This year the Finnish Institute in London will organise three art curators, Irini Papadimitriou, Sam Trotman and Sarah Cook to visit Finland as a part of professional exchange.
MOBIUS is a three-year pilot programme for professionals of visual arts, museums and archives based in Finland, United Kingdom, New York, and the Republic of Ireland. MOBIUS supports peer-to-peer learning, meaningful networking and sharing knowledge. One of the main goals of the project is to share and develop practices in the fields of visual arts, museums and archives. The programme includes exhibitions, publications, research, events, and expert exchange. Documentation of the experiences and projects will be gathered in the program’s online archive (www.m0bius.net).
Our organising partner in the programme is the Finnish Cultural Institute in New York. MOBIUS is generously supported by Kone foundation, Ministry of Education and Culture of Finland and Svenska Kulturfonden (The Swedish Cultural Foundation in Finland).
Irini Papadimitriou is a curator, producer and cultural manager, working at the forefront of digital culture. As Digital Programmes Manager at the V&A, she is responsible, amongst other projects, for the annual Digital Design Weekend, which entails workshops, artists’ presentations and talks. She also organises Digital Futures, a networking event for displaying and discussing work by professionals working with art, technology, design, science and beyond. Irini is the Head of New Media Arts Development at Watermans, an arts organisation supporting artists working with technology, where she is curating the exhibition programme and an annual Digital Performance festival.
Sam Trotman has spent the last ten years working with artists and communities to promote transformative projects which create spaces for public interaction, conversation and action. She works at Artsadmin, where she has set up and runs the Education and Participation Department. She works to engage young people, support early-career artists and to open up dialogue around social and environmental justice. Sam has extensive knowledge of socially engaged practices and working with a range of groups and communities across the UK. She has worked for Camden Arts Centre, Chisenhale Gallery, University of Hertfordshire, English Heritage and Crying Out Loud.
Sarah Cook is a curator, researcher and editor working as a Dundee Fellow at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, where she is the programme curator for LifeSpace Science Art Research Gallery. She is also an associate curator for New Media Scotland and for Scotland’s only digital arts festival NEoN. Cook lectures and publishes widely about emerging art forms and curatorial practice. Her research interests center around the connections between contemporary media art practices and histories of art and technology. She is the co-founder and co-editor of CRUMB, an online resource for curators of new media art. Cook has curated international exhibitions both in the United Kingdom and abroad, and been an invited speaker at museums and galleries worldwide.