Biography: Michelle Kasprzak is a Canadian curator, writer, and scholar. She completed her BFA in New Media at Ryerson University, Toronto, Ontario in 2000, and in 2006 completed her MA in Visual and Media Arts from the Université du Québec à Montréal, earning several scholarships and awards, including an Ontario Fellowship for Studying in French. Currently she is pursuing her doctorate on a full fellowship at the University of Porto (Faculty of Engineering) and Madeira Interactive Technologies Institute on the subject area of social innovation in extreme scenarios. She is also currently teaching the Digital Cultures seminar for the Master of Education in Arts at the Piet Zwart Institute, and teaching production and research methodologies at the Willem de Kooning Academy in the Open Design programme.
Michelle has exhibited and lectured across North America and Europe. She has appeared in publications such as Wired UK and on radio and television broadcasts on the BBC and CBC. Most recently she has delivered lectures at Boijmans Museum (Rotterdam, NL), Nottingham Contemporary (Nottingham, UK), PACT Zollverein (Essen, DE).
Following a decade of practice as a visual artist, her current focus is primarily on writing and curating. In 2006, she was awarded a curatorial research residency at the Nordic Institute for Contemporary Art in Helsinki, Finland, in 2010 she attended the Summer Seminars for Art Curators in Yerevan, Armenia, and in 2011 was a guest of the BAM International Visitor’s Programme in Flanders.
She has written critical essays for HOLO, C Magazine, Volume, Spacing, CV Photo, Public, Mute, and several online journals on a wide range of subjects in the realm of contemporary culture. Her writing has appeared in anthologies and exhibition catalogues in both Canada and Europe. From 2006-2015, Michelle was Editor-in-Chief of a leading blog on the subject of curating contemporary art, Curating.info, which was featured in the LabforCulture publication, Cultural Bloggers Interviewed.
The results of her curatorial work have appeared in venues worldwide, most recently at the Kasseler Kunstverein and the ZERO1 Biennial (San Jose, US). Michelle has held a range of curatorial roles at organizations such as V2_ Institute for Unstable Media, the Dutch Electronic Art Festival, and New Media Scotland.
Michelle is also a novice runner and an avid weightlifter with current personal records of 85 kg squat, 52.5 kg bench press, and 90 kg deadlift.
Career & Work: For my complete career profile, please view my LinkedIn page. For further details about my work, please use the navigation at the top of this page to browse my curatorial projects, artwork, and writing and lecturing history.
Email: My email address is: michelle (at) kasprzak (dot) ca.
Disclaimer: All opinions expressed on this site are my personal views – which means they have no relation to the views, policies, or practices of my current or past employers and collaborators.
Image: Moderating a Coded Matters event at De Brakke Grond, Amsterdam