Design Curating: Creative Potential

By Oknim Jo.

Published by The International Journal of Design in Society

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This paper originated in the theory of curating as a creative practice. Its main aim is to challenge conventional assumptions about the limited scope of curating, along with the dominant preconception of curator as merely custodians or keepers of a museum or collection. Through the exploration of unprecedented and remarkable advances in curatorial practice in the context of contemporary design, mainly using the Museum of Modern Art as my example, this paper is devoted to the promotion of curating as a creative practice. In a broader sense, this paper seeks to articulate the creative, productive, and critical potential of design curating, which is capable of engaging design practitioners like designers, design experts, creative professionals, researchers and critics, along with audiences like design users, admirers and enthusiasts, as main agents in the creative process of design curating.

Keywords: Design Curating

The International Journal of Design in Society, Volume 6, Issue 2, pp.67-80. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 834.242KB).

Oknim Jo

Graduate-to-Be (MA Curating Contemporary Design), The School of Communication Design, Faculty of Art, Design & Architecture, Kingston University, London, London, UK

My main areas of interest are contemporary culture and the role of design curator. When it comes to contemporary culture, the boundaries are vague between designer, artists, curator, artistic director, and editor, et cetera. So, Iʼm specifically interested in curatorʼs role as part of design practice and designerʼs role as part of curatorial practice. So, Iʼm eager to examine what designers mean to design curators and what design curators mean to designers. Also, apart from exhibition, I want to challenge the the work scope of curators in this contemporary world. Further to this, I want to explore new ways of curating ideas in contemporary culture.