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.
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). She is currently a research fellow 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. In 2011 she will co-chair Rewire, the Fourth International Conference on the histories of media, science and technology in art with FACT in Liverpool. Sarah has a longstanding relationship 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. She completed her PhD in 2004, and has curated and co-curated international exhibitions including Database Imaginary (2004), The Art Formerly Known As New Media (2005), Package Holiday (2005), Broadcast Yourself (2008) and Untethered (2008).