Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Curating* *But Were Afraid to Ask

Hans Ulrich Obrist


Publisher: Sternberg Press

Year: 2011

Language: English


Everything you ever wanted to know about Hans Ulrich Obrist but were afraid to ask has been asked by the sixteen practitioners in this book. Spanning the beginning of his “career” as a young curator in his Zurich kitchen to his time most recently as the Co-Director of Exhibitions and Programs, and Director of International Projects at the Serpentine Gallery in London, the book is a “production of reality conversations.” It undertakes the impossible: pinning down this peripatetic curator, attempting to map his psychogeography so that silences may be transcribed. In a sense, it organizes a “protest against forgetting” and affirms the sagacity of an artist who told this dontstop curator “don’t go” when he “contemplated leaving the art world” for other fields—“to go beyond the fear of pooling knowledge”—in lieu of bringing other fields into the (then) hermetic art world. Edited by APRIL LAMM Foreword by TINO SEHGAL Interviews by SOPHIA KRZYS ACORD, JEAN-MAX COLARD, ROBERT FLECK, JEFFERSON HACK, NAV HAQ, NOAH HOROWITZ, BRENDAN MCGETRICK, MARKUS MIESSEN, INGO NIERMANN, PAUL O'NEILL, PHILIPPE PARRENO & ALEX POOTS, JURI STEINER, GAVIN WADE, ENRIQUE WALKER