Sarah Cook (curator)

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Sarah Cook
Nationality Canadian
Occupation scholar, historian and curator

Sarah Cook is a Canadian scholar, historian and curator in the field of New Media art. Cook was a Research Fellow at the University of Sunderland, where she worked with the research institute CRUMB – Curatorial Resource for Upstart Media Bliss, that she co-founded with Beryl Graham in 2000, and taught on the MA Curating course.[1] In 2013 she was appointed as a Reader and Dundee Research Fellow at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, University of Dundee. She is a trustee of folly[2] in Lancaster. For many years, she has curated exhibitions of New Media art and was instrumental in establishing New media as an academic subject and an accepted art form.


Cook received her Masters from the Center for Curatorial Studies and Art in Contemporary Culture at Bard College and her PhD from the University of Sunderland. She writes on new media arts and lectures on art and technology. Cook was an Eyebeam Fellow in 2008.[3][4] In collaboration with Beryl Graham, she authored the seminal Rethinking Curating – Art after New Media (2010), and also co-edited A Brief History of Curating New Media Art - Conversations with Curators (2010) and A Brief History of Working with New Media Art - Conversations with Artists (2010).

In 2011, she co-chaired Re:wire, the Fourth International Conference on the histories of media, science and technology in art with FACT in Liverpool.[5]


  • Sarah Cook & Beryl Graham, Rethinking Curating: Art After New Media, Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 2010. ISBN 978-0-262-01388-8.
  • Sarah Cook, Verina Gfader, Beryl Graham & Axel Lapp, A Brief History of Curating New Media Art - Conversations with Curators, Berlin: The Green Box, 2010. ISBN 978-3-941644-20-5.
  • 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. ISBN 978-3-941644-21-2.


  • 'Use nor Ornament', co-curated with Helen Smith and Ele Carpenter, Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, Sunderland, October 2000.
  • 'Vuk Cosic' for BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, online commission as part of A History of the Future, organised by Northern Architecture, January, 2001.
  • 'Undelete', New work by Helena Swatton. Waygood Gallery and Studios. Newcastle upon Tyne, July, 2001.
  • 'Monument by Margaret Crane | Jon Winet', commissioned by Locus+, Newcastle upon Tyne, funded by the Arts Council of England New Media Projects Fund, launched July 2002.
  • 'Loop: Film Installations: Dara Friedman, Vibeke Tandberg, Marijke van Warmerdam', Reg Vardy Gallery, University of Sunderland, January 22 - February 14, 2003.
  • 'Database Imaginary', co-curated with Anthony Kiendl and Steve Dietz, Walter Phillips Gallery, Banff, November 21, 2004 - January 23, 2005 and touring (Dunlop Art Gallery, Regina; Blackwood Gallery, University of Toronto; Liane and Danny Taran Gallery, Saidye Bronfman Centre, Montreal).
  • 'Package Holiday: Monica Studer / Christoph van den Berg', BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, July 8 - September 4, 2005.
  • 'Relay: Germaine Koh', BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, July - September 2005.
  • 'The Art Formerly Known As New Media (Banff New Media Institute 10th Anniversary exhibition)', co-curated with Steve Dietz, Walter Phillips Gallery, Banff, September 18 - October 23, 2005. Documentation at
  • 'My Own Private Reality: Growing up online in the 90s and 00s', co-curated with Sabine Himmelsbach, Edith Russ Haus, Oldenburg, Germany, May 11 - July 1, 2007
  • 'Broadcast Yourself: Artists interventions into television and strategies for self-broadcasting from the 1970s to Today', with work by Shaina Anand, Active Ingredient, Miranda July, Doug Hall and Chip Lord, Bill Viola, Chris Burden, VGTV, Nina Pope and Karen Guthrie and others, co-curated with Kathy Rae Huffman for AV Festival 08: Broadcast. Hatton Gallery, University of Newcastle, Feb 28 - April 5, 2008; Cornerhouse, Manchester, June 13 - August 10, 2008
  • 'Vue des Alpes (Studer/vdBerg)',, June 19 - July 3, 2008
  • 'Untethered: A Sculpture Garden of Readymades', with work by Max Dean, Thomson&Craighead, Michel de Broin, Joe Winter, JooYoun Paek, Paul DeMarinis, Germaine Koh, Sascha Pohflepp and others, Eyebeam Art and Technology Center, New York. September 25 - October 25, 2008
  • 'SCANZ 2009: Raranga Tangata', co-curated with Mercedes Vincente, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth, New Zealand, February 6 to February 29, 2009
  • 'Beam Me Up', (online commissions about outer space with work from Joe Winter, Jamie O’Shea and Alec Finlay),, launched in June 2009
  • 'Subjective Projections: Adam Shecter' (invited artist), Bielefelder Kunstverein, Bielefelder, Germany, September 23 to October 13, 2009


  1. ^ "CRUMB - Curatorial Resource for Upstart Media Bliss - Home". Retrieved 1 November 2017.
  2. ^ "Folly". Retrieved 1 November 2017.
  3. ^ "Sarah Cook |". Retrieved 2016-01-27.
  4. ^ "Interview with Sarah Cook". Rhizome. Retrieved 2016-02-01.
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-11-13. Retrieved 2010-07-26.

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