Approved: 16.09.2013

Lee Weinberg

Consultant, Critic, Curator, Lecturer / academic, Researcher

Approved: 16.09.2013

Born in Haifa, Israel, 1980. Lives in London, India and Israel.

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  • Location: London

Artist Statement

Born in Haifa, Israel, 1980. Lives in London, India and Israel.

Education: BAFA at Central Saint Martin's, University of the Arts (2002-2003). BA in French Literature and Fine Art at the University of Haifa between (2003-2005). Mphil, Goldsmiths, University of London (2009-2012); PhD (Curating, Practice Based), Goldsmiths University of London (2012-2015).

Curatorial History: Assistant curator at the Haifa Museum of Art (HMA) (2005-2009). Programme manager/developer at the education department of the Haifa Museums (HMS) education department (2004-2009). Curator at the Haifa-Boston connection (2009). Curator and programme developer at the Azmn Interdisciplinary Centre in Haifa, Israel (2009-2010). Curator at the Haifa Museum of Art (2011-2012); Entrepeneur, Curatorial Consultatnt and Community Project Leader (in collaboration with Yeala Hazut), Bet Hagefen and Haifa Down Town Municipality (2009-2013); AC- Collaboration Research Group: workshops and colloquiums: Manifesta 8, Murcia, Spain; HomeBase Project, Berlin, Germany; FormContent Gallery, London, UK; Goldsmiths Graduate School, London, UK (2010-2012) . Entrepeneur / Curator (in Collaboration with Dr Eleanoer Dare): VAINS, Visual Art Interrogation and Navigation System: experimental alternative to search facilities and viewing platforms tailored for digital and online art; Curatorial Consultant: Lilk Gallery and Mageret Street Gallery, London (2012-2014). Curatorial Consultant, (developing NIIU online platform for digital art), (2012-2016);

Current curatorial work include: Poor Man Collection Management (collecting strategy, cataloguing and research); Curator with with arebyte Gallery, London (since 2010 - specialising in community based digital projects). Curator at the Kochi Beinnial (India) on a collateral project (edition 2018). University of Haifa Art Gallery. Kader Centre for Interaction Design (Shenkar College) 

(For a full list of curatorial projects and details- please contact me) 

Academic History: 

Current: Shenkar College of Engineering, Design and Art: Lecturer, Researcher, Online Learning Projects Leader (since 2015); University of Haifa: Researcher, Lecturer, manager of postgraduate programme for curatorial studies (since 2015)

Past: Tutor and teaching assistant at Goldsmiths (2010-2014); University of East London (2013-2014).

My research revolves around a re-defintion of the role of the curator facing the digital age. My PhD research extends the histories and the futures of curating beyond its current framework, using the notion of The Curatorial as defined by Maria Lind (2009). The research project looks at the ICOM code of ethics for museums, re-interpreting notions such as: collection, preservation, education and collaboration, through the eyes of contemporary culture and theory. In the light of this my practice element, including various projects, focused on realizing new ways in which the museum can act beyond the frame of its traditional role, engage with audiences and widen participation.

Other research topics include: Digital and Contemporary Art, Ditigtal Curating, Digital Heritage, Digital Death, Digital trajectories and Art history; Visual Cultures, India Contemporary and New Media Art; Piracy Practices, Iconoclastic Art Miovements, Islam Art, Textile Art, Textile Design, Textile Histories.

Expertises in Contemporary art, digital art, participatory art and community based practices, Israeli art.

I am interested in curating as the interface between art and education and as a platform for collaborative and practice led research. I think curatorial, artistic and educational practices have a lot in common in terms of their initial essence and goals, but differ in their form/content. I am interested in those moments where curatorial practice has a potential of creating a social realm, where unspoken rules, cultural conditioning and mechanisms of understanding and knowledge production can be interrogated and tested.