Art Curation is the theme for the fifteenth episode of TECHnique podcast
Create Hub’s January episode of its TECHnique podcast is about digital art curation, featuring an interview with Doreen Ríos.
The TECHnique podcast returns with our first episode in 2018. The January 2018 edition features Samuel Fry who speaks to Doreen Ríos, a curator and researcher specialised in digital cultures, about how she produces exhibitions and online publications.
TECHnique is a podcast where artists talk about how they are engaging with technology. The episodes are released monthly and previous topics have included: Interactive Plays, Art Practice, Gaming, Small Business, TwitterBots, Death of Painting, Future of Love, Sound Design, Dementia, Broadcasting, Digital Storytelling, Magic, Blockchain and Data Privacy.
The new episode, called ‘Art Curation’, starts with a discussion with Doreen Ríos about her journey of moving from Mexico to the UK. They then spend the majority of the episode speaking about why she created [ANTI]MATERIA, a website that documents digital art and artists in Mexico plus her exhibitions held in the UK and in Mexico.
Digital Art curation and working with artists from Mexico
Doreen Ríos started her professional life by studying to become an architect but, having decided that architecture wasn’t her main interest, she realised that she wanted to become a curator working with digital art. This made sense to her as curators, ‘They do the theoretical side of it – art history and art related – but they also have to deal with space and space is what I know’. Doreen started looking for schools to study digital art curation, deciding to go to Winchester School of Art as they have a research group regarding Media Archeology.
For the last few years, Doreen has run a website called [ANTI]MATERIA. As she explains in the episode, the site was created ‘out of pure stubbornness’ as she wanted an online platform about digital art in Mexico, which did not seem to exist elsewhere. Later on she realised that having this site was not enough. The Mexican digital artists ‘felt a bit sad that they have exhibited in the United States and Canada, but they haven’t got a chance to exhibit in their own country’. So, she has begun running exhibitions for Mexican digital artists in Mexico and elsewhere.
Throughout the podcast, Doreen talks about her experiences of working with digital artists in person and online.
Doreen Ríos Art Curation Podcast