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International Curatorial Researcher at New Media Research Methods Event

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CRUMB, the research centre for curating new media art, are very happy to announce the latest appointment in their three-year AHRC-funded research project — Axel Lapp will be Senior Post-Doctoral Researcher.

Axel Lapp will be working with CRUMB on research projects which include new media as part of the contemporary arts. His first public appearance in his CRUMB role will be at “Production Through Exhibition” 23rd-24th March 2009, an AHRC Collaborative Research Training project symposium by CRUMB in collaboration with CultureLab at Newcastle University (further details and booking at: ).

Axel Lapp will join the CRUMB team for one year from March 2009. He is a leading international curator, art critic, and publisher, with a particular interest in systems-based contemporary art. His recent book project, for example, explored the work of the Dutch artist Jeanne van Heeswijk, whose artwork often involves public participation. The book documents her socially engaged artistic practice involving squatted buildings, bagel carts, and data mapping which makes explicit parallels between data technological networks and social networks.

Dr. Lapp has a PhD in Art History from the University of Manchester, and has also studied at Phillips-Universität in Marburg and the University of Essex in Colchester. From 1998 to 2000, he was Henry Moore Research Fellow at the University of Leeds, working on monuments and their theory in the 20th century, and taught in Leeds and at the Martin-Luther-Universität in Halle.

Since 2000, he has been living in Berlin, and has curated the work of Nick Crowe, Sonia Boyce, Shezad Dawood, Tim Head, Daniel Gustav Cramer, Costa Vece, and Bertram Hasenauer, amongst many others, for a variety of institutions in Switzerland, Germany and the UK, as well as in his own space, Axel Lapp Projects. He has been coordinator of the Collectors' Program for Art Forum Berlin, Associate Curator of the International Curators Forum, London, and Curator of the Swiss Federal Government Residency, Berlin. He is currently Art Review’s Contributing Editor for Berlin, and has written on a regular basis for Art Monthlyand Art in America. He is co-founder and editor of the art publishers The Green Box.

Axel Lapp said: “I’m looking forward to this opportunity to concentrate on curatorial research, and to network with CRUMB’s international experts on experimental ways of working with new media which have relevance across many kinds of current art.”

Further information:

Beryl Graham
Professor of New Media Art
Sunderland University, School of Arts Design, Media and Culture
Ashburne House, Ryhope Road
Sunderland, Tyne and Wear

Tel: +44 (191) 515 2896

  media art


  Beryl Graham
  Axel Lapp