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Sarah Cook

WASP-HS Guest Professor in Art and AI 



Works at

Affiliated as visiting researcher at Umeå School of Architecture
Arkitekthögskolan, Östra Strandgatan 30c Umeå universitet, Arkitekthögskolan, SE-90187 Umeå

Sarah Cook is the WASP-HS Guest Professor in Art and AI in partnership with Bildmuseet, Umeå School of Architecture (UMA), and Umeå Institute of Design (UID), based in UmArts.

Sarah is a research-based curator and scholar working at the intersection of art, design, digital and electronic media, science and technology, with over 20 years experience in commissioning new media and digital art. Sarah has curated and co-curated over 50 international exhibitions for museums, galleries and festivals around the world; In 2019 she curated the exhibition, “24/7: A Wake-up Call for our Non-stop World” at Somerset House, London. Sarah's practice research concerns curating new media and digital art, and broadly documents recent histories of machine learning, generative systems and information in art, including writing about artists' works. She holds a professorship in Museum Studies in Information Studies at the University of Glasgow. 

Selected publications:

“Lifespans of data-driven art science collaborations”. In: Muller, L. and Langill, C. (Eds.) Curating Lively Objects: Post-disciplinary museum perspectives. New York: Routledge, 2022

“Structural Subjectivities”. In: Trevor Paglen: From Apple to Anomaly catalogue. London: The Barbican (Curve), 2019

“Semantic analysis: the art of parsing found text”. In: Anderson, A (Ed.) Postscript: Writing After Conceptual Art. Toronto: University of Toronto Press and the Denver Museum of Contemporary Art, 2017

INFORMATION (Documents of Contemporary Art) Whitechapel and MIT Press, 2016 

“Stop, Drop and Roll With It: Curating Participatory Media Art” In: Bianchini, S. and Verhagen, E. (eds.) Practicable: From Participation to Interaction in Contemporary Art. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 2016

“We’re not hobbyists or dabblers anymore” In: Dekker, A. (Ed.) Speculative Scenarios, or what will happen to born-digital art in the (near) future. Eindhoven: BALTAN Laboratories, 2013

“Open Social Scene” In: Germaine Koh: Weather Systems. Kamloops: Kamloops Art Gallery, 2013

“What Would Artificial Intelligence Find Aesthetically Pleasing?: The burning question of generative art and its audience” In: Cornelia Sollfrank Net Art Generator, Verlag fur moderne Kunst Nurnberg, 2004


Research projects

6 April 2023 until 5 April 2028