Michelle Kasprzak was born in Hamilton, Ontario, and currently lives
and works in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. 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 at the Université du Québec
à Montréal, earning several scholarships over the course of her academic
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 talks at PICNIC (Amsterdam), transmediale festival (Berlin),
and the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art (Edinburgh).
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, and in 2010 she attended the Summer Seminars
for Art Curators in Yerevan, Armenia. In 2006, Michelle founded a
leading blog on the subject of curating contemporary art,
Curating.info, which was featured in Cultural Bloggers Interviewed, a
LabforCulture publication. She has written critical essays for
magazines such as Spacing, CV Photo, Public, Mute, as well as several
online journals. Her writing has appeared in anthologies and
exhibition catalogues in both Canada and Europe.
The results of her curatorial work have appeared in venues worldwide,
most recently across Toronto as part of a collaboration between
Wireless Toronto and Year Zero One, at Canada House (London, UK),
Holden Gallery (Manchester, UK) Urban Screens Manchester (Manchester,
UK), Federation Square (Melbourne, Australia), and the Virtual Museums
of Canada/Gallery TPW (Toronto, Canada). She is a member of IKT, the
International Association of Curators of Contemporary Art, and a
member of the Year Zero One artist collective.
Michelle is currently Project Director at McLuhan in Europe 2011, a
cultural network project that will celebrate Marshall McLuhan’s impact
on European art and culture through a series of manifestations to
occur across Europe in 2011, the 100th anniversary of his birth.
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