Nora Sternfeld is an educator and curator. She is professor for curating and mediating art, director of the curatorial program CuMMA at the Aalto University in Helsinki and co-director of — educating/curating/managing — Master Program in exhibition theory and practice at the University of Applied Arts Vienna. She is co-founder and part of trafo. K, Office for Art, Education and Critical Knowledge Production based in Vienna (w/Ines Garnitschnig, Renate Höllwart and Elke Smodics) (www. trafo-k.at). Moreover she is part of Freethought, a platform for research, education, and production based in London (w/Irit Rogoff, Stefano Harney, Adrian Heathfield, Mao Mollona and Louis Moreno). In this context she is one of the curators of the Bergen Assembly 2016.
Curatorial projects have been: Facing The Void Casting A Shadow, David Muoz – Nomad Agency/Archive of Emergent Studies, Node Gallery Space, Aalto University Helsinki 2014; Taking Time, Gallery Augusta, Helsinki 2013 (w/Teemu Mäki), Contradictions! Critical Agency and the Difference Within, Open Space Vienna 2011; Plakate und Kommentare, IG Bildende Kunst, Vienna 2009 (w/Toledo i Dertschei); Nothing for us. Everything for everyone. Strategic Universalism and Political Drawing, IG Bildende Kunst, Vienna 2007 (w/Toledo i Dertschei); Let it be known! Counter Histories of the African Diaspora in Austria, Hauptbuecherei am Gürtel, Vienna 2007 (w/Araba Evelyn Johnston-Arthur); Summit Non Aligned Initiatives in Education Culture, Berlin 2007 (w/Kodwo Eshun, Susanne Lang, Nicolas Siepen, Irit Rogoff, Florian Schneider) and Hidden Hi/stories. Remapping Mozart, a project for Wiener Mozartjahr 2006 (w/Ljubomir Bratic, Araba Evelyn Johnston-Arthur, Lisl Ponger, Luisa Ziaja).
She was a lecturer at the Humboldt University in Berlin, the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, the Zurich University of the Arts, the Art Academy Kassel, the Vienna Art School and the University of Education in Vienna.
She publishes on contemporary art, exhibition theory, education, politics of history and anti-racism. She is author of “Das pädagogische Unverhältnis”, Vienna 2009 and “Kontaktzonen der Geschichtsvermittlung”, Wien 2013 and co-edited several books, recently: “It’s all Mediating: Outlining and Incorporating the Roles of Curating and Education in the Exhibition Context”, Cambridge Scholar Publishing, Newcastle upon Tyne 2013 (w/ The Finnish Association for Museum Education Pedaali, Kaija Kaitavuori, and Laura Kokkonen) and “educational turn. Handlungsräume der Kunst- und Kulturvermittlung”, Series: ausstellungstheorie & praxis, vol. 5, Turia und Kant, Vienna 2012 (w/ schnittpunkt, Beatrice Jaschke).