Trained as an artist Gabriëlle Schleijpen’s lively interest in the intersections between art and theory, the poetical and the political, soon led her to break away from the ‘splendid isolation’ of the studio – to become a full time educator and curator of discursive programs and research projects. Alongside her position as the director of the Dutch Art Institute, school for art, research, experiment, roaming, curating, performance, writing and publishing, she is also the curator in chief at the Studium Generale Rietveld Academie, a cross disciplinary, rambling theory program. Gabriëlle Schleijpen is furthermore active as a chairwoman at the boards of If I Can’t Dance I Don’t Want To Be Part Of Your Revolution and MetropolisM.
Gabriëlle lives and works between Arnhem and Amsterdam.
The first session focused on the question: How we might understand Tagore’s legacy as relevant for contemporary art practice and curating? By this, we don’t mean to insist on a relation or any relevancy, but to use Tagore’s ideas (which might be understood to be futurological, as well as ideological and arcane) as a springboard to engage in discussions about contemporary curating and artistic practice.