EMPAC Announces New Arts Curator
The Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) has announced the appointment of Victoria Brooks as the new curator for time-based arts. Brooks is a curator and producer who works primarily with artists’ moving image and multidisciplinary performance.
“We are very happy that Victoria has joined us,” said EMPAC Director Johannes Goebel. “It took us a long time to again complete the curatorial team at EMPAC after the first generation of curators, who nurtured EMPAC’s program from the beginning, moved out to the world. Victoria’s experience in the very specific arena of EMPAC’s programming and her deeply rooted interest to expand her curatorial practice makes her a great match for our team.”
“I am incredibly excited to join EMPAC’s curatorial team and to have the chance to collaborate with the highly skilled production departments on major new artist projects,” said Brooks. “To have the opportunity to be based at Rensselaer and have access to the specialized faculty of such an innovative technical university offers tremendous potential and I hope to continue to build on the last decade of EMPAC’s unparalleled production and programming.”
Prior to joining EMPAC in 2013, Brooks was a London-based independent curator, co-founding the itinerant curatorial platform The Island, co-curating Serpentine Gallery’s artist-cinema program (2009-13), and producing Canary Wharf Screen (2011-13) for Art on the Underground. She was also adjunct curator for ARTonAIR.org in New York, and in 2011 initiated a yearly series of performance, film, and music events for the Calder Foundation.
Recent projects include Stages in the Revolution, Whitstable Biennale, Kent; 19 Minutes and Cellophane, Calder Foundation, New York; Martin Creed, Sketch, London; Studio Sessions: Haroon Mirza and Hannah Sawtell, ARTonAIR and Clocktower Gallery, New York; Interpretation: Lili Reynaud-Dewar, Performa 11, New York; CINACT, Serpentine Cinema (including Laure Prouvost, Dara Birnbaum, Agnes Varda, Ben Rivers, Clio Barnard, and Redmond Entwistle, among others), London; Studio Dispatches, Art Dubai Projects, UAE, and International Project Space, Birmingham; and Taverna Especial, 3rd Marrakech Biennale, Morocco.
Brooks takes over the position from founding curator Kathleen Forde, who is currently the artistic director at large at Borusan Contemporary in Istanbul, Turkey, while working as an independent curator with various national and international institutions.