CRUMB – Curatorial Resource for Upstart Media Bliss
CRUMB – Curatorial Resource for Upstart Media Bliss is a research resource for all things related to the practice of curating new media art (digital technology and contemporary art). Via an online discussion list and regular conferences as well as publications, CRUMB collects and disseminates information about curating in the field of New Media art.
CRUMB was founded in 2000 by Beryl Graham and Sarah Cook, as a research institute at the University of Sunderland. CRUMB has been awarded a series of major Research Grants by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, and research partners have included Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art (2000–2006) and from 2007, Eyebeam Atelier (New York) and Lancaster University, UK. Over the past ten years, CRUMB has organised many conferences and workshops around the themes of curating, such as the documentation and preservation of New Media art, most recently at the AND Festival in Liverpool in October 2009. CRUMB has published numerous interviews with leading curators including Christiane Paul of the Whitney Museum of American Art, Barbara London of the Museum of Modern Art, and Benjamin Weil formerly of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
The research group includes PhD students and Postdoctoral researchers, who publish and lecture widely on the subject. They work across a wide range of disciplines in New Media art, Internet art, Fine art, Design, Electronic art, Video art, Digital art, Computer art, etc. Currently the following researchers are working with CRUMB: Sarah Cook, Verina Gfader, Beryl Graham, Axel Lapp, Adinda van 't Klooster, Dominic Smith.
- Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead (2000–2006)
- Eyebeam Atelier, New York (since 2007)
- Lancaster University (since 2007)
- Sarah Cook & Beryl Graham, Rethinking Curating: Art After New Media, Cambridge, Mass., MIT Press, 2010
- Sarah Cook, Verina Gfader, Beryl Graham & Axel Lapp, A Brief History of Curating New Media Art - Conversations with Curators, Berlin, The Green Box, 2010
- Sarah Cook, Verina Gfader, Beryl Graham & Axel Lapp, A Brief History of Working with New Media Art - Conversations with Artists, Berlin, The Green Box, 2010
- Conversation with CRUMB's Sarah Cook & Beryl Graham. Retrieved 7 August 2013.
- Abandon Normal Devices (AND) Festival Report. Retrieved 7 August 2013.
- CRUMB Interviews. Retrieved 7 August 2013.
- Colson, Richard (2007) The Fundamentals of Digital Art. Lausanne: AVA Publishing.
- Cosic, Vuk (ed.) (2001) Net.art per me. Ljubliana: MGLC.
- Debatty, Regine (2007) “Interview with Sarah Cook”. In: We-make-money-not-art.
- Diamond, Sara (2008) “Participation, Flow, and the Redistribution of Authorship: The Challenges of Collaborative Exchange and New Media Curatorial Practice”. In: Christiane Paul (ed.) New Media in the White Cube and Beyond: Curatorial Models for Digital Art. Berkeley: University of California Press.
- Dietz, Steve (2003) “Interfacing the Digital”. In: Museums and the Web 2003.
- Jones, Caitlin (2006) “Conversation with Rhizome”. In: EAI Online Resource Guide for Exhibiting, Collecting & Preserving Media Art.
- Jones, Caitlin (2006) “Conversation with CRUMB's Sarah Cook & Beryl Graham”. In: EAI Online Resource Guide for Exhibiting, Collecting & Preserving Media Art.
- McGarry, Kevin (2005) “Database Imaginary: Sarah Cook, Steve Dietz, and Anthony Kiendl interviewed by Kevin McGarry”. In: Rhizome Digest: 1.08.05.