2014 Arts Residents
Britt Guy is a producer, curator, community arts and youth worker who specialises in emerging artist development and mentoring, experimental arts programming, and community cultural development projects with and for young people. She has initiated a number of exchange programs between Australia and Slovenia, Croatia and Cambodia. She has worked with not for profit and government agencies, festivals and events locally and overseas. At Tiny Toones, a community development, education and creative arts organisation, Britt will establish an exchange program between Phnom Penh and Darwin. The program will provide opportunities for local community cultural development workers, B*boy and beats artists and young people. www.brittguy.com
Julienne van Loon is a prominent Australian writer of fiction and non-fiction. Her first novel, Road Story, won the prestigious Australian Vogel Award and was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writer's Prize Best First Book category (Asia and Pacific Region). Her non-fiction appears regularly in Griffith Review. Julienne’s most recent book is Harmless (Fremantle Press 2013), a novella set between Australia and Thailand and based on a selection of Jataka tales from the Theravada Buddhist tradition. She will use her residency at Peking University to commence a new work of long fiction that reinterprets several traditional stories of early Buddhist nuns. http://www.juliennevanloon.com.au
Gus Clutterbuck is a ceramicist, community arts worker, and educator. He has exhibited internationally in Croatia, India and China. Gus was awarded Special Prize for his work Plastic Geology in the Gyeonggi International CeraMIX Biennale, Incheon, South Korea, 2011. He has been artist in residence in schools across Australia, including remote aboriginal communities in South Australia. Clutterbuck’s practice examines perceptions toward remote desert communities. By casting ceramic forms from discarded objects collected in the desert, his work contemplates the disjuncture between Indigenous and non-Indigenous cultures. During a self-initiated residency at the Pottery Workshop in Jingdezhen, China, Gus will base himself in the historical centre of Chinese porcelain and the nucleus of hundreds of skilled porcelain artists.
Joon is a creative producer and experience designer with over 15 years of experience in the arts, entertainment, events and creative industries. She has produced events, festivals, major celebrations, public space activations, and industry development program and activities across not-for-profit, corporate, government and independent sectors. Her portfolio includes work across a range of art forms including: theatre, music, dance, visual arts, writing, film, animation, television, gaming, and interaction design. She is currently the Mastermind behind the Australian Bureau of Asian Creatives. At Hong Kong Fringe Club, Joon is keen to run a workshop on how to enhance Hong Kong Fringe Club’s venue design experience and develop a program or project for a future Hong Kong-Australia creative collaboration.
Daniel Edwards is a Canberra born textile and installation artist exploring elements of culture and gender in craft practices. He is the Head Weaver of the collaborative Canberra 100 Community Tapestry. Working with fibre, cloth and other easily accessible domestic items, Daniel investigates the possibilities that occur when gender, culture and technology intertwine. Daniel is of Anglo-Indian heritage but has never been to India before. At 1. Shanthiroad in Bangalore, Daniel will explore notions of identity through patterns, fibres and textiles. He will collaborate with local textile artists in India, and share his new found skills and experiences on return to Canberra.
Vinisha Mulani is a creative producer and facilitator who has worked in a number of arts organizations throughout Asia and the USA. In Australia she has worked with the Footscray Community Arts Centre, Australian Centre for Contemporary Arts, Human Rights Arts and Film Festival, and was the creative producer of a Department of Human Services film which outlined the importance of the arts when working with diverse communities. After volunteering at the first Kochi Muziris Biennale in 2012, Vinisha will return on her Asialink residency to work in the media team and on the Art and Medicine Symposium, which presents the benefits of the arts in a medical context.
Katie Lee graduated from RMIT with a MA Visual Arts in 2009 and has also studied postgraduate education and urban planning. Lee’s practice is interdisciplinary and is often an exploration of the physical and psychological consequences of the built environment. Her sculptural installations incorporate the performative, balancing the visual language of institutions with a sideways humour that challenges their function. Lee has exhibited widely in various Asian countries including Vietnam, Singapore and Malaysia. She has been a board member of Melbourne artist run spaces including Conical Inc. and West Space. At Hyphen in Yogyakarta, Katie will collaborate with Indonesian artist Handwirman Saputra, who runs workshops teaching artists to develop an interdisciplinary practice. http://www.katielee.com.au
Joshua Lowe is a Tasmanian born dancer, choreographer and arts administrator. Most recently Joshua worked for Tasmania’s flagship dance company, Tasdance, as co-choreographer for the 2013 education performance project, and the in-school residency program, DanceNET. A graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts, Joshua formed his own project-based youth dance company, DRILL Performance Company in 2007. Joshua works extensively with youth, including Program Producer for Yellow Wheel in Melbourne, and Stompin’ in Launceston. In 2010, Joshua was awarded the Regional Arts Australia Volunteer Award for Outstanding Contribution, and had his work Fy nominated for an Australian Dance Award. At Institut Seni Indonesia, a public university located in West Sumatra, Joshua will replicate the Tasdance Education Performance Project within a local context. http://www.drillperformance.com
Keg de Souza is an interdisciplinary visual artist working across video, artist’s books, printmaking, dialogical projects, inflatable architecture, installation, and drawing. For the last ten years she has been self-publishing her own hand-bound books and zines under the name All Thumbs Press. One of the key themes in Keg’s work is an investigation of spatial politics, influenced by her formal educational background in architecture and informal squatting one. At self-initiated host KUNCI, a not for profit organisation that focuses on research based practice, Keg will create an inflatable ghost house with residents of the Ratmakan and Jagalan kampungs, which are built on former graveyards. http://www.allthumbspress.net
Michael’s interdisciplinary practice incorporates performance, video, installation and creative direction, alongside academic research in media production, philosophy, and architecture. He has presented and curated work in Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Japan, Africa, Canada, and Europe. Recently, Michael was Creative Producer and Video Artist for an Australia-Indonesia collaboration of Grobak Padi at Melbourne Festival 2012, and ISEA 2013 in Sydney. At Sahabat Wayang Ukur, an organisation focused on the synergies between traditional and contemporary artforms, Michael will develop new participatory methods for interaction and will further his research into animist phenomena and urban flux. http://www.michaelhornblow.blogspot.com
Initially classed as a turntablist, Lucas Abela’s work rarely resembled anything in the field. As an experimental sound and installation artist, he has been known to extract sound from everyday objects including shards of glass and sewing machine motors. Recent works Vinyl Rally and Pinball Pianola highlight his desire to create interactive installations for musical play. In Yogyakarta Lucas will build Gamelan Wizard, a musical instrument/pinball machine hybrid. Other sound makers will come into play to make up the Gamelan Orchestra. Lucas will conduct a performance night at Yes/No Klub’s monthly performance at the Yogyakarta National Museum and will collaborate with local musicians and instrument builders to record an album. http://www.dualplover.com/abela
HAPPY LUCKY SITE & KOU RAKU GAMA, ARITA
Japanese born artist Kenji Uranishi works predominantly with porcelain - hand building translucent white, architecturally inspired objects. He draws inspiration from the surrounding built and social environment and is influenced by people’s interaction with architecture and nature. Kenji’s works feature in the collections of the National Gallery of Australia, Gold Coast City Art Gallery, Newcastle Regional Gallery and Caboolture Regional Art Gallery. Kenji will undertake a residency at Happy Lucky Site, a project directed by the fifth generation head of the Kou Raku Company in Arita, Saga Prefecture - widely considered the birthplace of Japanese porcelain. He will collaborate with the ceramic studio to utilise traditional production techniques and facilities that encourage experimentation. http://www.kamenendo.blogspot.com.au
Jay Kochel is a Canberra based artist and holds a PhD in Visual Art from the Australian National University (ANU). His research examined magical and fetish artefacts in collections such as the Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford and the Quai Branly Museum, Paris. Prior to completing an undergraduate in sculpture and interactive media he completed a BA Anthropology/Law. Jay was the recipient of the Anthony Forge Prize for Anthropology, ANU Honour’s Scholarship, ANU CASS PhD Scholarship and Neil Roberts Award. Jay is currently a Vice Chancellor’s Visiting Artist Fellow in the ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science. In Kyoto Jay will examine sacred Shinto sites and extract the essences of places through the collection of scents, sounds and images. He aims to create an olfactory catalogue as a means of exploring immaterial aspects of aesthetics. http://www.jaykochel.com
Ken and Julia Yonetani are an artist duo based in the Blue Mountains, NSW. They are represented by Artereal Gallery, Sydney, and GV Art, London. Ken and Julia’s works frequently reference the environmental impacts of natural and man-made disaster. In Okinawa the pair will collaborate with Associate Professor Joji Otaki, who has gained an international reputation for his research documenting the biological impacts of the Fukushima nuclear disaster on the pale grass butterfly. The project will explore pressing questions about the mutation, adaptation and survival of species in the context of extreme environmental alterations. http://www.kenandjuliayonetani.com
Terence Jaensch is a poet, actor and monologist. His first book of poetry Buoy was shortlisted for the Anne Elder Award by the Fellowship of Australian Writers. In 2004 he was awarded an Asialink residency to Singapore where, with poet Cyril Wong, he co-authored the volume Excess Baggage & Claim. His work has been published in journals nationally and in the US, Germany, Japan, Singapore and India. His poems have been translated into Korean, Bengali and interpreted as classical Indian dance. His most recent collection of poetry, Shark was launched in July 2013. In Korea, Terence will undertake Sharkboy Seoul, a series of call and response poems based on Korean Sijo form.
Andrew Rewald is a visual artist based in Melbourne. His practice explores the centrality of food and ritual in daily life through cookery and food sharing, with a focus on people, agriculture, local industry, and the pervasive effects of consumerism. Andrew recently completed a series of community engagement residency projects in Iceland, Tasmania and Japan as part of the 2012 Echigo-Tsumari Triennial. In Penang, a region renowned for the diversity of its food and heritage, Andrew will undertake a series of documented performances. He hopes to collaborate with Malaysian artist Roslisham Ismail in nearby Kelantan, who also incorporates food into his artistic practice. http://www.andrewrewald.com
Michelle Aung Thin’s first novel, The Monsoon Bride, was shortlisted for the Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards as an unpublished manuscript and won a Readings Foundation/Wheeler Centre Fellowship. She has a PhD in Creative Writing, has published fiction and essays in various journals, and worked in advertising copywriting. Michelle was born in Burma, emigrated to Canada as a young child, and now lives in Melbourne. She will use her time at New Zero Art Space in Myanmar to write about belonging and homeland. This will form her second book about Myanmar and will combine historical and travel writing with personal essay form. http://www.michelleaungthin.com
Brett McCallum has over ten years experience as an arts manager and producer, with a focus on arts and community festivals across Australia and the UK. He is interested in the role that festivals play in helping a community to celebrate itself and its culture. Brett will work with Manila Fringe Festival to help them produce the first Fringe Festival to be staged in the Philippines. He brings with him experience from senior roles with Darwin Festival, Adelaide Festival, Adelaide Fringe, Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Assembly Theatre in Edinburgh and Soho Theatre, London.
Fiona graduated from Charles Darwin University with a BA Visual Arts in 2006 and was selected to exhibit in Hatched at Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts in 2007. Her work has toured nationally in exhibitions Momentum (2008-10) and ReCoil (2007-10) and internationally in A Prefix:Re (Japan, 2011) and Fibreface (Indonesia, 2011). In 2012 Fiona was commissioned by London based Blink Films to re-construct an ancient Iraqi basket boat. Fiona works with basket making materials and techniques to create sculpture that explores transcultural themes. At residency space 98B Collaboratory, Fiona will collaborate with local artists and visit rattan furniture makers to study the fabrication of armatures. http://pixelsandfibre.com/
Shelley McCuaig has extensive experience in producing arts events and festivals, and is currently Executive Producer at Insite Arts. Prior to this she was Executive Producer at Chamber Made Opera, and spent three years as Associate Producer with Insite Arts working on MONA FOMA (2011-2013), Hamer Hall Re-Opening Concerts (Arts Centre Melbourne, 2012) and Synaesthesia: Music of Colour and Mind (MONA/Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, 2012). Shelley has also worked for Melbourne Writers Festival, Ten Days on the Island and Penguin Australia. At Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay, Shelley will work with the programming team to realize their calendar of arts and cultural festivals including Pesta Raya and Moonfest.
Contemporary Jeweller Jessica Dare received a BA Visual Arts (Jewellery) from the Adelaide College of Arts TAFE, South Australia, in 2006. Since 2005 she has privately studied lampworking with national and international glass artists and her practice combines the unique combination of glass and metal smithing. Jessica joined Gray Street Workshop in 2007 and became a partner in April 2010. Her exhibition The Nature of Memory was awarded Best Visual Art in the 2013 Adelaide Fringe Festival, and her works are held in the collections of The National Gallery of Australia and The Art Gallery of South Australia. At Atelier Rudee, Jessica will research local flower markets and the use of flower garlands to inspire new work. http://www.jessdare.com
Born in Thailand, Phaptawan trained with her father as a mural painter and has significant experience working in Buddhist temples and public spaces throughout Thailand. In 1996 she relocated to Sydney where she collaborates with multi-ethnic communities and maintains a solo practice. Her works have been shown at Gallery 4A and featured in the 18th Sydney Biennale, 2012. During her residency in Chiang Mai, Phaptawan will realise the exhibition Retold-untold stories. The project will investigate local historical materials and the theme of natural disaster from women’s perspectives. http://www.phaptawansuwannakudt.com
Caitlin Franzmann’s work is centred around observations of urban environments and the complexity of human experience. She creates architectural interventions and participatory installations to encourage slowness, curiosity and social interaction. Caitlin originally trained as an urban planner and in 2012 completed a BA Fine Arts at Queensland College of Art. She has exhibited at the Institute of Modern Art, Queensland University of Technology Art Museum, Ryan Renshaw Gallery and as part of OtherFilm Festival, 2012. She is currently the Co-Director of artist run initiative, LEVEL, in Brisbane. At Torna Gallery, an artist-led space in Kadikoy - the Asian side of Istanbul, Cailtin will conduct research, hold an exhibition, and contribute to Torna’s folio magazine. http://www.caitlinfranzmann.com
André Dao’s fiction and non-fiction has appeared in The Monthly, Meanjin, Going Down Swinging, Crikey, The New Philosopher, The Conversation, Harvest Magazine, The Lifted Brow, Voiceworks, Kill Your Darlings, Arena, and anthologies published by Oxford University Press, Penguin Australia, Wakefield Press and Finch Publishing. He was the winner of Express Media’s Best Non-Fiction Piece in 2012 and a Qantas Spirit Of Youth Award finalist in 2013. Since 2009, André has been the Editor-in-Chief of Right Now, a human rights media organisation for which he was a finalist for the Australian Human Rights Commission’s Young People’s Medal in 2011. At The Gioi Publishers, Andre will research and develop a novel based on his grandfather’s experience as a political prisoner in Hanoi. http://www.andredao.com
Korea & NSW
Designer, director and installation artist Anna Tregloan has toured Australia and worked in Edinburgh, Paris, New York, Prague, London, Kyoto, Malaysia, Belgium, Dublin and Holland.She has been awarded several Greenroom Awards, a Helpman Award, and the John Truscott Award for Excellence in Design for Theatre. Anna has worked with the State Theatre Company, Melbourne Theatre Company, Bell Shakespeare, Back to Back, Chunky Move and Circus Oz.Her own company, the Association of Optimism, is interested in researching the limitations of language and alternative models of communications. At Goyang Art Studio, Anna will work on performance piece Sufficiently Breathless and art installation The Breath on my Neck, focusing on Korean cultural relationships with ghosts and haunting. At BigCi Anna will focus her energies on developing a sustainable artistic practice. http://anarko.com.au; http://www.theoptimism.org.au
Born in Goheung, Korea, Mi-jin Kim lives and works in Paris and Seoul. Trained in Paris, Mi-jin holds a post graduate degree from Ecole doctorale Esthétiques, Sciences et Technologie des Arts, Université Paris VIII. In 2007, she was selected for Prix LVMH des jeunes créateurs, Hommage à Yves Klein, (LVMH Young Artists’ Award, Homage to Yves Klein), Paris, and has undertaken residencies at Fondation Gruber Jez, AC, Mérida, Mexico and Goyang Art Studio, Goyang, Korea. At Artspace, Sydney, and BigCi, NSW, Mi-jin will explore the concept of Slow Art and work with Australia’s resources by experimenting with fabric through motif, pattern making and dyeing processes.
Singapore & Melbourne
Kyla McFarlane is a curator and writer, and currently Associate Curator at the Centre for Contemporary Photography (CCP), Melbourne. She holds a PhD in visual culture from Monash University. Recent curatorial projects at CCP include True Self: David Rosetzky Selected Works, 2013, CCP Declares: On the Nature of Things 2012 and Without Words, 2011. She has edited un Magazine and Flash and written extensively on contemporary art since 1996, specialising in lens-based practice. At The Art Incubator in Singapore, Kyla will build on CCP’s existing relationship with its’ Founder and Director, Charmaine Toh. http://www.ccp.org.au
Angie Seah’s participatory multidisciplinary practice traverses the mediums of drawing, installation, performance and sculpture. Angie has undertaken residencies and participated in festivals throughout Singapore, and extensively internationally, including Switzerland, Indonesia, Belgium, Romania, Poland, Spain, the Philippines, Macau and Myanmar. In 2013 Angie exhibited the work Conducting memories, an interactive installation piece as part of the Singapore Biennale 2013, If the world changed. Angie’s practice explores human relationships with social environments, through encounters with the ephemeral realm of sound. In Melbourne, Angie will create a site-specific performance piece and installation titled Sacred Soundscapes that investigates what people consider to be sacred elements of their personal soundscapes. http://www.angieseah.com
Taipei & Fremantle
Ting Chaong Wen holds a MA Fine Arts from the Institute of Plastic Arts, Taiwan National University of the Arts. In 2011 Chaong Wen was awarded his third Exhibitions Grant from the National Culture and Arts Foundation, Taiwan. In 2005 he was selected for the Kaohsiung Arts Awards and in 2004 the Taipei Arts Awards. He has held solo exhibitions in Taiwan, Japan and Germany, and undertaken residencies in Japan, Taiwan and France. Chaong Wen uses the artistic medium of installation to question art and science, and fiction versus imagination. http://tingchaongwen.weebly.com/
Claire Bushby was born in Perth, Western Australia. She graduated with a BA Arts (Visual Arts Honours) from Edith Cowan University in 2005, and is currently completing a MA Arts (Visual Arts) at the same university. She is currently Curator at Heathcote Museum & Gallery in Western Australia and forms one half of collaborative duo Claire². Though based in textiles, Claire’s work explores a range of mediums including painting, drawing, installation and new media. At AIR Taipei, Claire will further her research on multiple authorship, collective production and participatory work. http://www.clairebushby.com
Annika Kristensen is the Exhibition and Project Coordinator at the Biennale of Sydney and Co-Director of independent curatorial initiative Art Proper. Previously the inaugural Nick Waterlow OAM Curatorial Fellow at the Biennale of Sydney, Annika has also held positions at Frieze Art Fair; Artangel and Film and Video Umbrella, London; and Lister Gallery and The West Australian Newspaper, Perth. Annika completed a BA Arts (Communication Studies) at the University of Western Australia, and a MSC Art History, Theory and Display from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. During an intensive one-month residency at 3331 Arts Chiyoda, Annika will explore the Yokohama Triennale and give a public program that compares her experience of the Biennale of Sydney to the Yokohama one. http://www.cargocollective.com/artproper
Kerjasama Indigenous and Regional Residencies between Australia and Indonesia
Reko Rennie is an interdisciplinary artist who explores his Aboriginal identity through contemporary mediums. Reko’s art incorporates his association to the Kamilaroi people, using traditional geometric patterning that represents his community. Through his art, Rennie provokes discussion surrounding Indigenous culture and identity in contemporary urban environments. At Cemeti Art House in Yokyakarta, Reko will create an installation piece representing his experiences of ‘initiation’ and ‘ceremony’ from an urban Aboriginal perspective. He will hold a public talk about the representation of symbols and iconography throughout his work. Reko will collaborate with an Indonesian artist to complete some murals and videos that document the process of using street art as a medium to cross cultural boundaries. www.rekorennie.com
Supported by The Australian Government through The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander program,
an initiative of The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and Arts NT
Akiq Abdul Wahid works across the mediums of photography, video and installation. His practice focuses on how humans face everyday life by way of the technologies and inventions they have created. Akiq is a member of artist collective MES56 in Yogyakarta, and his work has been exhibited extensively internationally and in the 2012 Yogyakarta Biennale XI, Shadow Lines: Indonesia meets India. During his first international arts residency to Alice Springs, Akiq will explore the concept of private and public ‘borders’. He will work with local students and communities to create personal maps of individual borders experienced in everyday life. This will result in a series of photos and video documentation that will be exhibited at Alice Springs experimental art space, Watch This Space. The documentation will become a resource of life in a different community on return to Indonesia. www.akiqaw.com
an initiative of The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and Arts NT
Chris Bennie was born in Invercargill, New Zealand. He moved to Australia in 1999 and completed his training at Griffith University. His work has been exhibited extensively in Australian institutions including the Gallery Of Modern Art, Brisbane; Australia Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne; Canberra Contemporary Art Space; and The Perth Institute of Contemporary Art. He is the winner of the 2012 Gold Coast Art Prize and the 2013 Swell Sculpture Festival. Chris lectures in Fine Art at Griffith University. Following on from his series Kissing Swans, where Chris transformed two flood-affected caravans from Bundaberg devastated by natural disaster, Chris will develop a body of work that converts everyday objects affected by natural disaster in Japan. http://www.chrisbennie.com/