PRINT October 1998


Hans-Ulrich Obrist talks with Barbara Vanderlinden

THE FOLLOWING CONVERSATION with Barbara Vanderlinden inaugurates a series of short interviews with the young generation of curators who emerged in the ’90s. Vanderlinden’s nascent career reflects a declining interest among her contemporaries in what they see as the rigid structure of the permanent exhibition space. Her interest lies, rather, in creating a “structure of production” wherein the curator is free to produce—and the notion of curator-as-producer is central to her practice—not merely exhibitions but events, hybrid collaborations, books, films, and videos, indeed projects in any medium or combination of media her artists choose. Having studied film, video, and art after earning her university degree in philosophy, she seems uniquely suited to bring off the sort of ambitious multimedia productions that interest her. In short, Vanderlinden’s curatorial project is to write her

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