Finnish Institute in London, together with our organising partner, the Finnish Cultural Institute in New York, is excited to continue organising events and professional exchange through the MOBIUS project. This year the Finnish Institute in London will organise two art curators, Irini Papadimitriou and Sam Trotman, to visit Finland as a part of professional exchange.
MOBIUS is a three-year pilot programme for professionals of visual arts, museums and archives based in Finland, United Kingdom, New York, and the Republic of Ireland. MOBIUS supports peer-to-peer learning, meaningful networking and sharing knowledge. One of the main goals of the project is to share and develop practices in the fields of visual arts, museums and archives. The programme includes exhibitions, publications, research, events, and expert exchange. Documentation of the experiences and projects will be gathered in the program’s online archive (www.m0bius.net).
MOBIUS is generously supported by Kone foundation, Ministry of Education and Culture of Finland and Svenska Kulturfonden (The Swedish Cultural Foundation in Finland).
Irini Papadimitriou is a curator, producer and cultural manager, working at the forefront of digital culture. As Digital Programmes Manager at the V&A, she is responsible, amongst other projects, for the annual Digital Design Weekend, which entails workshops, artists’ presentations and talks. She also organises Digital Futures, a networking event for displaying and discussing work by professionals working with art, technology, design, science and beyond. Irini is the Head of New Media Arts Development at Watermans, an arts organisation supporting artists working with technology, where she is curating the exhibition programme and an annual Digital Performance festival.
Sam Trotman is the director of the Scottish Sculpture Workshop (SSW), a rural 'thinking and making' space in Lumsden N.E. Scotland, set up to support artists by nurturing artistic experimentation/collaboration and through the sharing of ideas, tools and skills. Over the past 15 years she has worked closely with artists and communities to support public debate and action to take place. Sam places a strong emphasis on collectivity, openness, international knowledge exchange and feminist pedagogies that erode the distinction between art and daily life. Prior to her work at SSW she set up and ran the Education Department at Artsadmin, London from 2007 to 2017. She has also worked as an independent producer and campaigner for social and environmental justice projects and is Co-Chair of Directors for Fierce, an international festival of multi-disciplinary, queer performance in Birmingham, UK.