Curator and Head of Alternate Realities Joe Cutts joined Sheffield Doc/Fest in 2011. He has been integral to shaping the identity and ethos of the Alternate Realities program, stripping away the trend of modern technologies and aligning those with timeless forms in contemporary art. He is currently leading on the artistic vision for the festival and year-round national and international artist and exhibition programs.
His research over the last decade in the ethics of this field has led to the workshop program for artists and curators, "Welcoming New Art Forms (I was trendy once)" Pilot - Digital Cultures: Living Archives, Warsaw.
Cutts is also a video installation artist based at S1 Artspace in Sheffield. His work is created using a rigorous lyricism in the approach to moving image, with his interpretations constructed with structured methodologies and non-linear narrative. Contributing properties of performance and sculpture are subject to his setup. In 2019, his work was part of "Construction House", an exhibition of newly commissioned work exhibited alongside archived artwork from Bauhaus masters Moholy-Nagy László and Marianne Brandt, as part of the Bauhaus centenary.