’ book ‘Proteus and the Radical Imaginary’. Since 2016 Rostkowska has been working as a curator at the Academy of the Arts of the World in Cologne and she recently has been appointed the designated director of the Temporary Gallery in Cologne.