Rob La Frenais (UK)

Rob La Frenais is a contemporary art curator and writer living in London, England and Albi, France. He has curated major installations, performance, technology and art/science commissions both in museums and public places since 1987, and has worked with many major international artists ranging through James Turrell, Marina Abramović, Stelarc, Orlan, Erik Hobijn, James Acord and Jan Fabre. He has directed major arts festivals in England, Scotland, Switzerland and Spain. In 1997 he joined the Arts Catalyst, the science-art agency as curator and developed and produced a number of major initiatives involving nuclear art (Atomic), space exploration in art (Gravity Zero,Artists and Cosmonauts), indigenous science (Parallel Universe), new living systems for artists and scientists (Marko Peljhan's Makrolab in Scotland), art and biotechnology (CleanRooms) and flight (Artists Airshow). With the Arts Catalyst he has organised four zero gravity campaigns, in Star City, Russia and Bordeaux, France. He participated in the first dedicated artists zero gravity flight in the Ilyushin MDK 76 in Russia with Noordung/Projekt Atol in 1999.He is currently curating and researching Space Soon a major exhibition, performance programme and conference at the Roundhouse, London, UK in 2006. He is an honorary Doctor of Arts at Dartington College of Arts, University of Plymouth, UK.