We are happy to announce the winners of our 2018 Terrence and Lynette Fern Cité Internationale des Arts Residency Fellowships: artists Astra Howard, Geoff Kleem and Luke Parker, and researcher Rosemary Willink. All will be travelling to Paris next year, to work on a specific artistic or research-based project. Read on to find out more about their practices and projects.
Astra is an Action Researcher/Performer working within public spaces in cities. Since 1998 she has designed and produced site-specific works in cities across Australia and internationally. Commissioned by local and state governments, these projects test urban and social theories and facilitate dialogue and debate about issues affecting the city. Astra’s series of Machine-Vehicles generate data and stories from place, engaging with and recording the real and fictional nature of everyday experience. Astra has worked professionally as a designer in commercial agencies, as a lecturer in higher education and as a community development worker, predominantly in crisis homeless services.
During her residency, Astra will create a new series of towers, which will be activated by performers on the streets of Paris. Titled TOWERING, this project extends from three earlier iterations undertaken in Beijing (CapaCITY 2012) and New York (Building Choreography, Towering 2016). In Paris, the towers reference a shift in the political manoeuvring across Europe and the rise of leaders advancing issues such as climate change, terrorism and the refugee crisis. Through the act of TOWERING, the limits of this relationship between body, form and site are tested.
Geoff’s practice, though primarily photographic, is broadly based and conceptually driven. It encompasses installation, sculpture and other related disciplines – often occurring at the intersection of these practices. He has received numerous awards, notably the PS1 Museum Fellowship New York, Artist in residence at Chinati Foundation Marfa Texas and the VAB Studio residency Tokyo Japan. His work has been critically written about and exhibited widely both nationally and internationally and is represented in all state and national collections. He is also Head of the Photomedia Department at the National Art School.
Geoff will be undertaking research across the museums of Paris to gather a body of photo images to be incorporated into large-scale photo mural works. The work will involve investigating museum architecture and the diversity of museological approaches which are deployed to determine how art works are represented. It will also explore the systems of display, classification and comparison used to signify the cultural meaning of artefacts.
Since 1997, Luke has exhibited in museums, galleries and artist-run-initiatives across Australia, including in Sydney at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Artspace, Performance Space, and the National Art School Gallery; and in Melbourne at the National Gallery of Victoria, Gertrude Contemporary, and the Centre for Contemporary Photography. He is one of 11 artists who facilitate 55 Sydenham Rd, a not-for-profit gallery in Marrickville, focused on presenting new, experimental projects by contemporary artists. He is the Exhibitions and Projects Officer, Chau Chak Wing Museum, The University of Sydney.
In Paris, Luke will undertake research with a focus on early photographic experiments and historic photography in French collections. He will develop works that examine the passage of antiquities into French collections, in the context of contemporary global displacements, especially in regards to the middle east and Syria. He will also undertake research and secondments at various Parisian museums, as part of the development of the new Chau Chak Wing Museum at the University of Sydney, due to open in 2019.
Rosemary is a PhD Candidate at the University of Queensland and involved in the Australia Research Council funded project “Is Architecture Art? A history of categories, concepts and recent practices.” Her qualifications include a Masters of Contemporary Art from Sotheby’s Institute in London and a Bachelor of Music Performance from the Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne. She has gained broad curatorial and arts management experience in cultural institutions, including the Centre Pompidou, the Serpentine Galleries, Sotheby’s and the Queensland Art Gallery (QAGOMA). For her PhD, Rosemary is researching how architecture has historically been classified within cultural policy, to better understand emerging institutional structures in the cultural economy.
Rosemary’s project involves the study of two examples of museum expansion by the Centre Pompidou: the Centre Pompidou Metz (2010) and the Centre Pompidou Mobile (2011–2013). While drastically different in scale and duration—the museum in Metz is a permanent architectural icon by Shigeru Ban Architects, while the mobile museum designed by Patrick Bouchain was made to be regularly dismantled and transported—they share the aim to extend the Centre Pompidou’s footprint in line with the government’s decentralist agenda. Through studying how architecture is instrumentalised for cultural policy in France, the project aims to establish a more expansive definition of architecture and its role in the cultural economy
Images clockwise from top left (detail): Astra Howard, Building Choreography, 2016, action research/performance, 210 cm (H) x 30 cm (W) x 30 cm (D) New York, USA; Geoff Kleem, Untitled, 2015, inkjet mural positioned behind interior windows Artspace Sydney, 420 cm x 175 cm, mural image elements drawn from National Gallery of Australia and Museum of Contemporary Art Australia; Centre Pompidou, photograph © Sofia Freeman; Luke Parker, Widow III (recto) 2016, Giclée prints on archival watercolour paper, found silk-screen, acrylic paint, acrylic sheet, cotton thread, titanium quartz crystal, iron-oxide quartz crystal, wheat ear crystal brooch, rubber washers, brass screws, washers and hinges, 135 x 58 x 5 cm.