[-empyre-] Welcome to empyre Week 4:Rethinking Curatorial Options: Globally

Renate Ferro rtf9 at cornell.edu
Tue Apr 24 10:54:03 EST 2012

Welcome to Calin Man, Arshiiiya Lokhandwala, Jolene Rickard, Beryl
Graham, Elvira Dyangani, and Sarah Cooke to the fourth week of our
discussion on Rethinking Curatorial Options: GLobally.
Each of our guests we  have met and worked with personally.  They all
bring diverse approaches to curating and new media art.  Our emphasis
this week will continue to tease out several questions Tim and I asked
earlier this month that we feel have only begun to be discussed:

"How do curatorial and social considerations impact the cultural,
political, and theoretical reception of artistic practice?  What role
does positioning work within the sanctioned spaces of museums and
galleries or the non-sanctioned public or personal spaces have on both
artistic and curatorial practice? How do global histories, customs,
and politics inform this positioning? What paradoxes or tensions
present themselves when the role of the curator and the artist are
combined?  Finally, how might artistic practice itself be understood
as a curatorial intervention in conceptual art?"

Tim and I are looking forward to our last week of discussion and
really welcome all of our guests and subscribers. Best to all of our
empyre subscribers.  Renate

Calin Man (RO)
b.: 1961; place of residence: Arad, Romania.
education: B.A. in literature, Timisoara University, Romania;
chief-editor and designer of intermedia magazine; member of kinema ikon group.
curator for kinema ikon projects. net.works and digital installations
exhibited at various important new media shows
 (i.e. Venice Biennial, Sao Paulo Biennial, FILE, Centre G. Pompidou,
Contact Zones: The Art of the cd-rom).

Arshiya Lokhandwala (IN)
Arshiya Lokhandwala is an art historian (Ph.D, Cornell University,
USA), Curator (M. A., Goldsmiths College, London) Gallerist, Lakeeren
Art Gallery (1995-2003 and 2009-ongoing) in Mumbai, presenting over 70
exhibitions of the Indian contemporary art. She also curated
Rites/Rights/Rewrites: Women's Video Art that traveled to Cornell,
Duke and Rutgers's Universities from 2003-06. She was also a
participant of the Documenta 11 Education program in Kassel in 2002,
under the artistic curator Okwui Enwezor. She areas of work include
Biennales and Large-scale exhibitions, globalization, feminism,
performance and new media art practices. Her recent curatorial project
has been Against All Odds: A Contemporary Response to the
Historiography of Archiving, Collecting and Museums in India, Lalit
Kala Academy, Delhi January 2011 and Of Gods and Goddesses. Cinema.
Cricket : The New Cultural Icons of India at the Jehangir Art Gallery
in February in 2011. She is the curator of The Rising Phoenix: A
Conversation between Modern and Contemporary Indian Art, Queens
Museum, New York, 2014. She has curated over 75 exhibitions at
Lakeeren and continues her gallery program at Lakeeren along with her
practicing as an independent curator and art historian.

Jolene Rickard ( US, Tuscarora)
Jolene Rickard, Ph.D. is a visual historian, artist, and curator
interested in the issues of Indigeneity within a global context. She
is the Director for the American Indian Program at Cornell University,
an associate professor in the History of Art and Visual Studies and
Art Departments. Recent essays include “Visualizing Sovereignty in the
Time of Biometric Sensors,” in The South Atlantic Quarterly:
Sovereignty, Indigeneity, and the Law, 110:2, Spring 2011, “Skin Seven
Spans Thick,” in Hide: Skin as Material and Metaphor, NMAI: DC, 2010,
“Absorbing or Obscuring the Absence of a Critical Space in the
Americas for Indigeneity: The Smithsonian's National Museum of the
American Indian,” in RES: Anthropology and Aesthetics, No. 52, Autumn,
2007, and Rebecca Belmore: Fountain by Jolene Rickard and Jessica
Bradley, Morris and Helen Belkin Gallery and Kamloops Art Gallery,
Canada, 2005.

Recent projects include; Consultant to the National Gallery of
Canadian Art in preparation for an international survey of Indigenous
art in 2013, also identified as the first Quinquennial (Ottawa), a
participant in the Cornell/Duke 54th Venice Biennale Dialogue (Italy)
2011 and she was a co-curator for the inaugural exhibition for the
Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian (Washington,
D.C.) 2004.

Jolene is from the Tuscarora Nation territories in western New York.

Beryl Graham (UK)
Beryl Graham is Professor of New Media Art at the School of Arts,
Design and Media, University of Sunderland, and co-editor of CRUMB.
She is a writer, curator and educator with many years of professional
experience as a media arts organiser, and was head of the photography
department at Projects UK, Newcastle, for six years. She curated the
international exhibition Serious Games for the Laing and Barbican art
galleries, and has also worked with The Exploratorium, San Francisco,
and San Francisco Camerawork.

Her book Digital Media Art was published by Heinemann in 2003, and she
coauthored with Sarah Cook the book Rethinking Curating: Art After New
Media for MIT Press in 2010. She has chapters in many books including
New Media in the White Cube and Beyond (University of California
Press), Theorizing digital cultural heritage (MIT Press) and The
'Do-It-Yourself' Artwork (Manchester University Press). Dr. Graham has
presented papers at conferences including Navigating Intelligence
(Banff), Museums and the Web (Vancouver), and Decoding the Digital
(Victoria and Albert Museum). Her Ph.D. concerned audience
relationships with interactive art in gallery settings, and she has
written widely on the subject for books and periodicals including
Leonardo, Convergence, and Art Monthly.

Elvira Dyangani Ose (Spain/Guinea Equatoria)
Elvira Dyangani Ose (1974, Spain / Guinea Equatorial) is Curator,
International Art at Tate Modern, supported by Guaranty Trust Bank
Plc. She is an art and architecture historian, currently completing a
PhD in History of Art and Visual Studies at Cornell University, New
York. She is as well Artistic Director of Picha Reencounters 2012, the
third edition of the Lubumbashi Biennial. As an independent curator,
she has developed different interdisciplinary projects, focusing on
recovering collective memories, urban ethnography, and artists’ role
in the process of history-making. Her most significant projects are:
Olvida Quién Soy/Erase Me from Who I am,  Africalls?,  Nontsikelelo
Veleko/Welcome to Paradise, and Carrie Mae Weems: Social Studies.
Elvira Dyangani Ose  has worked as curator in several institutions in
Spain. She was general curator of Arte inVisible, AECID, in 2009 and

Sarah Cooke (UK)
Sarah Cook is a curator and writer based in Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
and co-author (with Beryl Graham) of the book Rethinking Curating: Art
After New Media (MIT Press, 2010) and co-editor (with Sara Diamond) of
Euphoria & Dystopia: The Banff New Media Institute Dialogues. She is
currently a Reader at the University of Sunderland where she
co-founded and co-edits CRUMB, the online resource for curators of new
media art and teaches on the MA Curating course. She is a member of
the advisory board of the Journal of Curatorial Studies and co-chaired
Rewire, the Fourth International Conference on the histories of media
art, science and technology with FACT in Liverpool (2011).

Having grown up in Canada, Sarah has a longstanding association with
The Banff Center where she has worked as a guest curator and
researcher in residence for the Walter Phillips Gallery, the
International Curatorial Institute and the New Media Institute,
developing exhibitions, summits, residencies and publications. After
completing her PhD in 2004, Sarah worked as adjunct curator of new
media at BALTIC  Centre for Contemporary Art funded by the AHRC. In
2008 Sarah was the inaugural curatorial fellow at Eyebeam Art and
Technology Center in New York, where she worked with the artists in
the labs to develop exhibitions of their work. Sarah has curated and
co-curated international exhibitions including Database Imaginary
(2004), The Art Formerly Known As New Media (2005), Broadcast Yourself
(2008), Untethered (2008) and Mirror Neurons (2012).

Renate Ferro
Visiting Assistant Professor of Art
Cornell University
Department of Art, Tjaden Hall Office #420
Ithaca, NY  14853
Email:   <rtf9 at cornell.edu>
URL:  http://www.renateferro.net
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