Amanda McDonald Crowley
Since the beginning
Works in Brooklyn, New York United States of America

A native of Australia now based in New York, McDonald Crowley is a cultural worker, curator, and facilitator who specializes in creating new media and contemporary art events and programs that encourage cross-disciplinary practice, collaboration and exchange.

Recent curatorial efforts include Our Haus, the 10th Anniversary exhibition for the Austrian Cultural Forum, NY. In late 2012 she did a residency as a Bogliasco Fellow, at Liguria Study Center for the Arts and Humanities in Italy, where she undertook curatorial research on the intersection between art, food, and technology. Her interests are at the intersection of art, culture, technology, science and social change and also currently include virtual performance, and urban research. Amanda is also currently a Board member of the National Alliance for Media Art + Culture (NAMAC) in the USA. She has lived and worked in Australia, Germany, Finland, and the USA; and additionally done residencies and presented curatorial programs in Canada, Korea, India, the UK, and Italy.

She was the Executive Director of Eyebeam Art and Technology Center in New York City from 2005 to 2011. Eyebeam is recognized internationally as a model for collaboration and innovation in art + technology. Her contributions to the field of electronic art also include her work as executive producer for ISEA2004 (the International Symposium for Electronic Arts 2004) held in Tallinn, Estonia and Helsinki, Finland, and on a cruiser ferry in the Baltic sea. In 2002, she was Associate Director of the Adelaide Festival in Australia, and in this position was also co-chair of the working group that organized the exhibition and symposium ‘conVerge: where art and science meet’. From 1995 to 2000 she was Director of the Australian Network for Art and Technology (ANAT) where she made significant links with science and industry by developing a range of residencies for artists in settings such as science organizations, contemporary art spaces and virtual residencies online.

She previously worked with a range of arts organizations in Australia including the Australia Council for the Arts, Arts Training Australia, and Electronic Media Arts Australia. She has done residencies in Berlin, Germany; Banff Centre for the Arts, Canada; and at Sarai in Delhi, India. She regularly speaks at international conferences and festivals, occasionally writes for journals such as Artlink, RealTime, the Sarai Reader, and Art Asia Pacific; and lurks on a lot of media, technology and culture related email lists.
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"The Wealth of Networks" Booklaunch with Yochai Benkler @ Eyebeam, NYC

Fri Apr 14, 2006 00:00 - Tue Apr 11, 2006

The Wealth of Networks"
Booklaunch with Yochai Benkler

April 14, 2006 - 6-8PM
540 West 21st Street
New York, NY 10011

Please join Yale Professor Yochai Benkler for the launch of his new
book, "The Wealth of Networks," exploring how a new form of
distributed collaboration is transforming the world economy. In this
comprehensive social theory of the Internet and the networked
information economy, Benkler describes how patterns of information,
knowledge and cultural production are changing


CAE - open letter of protest - request for signatories

Helsinki / Amsterdam, June 4, 2004

We are sure that many of you have been following the deeply worrying events
around the subpoenas that have been served to members of the US-based arts
collective Critical Art Ensemble.

If you have not heard so much about the case background information is at

We, Eric Kluitenberg and Amanda McDonald Crowley (with support from a range
of colleagues), have taken the initiative to write an open letter of protest
asking for an immediate cessation of legal proceedings against our esteemed
and distinguished colleagues. We think that this case signals a most
worrisome trend in public political life in the United States and cannot be
left unaddressed.

We ask all of you who have worked with the Critical Art Ensemble in recent
years, and others who feel offended by this unacceptable infringement on
artistic freedom, to contact us to sign this letter of protest as members of
a deeply concerned professional community.

Please find the letter below. if you wish to sign send either one of us an
e-mail (don't reply to this list) stating your name, your profession, your
institutional affiliation (if you have one) and possibly a url that best
represents your work or professional activity.

Thank you.

Amanda McDonald Crowley

Eric Kluitenberg


To whom it may concern,

We, the undersigned artists, curators, critics, cultural producers,
theorists and writers who have worked with or followed the work of the
collective known as Critical Art Ensemble, are writing to express our
serious concern over legal proceedings brought against members of this
highly respected artists group.

Critical Art Ensemble (CAE) is a collective of internationally recognised
artists who work within pedagogic frameworks and art contexts to raise
awareness of a range of social issues. Most recently their work has been
directed towards providing the general public with awareness and
understanding of issues to do with biological research. Their work is not
alarmist but rather provides knowledge.

CAE's work is always undertaken in a safe and considered way, using
materials which are commonly available in scientific education and research
practices. Their main motivation is to provide the public with the tools
needed to make informed choices.

It has come to our attention that there was a recent seizure of a
substantial amount of the artists' work and research material. The
international art scene was shocked and surprised to learn that the US
Federal Bureau of Investigation, following an analysis of the materials by
the Commissioner of Public Health for New York State which returned the
result that the material seized posed no public safety risk, have continued
with their investigation and are now seeking to charge members of the
collective under the US Biological Weapons Anti-Terrorism Act as expanded by
the USA Patriot Act.

Whilst it is perhaps understandable in the current international political
climate that such research might raise alarm bells with American
authorities, it would have also been clear, upon investigation, that the
aims of CAE are not a terrorist act, but an awareness raising action
undertaken with cultural, artistic and educational agendas. Indeed CAE's
work is quite in keeping with mainstream art practices, which have,
throughout history, had pedagogical aims.

Having worked with CAE in various settings throughout the world we have
found CAE's approach has always been to understand and to know the topic
that they are presenting. It comes as no surprise, given the current focus
of their work, that the research tools included biological material.
However, those of us in the art world who have worked with this artists'
group also know that their work is undertaken with thorough research, in
continuous consultation with members of the scientific community, in order
to ensure that the artworks they produce are safe, but also real, in terms
of the investigations they pursue. The work of CAE is internationally
recognised as thorough, investigative, educative and safe.

This matter is one that raises serious concerns internationally that the
actions of the American government undermine the freedom of artistic
expression, a fundamental democratic right, which is one of the cornerstones
of the liberal democracies.

As the materials have been tested and been shown to pose no public health
threat, we demand that the American Government immediately cease legal
action against members of the Critical Art Ensemble collective.

The good reputation of Critical Art Ensemble must be immediately restored.

Yours faithfully,

Amanda McDonald Crowley,
cultural worker/ curator, currently executive producer ISEA2004
(International Symposium of Electronic Art 2004),

Eric Kluitenberg
Head of the Media Program
De Balie - Centre for Culture and Politics
Amsterdam, The Netherlands




Crisis/Media: The Uncertain States of Reportage

Mon Mar 03, 2003 00:00 - Sat Jan 04, 2003

Crisis/Media: The Uncertain States of Reportage

Sarai-Waag Workshop
at Sarai-CSDS, Delhi
March 3-5, 2003

"The hottest place in hell is reserved for those
who tried to stay neutral in times of crisis..."
The Inferno, Dante Alighieri

Crisis/Media, is a conference that will bring together media professionals, activists, and scholars to discuss crisis in the media, and the crisis of the media today.

Since September 11, crises in the media have become everyday events and have taken on global dimensions. But what happens when crisis becomes commonplace? How can media tell the stories behind/beneath the crisis? How are the tensions between local/global, mainstream /alternative, event/representation unfolding? In thinking about these and other questions, the conference will try to focus on both the ways in which media cover/create/manage spectacular crisis events, and on the crisis that this reportage has produced for media itself. (For a full description See Below)

Key Issues:

* Are the Crises in the Media, the Crises of the Media? Where do the lines between reporting in the mainstream and the alternative media harden, and where do they blur?

* Has the "broadcast" model, which was the mainstay of the big media business, proved to be too bulky and too conservative in a world in which things change by the minute?

* Has the internet really made it possible for correspondents to be co-respondents to the realties of a changing world?


* South Asia : Bearing Witness to the Truth in Difficult Times
* Correspondents in the Crossfire : Reporting Situations of Conflict
* The Crisis of Everyday Life : Dispatches from Global Cities
* Stories of Earth and Water : Reporting Ecological Crises
* The Future of Global Independent Media Activism

Special focuses and reports from:

South Asia, Argentina, Australia, the Balkans


Plenaries, Discussions, Open Sessions, Screenings


Apart from previously scheduled presentations, the workshop will feature some open sessions. If you are interested in making a presentation in one of the open sessions, please send a brief description of what you want to do to

Support for Travel and Accommodation:

In general, we will not be able to cover any transport or accommodation costs, for coming to Delhi for the workshop, or for staying in Delhi. If you need a letter of support from Sarai, in order to raise funding for a trip that you are planning, then we will be happy to send you one. Write to asking for a letter of support.


If you are not presenting a paper but wish to attend the conference, you can pre-register by sending an email to


For updates, notices, and schedules from now until the workshop, check Links to various interesting resources and readings are also available from this webpage.

For further details contact

For more details check: