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22 Aug 2009

CRUMB announces forthcoming events at ISEA09 in Belfast and the AND Festival in Liverpool

© CRUMB: tea-time workshop at the Curatorial Masterclass 2009.
Photo: Christine Butler

CRUMB 'Open Bliss' Workshops and 'Real-time: Showing Art in the Age of New Media' Conference


1. CRUMB 'Open Bliss' Workshops at ISEA in Belfast
27th-29th August, 2009

2. Conference 'Real-time: Showing Art in the Age of New Media'.
Thursday 24th September 2009. 9:30am-4:30pm.

+44 191 515 2896

University of Sunderland,
Faculty of Arts, Design, Media
Ashburne House, Ryhope Road
Sunderland, SR2 7EF

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CRUMB announces two forthcoming events:

27th-29th August, 3:00-4:30pm each day.
Workshop 1: Participatory Practices, Thursday 27th August at Interface, University of Ulster
Workshop 2: Protective Zones, Friday 28th August at the Linen Hall Library
Workshop 3: Local/Global, Saturday 29th August at Golden Thread Gallery

No booking necessary, further details from

Open Bliss is a series of workshops illuminating new media art and the practice of curating hosted by CRUMB, the online resource for curators of new media art. CRUMB excels at creating informal, dialogical social settings for professional development, often involving a nice cup of tea. For ISEA09, each workshop will involve special guests in addition to the CRUMB team (Beryl Graham, Axel Lapp, Sarah Cook, Verina Gfader, and Dominic Smith), including: Lucy Byatt, Peter Richards, William Rose, Christian Nold, Simon Cutts, and Kate Southworth.

*CRUMB Open Bliss Workshop 1: Participatory Practices
Thursday 27th August 3:00pm-4:30pm at Interface, University of Ulster
Will use the online and object-based Random Information Exchange project ( in order to document a range of knowledge concerning participative art projects.
*CRUMB Open Bliss Workshop 2: Protective Zones
Friday 28th August 3:00pm-4:30pm at the Linen Hall Library.
Will take the form of a discussion of curating as working with/in (instead of 'on') 'zones of disturbance'. Is curating always creating a 'protective zone'? What about the equality of territories? A 'daily paper' will be produced.
*CRUMB Open Bliss Workshop 3: Local/Global
Saturday 29th August 3:00pm-4:30pm at Golden Thread Gallery.
Will take the form of a conversation between practicing curators, bringing together contemporary art and new media art concerning local, site-specific and global, networked practices.


One-day conference as part of the Abandon Normal Devices festival 23-27 September 2009
Thursday 24th September 2009. 9:30am-4:30pm.
The Art and Design Academy, Liverpool John Moores University, Duckinfield Street, Off Brownlow Hill, Liverpool

Showing time-based art is very different to showing art objects. But how is art which uses the Internet, interactivity, social systems, or real-time computing different from video, live art, or performance? Rather than progressing along a smooth curve of development, art practices 'other' than those traditionally supported by the mainstream often seem to lurch along a rollercoaster-like path from avant-gardism to hyperbole, rejection to appropriation. New and emerging forms of art, such as online art, can go from being cutting edge to out-of-fashion shockingly quickly, without ever establishing the longevity necessary to garner a critical vocabulary and appreciation around the work. Which histories, whether from the field of art or technology, could inform the life-cycle of 'art after new media'? Which histories might allow for a more reflective approach to newly emergent forms of art, and could help viewers with short-attention spans to see beyond the hype?

This one-day conference aims to share the knowledge of those involved in exhibition practices beyond the object of art, and asks, should we abandon 'normal' curating practices, or adapt these modes to integrate 'the new'? This event draws experts and researchers from the fields of art making, curating, history and criticism to confront the slippery question of time -- including the timelines of production, of showing, and of participation.

Speakers and workshop leaders include:

-Barbara London, Associate Curator, Department of Media and Performance Art, Museum of Modern Art, New York.
-Gavin Wade, director of Eastside Projects in Birmingham.
-Mark Nash, Head of Department of Curating Contemporary Art at the Royal College of Art (TBC).
-Franz Thalmair, co-founder of CONT3XT.NET collaborative curatorial group in Vienna with Michael Kargl (aka carlos katastrofsky) and Sabine Hochrieser.
-Kelli Dipple, Curator, Intermedia, at Tate Modern in London.

Tickets £18.50/ £15.50 to be purchased from
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This event is a collaboration for AND between CRUMB the resource for curators of new media art, and Charlie Gere of University of Lancaster. CRUMB has received funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council, and Arts Council England.