Magda Tyżlik-Carver is a researcher and independent curator. She joins CSNI as a postdoctoral researcher. Prior to this Magda was AHRC Cultural Engagement Research Fellow at the School of Media, Film and Music, University of Sussex (2016), where she carried out research on Remote Intimacy with Fabrica, a Contemporary Art Gallery in Brighton. This project was a practice-led investigation into how digital and networked technologies change our experience of intimacy. She was also Principal Investigator on the project Future Thinking for Social Living at Falmouth University, with focus on how future thinking can be productively used in increasing social participation in care homes. She also led University of the Village 2, a research project with educational aspect, which investigated universities’ potential to support development of online knowledge networks in rural areas. She was part of the team of researchers on AHRC funded pilot project University of the Village and AHRC funded network Rural Connective. She curated and co-curated a number of exhibitions including Participation (2007), (IN)visible networks (2008) and Gaslighting (2013).
Magda’s research investigates intersections of computation and practices of participation in contemporary art and culture. Her interest is in how the subject/object of curating is changing and how curating increasingly functions as a practice distributed and performed by agents of different orders, not just curators or humans but also algorithms, software and computing machines and infrastructures. Focusing on relational arrangements of humans and nonhumans and their biopolitical creations through curating in/as commons, future thinking, affective data and data fictions her interdisciplinary work brings together Art History, Software Studies, Affect Theory, Curatorial Practice and New Feminist Materialism. In her curatorial practice she often collaborates with artists and programmers in developing software applications that are integral to her curatorial process. Projects include playing practice (2009), common practice (2010) and common practice: nothing new under the sun (2013), Ghost Machine (2012) and Ghost Factory (2013, 2015). Magda received her PhD (2016) from the School of Communication and Culture at Aarhus University. Her doctoral project was titled “Curating in/as Common/s. Posthuman Curating and Computational Cultures” and investigated the changing practice of curating at the time of increasing use of social media and digital participation, focusing on how curating influences computation.