1. Maiko Tanaka curates projects that attempt to get a grip on, question and transform relations between, artistic practice, knowledge production, activism and diversity. After studying Criticism and Curatorial Studies at the Ontario College of Art and Design, Maiko has produced exhibitions (often collaboratively) with Gendai Gallery, Hart House, Justina M. Barnicke Gallery, Toronto Free Gallery, Xpace, the Reel Asian Film Festival (all Toronto) and Casco - Office for Art, Design and Theory (in Utrecht). During her Curatorial Residency at the the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery (2008–2010), Maiko organized a two-part international conference and exhibition titled extra-curricular: between art and pedagogy which provided a platform to discuss and collectively imagine new, alternative structures for supporting, sustaining and mobilizing radical pedagogical art practices. She moved to The Netherlands in 2010 to take courses in the Comparative Women's Studies in Culture and Politics Masters programme at Utrecht University, and to work as the Associate Curator of The Grand Domestic Revolution (GDR), a long-term 'living research' project and residency produced by Casco. Through the GDR gig, Maiko became involved in several collectives, including a nomadic reading group, cooperative sitcom and speculative feminist fiction writing workshop. She is currently beginning to think about how affective value is produced within the various and constantly changing power relations embedded in this kind of group work - and what kinds of aesthetics forms can make visible and further transform these relations in new ways.

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