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Prof Joasia Krysa


Joasia Krysa is Professor of Exhibition Research and Director of Exhibition Research Lab at Liverpool John Moores University, with a joint appointment at Liverpool Biennial. In 2016, she was awarded an Honorary Associate Professorship in Curating at Aarhus University, Denmark. Formerly, she hold a position of Artistic Director of Kunsthal Aarhus, Denmark (2012-2015), served as part of curatorial team for Documenta 13 (2012) and was co-curator of Liverpool Biennial 2016.

She has a background in Curatorial Studies (Goldsmiths, University of London), Cultural Studies (Wroclaw University), Political Sciences (Maria Curie Sklodowska University), and has PhD in Curating. Her research is located across contemporary art, curating and digital culture, with particular interest at the intersection of curating and computation.

At Liverpool John Moores' School of Art and Design, Prof. Krysa is heading Exhibition Research Lab (ERL), academic research centre and public exhibition venue dedicated to the interdisciplinary study of exhibitions and curatorial knowledge. Founded in 2012, ERL is uniquely underpinned by collaborative posts held by staff with cultural institutions in Liverpool - Tate Liverpool, FACT (Foundation for Art and Technology), RIBA North (Royal Institute of British Architects), John Moores Painting Prize, and Liverpool Biennial. The Lab comprises research activities, postgraduate and doctoral programmes, and curated public engagement and exhibitions programme.

Prof. Krysa serves on external advisory and editorial boards, including as academic advisor for Danish Research Council founded project 'The Contemporary Condition’ at Aarhus University (2015 – 2018); affiliated member of AMT -­ Archaeologies of Media & Technology Research, Winchester School of Art, Southampton University; and a member of Council of Management of Media Art Foundation WRO (Poland).

She served as an academic reviewer for New School in New York, Royal Holloway at the University of London, MIT - Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Aalto University in Helsinki, amongst others.

She is Series Editor of DATA Browser (Open Humanities Press, London), academic advisor for APRJA journal (Aarhus University and Transmediale); and commissioning editor (with Sally Tallant) of contemporary art journal Stages (Liverpool Biennial).

Most significant publications include: edited books Systemics, or Exhibition as a Series (Sternberg Press, 2017) and Writing and Unwriting (Media) Art History' (MIT Press 2015); chapters in Networks (Whitechapel/MIT Press 2014) and The Routledge Companion to Art and Politics' (2015), authored publication 'Ada Lovelace', in the dOCUMENTA (13) notebook series '100 Thoughts - 100 Notes' (Hatje Cantz 2012); and edited anthology Curating Immateriality: The Work of The Curator in The Age of Network System' (Autonomedia, 2006).

Recent curatorial work include Liverpool Biennial 2016; exhibition series 'Collective Making' (2015-2016) and 'Systemics' (2013-2014) at Kunsthal Aarhus, Denmark, and dOCUMENTA 13 (Kassel 2012) where amongst other things, she was responsible for preparing the first international retrospective of Finish artist and technology pioneer Erkki Kurenniemi and worked with artists including Mika Taanila, Song Dong, Tarek Atoui.

Prof. Krysa is currently appointed as Curatorial Advisor for Helsinki Biennial 2020 and is working on a new monograph publication on curating and computation for Routledge.


Plymouth University, United Kingdom, PhD Curating
Goldsmiths University of London, United Kingdom, MA Fine Art Curating
University of Wroclaw, Poland, MA Cultural Studies
University of Marie Curie, Poland, MA Political Sciences

Academic appointments

Professor of Exhibition Research, Liverpool John Moores University, in partnership with Liverpool Biennial, 2017 - present
Honorary Visiting Associate Professor in Curating, Aarhus University, 2016 - 2021
Academic Advisor, The Contemporary Condition research project, Aarhus University, 2015 - 2018
Academic Advisory Board Member, APRJA journal, Aarhus University, 2014 - present

Postgraduate training

Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (LTHE), UK, Plymouth University, 2000 - 2001