Rob La Frenais
For the last 17 years he was based at The Arts Catalyst, an Arts Council National Portfolio organisation in London, UK, where, along with director Nicola Triscott he developed an ambitious artistic programme and built up an unparalleled creative team which has been responsible for some of the most innovative exhibitions and events, based on interactions between art and science, in the world.
Before become a curator in 1987 he founded and edited the influential contemporary cultural journal Performance Magazine in 1979, editing and writing criticism internationally during the eighties. He spent most of the seventies as an artist carrying a Sony portapak, editing with early video technology and working in community contexts with the group Action Space.
He was also the first curator ever to experience zero gravity, with a group of artists, at Star City in Moscow in 1999 and went on, with the Arts Catalyst to enable around 50 artists (and scientists) to work in an environment previously only experienced by astronauts and space scientists.