art curator /// art+tech+humans

I am faculty at Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology (2015-) where I teach courses in New Media Art, Curatorial practice and Exhibition histories, and Contemporary Art and I am course leader for the Bachelor in Creative Arts in Experimental Media Arts and Master in Curatorial Practices.

I founded and directed, a web-based curatorial platform that was active from 2009 to 2015. supported the development, production and presentation of artworks and discourses engaging with web technology and internet culture through commissioning over 100 artists' works and critical writing. Its distributed activity included group exhibitions online and projects offline, from gallery exhibitions to radio broadcast and print publishing projects, to encourage different ways of presenting and engaging with web-based art.

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 supervision 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 technology morph the production of knowledge, our behaviours and culture, I have commissioned and produced work for online exhibitions, public sites, mobile phones, radio broadcasts and print publications.

As an advocate of horizontal sharing of knowledge I have facilitated a range of workshops and sharing events, from professional development workshops at festivals and educational organisations to informal sessions and book sprints for events at art and non-art-related organisations.

In the past I worked as Director of Programmes at T-A-J Residency (2015-2017) in Bangalore, India; Associate Curator at the not-for-profit Birmingham-based gallery and artists studio 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 arts 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). Also, in what seems another life, I worked as a production manager for an industrial manifacturing company (1999-2005).

2011-2015 > PhD in Curatorial Studies and New Media; at Sunderland University
2008-2009 > MA in Critical Writing and Curatorial Practice (Distinction); at Chelsea College of Art and Design, London
2000-2005 > 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

2017 > Project Anywhere; USA/AUS
2016 > Curatorial residency; at Art Lab Gnesta in Gnesta, Sweden
2013 > Curatorial residency; at T.A.J Residency & SKE Projects in Bangalore, India
2013 > AHRC IPS Research Fellowship (3 months); at Sarai-CSDS in New Delhi, India
2012 > Grants for the Arts; Arts Council England, UK
2011 > Grants for the Arts; Arts Council England, UK
2011 > AHRC Doctoral Award (3 years); at University of Sunderland, UK
2011 > The Independents, Cultural Leadership Programme; at Battersea Art Centre, London, UK

2017 > Experimenta India Festival, Bangalore, India
2013 > Tomorrow and Tomorrow /// The Big Trip: Permacultures Residency at SPACE Studios, London, UK
2012 and 2013 > Grand Union Annual Open Submission for Curators at Grand Union, Birmingham, UK

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"Each presentation format has politics inscribed within it." Annette Schindler, 2004. In: Men in Black, Handbook of Curatorial practice. Berlin: Künstlerhaus Betanien.
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