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Laurel Ptak is a curator and researcher based in New York City. She currently teaches in Parson's Art, Media and Technology Department at The New School and serves as at-large Associate Curator for Tensta Konsthall in Stockholm.
Ptak has held diverse roles at cultural institutions over the last ten years, including work for Aperture Foundation, Art:21, Guggenheim Museum, Museo Tamayo (Mexico City) and PS1 Contemporary Art Center/MoMA. As an independent curator she has additionally organized projects in NYC and internationally at Art In General, Casco—Office for Art, Design & Theory, Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, The Showroom among others. The book, Undoing Property, which she co-edited with artist Marysia Lewandowska was published by Sternberg Press in 2013. Her recent work has been recognized with a nomination for the 2012 Independent Vision Curatorial Award from iCi. Ptak attended the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College.
Since 2006 her curatorial practice has often explored media and technology—especially in relationship to difficult social and political questions that it poses. During her Eyebeam fellowship Ptak will extensively research the history of cyberfeminism—looking in particular at its artistic practices since the early 1990s.