Dani Admiss is an independent curator and researcher working across the intersecting fields of art, design, technology and social-change. Over the last four years, she has developed a curatorial methodology that positions curating as a shared, collective process of researching and making-with others. Her projects often begin from the understanding that capitalist systems –in pursuit of a maximisation of profit– tend to place emphasis on metrics and forms of measurement and downplay subjective experience and decision-making, ultimately reducing the agency of the individual in society. In response to this, she is interested in how she can use the role of curator to get more people involved, and have a stake in, defining, steering, and articulating what art, tech, and social change is. Her collaborative projects invite others to be involved in active decision-making, critically making and reflecting upon what sociotechnical, socionatural, and sociocultural narratives currently exist and what new ones need to be created. How can collectively deciding what stories need to be told challenge the status of ‘experts’? What new types of truths and stories come out of a more democratic curatorial model?
She is founder of Playbour- Work, Pleasure, Survival, an art and research platform dedicated to the study of the worker in an age of data technologies. Her current research is looking at land management and conservation practices, ecological economy, and metrology. She is finishing her Ph.D at the Faculty of Arts and New Media at Sunderland University on world-building practices, co-creation and curating in an age of world systems.