The Independent Curator – Evolving Definitions – A Working Session
Conference Room – 12:00pm (Closed Working Session)
Meeting Lead: Ernesto Sopprani, Director, Airspace Queer Performance Residency Program; EMERGENCE lead Curator, SF/BA EAP, Co-Founder Director, THEOFFCENTER, Independent Cultural Worker, Curator, Artist Advocate.
Local independent curators / Cultural Producers gather to discuss curatorial processes across disciplines. We will share challenges and contribute ideas to help understand the evolving role of the independent curator. Following the model adopted by SOMArts TheNews’ Curators Roundtable – This group of independent cultural producers / Curators will be tasked with a collective knowledge exploration. Asking what is most immediate, finding effective ways to bridge across practices. Knowledge cultivated in this session will be openly shared and will help inform future programing at EAP, other service organizations/ possible partners as well as the independent producer community.
Ernesto Sopprani coordinates location-specific and primarily community-based performance projects. Whether as an artist or as an arch-collaborator, his work is geared towards investigating innovative and self-sustainable models of presenting art and performance, specifically queer work, which expands upon the common definition of Queer and challenges his and his community’s relationship to live performance. As Director of THEOFFCENTER, Ernesto has overseen the production, curation and execution of dozens of site-specific, research-based art interventions, a number of large scale performance festivals, multiple performer centered art programs both at presenting houses (YBCA, Mission Cultural Center, Mission Dance, The Magic Theatre, SOMArts and others) as well as public spaces (BART trains, city streets, and a privately owned boxing ring). Ernesto, an experimentalist of prose and form at heart, is the co-founder of 11 11 ArtGroup, a creative partnership funded with life partner and collaborator Evan Johnson; 11 11’s goal is to create and present queer[ed] text based theatre and sound installations. Ernesto was participant of the 2011 YBCA’s Bay Area Now 6 program. After being a fellows forEmerging Arts Professionals.’s 2011 class, he became part of leadership where he has served in many roles, of which the present one is of Curator of EMERGENCE 2015.
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