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Rachel Falconer

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PositionGoldsmiths Digital Project Coordinator
Department Computing
Email R.Falconer (@gold.ac.uk)
Rachel Falconer

Rachel Falconer is an independent curator, researcher and development consultant operating at the critical intersections of contemporary art practice, emergent technologies, civic data infrastructures and networked culture. She coordinates the creative technology prototyping and research initiative Goldsmiths Digital at Goldsmiths, University of London.

Drawing on her international experience in the film, viral and gaming industries to inform her systems-based practice, Rachel has conceived and delivered multi-scale interdisciplinary public programming, alternative exhibition models and innovative public research platforms spanning a diversity of industries and critical modes of engagement with technology.

She is regularly invited to speak to at public events and has chaired public debates at institutions including including Tate, Barbican, V&A, Royal College of Art, The Lumen Prize, Wieden & Kennedy, Rhizome, London Design Festival, and Furtherfield, and her written contributions have been published across a wide range of platforms including the Guardian, A-N, Furtherfield, Dazed Digital, and The White Review.

She is a contributing author to academic publications, most recently her chapter on distributed digital knowledge production and creative practice was published by in the Routledge Companion to Remix Studies, 2016.

Education

  • MA Curating Contemporary Art, Royal College of Art
  • BA Industrial Design and Multimedia Communications UCL / Il Politecnico di Milano

Research Interests

AI / Machine Learning / Digital culture / speculative design / bio-technology / civic infrastructures / innovation and social enterprise / mixed-reality technologies / distributed knowledge production

Professional projects

  • Chair: The Lumen Prize Seminar Series [2016 ]
  • Curator: Cognitive Bias: Visual thinking for a digital age, The Drawing Room London, 2016
  • Co-Curator: V&A Digital Futures series [ 2014, ongoing ]
  • Co-Curator: Fabricating Empathy, School of Machines, Making and Make Believe, London/Berlin [ 2015]
  • Curator: Maker Mile Launch, in Association with Machines Room, London and Takram Studio, Tokyo, London Design Festival] [2015]
  • Curator: SECOND FOUNDATION, after Roy Ascott, the Goethe- Institut London [ Featuring artists Claire Tolan and Kei Kreutler ]
  • Curator: INFRA_SPECTION #Stacktivism Residency Cycle 2014 – 2015 in association with Bloomberg [ artists include Kari Altmann, Kei Kreutler, Matthew Plummer Fernandez and Huw Lemmey ]
  • Curator: Perlin Noise – Electronic Music and Sound Art Public Programme series, The White Building Hackney Wick [ Including sound artists Claire Tolan and Annie Goh ][ 2015 ]
  • Keynote Speaker: Leaky Box Scenarios - Alternative Residency Models and the Digital Age, Nordic Culture Point, FABRIKKEN, Copenhagen.
  • Chair: Capture and Consumption: images and digital culture, Tate Modern
  • Curator: Piratbyrån and Friends, FURTHERFIELD Gallery London [2014]
  • Chair: Capture and Consumption: images and digital culture, Tate Modern    [ with James Bridle, Katrina Sluis ] [ 2015 ]
  • Speaker and panelist: Cultural Value and the Digital: Practice, Policy and Theory, TATE Britain
  • Speaker: Critical Value of Art and Technology residencies, ICT Art & Connect, Watermans & Brunell University [ 2014]