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Dallas Arts District
Section 2: Togetherness
‘Togetherness’, curated by Tim Goossens builds upon Aurora’s overarching theme of ‘All Together Now’. For the past months, the curator has been working intensely with local and international artists and the public in Texas alike to ensure the exhibition truly is a public art event.
All the existing works on view are collaborative in nature, either between various artists, alter-egos, locals at the site of production, or between visual artists and musicians. In addition, a number of large scale commissions are being produced by artists whose practice goes beyond a one-night-only set-up, ranging from group meditation, the shooting of a new music video in a spectacular public film set or a city block, baptized ‘Memory Lane’ for the night, dedicated to the history of the people of Dallas.
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Tim Goossens was born and raised in Belgium. He later moved to Paris and earned an MA in art history at the KULeuven and Sorbonne (Paris) and master cum laude in Museology at the Ecole du Louvre. He worked as an assistant-curator at MoMA PS1 in New York until 2010. During his tenure at the museum he collaborated – amongst many other shows – on Greater New York 2010, a Kenneth Anger retrospective and co-founded the Saturday Sessions performance series.
As an independent curator some of Goossens projects include a group exhibition at Nara Roesler in Brazil with Joan Jonas, David Wojnarowicz and Marcos Chavez; an official side project for the Berlin Biennial, a Mary Beth Edelson solo exhibition. He also co-curated the first large scale public sound exhibition in India with work from Yoko Ono and Uri Aran. Tim Goossens is currently working as an Adjunct Curator at → The Clocktower, one of the oldest non-profit art spaces in the US, where he has worked with Patti Smith, Antony Hegarty, Nomi Ruiz, Nancy Holt and Joan Jonas, and the Director of envoy enterprises. Since 2014 he has been Adjunct Faculty at the Sotheby’s Institute of Art.
Photo by → Kate Owen
→ Ricardo Castro
→ Janeil Engelstad
→ Juan Pedro Freyre
→ Zipora Fried
→ Veronika Georgieva & Stephen Shanabrook
→ Delia Gonzalez
→ Sarah Grass
→ Ryan Whittier Hale
→ Jitish Kallat
→ Sahra Motalebi
→ Bettina Pousttchi
→ Patrick Romeo
→ Luiz Roque
→ Emily Roysdon
→ Nomi Ruiz & Martín(e) Gutierrez
→ Saul Sánchez
→ Tori Wrånes
What are the possibilities and challenges for curating a large-scale, outdoor exhibition like Aurora?
Doing justice to each work of art and the brilliant artists that created it; as a curator trying to keep an overview, making sure there is a thread, with pockets of intimacy and reflection within Aurora. Working with the public in Dallas and Texas before the night of Aurora, and making sure the exhibition truly is a public art event, and thus more than a night of entertainment. Through collaborative events and social engaging art, the public can actively participate and co-own Aurora in the months leading up to the festival.
What is your approach to curating in general? Primarily conceptual, material/aesthetic or process-based?
Depends largely on the project or nature of the said exhibition.
What guides your choice of artists for your section of the Aurora 2015 exhibition?
Almost all the video, performance or installation works shown in zone 2 are collaborations or group efforts, keeping within the spirit of ‘All Together Now’!
What’s the best exhibition you’ve seen so far in 2015 and why?
The International Pavilion at the Venice Biennale, curated by Okwui Enwezor. Jose Leonilson retrospective curated by Adriano Pedrosa, Pinacoteca Sao Paulo: technically in 2014, but this wonderful, emotional exhibition still haunts me. Bernardo Mosqueira’s group show ‘Encruzilhada’ at Parque Lage, Rio de Janeiro, under the new management of director Lisette Lagnado. Lots of the work was themed around candomble and voodoo. The setting of this extraordinary art school right next to the jungle in Rio of course enhances any art experience by 200%.