Exhibition-making is meaning-making, whether one is working as a curator, a collections manager or as an artist. It is as exciting and complex an intellectual endeavour as is writing a book — and logistically far more complex. It requires a high degree of research skill, technical knowledge, conceptualisation and visualisation expertise, communications flair, financial dexterity, stamina, and a love of material culture, of collaborative work, and of the audience. I have curated innovative exhibitions for both museums and galleries in the fields of science, technology, medicine, design and the fine arts, as well as having created large-scale collaborative site specific projects and showing as an artist internationally.

Exhibitions

Split + Splice

Split + Splice: Fragments from the Age of Biomedicine, Exhibition Creative Director, Medical Museion, University of Copenhagen (2008 to 2009)   Creation and production of this Dibner Award winning show about contemporary biomedicine; leading a team of four
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Thinking Through Objects

Thinking Through Objects, presentation at The Exhibition as a Product and Generator of Knowledge, Deutsches Museum, Munich (2008)   This conference explored the contribution exhibitions make to research culture and research methodology, particularly in relation to history of
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You are Here: The Design of Information

You Are Here: The Design of Information, Curatorial Advisor, Design Museum, London (2005)   Curatorial Advisor to Lead Curator James Peto concerning overall exhibition structure and science content on this important exhibition looking at information design and graphics;
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Atomism & Animism

Atomism & Animism, Science Museum, London (1997 to 1999) This museum-wide collection interpretation project was the fruit of my two-year research residency at the Science Museum. The exhibition was created with some 130 objects, disposed in 16 installations
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Studiolo

Studiolo: The Collaborative Work of Martha Fleming and Lyne Lapointe, a major retrospective exhibition and accompanying book (Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, Artextes Editions and Art Gallery of Windsor, 1997-1998)   Covering all of our large scale site-specific
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Open Book

Open Book: Dulwich Picture Gallery and the Science Museum (1996)   This object exchange between an art museum and a science museum was a meditation on the communicating vases of matter and spirit. I brought together Joshua Reynolds’
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Introduction & Index

Introduction & Index, silkscreened translucent banners and artists’ bookwork (1994): Printed Matter (New York); Artexte@MACM (Montreal); Bath Public Library (UK); Ridington Room, University of British Columbia (Vancouver), C Magazine (Toronto)   A meditation on censorship and the power
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Eat Me / Drink Me / Love Me

Eat Me / Drink Me / Love Me:  The New Museum (New York, with Lyne Lapointe, 1989)   Invited in 1987 by curator Bill Olander to create a work for The New Museum, we devised a project about
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Art Metropole Video Distribution

Distribution Manager, Artists’ Videotapes, Art Metropole, Toronto (1979 to 1981)   Under the direction of Peggy Gale, Art Metropole was one of the first organisations in the world to curate, archive and distribute artists’ videotapes. This was a
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