Welcome to this month’s Pick ‘N Mix, a selection of interesting tidbits about curators that I spotted on the web over the past few weeks.

– Interesting material on the use of “slack spaces” for art in the recession continues to accumulate: The San Francisco Sentinel had an article recently, and the recent launch of the “No Longer Empty” initiative in New York City highlights the opportunity that the economic crisis presents for curators and artists interested in transforming spaces in their cities and in remaining active despite the lack of jobs, downturn in sales, and an overall grim outlook.

– Venice Biennale curator Daniel Birnbaum spoke at TED Global and there are some notes from his presentation here. I think it’s interesting that he starts from the very basic question of what is a curator, and works from there. TED (which stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design) is known as a high-profile series of conferences that invites household names (and soon-to-be household names) to expound upon their most cutting-edge theories to an elite audience. It’s nice to see contemporary artists and curators start to gain more traction on the TED roster. The notes on Birnbaum’s session at TED held my interest because for me it is always fascinating to see how people write and speak about the work of curators for a general, non-artworld audience. Give it a read and see what you think of it.

– This article on “The Digital Curator” describes how curators (including emerging and aspiring ones) are using curating virtual exhibitions to kickstart their careers. The article notes how curators can use blogs and online exhibitions to enhance their reputations and gain projects in the “real” world from these efforts, with some interesting examples.

– And last but not least, in this short video, (crank up the speakers, the sound is a bit quiet) curator Stephanie Rosenthal describes the premise behind the “Walking in my Mind” exhibition that she curated at the Hayward Gallery.

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