CuMMA (Curating, Managing and Mediating Art) is one of two majors in the Visual Culture and Contemporary Art Master’s Degree
Programme in Aalto University.
CuMMA is a two-year transdisciplinary major in contemporary art and its publics providing a structure for reflection and acting, learning
and organising in art institutions and the public sphere. In CuMMA we aim to explore possibilities to understand and shift the paradigms
of contemporary art and the world around us. Thus we understand curating, educating and organising as ways of being active, of creating
relations and of being open for unexpected encounters, thoughts and knowledges.
The studies give the students the opportunity to learn with and from artists, activists, practitioners and theorists. The content is actively
developed in relation to the changing demands of the curatorial and cultural field. We put an emphasis on developing ways to promote each student’s own curatorial, theoretical and educational thinking. Our pedagogical models are based on shared expertise and exploratory learning and are applied in order to create an open, conversational and dialogic space for learning and acting.
The major comprises theoretical lessons, workshops, practical projects, excursions and a thesis. Theoretical studies respond critically to the current practices of curating, educating and organising in the field of contemporary art. Mutually, the practical side of the CuMMA studies aims to (re)conceptualise and challenge the conventions of the art world. Together with its curatorial and educational core content, the major also gives its students insights in critical management studies of the cultural field. It employs experimental and intensive forms of study to give the students the opportunity to analyse institutional structures and invent new strategies of organisational thinking and practices.
CuMMA is lead by Professor Nora Sternfeld in collaboration with lecturer Marko Karo. Alina Belishkina is the course assistant. Other teachers for CuMMA are lecturer Riikka Haapalainen, David Munoz Alcantara and Marina Noronha.
Visiting professor from 2012 until 2016 was Professor Irit Rogoff from Goldsmiths College, University of London.
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