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Organised as part of the Welcome Disturbances exhibition programme of events, and a partnership between UCD Art In Science, Dublin City Council The LAB and the MAVis programme at IADT, 'Commissioning and Curating at the Intersection of Art and Science' was a public talk delieverd by international curator Dr. Sarah Cook.


The discourse of curatorial practice is most often centred around the artist’s

project, given that the role of the curator varies from one project to another.

Working with contemporary artists entails commissioning new works of art,

often for new contexts, and new audiences. This curatorial role involves tasks

associated with not only the presentation, but the production, documentation

and preservation of the work of art. This lecture will focus mainly on two projects,

LifeSpace at the University of Dundee, and the Transitio Festival in Mexico City,

involving artists who draw upon research in the field of life sciences, and explore

our increasingly digitally mediated experience of life itself.


Dr. Sarah Cook is a curator of contemporary art, writer, and sometime new media art historian. For over fifteen years, Sarah has guest curated exhibitions, in Canada, the USA, Mexico, New Zealand, Europe, and online, which have been reviewed in Art Monthly, Artforum, Rhizome and we-make-money-not-art. She is the author (with Beryl Graham) of Rethinking Curating: Art After New Media (MIT Press, 2010) and co-founder of crumbweb.org, the international online resource for curators of media art. She is currently a fellow at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design at the University of Dundee, where, among other interdisciplinary research initiatives, she is engaged in curating artists’ projects for LifeSpace Science Art Research Gallery.


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A public talk by Dr. Sarah Cook

Feb 12, 2015. Dublin City Council 'The LAB'


Camera – Sinead Hogan