Archie Barry is an interdisciplinary artist currently living and working in Naarm (Melbourne). Their artistic research comprises national and international exhibitions, performances, presentations and workshops, and writing for numerous publications. Their artistic output is informed by lived experience, and takes form as an autobiographical, somatic (meaning related to the body) practice, spanning performance, video, musical composition and writing.
Themes of personhood, embodiment, gender and mortality are explored through sustained moments of intense connection with audiences, often utilising uncanny bodily gestures, doubled voices, deformed and reformed language, and the production of multiple digital personas. Archie Barry completed a Masters of Contemporary Art at Victorian College of the Arts (University of Melbourne) in 2017 and a Bachelor of Art Education with First Class Honours at the College of Fine Arts (University of New South Wales) in 2013.
Zanny Begg is an artist and filmmaker who is interested in hidden and contested histories as subject matter for artworks. Begg lives in Bulli, New South Wales, on the lands of the Wodi Wodi people, of the Dharawal Nation.
She works with film, drawing and installation to explore ways in which we can live and operate in the world differently from the present state of affairs. In 2016 Begg won both the Incinerator Art for Social Change Award, and the Terrence and Lynnette Fern Cite Paris Residency. In 2018 she won the inaugural ACMI and Artbank film commission. Begg has exhibited widely throughout Australia and overseas, and teaches at UNSW Art and Design.
Dr Léuli Eshrāghi is a Sāmoan-Persian-Australian artist, curator and researcher whose creative practice aims to centre Indigenous presence and power, sensual and spoken languages, and ceremonial-political practices. Ia (ia is the Sāmoan gender neutral term Eshrāghi uses, and can be approximately translated as ‘they/them’) is currently based in Mparntwe/Alice Springs.
Through performance, moving image, writing and installation, ia engages with Indigenous experience as one haunted by ongoing ‘militourist’ and missionary violence that erase the presence of faʻafafine-faʻatama (meaning the third gender within Sāmoan culture) from kinship structures. Eshrāghi is the inaugural Horizon/Indigenous Futures postdoctoral fellow at Concordia University and a member of The Space Between Us, a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada project (2020-28) led by Dr Julie Nagam.
Madeleine Flynn & Tim Humphrey
Madeleine Flynn and Tim Humphrey are conceptual artists who work with audio to create unexpected situations for listening. They live and work together in Melbourne. Their work is driven by a curiosity about how sound operates within culture, and it is their aim to engage with new processes and audiences through public and participative interventions. Some current interests within their practice include: the sound of existential risk; the audio agents of artificial intelligence in public space; and long-form, socially engaged public art interventions.
They have exhibited their work widely, and recent presentations include AsiaTopa, Melbourne; Setouchi Triennale Japan; Theater Der Welt Germany; Brighton Festival UK; Sonica Festival Glasgow; Asian Arts Theater, Gwangju; Perth Festival, Australia; MONA FOMA, Australia; and ANTI Festival, Finland. They live and work in Naarm/Melbourne, Australia.
Amrita Hepi & Sam Lieblich
Amrita Hepi is a choreographer, dancer and artist from Bundjulung (Aus) and Ngāpuhi (NZ) territories who works with dance, choreography, video, installation and objects to create artworks that consider the body’s relationship to personal histories and the archive. Hepi is currently a studio artist at Gertrude Contemporary and is based in Melbourne. Hepi’s work is characterised by hybridity—she aims to extend choreographic practices by combining dance and movement with other domains such as visual art, language and participatory research.
Sam Lieblich is a neuroscientist, writer, and psychiatrist whose research focuses on the role of the brain in generating the sense of self and place. Lieblich is based in Melbourne. He aims to address the scientism of neuroscience by working with linguistic and psychoanalytic ideas of human subjectivity. Lieblich is also interested in exploring the interaction and integration of algorithms with the human subject.
This is the first time Hepi and Lieblich have collaborated on a creative project.
Sean Peoples is a multidisciplinary artist with interests in imitation, appropriation and collage, who is based in Melbourne. His work is informed by extensive research, and seeks to integrate disparate ideas and concerns in parallel arrangements, often employing networks and models as visual devices. Peoples is also one half of The Telepathy Project, a collaboration formed in 2005 with artist Veronica Kent. The duo employ telepathy as an extended metaphor and working method, through which they explore alternate ways of being, communicating and collaborating with one another.
Recent solo exhibitions include Cubism, Tourism, Surrealism, STATION, Melbourne, 2019; Sorting Demon II, STATION, Melbourne, 2016; Alien Antique, TCB, Melbourne, 2016; and the televisual project, Channel G, West Space, Melbourne, 2013.