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Clara Blume

The Grid: Exposure
Curatorial Co-Director
San Francisco, CA, USA
Clara Blume, PhD is Deputy Director and Head of Art, Science, and Technology at Open Austria, the Austrian Consulate and innovation office in Silicon Valley. She curates and promotes artistic projects at the intersection of art + tech while bridging Austria with the innovation ecosystem in the SF Bay Area. As President of the EU National Institutes for Culture Cluster in Silicon Valley (EUNIC Silicon Valley) Blume spearheaded the creation of The Grid, a network connecting artists and tech/nologists around the globe, funded by the European Commission in 2019. The Grid wants to share lessons learned from investigating different modes and models of collaboration between artists, art institutions, and the tech industry. Prior to her new role in cultural diplomacy, she worked as a professional musician, songwriter, and internationally touring recording artist. As founder of The Singer Songwriter Circus in Vienna, a touring live music show providing a platform for international newcomers, she featured over 350 artists from around the world over 7 consecutive years. Blume has an academic background in fine arts, composition, comparative literature, cultural studies, and history. She is a regular conference speaker and a published author.  
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