The international career of FACT's new Director
22 February 2007
Mike Stubbs, who has been appointed as Director of FACT, is currently Head of Exhibitions at the world leading and state of the art Australian Centre for Moving Image (ACMI).
Mike joined ACMI in 2003, initially as Curatorial Manager before becoming Head of Exhibitions the following year. During the three years, he has contributed to positioning the venue as one of the world's leading moving image centres. He has driven a hugely successful programme of major exhibitions, including, Proof: The act of seeing with one's own eyes (2004-05), White Noise (2005) - award-winning and acclaimed contemporary art exhibition, 2006 Contemporary Commonwealth - the centrepiece of Melbourne's 2006 cultural programme for the Commonwealth Games, Stanley Kubrick: Inside the mind of a visionary filmmaker (2006), TV 50 (2006) - celebrating 50 years of Australian TV and Eyes, Lies and Illusions (2006-07).
Mike moved to Melbourne from Dundee, where in 2000 he became Dundee University's School of Television Imaging's first Senior Research Resident. In this period he contributed to a body of research and consultancies including Freefall, Peterborough's first new media art show, a study into suicide and self-harm in West Scotland and advising on media resources for Site Gallery in Sheffield. Between 1987 and 2000, Mike was Founding Director at Hull Time Based Arts (HTBA), a position that won him recognition as a primary promoter of new media in an international context. Over this 13-year period, he took HTBA - an artists' run collective of humble beginning - to becoming one of England's significant agencies for experimental art, making a significant contribution to the cultural and social generation of Kingston Upon Hull.
Whilst in Yorkshire, Mike was a driving force behind the successful bid for the year of Photography and Electronic Art, and then as a board member for Photo Arts 2000, the agency set up to deliver the programme. HTBA was a collaborating organisation with both ISEA '98 and co-commissioning with the Arttranspennine98 in the same year. During his career, Mike has commissioned over 250 interactive, site specific, performative, sonic and moving-image based works by artists including Perry Hoberman, Hayley Newman, Bosch and Simons, Granular Synthesis, Shilpa Gupta, Isaac Julien and Ryoji Ikeda.
Originally educated at the Royal College of Art and Cardiff College of Art, Mike's own internationally commissioned artwork encompasses broadcast films, video art, large-scale public projections and new media installation. His earliest work combines performance and video and examples of this have been featured recently at Tate Modern as part of Analogue, a programme charting the history of pioneering British video. In 1995, Mike co-founded Metamedia with Roland Denning, a Soho based production company specialising in art, dance and music. Notable productions through Metamedia include Homing (1995), Gift (1996), first prizes at Oberhausen, Graz and Osnabruk and Resistor (2000).
Mike will join FACT as Director in May 2007.