THURSDAY, JUNE 29
An exclusive evening with guest speaker and renowned art curator Dr. Omar Kholeif. Dr. Omar Kholeif, a leading voice in the debates around art and technology, will discuss some of the strategies used by artists who work with the Internet and its expanded field. He will address states of surveillance, our current attention spans, as well as broader propositions for the field of art and its future.
6:00 p.m. Cocktail Reception
6:30 p.m. Keynote Speaker
Complimentary evening. Chit bar available
By Reservation 604 685 9321
Omar Kholeif is a writer, curator, and editor, whose work focuses on the intersection of politics, urbanism, and emergent technologies in an increasingly globalized, accelerating world. He currently holds the post of Manilow Senior Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. Previously, he was Curator at the Whitechapel Gallery, London; Senior Curator at Cornerhouse and HOME, Manchester; Senior Editor at Ibraaz Publishing; Artistic Director at the Arab British Center, London; founding director of the UK's Arab Film Festival; Head of Art and Technology at Space, London; and Curator at FACT, Liverpool. He was a cofounding editor of Portal 9, a journal of urbanism and architecture in the Middle East. He has authored and/or edited more than a dozen books, including You Are Here: Art After the Internet (Cornerhouse and Space, 2014), Moving Image (MIT Press and Whitechapel Gallery, 2015), and The Rumors of the World: Re-thinking Trust in the Age of the Internet (Sternberg Press, 2015). He writes for the likes of the Guardian, Artforum, Art Monthly, and Frieze, among many other publications. He has curated or co-curated numerous exhibitions, projects, and programs, including the Abraaj Group Art Prize; the Liverpool Biennial; the Cyprus Pavilion at the 56th Venice Biennale; Focus: Middle East, North Africa and the Mediterranean for the Armory Show, New York. Forthcoming projects include, Focus: Beyond Territory at Abu Dhabi Art; After Acceleration, the V-A-C Foundation at the Venice Biennale and GES-3 Moscow, and three new books, including Goodbye World! Looking at Art After the Internet (Sternberg Press, 2018), The Artists Who Will Change the World (Thames and Hudson, 2018), and a memoir (tbd, 2021).