Prof. Dr. Dorothee Richter
Professor in Contemporary Curating
Since 2005, she has been head of the Postgraduate Programme in Curating (MAS/CAS), www.curating.org, at the University of the Arts Zurich (ZHdK). She also co-founded with Susanne Clausen the "Research Platform for Curating, Practice-Based Doctoral Programme" a collaboration of the Postgraduate Programme in Curating and the Department of Fine Arts, University of Reading, now the PhD in practice in curating. From 1999 to the end of 2003, Richter was artistic director of the Künstlerhaus Bremen, where she curated a discursive programme based on feminist issues, urban situations, power relation issues, and institutional critique. She has worked as a curator ever since.
Since 1998, Richter has held lecturing posts at the University of Bremen, the Merzakademie Stuttgart, the École des Beaux Arts in Geneva, and the University of Lüneburg alongside the travelling Exhibition / Archive “Curating Degree Zero Archive”. She has co-curated numerous symposia, like “Re-Visions of the Display" 2009, with Jennifer Johns, Sigrid Schade, Migros Museum in Zurich; "Institution as Medium. Curating as Institutional Critique?" in 2010 with Rein Wolfs; the symposium "Who is Afraid of the Public?" at the ICA London in 2013, with Elke Krasny, Silvia Simoncelli and the University of Reading; and the symposium with the Manifesta Journal and the Institute of Contemporary Art of the ZHdK “Third, fourth and fifth spaces: Curatorial practices in new public and social (digital) spaces” at the Migros Museum in 2013. One of her 90 publications is her PhD, Fluxus. Kunst gleich Leben? Mythen um Autorschaft, Produktion, Geschlecht und Gemeinschaft, and the new Internet platform www.on-curating.org, which presents current approaches to critical curatorial practice, with 32 Issues of OnCurating, both in print and online.
In 2013, she released a film together with Ronald Kolb: Flux Us Now! Fluxus explored with a camera, which was screened for the first time at the Staatsgalerie Stuttgart in April 2013, at the Migros Museum in Zurich, and different European art academies. In September 2013, she was appointed as mentor for POOL, (Collection of Hoffmann and Ringier) Zurich. In 2014, the Cultural Department of the city of Zurich appointed her as the curator/ programmer of half of Gasthaus zum Baeren / Museum Baerengasse, where she ran a programme together with young curators under the title “Curate Your Context”. As a collaborative project with the Centre of Art and Media (ZKM) Karlsruhe, Dorothee Richter and Ronald Kolb are working on a video archive of interviews with contemporary curators. The working title is “CURATING politics of display, politics of site, politics of transfer and translation”, with 52 detailed video interviews with internationally acclaimed curators, such as Peter Weibel, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Stella Rollig, Rein Wolfs, Beatrix Ruf, and Daniel Baumann.