Karen Gaskill

Independent Curator

Cities of Disorientation
This presentation will consider aspects of vertigo, dislocation and the uncanny in relation to the city. Drawing from the origins of spatial anxiety, and considering the work of Anthony Vidler and the architecture of Daniel Libeskind, Gaskill will discuss how architecture can be considered a direct translation from language.

The video work of Rose Butler and Mark Lewis provides a reference for how our relationship to the city can be explored through film, and a sense of dislocation can be made manifest through filmic techniques. Both artists use well-known techniques to distort our perception of the city in order to explore the relationship between the film and the viewer. Each draws the viewer in, whilst at the same time pushing them away through disorientating edit techniques, reflecting spatial anxiety.

Karen Gaskill is an independent curator and academic based in London. As a Curator, Karen works nationally and internationally with galleries, organisations, institutions and other platforms. Her work and curatorial interests span conceptual art, participative and process-led practices, moving image and media art. Karen is currently directing and curating the Crafts Council's new Innovation Programme, which explores crossovers between contemporary craft practice, science, engineering and technology. Previously, she was acting Head of Exhibitions at Crafts Council from August 2012 to April 2013. She was also the founder, co-director and curator of Interval from 2005-2009, an arts organisation based in Manchester that provided a critical forum and exhibition platform for emergent to mid-career artists working with technology.

Karen is External Examiner at Liverpool John Moores University for the Digital Media Design Course International Programme, Malaysia, 2012-2016. She has held academic posts at Sheffield Hallam University as a Senior Lecturer in Photography and Curatorial Studies, at the University of Huddersfield as a Lecturer in Fine Art Media, and guest lectured at institutions across the UK.

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One Lime Street, Rose Butler and Kypros Kyprianou. Supported by Arts Council England