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EDUCATION

2012, 9 – 2017, 6
PhD, Department of Arts and Cultural Studies, Copenhagen University
Title: Contemporary Urban Media Art – Images of Urgency. A Curatorial Inquiry

2008, 9 – 2011, 10
Master of Arts, Department of Arts and Cultural Studies, Copenhagen University, Denmark

2009, 9 – 2011, 5
Master of Arts, School of Media Studies, The New School, United States

2005, 9 – 2008, 6
Bachelor of Arts, Film and Media Studies, Copenhagen University, Denmark; with BA electives at Department of Film, Media and Television and Department of Sociology, Auckland University, New Zealand

 

CURRENT POSITIONS

2017, 3 –
Founder and Co-Director, Urban Media Art Academy, International                   www.urbanmediaart.academy

2016, 6 –
Head of Research and Curator, Screen City Biennial, Stavanger, Norway            www.screencitybiennial.org

 

PREVIOUS POSITIONS

2017, 1 – 12
Researcher, Future DiverCities: Creativity in an Urban Contexts, Creative Europe Programme, Bristol, United Kingdom
www.futuredivercities.eu

2013, 2 – 2012, 9
Curator, SESI SP Digital Art Gallery, SP Urban Digital Festival 2013+2014 / Play! 2014 / Performance: Digital Expressions 2014, Verve Cultural, Brazil

2012, 1 – 2016, 8
Associate Curator, Streaming Museum, United States
Curator of Nordic Outbreak exhibition and public program, Streaming Museum / Scandinavia House NY/ Museum for Contemporary Art Kiasma / Media Facades Festival Helsinki / Danish Architecture Centre / Reykjavik Art Museum / Screen City Festival / Katuaq the Cultural Centre of Greenland          / Umeaa European Capital of Culture 2014

2011, 3 – 2012, 4
Head of Thinking, URLAB: Urban Research Lab, Fridbjørg Architects, Denmark

2010, 9 – 2011, 5
Research Assistant, Associate Professor Shannon Mattern, School of Media Studies, The New School, USA

 

CURATED EXHIBITIONS

See overview.

 

INVITED PRESENTATIONS (SELECTED)

2018, 1
Invited Keynote Address, Elektronika Festival, Belo Horizonte, Brazil

2017, 9
Invited speaker at Nordic Edge, presenting the Screen City Biennial, Stavanger, Norway

2016, 9
Invited symposium presentation, ‘Inquiries of Urgency in Urban Media Art and Aesthetics,’ Media Architecture Summit, Toronto, Canada

2016, 6
Invited Keynote Address, ‘What Urban Media Art Can Do,’ Live The City Symposium, Bangkok Art and Culture Centre, Thailand

2015, 9
Invited Keynote Address, City Link Symposium, Copenhagen, Denmark

Other conference presentations:

2016, 5
Paper presentation, Media-Aestnetic Expressions of Worldly Sympathy: The Projections of Le Tricolore, International Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA2016), Hong Kong

2014, 5
Paper presentation, Shadow Affect in Urban Digital (Post Screen) Art, Post Screen Festival Lisbon, Portugal

2014, 10
Paper presentation, Situations of Presence: Reclaiming Public Space in the Urban Digital Gallery, Media Architecture Biennial Symposium (MAB 2014 Aarhus), Denmark

2011
Panel and presentation, Site Specifics: Mobile Media Art and the Contexts of Place, invited by Christiane Paul, ISEA2011 Istanbul, Turkey

2011
Paper presentation, Ephemeral City: The cultural logics of temporary urban environments, EURA Conference: Cities Without Limits, Copenhagen, Denmark

2011
Paper presentation, Revitalisation from the bottom-up: Cultural micro planning with new media, The City: Culture, Society and Technology Conference Vancouver, Canada

 

FELLOWSHIPS

2018-2019
Visiting Scholar, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

2018
Visiting Scholar, The New School, USA

2013 – 2014
Visiting Scholar at Critical, Curatorial, and Conceptual Practices in Architecture, Graduate School or Architecture, Planning and Preservation/ Columbia University, USA

2012 – 2014
Sylff Fellow, Sasakawa Foundation, Japan

2012 – 2013
Fellowship at CuratorLab, Konstfack University, Sweden

2009 – 2009
Bikuben Scholar, Bikuben Foundation, Denmark

 

TEACHING

2018

[Upcoming] City of Shifting Energies, action-research program of the Urban Media Art Academy, in the framework of Media Architecture Biennial (MAB 2018), Beijing, China (dates TBA)

City of Intersecting Rituals, action-research program of the Urban Media Art Academy, in the framework of the International Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA 2018), Durban, South Africa (23, 24 and 30 June, 2018)

City of Contradictory Utopias, curatorial action-research program of the Urban Media Art Academy, São Paulo, Brazil (21-24 February, 2018)

Gust-lecturer at University of São Paulo, invited by Professor Patricia Moran

2017

City of Emotional Transitions, action-research program of the Urban Media Art Academy in collaboration with the Goethe-Institut Thailand, Bangkok, Thailand (17-20 November, 2017)

Urban Media Art Academy – Bangkok, educational program of the Urban Media Art Academy in collaboration with the Goethe-Institut Thailand, Bangkok, Thailand (23-26 April, 2017)

2015

Critical Curating: Urban Digital Art, master’s course at Institute for Art and Cultural Studies, Copenhagen University, spring 2015

2013

Digital Citizen – Critical Artist, two-day workshop organized with Rune Madsen in the framework of the SESI Sp Digital Festiaval, Sesi-SP Educação, São Paulo, Brazil

2012

Cuest lecturer at The New School, School of Public Engagement, title of talk: on media and the urban environment, Understanding Media Studies, invited by Associate Professor Christiane Paul

2011

Guest lecturer at The New School, School of Public Engagement, title of talk: Towards urban (media space) planning, invited by Associate Professor Shannon Mattern

 

ORGANIZATION, CHAIR, MODERATION

2018
Moderator, Digital Imagery in the Public Space: The Next Frontier, MUTEK_IMG, Montreal, Canada

2017 – 2018
Conference Chair – Media Architecture Biennial 2018 Beijing, China

2016
Moderator of Connecting Cities panel – Media Architecture Biennial Sydney, Australia

2016
Organiser and moderator of panel – In/Visible Cities, Connecting Cities Symposium, iMAL, Brussels

2014
Organiser and moderator – documentary screening and artist conversation: Electric Signs, Harvestworks, USA

2013
Co-organiser – Leaders in Software and Art Salon: Urban Software Art, USA

2013
Organiser and chair – Nordic Outbreak: Digitally Disturbed Talk&Debate, Danish Architecture Centre, Denmark

2013
Organiser and moderator of panel – Moving Image/Performing in Public Space, Museum for Contemporary Art Kiasma, Finland

2013
Organiser and moderator of symposium – Nordic Outbreak, Streaming Museum and Scandinavia House, USA

2012
Organiser and moderator of panel – Cyborg Alarm: When Technology, Imagination and Body Collide, Streaming Museum and New York Foundation for the Arts, USA

 

COMMISSIONS OF TRUST

2018
Jury Member, MAB 18 Awards, Media Architecture Biennial, Beijing, China

2017 –
Managing Editor, SCB Journal, Norway

2017 –
Leonardo Peer Review Panel, MIT Press, USA

2018
Program Committee member, Media Architecture Biennial 2018, Beijing, China
Chair, Media Architecture Biennial 2018, Beijing, China

2017 – 2017
Jury Member, Emotional Transitions exhibition open call, Goethe Institut Thailand, Thailand

2017 – 2018
Program Board Member, 6th International Conference on Distributed, Ambient and Pervasive Interactions/ HCI International 2018, Las Vegas, USA

2016 – 2017
Program Board Member, 5th International Conference on Distributed, Ambient and Pervasive Interactions/ HCI International 2017, Vancouver, Canada

2016 – 2016
Jury Member, Open Sky Gallery, ICC Tower, International Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA 2016), Hong Kong

2014 – 2015
Curatorial Advisor, Verve Cultural, Sao Paulo, Brazil

2014 – 2016
International Advisory Board Member, Open Sky Gallery, Hong Kong

2014 – 2014
Peer Review Board member, Journal of Curatorial Studies, Canada

2012 – 2012
Finals Critic, Printing Code, New York University, USA

 

PRIZES AND AWARDS

2018-2019
Internationalization Stipend, Carlsberg Foundation

2017
Dissertation abstract among highest ranked by the 2017 Leonardo Abstracts Service (LABS)

2017
Grants for publication: Digital Dynamics in Nordic Contemporary Art (Ny Carlsbergfondet, Beckett Fonden, Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters)

2009 – 2011
Departmental Merit Scholarship, The New School, USA

2012, 2013
Grant for exhibition: Nordic Outbreak, Nordic Culture Point, Nordic

2015
Grant for research project: Digital Dynamics in Nordic Contemporary Art, Nordic Culture Point, Nordic

2015
Grant for exhibition: Moving Image Moving Space, Nordic Culture Point, Nordic

2014
Grant for exhibition: Voyage to the Virtual, Scandinavia House, Ny Carlsbergfondet

2011
Alumni Award, Omnicom Media Group, Denmark

2013-2014
Grants for academic research at Columbia University: Oticon Fonden / Sasakawa Fonden / Knud Højgaards Fond

2009 – 2011
Grants for academic research at The New School: Nordea Fonden / Oticon Fonden / Dansk Tennis Fond / Direktør Ib Henriksens Fond / Knud Højgaards Fond / Danish Women’s Society / Augustinus Foundation / Konsul Aksel Nielsens Mindelegat / The Foundation of Communication and Language / Copenhagen University Travel Stipend

2010
Mixed Messages Awards for Innovative Concept for project: Gated Communities – Stranger Danger, The New School, USA

2010
Honorable Mention for project: A Dream about a City, The New School, USA

 

Press

KUNSTEN.NU Nordic Outbreak NYC
May 16, 2013

Frank 151 Nordic Outbreak Spreads Throughout NYC
April 1, 2013

Jyllandsposten Dannebrog brændes af i New York
April 3, 2013

Politiken Danske kunstnere brænder dannebrog af i New York
April 3, 2013

Interview Magazine Nordic Invasion

Huffington Post ‘Nordic Outbreak’: Curator Tanya Toft On How Nordic Art Extends Far Beyond Bjork

Arterritory.com “Nordic Outbreak” in New York City

Mistura Urbana PRÉDIO DO SESI SP VIRA TELA DE VÍDEO – GAME!

Factoide Play: Exposição de Game Art em São Paulo

Galleri Box FÖRELÄSNING AV NYC BASERADE CURATORN TANYA TOFT

Turbulence Live Stage: Site Specifics: Mobile Media Art and the Contexts of Place