Valentino Catricalà Modal Curator; Lecturer, Curating

Valentino Catricalà

I am a scholar and contemporary art curator specialised in the analysis of the relationship of artists with new technologies and media. I am the curator of the SODA gallery, Modal in Manchester and a lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan University.

I am also the director of the Art Section of the Maker Faire – The European Edition, the biggest Faire on creativity and innovation in Europe, and Art Consultant at Paris Sony CS Lab.

I started to investigate the relationship between art, innovation, science and technology when I founded, as the artistic director, the Rome Media Art Festival – which took place at MAXXI Museum in Rome, and was promoted by the Fondazione Mondo Digitale.

I received my PhD at the Roma Tre University and was PhD visiting lecturer in many important centres such as the ZKM (Karlsruhe), Tate Modern (London), University of Dundee (Dundee), LIMA (Amsterdam), where I had the opportunity to develop my research and interests.

As an independent curator I have worked for many museums and private galleries such as Hermitage (San Petersburg), Minnesota Street Project (San Francisco), New York Media Center (New York), Fondazione Stelline (Milano), MAXXI Museum (Rome), Palazzo delle Esposizioni (Rome), Ca’ Foscari (Venice), Indian Art Faire – New Dheli Italian Cultural Institute (India), and Spatiu Intact (Romania).

My research activity has been developed through several essays and books such as Media Art. Prospettive delle arti verso il XXI secolo. Storie, teorie, preservazione (Mimesis, 2016), Art and Technology in the Third Millenium. Scenarios and Protagonists (Electa, 2020) and The Artist as Inventor. Investigating Media Technology Through Art (Rowman & Littlefiled, 2021). I have also been part of the advisory board of the Media Art History Conference, among others.