The Art of With 2: Artists and Curators

The second seminar in our exploration of The Art of With will focus on artists and curators, with talks, breakout discussion sessions and the opportunity for artists and curators to showcase their work.

Keynote speakers include

  • New York-based curator Michael Connor. Michael Connor will explore why the many-to-many logic of the Web has not yet transformed contemporary art in the way that it has revolutionized other sectors of the culture industry. The talk will cover the role of user-created content and participation in contemporary art, bringing together a wide range of historical and contemporary examples. Micahel Connor’s talk will be based on A Manual for the 21st Century Gatekeeper, his essay commissioned by Cornerhouse for The Art of With project. You can read and comment on his essay   on writetoreply.
  • Rotterdam-based artists Bik Van Der Pol. Bik Van Der Pol will talk about artistic practices in relation to The Art of With, including their work on Nomads and Residents, a project which creates a collaborative platform for presentations by artists, critics, curators, architects and others (

Breakout sessions will give attendees the opportunity to debate  ome of the issues that come out of the talks and reflect on the implication for their own practice and the wider sector in smaller groups. The talks will end on a series of quick fire presentations from artists, curators and practitioners presenting a project they have done they think fits in with The Art of With ethos. There are still a small number of slots available; If you’d like to present your work or know someone who should, please email

After drawing conclusions from the day’s debates, all participants will have a chance to socialise and exchange ideas around a drink in our galleries.

A bit of background: The Art of With is an action research project by Cornerhouse that aims to explore how a contemporary arts organisation should work with audiences, artists and curators at a time when technological development and the web 2.0 means we live in a culture of openness, participation and collaboration.

The previous seminar in the series Setting The Scene took place in June 2009, following the online publication of two flagship essays on the topic. This first event acted as a starting point to raise questions and identify topics that people want to explore further