Muse Fuse: Laurel Ptak
For this Muse Fuse talk we will welcome Laurel Ptak, curator, writer and Director of the Triangle Arts Association residency program in New York. The talk will be moderated by NURTUREart’s Executive Director and Curator Marco Antonini. We’ll hear about Ptak’s multi-disciplinary practice, her past, present and future curatorial projects and professional transition to the directorship of a storied non profit like Triangle. Particular attention will be given to a discussion of artist residency programs today, and the challenges of adapting their format to the ever-evolving dynamics of both artistic practice and art world dynamics.
Laurel Ptak works across curatorial, artistic and pedagogical boundaries to address the social and political contours of art and technology. Together with artist Marysia Lewandowska, she is co-editor of the book Undoing Property? which explores artistic practices in relationship to immaterial production, political economy and the commons, published by Sternberg Press in 2013. Her curatorial projects are both collaborative and discursive in nature and have taken up subject matter including alternative economies, debt, feminism, intellectual property and labor. Ptak teaches in the department of Art, Media and Technology at Parsons, The New School in New York City. In 2014 she was appointed Executive Director of Triangle Arts Association in Brooklyn, a more than 30-year-old artist residency program within an international network of arts organizations around the world. She is currently at work transforming it into a revitalized institution that actively rethinks the site of artistic production and wonders what an artist residency can be in the year 2015.
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