Based in Berlin.
Tanya Toft is a curator, researcher and lecturer on urban media art as a domain of criticality in the media city. She is on the International Curatorial Advisory Board of the Open Sky Gallery in Hong Kong, Associate Curator at the Streaming Museum in New York City, and Curatorial Advisor for Verve Cultural in São Paulo, where she has co-curated the São Paulo Urban Digital Festival in 2013 and 2014 for the SESI Digital Art Gallery. Her curatorial work includes Here All Alone (2015) in Copenhagen, Voyage to the Virtual (2015) at Scandinavia House in New York City, and Nordic Outbreak (2013-2014) presented by Streaming Museum in NYC and across the Nordic region. In 2017 she will co-curate the Screen City Biennial in Stavanger with Daniela Arriado. She is co-editor of What Urban Media Art Can Do – Why When Where and How? (av edition, 2016) and editor of Digital Dynamics in Nordic Contemporary Art (forthcoming 2017). Toft is a Ph.D. Candidate at the Institute of Arts and Cultural Studies, Copenhagen University.
Tanya Toft (b. 1984) is a curator, researcher, writer and lecturer focused on urban digital art as a domain of criticality in the media city. She is currently a Ph.D. Fellow at the Institute of Arts and Cultural Studies at Copenhagen University.
In June 2015 she curated the research-based exhibition project HERE ALL ALONE in Copenhagen, a total installation of responsive sound and video art by Swedish artist Anders Weberg in the white factory at Nørrebro, Copenhagen. In 2015 she also curated the first exhibition at Scandinavia House in New York City dedicated to light, video and digital art, Voyage to the Virtual (January-April 2015).
She has co-curated several exhibitions at the SESI Digital Gallery in Sao Paulo with Marília Pasculli, including the São Paulo Urban Digital Festivals Digital Citizen (2013) and Digital Afterimage (2014).
As Associate Curator at the Streaming Museum since 2011 she has co-curated a number of exhibitions with Nina Colosi, among these the traveling moving image exhibition and public program Nordic Outbreak (2013-2014). This project presented moving image artworks by thirty Nordic artists at Scandinavia House and in various public spaces in New York City, including Times Square (Midnight Moment), Manhattan Bridge Archway, on Dag Hammarskjold Plaza among other locations, before touring through the Nordic region visiting Museum for Contemporary Art KIASMA and Media Facades Festival in Helsinki, Danish Architecture Centre in Copenhagen, Reykjavik Art Museum, Screen City Festival in Stavanger, Katuaq the Cultural Centre of Greenland in Nuuk, and Umeå for the inauguration as European Cultural Capital in 2014.
She has organized, moderated and chaired a number of public program, among these the Nordic Outbreak Symposium at Scandinavia House on April 6, 2013, and the traveling program across Scandinavia, and a number of talks and panels at various art institutions. She most recently chaired the symposium Critical Aesthetics in Urban Digital Art at the Royal Danish Art Academy in Copenhagen (June 12, 2015).
As a lecturer, she taught the graduate course Critical Curating: Urban Digital Art at Copenhagen University in spring 2015, which in theory and practice sought to challenge the curatorial and critical-aesthetic discourses of urban digital art. She has been a guest lecturer at The New School, NY, in the course Urban Media Aesthetics invited by Shannon Mattern and Christiane Paul, and she has taught the two-day workshop Digital Citizen / Critical Artist with Rune Madsen at the Centro Cultural Fiesp in São Paulo.
Toft is a frequent speaker on urban digital art and new exhibition schemes for urban, public environments. Her perspectives have been featured by among others Huffington Post, Arterritory, Anti-Utopias, Unplace Project, Magasinet Kunst and Interview Magazine. She holds awards from The New School’s Mixed Messages in the category “innovative concept” for the project Gated Communities – Stranger Danger with Johanne Hesseldahl Larsen and the OMG Alumni Award 2011. Her articles have been published in various international books and journals, among these Screen City Journal, Leonardo Electronic Almanac, Interdisciplinary Themes Journal and MediaCity: Interaction of Architecture, Media and Social Phenomena.
In 2013 she initiated the curatorial research project Urban Media Aesthetics, a curatorial research project that investigates subject matters relevant to artistic and curatorial practices with media aesthetic art forms in urban environments. In 2011 she developed and produced the online architecture research project URLAB for Fridbjorg Architects, Copenhagen, investigating architecture’s sustainable value creation for people’s lives in urban spaces with urban spatial analyses from Berlin, New York City and Copenhagen.
In 2013/2014 she was a Visiting Scholar at Columbia University, GSAPP, New York, and in 2012/2013 she was a participant at the curatorial program CuratorLab at Konstfack University in Stockholm. She holds a double Master of Arts in Media Studies from The New School and in Modern Culture / Urbanity and Aesthetics from Copenhagen University, and a bachelor in Film and Media Studies from Copenhagen University during which she was a visiting student at Auckland University, New Zealand.