The Curators

Viviana Checchia:

Viviana Checchia is an independent curator, critic, and PhD candidate at Loughborough University (UK).She currently lives between Loughborough and Bari where she just founded vessel, not for profit space, together with Anna Santomauro.She worked as assistant curator for Eastside Projects, not for profit space based in Birmingham (UK)where she researched and assisted in curating the shows Abstract Cabinet Show(26 September to 8 November 2009); Liam Gillick
Two Short Plays(27 November 2009 to 23 January 2010); and she curated two public events Passangen and Video screening about East ; and she edited Fuck Book (2009) Declan Clarke & Paul McDevitt Published by Eastside Projects, Birmingham.She presented Eastside Projects limited edition for National Network | A View – Limited Edition Prints and Print Portfolios at V&A. Her projects as an independent curator include Back to Rome,solo show by Angelo Castucci (2010);There’s something to this (but I don’t know what it is) a solo show by Helen Brown at Nitra Gallery- Slovakia(2010)and Twist, curatorial project co-curated with Eleonora Farina at uqbar, 91mQ, Golden Parachutes and Hungarian Institute of Culture (2011) among others; she organized a serie of talks and screenings dedicated to art and social change as well as art in Eastern European countries. She is co-curating with Anna Santomauro 1hart, a project in partnership with neon>campobase, non for profit space based in Bologna as well as Green Days a project funded by ECF. She has curated during few months MUG10/6 an home gallery experiment at her own flat in Trento (2008-9).She presented for 2video undo a slovak videoart selection. She has finished her Master in Culture Management at tsm school in Trento, Italy (2009). Her interests include Eastern European contemporary art.She has devoted herself to a research on the development of the contemporary art system in Slovakia for two years, thanks to a grant of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. She took part of the European Course for Contemporary Art Curators in Milan arranged by the Province of Milan and the Fondazione Antonio Ratti (2009), as well as to the AICA International Summer Seminar Program of Art (2009) and the Gwangju Foundation Course for International Curators (2010).

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Heather Connelly

I am an artist, lecturer and researcher who is based in Nottingham.  I work Nationally and Internationally working in a variety of media and roles, often acting as a facilitator to explore the potential dynamics and knowledge that can be created through a meeting of different  disciplines and individuals from diverse backgrounds.   I spent three years as Lead Artist for Groundwork East Midlands where I devised a Public Art strategy, the Creative Regeneration Programme, exploring different artistic models, practices and approaches, capacity building staff, commissioning work and organizing and writing funding bids for a variety of projects, working with community groups, regeneration organizations, art festivals, international artists and so on.  I was also co-founder of New Research Trajectories a post graduate network 2010-11 and series of events that invited PGR’s and experiment with alternative ways to present and share research in progress, which resulted in a day of activities in various locations around Nottingham as part of Sideshow 2010 (Nottingham Fringe festival accompanying British Art Show 7).

My own research uses art practice to explore translation in process and I aim to create new knowledge through this dialogic relationship considering art practice as constitutive and having the potential for ‘crystallizing other divergent or emergent narratives, or new and different forms of sense’ (Jean Luc Nancy 2006:199). My art practice investigates the creative potential of ‘linguistic translation’, seeing translation as dialogical, relational and contingent. I have developed a praxis that intertwines theory and practice, working with text, sound and the voice to explore subjectivity and performativity in translation.  I have created a number of works specifically for international conferences, working with translators, multilingual speakers and delegates remotely on projects that explore intercultural communication.  My latest work will be a performance at Nordic House as part of the Art in Translation Conference, Reykjavik, Iceland

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Rhiannon Slade:

I am a Nottingham based performance art maker, with a formal background and training in theatre and live art practice. I have presented performance and live art works at Biennales, festivals, galleries and theatres in the UK and overseas. In 2007 I was selected to attend ELIA in Gent, Belgium as an emerging UK artist. I have directed five shows and performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. In 2008, the production was successfully shortlisted for the Edinburgh First Fringe Award. I gained an MA in Performance and Live Art from Nottingham Trent University with Distinction in 2008 and a First Class awarded Degree from DeMontfort University in New Theatre Practice 2004. I am currently working on a practice based research PhD at Nottingham Trent University, School of Art and Design. My practice explores the performativity of conversation through participatory projects and interventionist methodologies. I perform readings, create installation and film works generated from my research enquiry into personal histories.

I am an arts educator and facilitator and have spoken at various International Conferences within the field of Art and the Sciences. I am a founding member of the artist based PhD researcher group Thinking Through Practice, which is based in the Midlands; which meets regularly to provide artist researchers a platform to test out new material. Most recently, I have written a paper for the Defining Contributions Postgraduate research conference at Nottingham Trent University, which will be performed and published in May 2012. This year I am exhibiting at The Bonnington Gallery, New Art Exchange and solo-exhibitions at Backlit Gallery and Internationally at Athens, Georgia, USA. I am also facilitator of Backcrit an artist and performance led critical sessions for Backlit Gallery, Nottingham and a resident artist at Primary, Nottingham.

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