Call for applications

KfW Stiftung: TRANScuratorial Academy

Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, Germany
Deadline: 06 February 2017

KfW Stiftung: TRANScuratorial Academy

Ethnological Museum Berlin, 2016. Photo: Benjamin Meyer-Krahmer

The TRANScuratorial Academy (TCA) is a new initiative of the foundation KfW Stiftung with the aim of advancing its commitment to curatorial capacity building in a global context.

Directed by Beatrice von Bismarck and Benjamin Meyer-Krahmer, the TCA is a mobile, high intensity format, focusing on key issues which gained urgency within contemporary transcultural curatorial practice. Its purpose is an international knowledge transfer, networking and the development of the transcultural and transdisciplinary curatorial discourse in theory and practice. It thus takes into account the decisively changing demands on those active within the curatorial field under the conditions of globalization. Furthermore, understanding the curatorial as a field of cultural production in its own right the TCA emphasizes the gains from reciprocal reflections of curatorial theory and practice. In this context it will raise discussions on topics such as mediation, collectivity, governmentality and critique with respect to the transcultural and transdisciplinary implications for the curatorial. The academy is structured in chapters, each of which is centered around a key issue.

The TCA brings together emerging curators in a five-day program consisting of lectures, a symposium, workshops, seminars and field trips. The participants will have the chance to discuss the central topic with internationally renowned experts. In addition they have the opportunity to present selected projects to the public and exchange their experiences and research amongst each other. Encounters and discussions with protagonists of the local curatorial scene are a further important part of the TCA. Alumni of KfW Stiftung (artists, curators) play a vital role in the TCA acting both as participants and hosts.


The first chapter: Berlin 2017
The kick-off will take place from May 15 to 20, 2017 in Berlin in collaboration with Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW).

The next chapters will be held in Mumbai in September 2017 and in Phnom Penh in 2018.


Who can apply?
Eligible applicants are up-and-coming cultural practitioners and scholars with a significant theoretical approach to and some substantive experience in curating exhibitions and/or related projects. Their application should document the ability of a critical reflection with regards to the conceptual framework of the TCA and show a distinct interest in current debates. The applicants should have a good level of spoken and written English, and should feel comfortable engaging in discussions in English. There is no age restriction.

KfW Stiftung covers travel costs and per diems for the selected participants.


Application for the first chapter, Berlin 2017

Application deadline: February 6, 2017

Application materials:

–motivation letter containing description of current theoretical research and curatorial project(s) and specific interest in the Berlin TCA (max. one page)

–CV (max. two pages)

–documentation of max. three projects (each max. two pages, including images)

Please note that the indicated volume of the application documents is mandatory. Larger files will not be accepted.

Please send your application electronically to KfW Stiftung

Dropbox and equivalent providers are not accepted.

For further inquiries please write to Dr. Nicola Müllerschön, program manager arts and culture, KfW Stiftung:

The TRANScuratorial Academy is a project by KfW Stiftung in collaboration with local partners and institutions. The Berlin edition is realized in collaboration with Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW), Berlin.

KfW Stiftung is an independent non-profit foundation set up by Germany’s state-owned development bank KfW in 2012. Its mission in the arts is to stimulate intercultural dialogue in today’s globalized world. It aims to advance exchange between those working in culture in Latin America, Africa, the Middle East and Asia by supporting local and international projects, such as residency programs in Berlin for artists and curators, writers’ workshops for authors in the Middle East or artistic encounters in music and performance.



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