In 2018, based on the initial research by curator Qinyi Lim, Sàn Art developed Uncommon Pursuits – A temporary school for emergent curators in Southeast Asia to address the ambiguity on the curator’s figure in Vietnam. Six participants from Vietnam along with four from Southeast Asia immersed in a conversation with curators and educators from Latin America, Europe and Southeast Asia. The course recognizes the unpredictable future as a ground for knowledge production and facilitates discussions on Who Curators Are, What They Do, and Where Curation Takes Place. Based on the frameworks offered, the participants reassess, revise and present their final curatorial proposals. Early 2019, Sàn Art has assisted the materialization of two initial proposals in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi, and will look forward to assisting the remaining eight across Southeast Asia.
Should curatorship be written down as a guidebook for one’s practice, the first year has served as an expansive Introduction chapter. The second year focuses on a set of tools to observe, analyze, configure, and communicate. It draws from Theater, a discipline constructed on twists and turns, to propose employments of “narration” as a cross-disciplinary means to create experience. It invites lecturers from Theater and Visual Art to lead practical conversations with the participants, altogether excavating the latent potentials for creation and affect. The theme “Silence”, in the sense of abstaining from speech or the condition of stillness, is juxtaposed with that of “Satire”, the intricate use of irony as a medium to confront reality. The program thus advocates conscious undertaking and playful story-telling as sustenance for artistic production. “Silence | Satire” starts with a 15-day intensive workshop in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. After the course, all participants are entitled to ongoing coaching and relevant assistance to realize their projects, of which a selected few will be featured in a special theatric-visual showcase as the chapter concludes in 2020.