It is a sustained critical and imaginative engagement with the various social, cultural and political happenings that impact upon our daily lives, informing and shaping our ideas, our experiences and our actions that tends to lie at the heart of Alana Hunt’s artistic practice. Being essentially inter-disciplinary in nature her work draws upon a range of conceptual and participatory artistic traditions, as well as old and new media forms.
She also writes (often in fragments), occasionally works with film and radio, and is often initiating various kinds of culturally charged encounters. Her work has been shown across Australia, Asia and North America.
Alana has recently returned from two and a half years living in New Delhi. Stemming from a range of personal experiences, in diverse spaces from Taree to Kashmir, of late, Alana has begun thinking about the various ways in which the legacy of late colonialism’s nation-making project continues to live on, often most vividly, in those quiet spaces of daily life.
Matthew Kneale is a Melbourne-based artist who creates and directs site-specific performance pieces and designs sets and costumes for the theatre. His performance installation ‘High Vis Dandy’, a construction site filled with tradies in outrageous haute couture orange workwear, will be presented as part of the May 2010 Next Wave Festival. ‘Kids Can Get Lost’ took audiences on a journey through a concrete drain under a Melbourne freeway during the 2008 Next Wave Festival. Matthew trained as a set and costume designer at the Victorian College of the Arts, graduating in 2005. His design work has included The Border Project's ‘Trouble on Planet Earth’ (2008), The State Opera Company of South Australia's ‘The Station’ and ‘At The Statue of Venus’ (2006), as well as Panther's ‘Playground’ (2009). Matthew is also a co-director of Quarterbred, a Sydney based ARI who has curated the site-specific Tiny Stadiums Festival (2010) in Erskineville.
Jordana Maisie is an Australian installation artist based in Sydney and Berlin.
Her practice approaches technology from the perspective of the physical body, making works in which the physical presence of the spectator activates the installation space.
Reversing the passivism we are bound by whilst attending to digital screens, Maisie’s work reclaims the corporeal disassociation that technology is precipitating. Through her use of hardware and software based interactive and sculptural design, the viewer becomes co-creator of the work, their actions implicit in the outcome - visually, audibly and viscerally.
Maisie has exhibited in various gallery and museum spaces as well as at festivals in Sydney, Melbourne, Queensland, Tasmania, Berlin and South Korea. In late 2009, she completed a mentorship in Berlin with Mark Coniglio: media artist and designer of interactive software Isadora and shortly after this, was granted the ANZ Private Bank and Art & Australia Contemporary Art Award.
After completing a Bachelor of Visual Arts specializing in New Media at the University of South Australia and AudioVisual Production in Valencia, Spain, in 2008 Jimmy completed a diploma in Screen and Media Studies in Adelaide, South Australia.
Currently in his role as creative director at rezon8 as well as within his art practice Jimmy is currently focused predominantly on the production of interactive digital media. This includes interactive (audiovisual) installation, site specific intervention and large-scale public screen media.
Rose Skinner born in 1983 Western Australia is a multidisciplinary installation artist. She creates immersive worlds with a bubblegum aesthetic that utilize light, colour, sound taste, touch and iconography. Skinner graduated from Central TAFE in 2007 with awards and opportunities, which propelled her into public focus. She secured a place in the 2008; Hatched National Graduate Exhibition, PICA; 3x3 Urban Arts Project, Forest Chase; The Next Wave Festival, Federation Square; and received a $66,000 public art commission from the City of Melville. Artrage selected Skinner for their inaugural installation residency and as their poster artist for the Artrage 25th anniversary festival and have continued to support her in various ways through their Incubator Program. Skinner has held artists in residence at; Mogli, India; Ipswich children’s gallery, Queensland; and Breadbox, Perth. She is also the co founder of Artist Run Initiative Minxaurus. Skinner has now exhibited 20 of her macro/micro installations in galleries, art spaces and festivals across Australia and aboard.
Lan Nguyen-hoan completed her Bachelor of Visual Arts with First Class Honours majoring in Gold and Silversmithing in 2007. After completing her studies at the ANU School of Art, Lan and fellow graduate Alison Jackson established their own metalsmithing workshop, ‘Pocket Studio’, in Queanbeyan NSW (just outside Canberra). In 2008 Lan was awarded a grant from the Inter-Arts Office of the Australia Council for the Arts to undertake a residency at the University of Applied Sciences Düsseldorf, Germany. Some of her other accomplishments include becoming the 2003 Sydney Morning Herald Young Designer of the Year and an Honourable Mention in the Cheongju International Craft Biennale Competition, Korea in 2009.
The focus of Lan’s work is primarily in combining wearable objects with animation. However she also explores concepts concerning interactivity, robots, animé, character design, the human condition, and the urban environment – both considered design (i.e. architecture) and its vandalism (i.e. graffiti).
Willoh S. Weiland
Willoh S.Weiland (Grad. Dip. Hons, Performance Making, Victorian College of the Arts) is an artist/writer/curator concerned with new ways for text to inhabit contemporary art.
She has made work for the Next Wave Festival, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney and the Centre for Contemporary Art in Glasgow, the Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing, Swinburne University and in Beijing on an Asialink grant as part of Deadpan. Recent commissions include Antidote (Melbourne Fringe, Highly Commended Best Performance, 6 Green Room award nominations, Rough Draft Development Sydney Theatre Company 2009), Underwhere for Lucy Who Productions (APAM, Adelaide Fringe) and The Outside, using machinima puppets with integrated wireless screens for puppetry/new media company Blood Policy.
Anna Madeleine works with mixed media in digital print and animation. Through experimental hybrids of traditional and digital art forms, she explores how contemporary phenomena such as communication technologies and audio-visual space influence our perception of the modern world.
Anna graduated with Honours in Photomedia in 2007 from ANU School of Art. Awarded with four Emerging Artist Support Scheme awards, she exhibited work in both solo and group shows in various Canberra galleries in 2008, and was an artist-in-residence at both Canberra Contemporary Art Space and PhotoAccess. In 2009 Anna was part of national group exhibitions National Youth Self Portrait Prize Online Exhibition and Beginning Middle End.
Currently, her most recent exhibitions Make Believe (ANCA Gallery, Canberra) and Mind games and paper planes (Brunswick St Gallery, Melbourne) have shown dynamic bodies of work which are the beginning of post-graduate studies in Media Arts through the College of Fine Arts, UNSW.