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Gwendolin Lehnerer, M.A. BA

Curatorial Research – Transdisziplinäre Wissenskuratierung im Dispositiv des Theaters

Erstbetreuerin: Univ. Prof.in Dr.in Nicole Haitzinger, Paris-Lodron-Universität Salzburg, Fachbereich Kunst-, Musik- und Tanzwissenschaft

Zweitbetreuerin: Prof.in Dr.in Nora Sternfeld, Hochschule für bildende Künste Hamburg, Kunstpädagogik



Curatorial Research – Transdisciplinary Knowledge Curating in the Dispositive of the Theatre

The dissertation project investigates the transdisciplinary curating of the arts as practice, which has occurred since the 1990s in German-speaking countries, as well as the question of the curatorial as a method of knowledge generation and presentation.
Transdisciplinary curating is examined as a show practice in the theatre’s apparatus and the curatorial statement as a baroque constellation. Baroque is recognized here as a formal typological style phenomenon that historically flows in the scenic arts and their curating. In addition, the curatorial situation of the research chamber in the past and present will be examined in exemplary fashion, based on the history of the exhibition and at the same time specifying it in terms of the performative. Furthermore, the tension triangle between art, curation and research will be explored on the basis of contemporary theatre and art institutions. Fields of application are ‘Theatre as a campus‘, festivals and cultural institutions such as the HAU in Berlin, the SPIELART Festival in Munich or the Haus der Kulturen der Welt. The aim of the study is to determine a phenomenon that I would like to call the ‘Curatorial Research ‘, and to develop a specific performance theory for it. According to the thesis, this makes it possible to determine a transdisciplinary curating of knowledge in the sign of a contemporary ‘knowledge society’ and to write it out of the genealogy of exhibition history, i.e. to situate it.

Short biography

Gwendolin Domenica Lehnerer, resident in Berlin, studied theatre studies, philosophy and media and culture studies in the Cluster of Excellence at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich. From 2017-2019 Gwendolin Lehnerer worked as a research assistant for the ERC project “Developing Theatre” and as an assistant for the “Centre for Global Theatre History”. In 2018 she successfully participated in the university course “Curating in the Scenic Arts”, where she received a partial scholarship from the cultural foundation Allianz. Since 2019-2022 she has been a doctoral student at the Inter-University Doctoral College “The Arts and their Public Impact: Dynamics of Change” at the University of Salzburg and the Mozarteum and works as a freelance dramaturg and curator.