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Sarah Cook

Sarah Cook

Reader / Dundee Fellow

Tel: 01382 388828
DJCAD, 13 Perth Road, Dundee, DD1 4HT


Dr. Sarah Cook is a curator of contemporary art, writer, and new media art historian. 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, 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 from 2012 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, teaching on courses concerning media art histories, museum studies and exhibition-making, new media art practice and contemporary art theory. Her research interests include curatorial studies and connections between contemporary media art practices and histories of art and technology.

She has been an invited speaker at museums and galleries worldwide including Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam), Carnegie Museum (Pittsburgh), Tate (London), VanAbbe Museum (Eindhoven) Centro Nacional de las Artes (Mexico), 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).

Sarah has curated exhibitions in Canada, the USA, New Zealand, Mexico City, across Europe, and online, which have been widely reviewed including in Art Monthly, ArtForum, Mute, Rhizome and we-make-money-not-art. She is on the founding advisory board of the Journal of Curatorial Studies.