Dr Terri Bird




Monash University, Australia


Terri Bird is an artist and lecturer in the Department of Fine Arts at Monash University. Her practice investigates materiality as a way of re-thinking the relations of matter outside the customary binaries of form, content and meaning. This interest is located in a sculptural practice that connects the effects of matter to the production of contexts in order to reconfigure sites and situations differently. Since 2003 Terri has worked collaboratively with Bianca Hester and Scott Mitchell as OSW, winners of the inaugural Melbourne Prize for Urban Sculpture in 2005. In 2009 OSW instigated the west Brunswick Sculpture Triennial, a multifaceted event exploring the interrelated potential that connects the generation and presentation of art practices. An interest in experimenting with the conditions of art_s production and presentation motivates her involvement in artist-initiated activities such as CLUBSproject and Westspace.


Spacing operations and temporal procedures in the practice of Joâlle Tuerlinckx


This paper focuses on the relationships between the exhibited and printed material produced by the Belgium artist Joâlle Tuerlinckx. Utilising a comprehensive array of fragmentary yet signifying remnants Tuerlinckx explores the potential of the book form to complicate and destabilise the customarily relationship of a catalogue to an exhibition.
This procedure is particularly evident in Tuerlinckx's 1999 exhibition 'LIKE a book,' at S.M.A.K (Stedelijk Museum voor Aktuele Kunst) in Gent, which was accompanied by the publication 'THIS BOOK, like a book'. Each aspect of this project comprised material drawn from her inventory of visual and material remainders. On the one hand this material was stacked and bound as a book, and on the other it was dispersed spatially as an exhibition. In effect the exhibition was repeated in the space of the book, and the book repeated in the space of the exhibition, consequently both became exhibition site and reference volume.
The productive potential of this procedure is examined in this paper, drawing on the writings of Maurice Blanchot amongst others, in terms of an economy of exteriority. This economy is more than a simple relation of inside and outside; rather it registers a haunting liminality that emphasises the spacing operations active within Tuerlinckx's practice, operations that confound both sense and temporal procedures.


Tuesday 27 September


1:30pm - 3.00pm






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