Ruth Noack, author, art critic, university lecturer and exhibition maker since the 1990s, trained as a visual artist and art historian. She lives in Berlin.
Noack was curator of documenta 12 (2007) and is currently developing a new institution, A Museum In A School, to open in 2020. Exhibitions include Scenes of a Theory (1995), Things We Don’t Understand (2000), The Government (2005) (with Roger M.Buergel), a solo show of Ines Doujak’s work (2012), and Notes on Crisis, Currency and Consumption (2015). Noack is curating Ghosting the Nation for Frans Hals/De Hallen (2019). This year, she is presenting exhibition sketches for Sleeping with Intent and Dreaming of a Life in Athens, Prague and Bejing, to be fleshed out in the coming years.
Head of the Curating Contemporary Art Program, Royal College of Art, London in 2012-13, Noack also acted as Research Leader for the EU-project MeLa – European Museums in an age of migrations. She was Šaloun professor at the Academy of Fine Arts, Prague (2013-14), lead the Gwangju Biennale International Curator Course in 2014 and teaches at International Summer Academy in Salzburg (2017 and 2018). Since 2015, she is responsible for one of the Duth Art Institute (DAI) Roaming Academy trajectories. Her most recent symposium “Between Resistance and Hallucination” (2018) is realised within the DAI Planetary Campus.
Next to articles and scholarly essays published internationally, she has written Sanja Ivekovic: Triangle for Afterall Books and Agency, Ambivalence, Analysis. Approaching the Museum with Migration in Mind (both 2013).
Ruth participated in Para Site International Conference 2013.