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).
I am based in Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
I am an editor/researcher/co-founder of CRUMB the online resource for curators of media art
I have a Masters degree from CCS at Bard, and a PhD from the University of Sunderland.
I teach on the Masters course in Curating within the Faculty of Arts, Design and Media at Sunderland
I have worked as an editor/researcher with the Banff New Media Institute, Canada (2000-2009)
I was a cofounder with Saul Albert and sometime researcher of The Faculty of Taxonomy
I am an occasional volunteer/programmer of the Star and Shadow Cinema
Please get in touch for further information about my work, including exhibition documentation and PDFs of published writings.
Mirror Neurons, with work by Catherine Richards, Simon Pope, Thomson & Craighead, Michael Snow and Scott Rogers, National Glass Centre at the University of Sunderland, March 1 – May 20, 2012
Joe Winter - A History of Light: Variable Array, National Glass Centre at the University of Sunderland, February 25 – May 20, 2012
Q.E.D. quod erat demonstrandum, LJMU Gallery, AND Festival, Liverpool, September 27 – October 2, 2011
Marina Zurkow: Elixir III, Siva Zona / grey ) ( area, Korcula, Croatia, August 11 - August 27, 2010
The Slow Flow Show (curatorial advisory role), The Green Bench, Whanganui, New Zealand, January 31 - February, 2010
Subjective Projections: Adam Shecter, Bielefelder Kunstverein, Bielefelder, Germany, September 23 - October 13, 2009
Beam Me Up, (online commissions about outer space with work from Joe Winter, Jamie O’Shea and Alec Finlay), Xcult.org, launched in June 2009
SCANZ 2009: Raranga Tangata, co-curated with Mercedes Vincente, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth, New Zealand, February 6 - February 29, 2009
Untethered: A Sculpture Garden of Readymades, with work by Max Dean, Thomson&Craighead, Michel de Broin, Joe Winter, JooYoun Paek, Paul DeMarinis, Germaine Koh, Sascha Pohflepp and others, Eyebeam Art and Technology Center, New York. September 25 - October 25, 2008
Vue des Alpes (Studer/vdBerg), Add-art.org, June 19 - July 3, 2008
Broadcast Yourself: Artists interventions into television and strategies for self-broadcasting from the 1970s to Today, with work from Shaina Anand, Active Ingredient, Miranda July, Doug Hall and Chip Lord, Bill Viola, Chris Burden, VGTV, Nina Pope and Karen Guthrie and others, co-curated with Kathy Rae Huffman for AV Festival 08: Broadcast. Hatton Gallery, University of Newcastle, Feb 28 - April 5 2008; Cornerhouse, Manchester, June 13 - August 10, 2008
My Own Private Reality: Growing up online in the 90s and 00s, co-curated with Sabine Himmelsbach, Edith Russ Haus, Oldenburg, Germany, May 11 - July 1, 2007
The Art Formerly Known As New Media (Banff New Media Institute 10th Anniversary exhibition), co-curated with Steve Dietz, Walter Phillips Gallery, Banff, September 18 - October 23, 2005. Documentation at http://www.yproductions.com/projects/archives/000731.html
Package Holiday: Monica Studer / Christoph van den Berg BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, July 8 - September 4, 2005.
Database Imaginary co-curated with Anthony Kiendl and Steve Dietz, Walter Phillips Gallery, Banff, November 21 2004 - January 23, 2005 and touring (Dunlop Art Gallery, Regina; Blackwood Gallery, University of Toronto; Liane and Danny Taran Gallery, Saidye Bronfman Centre, Montreal).
Art for Networks, curated by Simon Pope, represented at Reg Vardy Gallery, University of Sunderland, November 11 - December 12, 2003
Loop: Film Installations: Dara Friedman, Vibeke Tandberg, Marijke van Warmerdam, Reg Vardy Gallery, University of Sunderland, January 22 - February 14, 2003.
Undelete, New work by Helena Swatton. Waygood Gallery and Studios. Newcastle upon Tyne, July, 2001.
Use nor Ornament co-curated with Helen Smith and Ele Carpenter, Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, Sunderland, October 2000.
2012 Interview for Furtherfield about women, art and technology http://www.furtherfield.org/features/interviews/women-art-technology-interview-sarah-cook
2011 Interview for cont3xt.net, Vienna http://cont3xt.net/blog/?p=4538
2010 Interview about curating for artengine.ca http://artengine.ca/blog/?p=1318
2008 Interview about curating digital media for Dance-tech.net http://www.dance-tech.net/video/on-curating-new-media
2008 Interview for Rhizome regarding the exhibition Untethered http://rhizome.org/editorial/2008/sep/25/interview-with-sarah-cook/
2007 Interview with Regine Debatty for we-make-money-not-art.com http://www.we-make-money-not-art.com/archives/2007/05/interview-with-17.php
2006 Interview for the Electronic Arts Intermix Resource Guide http://www.eai.org/resourceguide/exhibition/computer/interview_crumb.html
2004 Interview for Rhizome regarding the exhibition Database Imaginary http://rhizome.org/discuss/view/15882/
Co-edited with Sara Diamond (2011) Euphoria & Dystopia: The Banff New Media Institute Dialogues. Banff: Banff Centre Press and Toronto: Riverside Architectural Press, 2011.
“Participatory art (title tbc)” In: Samuel Bianchini and Erik Verhagen (eds.) Practicable. Lille, France: The Universities of Valenciennes and Lille (Calhiste, Ceac and Geriico Laboratories), 2012
Review of the exhibition “Nam June Paik” at FACT and Tate Liverpool in: ETC. Revue de l’art actuel, issue 93, Montreal: 2011
“SBJDSC” In: Penny McCann (ed.) Public Domain. Ottawa: SAW Video, 2011.
Review of the exhibition “Feedfoward at LABoral” in: ETC. Revue de l’art actuel, issue 89, Montreal: 2010
Interview with Susan Collins In: ETC. Revue de l’art actuel, issue 88, Montreal: 2009
Review of the exhibition “Schematic: Canadian New Media Art” In: ETC. Revue de l’art actuel, issue 86, Montreal,: 2009
“Radical Art” In: Mike Stubbs and Karen Newman (eds.) We Are the Real Time Experiment: 20 Years of FACT, Liverpool University Press, 2009
Arts Overview » United Kingdom » Digital and Media » . In: China-UK Connections Through Culture, London: The British Council, 2009. (co-author with Beryl Graham)
“The Work of Art in the Age of Ubiquitous Narrowcasting?” In: Geert Lovink and Sabine Niederer (eds.) VIDEO VORTEX Reader, Responses to YouTube. Institute of Network Cultures, Amsterdam, 2008.
“Network Memory: Always Live and yet Always and Archive” In: Xandra Ededn (ed.) Lining of Forgetting (exhibition catalogue), Weatherspoon Museum, Greensboro, N.C., 2007
Essay on the work of David Rokeby In: Silicon Remembers Carbon (online catalogue), FACT, 2007
“Slow Down You Move Too Fast, Try to Make The Moment Last: Reflections on Camera-Capturing in the Work of Monica Studer and Christoph van den Berg”. In: Somewhere Else is the Same Place. Solothurn: Kunstmuseum Solothurn. 2006. pp 62-71.
“The Logic of Historical Reenactment: Respeaking and Remediation in Contemporary Art”. In: Sabine Himmelsbach (ed.) Playback_simulated realites, Edith Russ Haus for Media Art, Oldenberg, Germany, 2007
Simon Pope Wales at the Venice Biennale of Art, 2003. Interview conducted with Kris Cohen online at http://venice.ambulantscience.org/documentation/interviews/catalogue_interview.html
“What Would Artificial Intelligence Find Aesthetically Pleasing?: The burning question of generative art and its audience” In: Cornelia Sollfrank Net Art Generator, Verlag fur moderne Kunst Nurnberg, 2004.
Vuk Cosic net.art per me, Venice Biennial, Absolute One, 2001.
James Hutchinson, New Mapping, Reg Vardy Gallery, Sunderland, 2000.
“Presentation Strategies (title tbc)” In Cosetta Saba, Julia Noordegraaf, Barbara Le Maître and Vinzenz Hediger (eds.) Preserving and Exhibiting Media Art: Challenges and Perspectives. (Framing Film Series), Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2012.
A Brief History of Curating New Media Art: Conversations with Curators, Berlin: The Green Box, 2010 (co-editor with Axel Lapp, Beryl Graham, Verina Gfader).
A Brief History of Working With New Media Art: Conversations with Artists, Berlin: The Green Box, 2010 (co-editor with Axel Lapp, Beryl Graham, Verina Gfader).
“Understanding Quality: Curatorial Strategies for Online Artistic Production” In: Sophie Krier, ed. Me, You, and Everyone We Know Is A Curator Journal. Breda: Graphic Design Museum, 2010
“Immateriality and its discontents: models of curating new media art”. In: Christiane Paul (ed.) Curating New Media. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2009.
Interview with Regine Debatty of we-make-money-not-art.com, May 2007
Co-moderator of Code of Practice online forum, Tate, London, UK June 13 - July 18 2005.
Co-editor with Sara Diamond. Euphoria and Dystopia: The Banff New Media Institute Dialogues, 1995-2005. Banff: Banff Centre Press, forthcoming.
“Context Specific Curating on the Web (CSCW)”. In: Tom Corby (ed.) Network Art: Practices and Positions, London: Routledge, 2005.
“Digital art creation and curation in an online community”. In: Fiona Cameron and Sarah Kenderdine (eds.) Theorising Futures For The Past: Cultural Heritage And Digital Media. Australia: MIT Press, forthcoming.
“Researching and Presenting a History of New Media: Ten Years of the Banff New Media Institute”, In: J. Trant and D. Bearman (eds.). Museums and the Web 2005: Proceedings, Toronto: Archives & Museum Informatics.
“Towards a Theory of New Media Curating”. In: Melanie Townsend (ed.) Beyond the Box: Diverging Curatorial Practices, Banff Centre Press, 2003.
Co-editor, Baltic International Seminar - Curating New Media (Proceedings from a seminar organised in May 2001)
Guest Curator / Theorist in Residence, University of Edinburgh (History of Art), 2011/2012
AHRC-funded post-doctoral fellow, 2007 – 2010, University of Sunderland and CRUMB. Co-investigator with Prof Beryl Graham, International Networks and curating new media art, with partners Eyebeam (Amanda McDonald Crowley) and University of Lancaster (Dr. Charlie Gere)
Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship, 2006-2008, with the University of Sunderland and CRUMB investigating technologies of simulation in art, curating, and artists (self-)presentation online.
Lecturer / Module leader - MA Curating, University of Sunderland
PhD Completed March 2004. The Search for a Third Way of Curating New Media Art: Balancing Content and Context in and out of the Institution. Supported by The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. My PhD thesis includes theoretical and practical models of new media curatorial practice in Canada researched while a fellow in Post-1970 Canadian Art at the National Gallery of Canada.
MA Completed 1998. Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, NY. My thesis exhibition, au courant, investigated the electrical infrastructure of new media works through the site-specific installations and video by Keith Sonnier, Michel de Broin, Tatsuo Miyajima and Gary Hill.
February 2012 - invited speaker, Creative Times: The Beauty of Digital 3, New Technologies and Old Aesthetics. Pixel Palace, Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle.
September 2011 - Co-chair, Rewire: Fourth International Conference on the Histories of Media Art, Science and Technology, FACT and LJMU.
February 2011 - “Participation and Engagement: Curating Contemporary Art after New Media”, College Art Association, 99th annual conference.
September 2010 - keynote lecture about art and time at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam as part of their new Temporary Stedelijk project.
August 2010 - keynote at the International Seminar on Art and Technology at Centro Multimedia / Centro Nacional de las Artes in Mexico City
April and May 2010 - three week writing residency at SAW Video in Ottawa for their Public Domain project.
April and May 2010 - invited speaker for talks about the book Rethinking Curating at: National Gallery of Canada; Ontario College of Art and Design, Toronto; Hexagram, Concordia University, Montreal; NT2 Lab at Universite du Quebec a Montreal; The Western Front Society, Vancouver; The Banff New Media Institute; EMMEDIA, Calgary; Interactive Telecommunications Program, New York University.
April 2010 - chair and presenter, “Rethinking Curating: Participative, Collaborative and Educational Turns in Contemporary Art” with Maria Lind, Artists’ Space, New York
December 2009 - invited speaker, “Curatorial Strategies for Online Artistic Production” at the symposium Me, You, and Everyone We Know Is A Curator organized by the Graphic Design Museum (Breda) at Paradiso, Amsterdam.
November 2009 - invited Masterclass presenter, “Networking and Research” at Superhuman, organized by the Australian Network for Art and Technology (ANAT), in Melbourne, Australia
October 2009 - invited speaker, “Aesthetics of new media: simulation” at the symposium for the exhibition FEEDFORWARD, LABoral Centro de Arte y Creación Industrial, Gijon, Spain
September 2009 - co-organizer and presenter, “Real Time: Showing Art in the Age of New Media”, conference organized by CRUMB for the AND Festival, FACT, Liverpool.
August 2009 - co-organizer and host, Open Bliss Workshops, organized by CRUMB for ISEA 2009 in Belfast.
July 2009 - organizer and host, Curatorial Masterclass Series, organized by CRUMB for Eyebeam Art and Technology Center, New York.
May 2008 - invited speaker, Portraits of Transculturalism - International Symposium, Sabanci University / Istanbul Modern / Sakip Sabanci Museum, Istanbul, Turkey
May 2008 - invited guest, Archive2020 expert meeting, Virtueel Platform, Amsterdam
March 2009 - discussion chair and co-organiser, CRUMB-Culturelab AHRC funded postgraduate research training event, Culturelab, University of Newcastle, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
March 2009 - invited speaker, Resolutely Analogue? Art Museums in Digital Culture, Tate Research Encounters, Tate Britain, UK
February 2009 - guest curator and invited speaker, SCANZ Residency, Intercreate.org, New Plymouth, NZ
October 2008 - invited speaker, Curating New Media Art, Espacio Fundacion Telefonica, Buenos Aires, Argentina
April 2008 - invited speaker, d.a.t.a. event 29 (Dublin Art and Technology Association), Dublin, Ireland
March 2008 - co-organiser, Documenting New Media Art Workshop, organized by CRUMB with Caitlin Jones, for AV Festival 08: Broadcast, Newcastle upon Tyne. (Funded by Arts Council England Inspiring Internationalists)
January 2008 - invited speaker, Curating Online Video, Video Vortex conference, Institute for Network Cultures, Amsterdam
December 2007 - curator, Cory Arcangel performance, lecture and screening of Untitled Translation Exercise, Star and Shadow Cinema, Newcastle upon Tyne (organized in conjunction with Film and Video Umbrella, London, and the Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, Sunderland). Funded by The Leverhulme Trust.
October 2007 - curator, Joseph DeLappe performance dead-in-iraq and in-conversation with Rod Dickinson, Star and Shadow Cinema, Newcastle upon Tyne. Funded by The Leverhulme Trust.
August 2007 - Keynote speaker, Interactive Screen 07: User-Friendly is not enough! The Banff New Media Institute, Banff.
April 2007 - co-organiser and host, Crisis to Bliss Centre workshops, organized by CRUMB for Enter Festival, Cambridge UK
April 2007 - curator, Myron Campbell lecture/demonstration, as part of polytechnic, plug and play night, Star and Shadow Cinema, Newcastle upon Tyne.
November 2006 - invited speaker, panel on Curating New Media Art, CHArt conference, London
August 2006 - organizer and host, Crisis to Bliss workshops organized by CRUMB for ISEA 2006 / ZeroOne Festival of art on the edge, San Jose, CA.
June 2006 - Informal New media books discussion: Charlie Gere and Jon Ippolito in conversation, (co-hosted by Forma), Newcastle upon Tyne
April 2006 - Speaker and workshop coordinator, Art Place Technology conference, Liverpool John Moores University and FACT, Liverpool.
2005/2006 - co-initiator and consultant, Node London,.
December 2005 - Guest speaker, production labs for new media art (on behalf of the Banff New Media Institute), Centre for Contemporary Art, Andalucia, Seville, Spain.
December 2005 Panel convenor and chair, re-enactment in art and technology (Simon Pope; Nina Pope and Karen Guthrie; Tom McCarthy; Mark Waugh), Radiator Festival, Nottingham.
October 2005 visiting curator and guest lecturer, Virtual Platform and Argos, Brussels.
August 2004 - Day to Day Data workshops with Ellie Harrison at Angel's Row Gallery, Nottingham.
April 2004 - Simulation and Other Re-enactments, presentation at the Banff New Media Institute summit, with artists Ben Coode Adams, Kris Cohen, Nina Pope & Karen Guthrie, Rod Dickinson, Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard, Marcus Coates, Jeremy Deller and others.
September 2003 - Databased Art event (seminar and workshops and performance) at BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, with Lev Manovich, Rupert Huber, Brian Duffy, Cornelia Sollfrank, Graham Harwood, Steve Dietz and others.
November 2002 - Invited chair for the Remote Forum: Scottish and international new media artists respond to the Scottish Highlands, with the artists Radioqualia, Thomson & Craighead, Cavan Convery, Simon Fildes and Katrina McPherson and the theorists Sean Cubitt and Lev Manovich. Organized by New Media Scotland and Highland Research, Newtonmore, Scotland.
October 2002 - Bridges II: Collaborations in Art and Science (evening presentations with artists Thomson & Craighead, Margaret Crane|Jon Winet and others), Banff New Media Institute, Banff Centre for the Arts.
May 2002 - Guest lecturer, Digital Networks with Sean Dodson and Adrian Rifkin, The Photographers Gallery, London, UK
January 2002 - Guest lecturer, Net Art and Art Criticism, Panel discussion with Tilman Baumgaertel, Frederic Madre, Harwood, and JODI, organized by Josephine Bosma and Eric Kluitenberg at De Balie, Amsterdam
December 2001 - Co-organiser and chair, Production, Distribution, Consumption (curating new media) seminar, Ottawa Art Gallery.
I worked at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis for a year as a curatorial research intern working with the permanent collection and helping curate exhibitions of work by Andy Warhol, Lorna Simpson, Yayoi Kusama and others. After leaving I also worked with Steve Dietz and the New Media Initiatives Department to organize and moderate an on-line forum, concerning art, entertainment and technology.