artist ~ curator ~ writer
With the Tip
of a Needle - an essay for Garland
Stitch of Bonds, 2003
2015, Jonathan VDK
|"A fine needle, a loop
of yarn, a hand moving, thread
drawing through fabric; and repeat.
Stitching is a nuanced language spoken mainly by women in local
dialects that are recognised across global cultures.."
So starts my essay on three women from Afganistan, Iran and Bangladesh,
who gain new insigts through teaching their traditional emboridery
skills for Guildhouse.
Shell in aritst's hand, 2013
Image courtesy of the artist
|Although enduringly fond of carving
Mother-of-Pearl and English Lime, Catherine Truman's oeuvre extends to choreography, public sculpture, installation,
photograph, poetry and moving image.
I am particularly
interrested in writing this monograph in drawing out
the intersubjectivity of working immersively with scientists for 17 years, which has taken her
makings into the sensate and anatomically unfamiliar – probing
the thresholds of human being.
A delight to be mentoring Emerging curator and writer Andre Lawrence.
be published in July 2016.
a very big dry
WIMP: Windows, Icons,
Menus & Pointers
Five sweet 20 second stories in the
language of computer and mobile screen
icons. I've really
enjoyed making these playful low resolution works: the
nostalgia of an #earlyApple desktop contrasts with
#lateWindows working day parade; #mobMe texts in icons of social
media; #screenFever flushes out the graphical creatures
inhabiting our interface jungles; while #playTime points to pure
can watch them here or tweet them to the Rundle
Lantern big screen.
the Networked Practice | Online Symposium
Speaking with Ken Wark and Charlotte Frost on a panel at an
international gathering exploring emergent
forms of networked research, artistic production, and teaching in the
arts. Intended as a global and inclusive gathering, without
registration fees, this Symposium unites local and remote speakers and
audiences via Web-conferencing to discuss a range
of topics, including: distributed teaching and studio models,
collective research, peer-to-peer cultural production, networked
performance, big data cultural analytics, and a broad range of issues
in Internet art & culture.
Here's my catalogue essay for Theatre of Detail -
new work by Gray Street Workshop partners Jess Dare, Sue Lorraine and
Truman, set to tour nationailly and internationally in 2015 and
2016. A celebration of the Workshop's evolution over 30 years, the exhibition will be launched
at Gray Street
Gallery on 5 March 2015.
Its great revisting -empyre- [soft-skinned space], the forum created
as part of my PhD in 2002, to contribute to the February
2015 discussion New Year/ New Tools and Technologies.
Artist In Residence
residency at Bundanon enables research and
writing time for my first
novel Attachment. This highly
intimate memoir deals with issues of identity, loss and grief brought
about by the traumatic separation at birth from my mother and my
subsequent adoption, then the removal of my only child at 15, also
through forced adoption.
see my 1996 net art work
tunnel (exploring the slimey arena of cybersex)
in the VAGINA 2.0, show at Vagina Museum, Vienna,
from May 2014.
Manifest De Stillare -
The Microscope Project
at Flinders Art Museum & City Gallery at the State Library,
Australia. My catalogue essay Manifest De Stillare discusses
Nicholas Folland, Ian
Gibbins, Deb Jones, Catherine Truman, and Angela
Valamanesh reconstruction of whimiscal, surprising and poetic artworks
from a suite of decomissioned analogue microscopes.