Kelli Mccluskey is an artist and co-founder of pvi collective. Formed in 1998 pvi create tactical media artworks that are geared towards instigating tiny revolutions. Incorporating elements of performance, visual art and intervention, works are often physically demanding, site responsive and politically charged. Trained in performance art and media Kelli writes and directs for pvi.
pvi have toured extensively throughout Australia with critically acclaimed tactical media performance tts: australia and internationally with their site-specific panopticon & reform bodies of work including Taiwan, Singapore & Germany. pvi have been part of the south projects international gatherings in Chile, New Zealand and Indonesia, have exhibited throughout Australia including Primavera at the MCA, the human rights arts festival in Melbourne, PICA and more recently at the 17th Biennale of Sydney.
Kelli is on the board of Artrage inc, the DCA arts development panel, was an electrofringe festival state rep, a Spark mentor, has taught at Murdoch, Curtin, WAAPA and UWA as well as delivering masterclasses for city of Melbourne, PACT youth theatre and Spark. In 2008 co-founders Kelli Mccluskey and Steve Bull initiated cia studios [centre for interdisciplinary arts] situated in an old school on the cusp of Perth city centre. cia provides a dedicated development space for artists whose practice sits on the edges of traditional artforms. cia is a creative home for practitioners who are keen to work alongside like-minded peers, experiment with new ideas, engage in applied research and share their skills. Kelli lives and works in Perth.
Paul Gazzola operates an interdisciplinary practice of over 20 years at the interface of art, architecture, performance and theory in the creation of performances, videos, choreographies, set designs, texts, sculptural and multi-media installations for stages, galleries and site-specific settings as well as in various dramaturgical and curatorial roles. Since 1988 an extensive body of work has seen presentations and commissions for festivals in Australia, South Africa, South America, Japan, Canada and throughout Europe. Originally trained as a carpenter, he has a B.A. in Performance, is a qualified a Feldenkrais practitioner and in 2004 commenced studies in architecture. The culmination of these varied inquiries, each exploring the connection/intervention between the body and the built form, provide a unique platform of knowledge in his working life.
He also maintains a strong focus on collaborative exchange through his design and performance practice having worked with such artists as Rosie Dennis, Jeff Stein, Xavier Le Roy, Meg Stuart, Tino Sehgal, Joao Fiadeiro, The Fondue Set, Alain Platel/Hans Van den Broeck (Les Ballets C de la B) and is a founding and ongoing member of Lone Twin Theatre (UK).
Current projects for 2011/12 include: The video project - Negotiate Bankstown, Free Radical for Generating the Impossible - Montreal, one of 12 selected international artists for the Prague Quadrennial Open Scenographic Lab, Return to Sender - concept and curation with Jeff Kahn - PSpace, Sydney and the major project Teaching a New Dog, Old Tricks in collaboration with Paul Granjon, commissioned by the Campbelltown Arts Centre.
He was the coordinating provocateur for the 2010 Splendid Arts Lab and continues in this role for 2011.
Jeff Khan is a curator and writer, and is currently Artistic Director of Next Wave. As Artistic Director of the 2008 and 2010 Next Wave Festivals, Jeff has overseen the development and delivery of numerous programs and projects involving artists from diverse backgrounds and artforms, from around Australia and internationally. His curatorial interests include interdisciplinary practice, public and site-specific projects, and performative and collaborative art practices. In 2009 Jeff was Guest Curator of Primavera 09 at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, bringing a focus on interdisciplinary and performative practices to this annual exhibition showcase. He is currently a Board member of unProjects, and also sits on the Australia Council Dance Board and the Asialink Performing Arts Advisory Committee.
Over the past ten years, Lynda has gained experience across a variety of projects in this field – from manager of the arts + décor program at the Great Escape / Cockatoo Island Festivals to the design of FBi radio and Metro Screen facilities in Sydney.
Drawing on a background of architecture, public art and education, Lynda’s current practice is a unique hybrid – capitalising on the creative potential of a project by the establishment of ‘best practice’ methodologies – tailored by context, scale, timeframe, budget and social sustainability.
Lynda has recently completed a Masters by Research in Architecture (X_Field) at RMIT exploring how this methodology can change the notion of authorship and present a different model for creative collaboration. Lynda’s professional and academic work is underpinned by a socially engaged art practice called ‘Public Assembly’. It explores new modes of engagement within public spaces via the creation temporary interventions (DIY workshops to lo-tech audio visual immersions) as platforms for prompting conversation and establishing an empathetic awareness of one’s environment.
Projects include: workSHOP: Art & Design Incubator, Melbourne Central; The Interventionist Guide to Melbourne, Platform Gallery, Melbourne; Winter Projection Festival, Dandenong; Gertrude Street Projection Festival, Melbourne; Underbelly Art Festival, Carriageworks, Sydney; Art in the Open: Sydney Harbour Trust, Middle Head; Northern Exposure Festival, Northcote.
Jamie Perrow - UAP Senior Lead Designer
Jamie Perrow is an artist whose expertise spreads across a complex range of disciplines, from urban and object design to craft based design practices such as ceramics and woodwork.
Jamie Perrow is also Urban Art Project’s senior lead designer. He is responsible for an artwork’s concept and visual communication through design development. He interfaces with clients and instructs UAP’s documentation team in the creative intent of an installation. Jamie earned a Bachelor in Design from the University of New South Wales, lectures design students at his almamarter and is currently studying Arabic. Key projects Jamie has designed for UAP include: Shanghai 2010 Expo, La Mondial (Egypt), King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (Saudi Arabia), Akbulak Resort (Kazakhstan) and the Roma St. Subtropical Boulevard.