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New Media Critic From England Will Speak On Digital Art April 24

Sarah Cook, an independent new media curator and critic based at the University of Sunderland, England, will speak on "New Media Art On Site in the UK" at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 24 in Room E109 of the University of Iowa Art Building.

Cook's lecture is part of "Intermedia/New Media," a lecture series on innovative contemporary art practice sponsored by the UI School of Art and Art History. The event is free and open to the public.

Cook said her lecture will include a working definition of digital art and a brief history of online art and art on the internet. "In particular, the development of online collaborative art projects since the rise of the World Wide Web in 1995 will be discussed, with reference to particular UK examples," she said.

Cook is co-editor of the Curatorial Resource for Upstart Media Bliss, a international website and listserv maintained at the University of Sunderland ( She recently held the Doctoral Research Studentship in New Media Curating at the University of Sunderland in conjunction with BALTIC, the Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead.

Cook has a master's degree from Bard College's Center for Curatorial Studies in New York and has worked in a curatorial capacity at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, the Banff Centre for the Arts and with Locus+. She is currently developing new-media-based and online exhibitions for galleries in Canada and the United Kingdom. She was a research fellow at the National Gallery of Canada in 2001 and has lectured and published widely on digital art, new media and curatorial practice.

The School of Art and Art History is part of the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

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