Artistic direction


  Artistic direction: Dr Joanna Zylinska

Joanna Zylinska is a cultural theorist writing on new technologies and new media, ethics, photography and art. She is Professor of New Media and Communications at Goldsmiths, University of London. The author of four books - Life after New Media: Mediation as a Vital Process (with Sarah Kember; MIT Press, 2012), Bioethics in the Age of New Media (MIT Press, 2009), The Ethics of Cultural Studies (Continuum, 2005) and On Spiders, Cyborgs and Being Scared: the Feminine and the Sublime (Manchester University Press, 2001) - she is also the editor of The Cyborg Experiments: the Extensions of the Body in the Media Age, a collection of essays on the work of performance artists Stelarc and Orlan (Continuum, 2002) and co-editor of Imaginary Neighbors: Mediating Polish-Jewish Relations after the Holocaust (University of Nebraska Press, 2007). She has just completed a translation of Stanislaw Lem’s major philosophical treatise, Summa Technologiae, for the University of Minnesota’s Electronic Mediations series. Together with Clare Birchall, Gary Hall and Open Humanities Press, she runs the JISC-funded project Living Books about Life, consisting of a series of 20+ co-edited, electronic open access books about life which provide a bridge between the humanities and the sciences. Zylinska is one of the Editors of Culture Machine, an international open-access journal of culture and theory, and a curator of its sister project, Photomediations Machine. She combines her philosophical writings with photographic art practice. In 2011 she was Beaverbrook Visiting Scholar at McGill University in Canada. Her current projects involve photographing media entanglements and writing a book on critical vitalism, nonhuman photography and ’a big theory of media’, while trying to outline a minimal ethics for the Anthropocene.

      Curatorial Team

  • Gabriela Méndez Cota

    Gabriela Méndez Cota / Symposium Director

    Gabriela Mendez Cota is a PhD candidate in the Media and Communications Department at Goldsmiths, University of London. Drawing on her previous training in the Humanities, Gabriela has explored the status of technology in Western metaphysics and, more specifically, the implications of a metaphysical understanding of technology for the framing of technoscience in particular cultural and political contexts. Such is the topic of her PhD dissertation, which is titled The Genetic Contamination of Mexican Nationalism. Gabriela has teaching and research experience in both Mexico and the UK. She recently edited a Living Book on Agriculture, titled Another Technoscience is Possible: Agricultural Lessons for the Posthumanities.

  • Rodrigo Alonso

    Rodrigo Alonso / Curator

    Rodrigo Alonso has a degree in Arts, he is specialized in Contemporary Art and New Media. Theorist and researcher in Technological Art, he is a reference in the history and current production in Latin America. He has published many essays and books about that topic and he collaborates regularly with newspapers, art magazines and catalogs. As an independent curator, he has organized exhibitions in important institutions in Argentina and other countries. Recent exhibitions are: Sistemas, acciones y procesos, 1965-1975 (Fundación Proa, Buenos Aires, 2011), Situating No Land (Slought Foundation, Philadelphia, 2011), Tales of Resistance and Change (Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt, 2010), and ¡Afuera! Arte en espacios públicos (Córdoba, Argentina, 2010, junto a Gerardo Mosquera), among others. In 2011, he was the curator of the shipment from Argentina to the 54° Venice Biennial. He is a Lecturer in universities in Argentina, Latin America and Europe. He also is a Jury and Advisor in international contests, prizes and foundations. He lives and works in Buenos Aires.

  • Sarah Cook

    Sarah Cook / Curator

    Dr. Sarah Cook is a curator of contemporary art, writer, and new media art historian. Sarah has curated exhibitions across Canada, the USA, New Zealand, Europe, and online, which have been widely reviewed including in Art Monthly, ArtForum, Mute, Rhizome and we-make-money-not-art. She is the author (with Beryl Graham) of Rethinking Curating: Art After New Media (MIT Press, 2010) and co-editor (with Sara Diamond) of an anthology of texts about art and technology drawn from over a decade’s research at the world-renowned Banff New Media Institute (Euphoria & Dystopia, Riverside Architectural Press and Banff Centre Press, 2011). Sarah Cook received her PhD in curating new media art from the University of Sunderland (2004) where she co-founded the online resource for curators, CRUMB (, and helped set up the MA Curating course. In 2011/12 she was theorist in residence in the History of Art at the University of Edinburgh and in 2012-2013 an honorary research fellow at the University of Liverpool (Centre for Architecture and Visual Art). She lectures and publishes widely about emerging art forms and curatorial practice, and teaches on courses concerning media art histories, museum studies and exhibition-making, new media art practice and contemporary art theory. Her research interests include connections between contemporary media art practices and histories of art and technology. She has been invited an speaker at museums and galleries worldwide including Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam), Carnegie Museum (Pittsburgh), Tate (London), VanAbbe Museum (Eindhoven), National Gallery of Canada (Ottawa), Laboral (Gijon), FACT (Liverpool), Istanbul Modern (Istanbul), Fundacion Telefonica (Buenos Aires), CCA Andalucia (Seville), Photographers Gallery (London), and Argos (Brussels).

  • Ilana Boltvnik

    Ilana Boltvnik / Associate Director

    Visual artist and cultural theorist. Ilana studied Fine Arts at La Esmeralda (Mexico) and at Rijksakademie (Holland) with financial sponsorship by the Mexican and the Dutch governments. She is currently doing a PhD in Social Sciences and Humanities at Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana (Mexico). Her work focuses on transdisciplinary approaches to art and science, particularly as they are deployed in public places. Ilana has had numerous individual exhibitions in Mexicao and abroad, and has recently coordinated a bio-art project developed by art collective TRES and the biomedicine laboratory at Centro de Investigaciones Avanzadas (Mexico). She is also a frequent collaborator of the Centro Nacional de las Artes and is also a Professor of Fine Arts at Claustro de Sor Juana University in Mexico City.