The New Curators: Who Decides What’s Culturally Important?
How curation has changed from static museum exhibits to algorithmically chosen digital music collections.
Some of us live in an age of super abundance – more things are being made and more information and goods are offered online than ever before.
Yet the internet also means that we no longer have to leave our selections to other people. If we want, we can sift through options to make our own choices, personalise our preferences, and even enlist the help of machine recommendations to highlight what we might like.
So in this brave new world, what is the role of a curator? Indeed, what does curation actually mean? With Bridget Kendall to explore the role of the modern curator, digital publisher Michael Bhaskar, the artistic director of the Serpentine Gallery in London, Hans Ulrich Obrist and Tasneem Zakaria Mehta, the director of one of India’s most iconic museums, the Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Mumbai City Museum in Mumbai.
Photo: Early 20th century, ornate porcelain vases on display at an exhibition. (Getty Images)
Michael Bhaskar is a writer, researcher and digital publisher. He is Co-Founder of Canelo, a new digital publishing company. His new book, Curation: The Power of Selection in a World of Excess explores new meanings of curation. Michael is interested in how the art of selection can be as important as that of actual creation and the idea that whilst algorithms ‘curate’ to some degree, human selection will always be essential.