The ‘Lives’ of Art Works: Prof Sarah Cook Talks on Networks of Care in Collections

11 September 2021

As part of the Autumn Programme and the closing weekend of Christina Mackie’s exhibition The Judges III (2013) we have programmed two special events.

In a talk in the Cedar Room at Hospitalfield Professor Sarah Cook will speak about the ‘lives’ of art works in institutional collections and new thinking around the ‘networks of care’ in the museum sector, in part through a mapping process undertaken at Tate on the recent acquisition and display of works by artist Ima-Abasi Okon.

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Sarah Cook is a Tate Senior Academic Fellow for The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation-funded project Reshaping the Collectible: When Artworks Live in the Museum. She is Professor of Museum Studies in Information Studies at the University of Glasgow where she leads the course ‘Curating Lively Practices’ on the MSc in Museum Studies, and also holds the role of ‘theme lead’ for Creative Economies and Cultural Transformations in the soon-to-open Advanced Research Centre. Sarah is a curator of contemporary art and for 20 years has curated exhibitions of media and digital art worldwide, in particular commissioning works for festivals including AV Festival, Transitio MX and NEoN (NorthEast of North) Digital Arts.

Her curatorial practice addresses how artists use new technologies in their work and how the exhibition of this work can help us understand the technological world we live in. In 2019 she curated ‘24/7’ at Somerset House, an exhibition reflecting on the non-stop nature of our daily lives and she is researching how artists work with machine learning and AI (recently writing about work by Trevor Paglen for the Barbican, and Tamiko Thiel for The Photographers’ Gallery).

Covid-19 Safety Precautions

This Talk in the Cedar Room will take the following precautions to mitigate the risk of Covid-19.

  • All attendees will register their name and telephone number through Test & Trace
  • Seating in the Cedar Room will be spaced out at minimum 1m distancing
  • All attendees to the Talk will wear masks or face coverings (unless exempt)
  • The speaker will not wear a mask but will be at least 2m distanced from the audience
  • Windows in the Cedar Room will be opened to ensure airflow in the space. The room also has a high ceiling
  • We invite attendees to consider taking a lateral flow antigen test before attending Hospitalfield on the day of the Talk and to not come if they feel unwell.

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