Peter Lewis
Peter LewisOCR Board Member
Peter Lewis is an artist and curator. He publishes /seconds, the online journal of research into contemporary art practices. The journal has represented a range of new developments in practice since 2004. Previously at Goldsmiths, University of London, as Senior Lecturer in Curating, he is currently in post as Course Director of MA Art and Design at Leeds Metropolitan University. From 1999, he was the Independent Curator at Kunstverein Bregenz, Austria; in 2003 he was elected Chief Curator of Sharjah Biennale 6. Long term artistic collaborations have included Runa Islam, Makiko Nagaya, Shezad Dawood, Andrew Hunt, Paul O’Neill, Annie Ratti, Director of the Fondatione Antonio Ratti, at Redux Projects in London which he directed until 2007; currently in preparation of a major project with Hoor Al Qasimi, Director of the Sharjah Biennial.

Lewis situates performance within event-based collaborations, continuing the innovatory work in 1990s in London running artists spaces integrating video and electronic formats. His involvements in these independent activities were presented at ‘Host’ as Interim Director at Tramway, Glasgow; and in ‘Get Together’ at Kunsthalle, Wien, in 1998. Tate Modern re-presented his collaborative work ‘Big Blue’ in the Turbine Hall in 2001. He has recently theorised this constellation of practices in ‘Articulating the Event Space’, E:vent, Archive and Related Material 2003-2011, with Colm Lally, for Event Media Projects. He is currently invited to curate the exhibition, /seconds at Sharjah Art Foundation, for 2014 with its Director Hoor Al-Qasimi. His active commitment to the work of non-Western artists is evidenced through these curatorial projects and partnerships, expanded in the research of contemporary debates in /seconds. He is currently the External Examiner of MA programmes at CSM, University of London.