In this episode, I chat with Carly Whitaker about her artistic, curatorial and research practice. This is the 6th episode in a series on Unframed called “Artists in Isolation” which profiles South African artists during the lockdown period of the COVID-19 pandemic. We are living through unprecedented times, where we are needing to find new ways of connecting with each other and the broader art industry, of being inspired, and of creating more platforms for artists.
Carly Whitaker is an artist, curator, researcher and lecturer based in Johannesburg, South Africa. She holds a BA Fine Arts and a MA in Digital Interactive.
She has participated in numerous exhibitions at art spaces in Johannesburg, Freiburg, Casablanca, Miami and Sao Paulo. Her curatorial projects include Floating Reverie, an online digital residency programme, which has been running for over five years and Blue Ocean an online digital project space. She is interested in the positioning of this as artistic research and investigating how artists can develop a practice online. Through her own practice she engages in a constant exploration of how we communicate through media and the ways we use technology to create dialogues, form connections between ourselves and the digital space.
Carly is currently extending her practice and research into new areas with her PhD at the University of Reading (UK) with a focus on curating and networked methodologies in South Africa. Enjoy listening to my conversation with Carly Whitaker.