Currently I am faculty at Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology
(2015-) where I am course leader for the Bachelor in Creative Arts in Experimental Media Art, and director of programmes at T-A-J Residency
(2015-) in Bangalore, India.
I founded and directed or-bits.com
, a web-based curatorial platform, from 2009 to 2015. or-bits.com supported the development, production and presentation of artworks and discourses engaging with the web and internet cultures through commissioning over 100 artists' works and writing. Its distributed activity included online commissions for group shows in conjunction with organising gallery exhibitions, radio broadcast and print publishing projects to encourage different ways of presenting and engaging with artistic content online.
In January 2015 I submitted my practice-based doctoral thesis, "Curating web-based art exhibitions: mapping their integration with offline formats of display", completed under the supervion of Dr. Sarah Cook and Prof. Beryl Graham of the research unit in Curating After New Media CRUMB (Curatorial Upstart for Media Bliss), University of Sunderland. The thesis proposed a brief history of curatorial modes of work online and focused on mapping models of contemporary web-based exhibitions that integrate offline displays, with the intent of discussing a trend arising in contemporary curatorial practices engaged with the web medium.
My approach to curating is hybrid and across-disciplines and draws on my research and work with different formats of presenting contemporary art to reach audiences outside the gallery space and beyond the exhibition. Interested in how web tools have infiltrated the production and distribution of art and culture, I have commissioned and produced work for online exhibition, public sites, mobile phones, radio broadcasts and publications.
As an advocate of horizontal sharing of knowledge I have facilitated a range of workshops and sharing events, from professional development workshops with CRUMB at festivals and research organisations, to sharing sessions and book sprints with the collective Into Practice (Victoria Bradbury, Suzy O’Hara and Dominic Smith).
In the past I worked as Associate Curator at the not-for-profit Birmingham-based studio complex and gallery space Grand Union (2010-2012), as Project Manager for Natuzzi for the London Design Festival 2010 (2010), as Project Assistant at the London-based charity organisation promoting artistic responses to climate change Cape Farewell (2007 and 2010), as Assistant Curator and Researcher for for the not-for-profit organisation promoting artistic sound practices Sound Threshold (2009-2010), as a Video Archive Assistant at the agency LUX and the British Artists' Film & Video Study Collection at Central Saint Martins (2009) and as a Gallery Assistant at Seventeen in London (2006-2007).
PhD in Curatorial Studies and New Media; at Sunderland University
MA in Critical Writing and Curatorial Practice (Distinction); at Chelsea College of Art and Design, London
BA (Hons) DAMS (Discipline delle Arti, della Musica e dello Spettacolo), Faculty of Literature and Philosophy, with a thesis in Museology (Distinction); at University Cattolica di Brescia, Italy
Project Anywhere; USA/AUS
Curatorial residency; at Art Lab Gnesta in Gnesta, Sweden
Research and Curatorial Projects residency; at T.A.J Residency and SKE Projects in Bangalore, India
AHRC IPS Research Fellowship (3 months); at Sarai-CSDS in New Delhi, India
Grants for the Arts; Arts Council England, UK
AHRC Doctoral Award (3 years); at University of Sunderland
The Independents, Cultural Leadership Programme; at Battersea Art Centre, London
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