Special Event: Curator and Media Historian, Michael Connor
|October 23, 2009|
|6:30 pm||to||8:00 pm|
Connor’s talk will explore why the many-to-many logic of the Web has not yet transformed contemporary art in the way that it has revolutionized other sectors of the culture industry. The talk will cover the role of user-created content and participation in contemporary art, bringing together a wide range of historical and contemporary examples. The talk is based on a forthcoming article Cornerhouse (Manchester) commissioned Connor to write in response to Charles Leadbeater’s recent text ‘The Art of With’.
Michael Connor is a New York-based curator and media historian. Since 2007, Connor has worked as co-curator of a permanent exhibition that explores screen culture in all its forms, opening September 2009 at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image. He also co-organized the exhibition The Thousand and One Nights, an exhibition featuring works by six contemporary artists from Palestine. His 2008 exhibition The New Normal, exploring the theme of privacy in artists’ work, is currently touring through Independent Curators International. Previously, Connor worked as Head of Exhibitions at BFI Southbank in London. While there, he established a new gallery dedicated to artists’ film, video, and new media, as well as an interactive moving image archive known as the Mediatheque. From 2002 to 2005, Connor worked as a curator at FACT in Liverpool. Connor is an adjunct lecturer at Brooklyn College.