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Phil Harris
Portland, Oregon, USA

Photography

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I've spent about two-thirds of my life working primarily in photography, with some detours into other media. My major preoccupations over the years have ranged from history, memory and narrative handmade photo processes to the spiritual quality of deterioration. My current work is about the patient observation, recording, acceptance and encoding of the processes of time and change.
Dan Shay
Glasgow, UK

Projection, installation, moving image


"Creating space for us to reflect on our relationship with technology."

I seek to create space for us to reflect on our relationship with technology.

My work has explored experimental film, installation, performance and visuals for live music and theatre - with a consistent thread of the projected moving image. I have been drawn to working with projection as it represents a metaphor for the material and immaterial spaces in our lives, the visible and invisible. I am interested in exploring experimental forms of moving image and projection.

This situation enables me perspective on my ongoing practice, time to advance my ongoing research and develop narrative for my Navigating Technologies project, and a comparative natural context to respond to.Going offline for this residency provides a valuable opportunity to evaluate the effect of contemporary online connectivity on focus, privacy and mental state.

Aspiring to cultivate a greater awareness of our mediated ways of seeing the world around us, and the impact of this on us as humans. Through this we can develop and guide ourselves towards a deliberate, appropriate balance and affirming our autonomy in our world of technical immersion.
Ea ten Kate
Gothenburg, Sweden / Netherlands

Textile

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My practice revolves around the way in which all cultures, through all ages, choose to signify that objects have value, are sacred, are of importance. How we tend towards symmetry, rhythm, patterns and bright colors.

This fascination stems from people reacting to my work, different people being convinced that the same work was definitely influenced by traditional crafts of a people or region they recently visited or were otherwise interested in. So one and the same  work could be, according to viewers, from the Amazon, from India, and from Lapland.

These interactions made me realize that there are far more similarities than differences between how we visually express that things are of value, like humans are born with this innate visual vocabulary that is influenced by its surroundings but still follows the same basic shapes and patterns. 

My work does not represent any specific culture, it represents humanity's urge to create culture from whatever is around them. Using textile to create my works is a very deliberate choice. It is a tactile material, engaging more senses than just sight. It is soft and harmless, yet capable of carrying identities, uniting people, and projecting vast ideas in one single work.

The resulting works and projects range in size from intimate to monumental. Color plays an important role, and works evolve organically – each segment relating to the previous and informing the next one.

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Tingying Lin & Ingbing Tsiu
Taipei, Taiwan

Photography, photographic & visual arts

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Tingying Lin (b. 1985) is a London-based photographic visual artist from Taiwan. She received her PhD in Media and Communications from Goldsmiths, University of London. As an independent visual artist, she has been trained in the Photography Professional Practice and Academic Portfolio Course at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London, UK. Ingbing Tsiu (b. 1986) is a London-based self-taught photographic visual artist from Taiwan. In addition to visual artist, he is also a lifestyle photographer and translator. As an artist duo, we are interested in using photographic art as a means to explore the dynamic relations between humans and environment. In our previous six photographic series (WILD, RUSTIC, BORDERS, CITY, FRAGMENTS, INVISIBLE), we use symbolic landscapes, abstract aesthetics, and everyday objects to intervene the issues of the environment, the urban and the social.
Hannah Donovan
Brooklyn, New York, USA

Poetry, photography, visual art
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I am a poet, photographer, and maker of all things wacky and whimsical. My art, in whatever form it may take, helps deepen my connection to mind, body, and spirit as I navigate this life. We are our only constant companions, and how do we make sense of that, come home to that, find solace in that, and expand that to involve higher selves and deeper relationships with others?

Inhabiting the realm between fantasy and reality, my poetry details my inner landscape as I engage with the outer world. My writing excavates unexplored truths and unearths what confuses, alienates, depresses, or uplifts me. It awakens me to what is, what has been, and what could be in terms of a life well-lived and authentically carved.

While my poetry serves as a reflective, often serious self-expression, my photography, collage work, embroidery, and drawings make their home in lightness and quirk. I seek to capture the humor of everyday objects and the cohesion of unlikely pairs, twisting the viewer's attention to see what they may have missed as they were rushing through their day.

My work as a whole reveals in me the playful and the pensive, the polished and the rough. I offer my creations to my community and beyond as a chance to be seen, heard, and understood, hopefully opening the door for others to discover their deep wells of creativity, their capacity for growth, and their truest version of self.
Sylvia Montesinos
Gainesville, Florida, USA

Painting

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"Mutable Forms"

Sylvia Montesinos began painting as a child, and in spite of studying graphic design, her curiosity about human biology and behavior drew her to medicine and psychiatry. She went on to earn an MD specializing in psychiatry in 2002 and worked for eight years in mental health. When opportunity arose, Montesinos decided to refocus her efforts on her first love by studying art at the University of New Mexico. Born and raised in Costa Rica with a bicultural background, she has been inspired by the many painters in her Ecuadorian father's family.

Montesinos' current body of work is informed by past and recent memories as well as by the natural residential surroundings where she lives in Florida. She responds both intuitively and visually to the composition as it unfolds before her thus exploring impermanence and the mutability of the moment. Analogous with the idea of "going with the flow", she allows water to make its way across the paper creating organic forms, as it plays with the medium. After a recent health crisis, unpredictable, amorphous, permanent ink blots have become metaphors of her life. Painting has become a way for her to grapple with uncertainty. Like a splatter of black ink on a white sheet of paper, mediums such as watercolor, gouache and ink reflect her reality—this spontaneity, unpredictability, and ephemeral sense of control we all feel in our lives.
Pamela Salen
Minneapolis, MN, USA

Design, photography, text

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"Serendipity, Symbols and Patterns"


"My interdisciplinary creative practice and research is significantly informed by the documentation of lived experience utilizing narrative and visual storytelling. My practice foregrounds positive psychology, self-reflection, embodied creative processes, and visualization as a way of sense-making. Through material and digital-mediated ways of documenting and coding everyday lived experiences, I generate insights and create meaningful and authentic narratives that address issues of: memories and domestic space, displacement, loss and healing, social and individual wellbeing, gender equity, and belonging by examining psychological, emotional and spatial environments. From visualizing ideas; to working with materials; to the physical and digital spaces that we occupy; to the places we inhabit—through deep observation, I discover and uncover patterns and make connections that challenge the status quo to raise awareness about the above issues to provoke meaningful social and individual change. I work with processes of image making that combines analogue and digital photography, paper sculpture, and dimensional typography to capture the emotional aspects of narratives and as a new way of seeing these issues and reconstructing experiences.

I was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. I hold a AAS (2000), BFA (2009) and PhD (2015) in Visual Communication. From 2010 to 2019, I lived and worked in Melbourne, Australia. I am currently looking for my next destination to call home."
Anjali Khosla
New York City, USA

Writing

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Anjali Khosla is a writer and a professor of journalism & design at The New School. Her fiction, nonfiction, and poetry have appeared in Gossamer, Fast Company, Tarpaulin Sky, Juked, the New York Daily News, Glitter Pony, and other publications. Broadsides of her poems have been printed by the Massachusetts Center for Renaissance Studies and Broadsided Press. This past March, her first poetry chapbook and chatbot were published by Wendy's Subway and Nor By Press in Brooklyn. Now Anjali is working on a novel.
Carlie Schoonees
Stellenbosch, South Africa

Composer
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I am classical music composer who likes to explore different sound worlds, colours and techniques and the way one can create music out of vastly different forms of inspiration. The themes in my music vary from my own profound experiences, nature and mental health to atrocities such as the holocaust and apartheid. I also compose absolute and film music and enjoy musical problem solving. In my future work I aim to focus more on social issues such as gender-related themes and circumstances and events in my home country.
Michelle La Perrière
Baltimore, MD, USA

Drawing, collage, ???

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"Touch"

The essence of my work is its touch –
It is –
- About touching.
- About being touched.
- About being in touch.
- About choice meetings and chance encounters.

My drawings, paintings, prints and collages reflect the essential touch of the hand. Yet, I'm really speaking about my hand as a conduit for mind and body – for that essential connection between what we cannot touch, and what we can –
I'm speaking about channeling memory and wishes in the present moment, about being fully awake and aware, now, in order to touch the past and the future, and then breathe again in this moment.

I acknowledge this inherent flux – like our lives in a given day – a piece contains a myriad ways of being. Co-existing energies are present – a soft scumble gives way to a mark seemingly flashing across the page – forceful scribbles and careful caresses coexist with particular and ambiguous imagery. A half dream state gives way to a clear thought, to confidence, then anxiety – from a fuzzy memory to a sudden terror, a kiss to a fight – a moment of calm – the steaming, fragrant cup of tea – to its scald on the skin – a burst of anger – a stream of remorse – a sigh of acceptance… a flush of joy…

My work is about letting it all be there – be here – so that we may find our true selves amidst the muck and pearls.
Stuart Cooke
Brisbane, Australia

Poetry, essay, translation

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"[Hay] un movimiento sin tregua, y un hombre confuso." -Neruda

Born in 1980, Stuart grew up in Sydney and Hobart, Australia. He has travelled widely, and lived in Argentina, Chile, England, Mexico and the Philippines. One of the most widely-published and -recognised Australian poets of his generation, he is the winner of a number of prestigious grants and prizes, including the Dorothy Porter Prize and the Gwen Harwood Prize. His second book of poems, Opera, was hailed as "remarkable" by Cordite Poetry Review, and JM Coetzee called his recently published collection, Lyre, "a triumph." In 2012 he completed a doctoral dissertation on Indigenous Australian and Chilean poetics, which was later published as the critical work, Speaking the Earth's Languages (2013). His innovative translation of an Aboriginal (Nyigina) song cycle from Australia's West Kimberley, George Dyuŋgayan's Bulu Line (2014), received international attention, and was included in the 50th anniversary edition of Jerome Rothenberg's seminal anthology, Technicians of the Sacred (2017). Stuart has also published short fiction and creative non-fiction, and many translations of Latin American poets, including João Cabral de Melo Neto, Gabriela Mistral, Pablo Neruda, Pablo de Rokha, Gianni Siccardi, and various Mapuche poets from southern Chile. Stuart lives with his cat Pablo in Brisbane, Australia, where he is a senior lecturer in creative writing and literary studies at Griffith University.
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