Independent Curators International (ICI) supports the work of curators to help create stronger art communities through experimentation, collaboration, and international engagement. Curators are arts community leaders and organizers who champion artistic practice; build essential infrastructures and institutions; and generate public engagement with art. Our collaborative programs connect curators across generations, and across social, political and cultural borders. They form an international framework for sharing knowledge and resources — promoting cultural exchange, access to art, and public awareness for the curator’s role.
Erik Martinson (b. 1980) is an independent curator based in Toronto, Canada. He received his BA in Film in 2004, and has worked as the Submissions and Outreach Coordinator for video art distributor Vtape since 2005. Martinson has curated a number of film and video programs and exhibitions including a solo screening of work by Sara Angelucci’s work for Art Star 3: Video Art Biennale at SAW Gallery in Ottawa (2007), a group exhibition titled Where the Wild Things Are for Vtape’s Curatorial Incubator (2009), Rendezvous with Madness Film Festival (2010 and 2011), a thematic screening titled Memorie di uno Smemorato (Memoirs of an Amnesiac) for The Images Festival (2012), This Story Begins and Ends With Us for A Space Gallery (2012), and a solo exhibition of Basma Alsharif’s work titled The Fallacy of Misplaced Concreteness for Art Gallery of Mississauga (2013). He has been a member of the Pleasure Dome programming collective since 2006, programming numerous events, including the thematic screenings Magic Kingdoms, Ready for Extinction in 2012, and a solo screening of Jesse McLean’s work titled It’s Going Through You Like an X-Ray in 2013. Since 2010, Martinson has been the Chair of Pleasure Dome’s Board of Directors. With Cressida Kocienski, Martinson is co-editor of The Institute of Immaterialism, an experimental publishing project that explores the immaterial forces shaping our lives through live events and published and circulated PDF minutes.
Join ICI and the Fall 2013 Curatorial Intensive on Tuesday, October 15 for a daylong public symposium where the participants will present the exhibition and project proposals that they have developed through the program.read more »
Curating Time-Based Media is a ten-day professional development program that offers curators the opportunity to discuss, among colleagues, the concepts, logistics, and challenges of organizing exhibitions featuring durational art, installations, performance, dance, video, film, and sound art.read more »