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The Incurable-ImageCurating Post-Mexican Film and Media Arts$
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Tarek Elhaik

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781474403351

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474403351.001.0001

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The Incurable Park: Fundidora

The Incurable Park: Fundidora

(p.125) Chapter Five The Incurable Park: Fundidora
The Incurable-Image

Tarek Elhaik

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter is a pedagogical experiment in curatorial design that takes issue with humanist and socially oriented forms of collaboration in the age of ethnography. In 2013 the author had the opportunity to conduct a one-week seminar and deliver a public lecture in the context of the ‘Curation and Critique’ series programmed by Javier Toscano at the Escuela Adolfo Prieto in Mexico's industrial city of Monterrey. The seminar was designed to explore the concept of the incurable-image with twelve participants active in Monterrey's contemporary art scene. To this end, participants embarked on a thought experiment and a collaborative essay that would diagnose one of Monterrey's postindustrial landmarks: Parque Fundidora. This chapter first describes Toscano's curatorial work before discussing the interplay of control and curation in the layout of what seminar participants refer to as the ‘Incurable Park’. Through collaboration, this chapter tests the limits of ethnography, curation, and conceptual pedagogy.

Keywords:   curatorial design, collaboration, ethnography, Javier Toscano, Mexico, incurable-image, contemporary art, Parque Fundidora, curatorial work, curation

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