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Laura McLean

Laura McLean

Bereich: Experimental Art, Kuratorin

Contingent Movements Archive unpacked, for Adapting in the Anthropocene, UNESCO, 2013, Laura McLean

Contingent Movements Archive unpacked, for Adapting in the Anthropocene, UNESCO, 2013, Laura McLean

Contingent Movements Archive, website

Crisis Complex, Carla Cescon, The End

Crisis Complex, exhibition view

Crisis Complex, theweathergroup, Koongarra

The Free Sea, Dissolving Frontiers Helsinki

The Free Sea, still

The Free Sea, still

Key Facts




Experimental Art, Kuratorin



Empfehlende Institution



Mai 2015 - Mai 2015

Master of Fine Art in Curating (Distinction), 2013
Goldsmiths College, University of London
Master of Visual Art, 2010
Bachelor of Visual Art (Hons 1st class), 2006
Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney
Semester at Universität der Künste Berlin, 2009
Semester at Alberta College of Art and Design, 2006

Selected Curatorial Projects and Relevant Positions
2015 – Artistic Bokeh (Associate Curator)
MuseumsQuartier, Vienna
<link http: www.artisticbokeh.com>www.artisticbokeh.com
2013 / 2014 - Contingent Movements Archive (Curator)
<link http: www.contingentmovementsarchive.com>www.contingentmovementsarchive.com
• Maldives Pavilion, 55th Venice Biennale
Contingent Movements Symposium, Library of Historical Archives of Contemporary Art of the Venice Biennale. With presentations from Mariyam Shiuna, TJ Demos, Ravi Agarwal, Marianne Franklin, Nabil Ahmed, Davor Vidas, Suvendrini Perera, and Irit Rogoff.
• Adapting in the Anthropocene , UNESCO, Paris
Contingent Movements Archive Unpacked, exhibition with works by Nabil Ahmed, Rosa Barba, Drew
Denny, Heidrun Holzfeind and Christoph Draeger, Benedetta Panission, and Marian Tubbs
• HIAP, Helsinki
Resident of Helsinki International Curatorial Programme, and premiere of The Free Sea
2013 - Maldives Pavilion (Assistant Curator)
55th Venice Biennale
<link http: www.maldivespavilion.com>www.maldivespavilion.com
2013 - Nuclear Culture (Project Assistant)
Arts Catalyst, London and Goldsmith College, University of London
<link http: nuclear.artscatalyst.org>nuclear.artscatalyst.org
2012 - Crisis Complex (Curator)
Tin Sheds Gallery, Sydney
Exhibition with works by Adam Norton, Carla Cescon, Edgar Cobián, Ella Barclay, Francesca Heinz, Heidi Axelson & Hugo Moline, Javier Rodriguez & Lise Hoveson, Takayuki Yamamoto, Tony Garafalakis, and the weathergeroup_U. Screening of work by the Otolith Group, and talks from Mark Fisher and John von Sturmer.
<link http: www.crisiscomplex.org>www.crisiscomplex.org
2010 - Survey (Curator)
Lot 77 Eveleigh Railway Yards, Sydney
Exhibition of works by Mark Brown, Bonita Bub, Miriam Chatt, Emma Davidson, Janis Ferberg, Alex Gawronski, Francesca Heinz, Jonathan James, Biljana Jancic, Sophia Kouyoumdjian, Claire Milledge, Fathima Nuhumaan, Kenzee Patterson, Greer Rochford, Mark Shorter, Yasmin Smith, Sumugan Sivanesan, Phu Tang, Ben Terakes, Maxime van Haeran, Samuel Villalobos, Court Williams, Jason Wing, Unit 7, and Locksmith Performance Project.
<link http: www.surveyshow.com>www.surveyshow.com

Solo Exhibitions
2011 ‘High Seas’, Firstdraft Gallery, Sydney
2010 ‘Plateau Project’, Sydney College of the Arts Gallery, Sydney
2009 ‘Mountaineering’, Gaffa Gallery, Sydney
2008 ‘Pull Yourself Together’, Deadspace Gallery, Sydney
2007 ‘Paper Waltz’, Don’t Look! Experimental New Media Gallery, Sydney

Selected Group Exhibtions
2015 The Free Sea, ‘Ice to Islands’, Real Art Ways, Hartford
The Free Sea, ‘Waterscapes: The Politics of Water’, Pohang Museum of Steel Art, Pohang
2014 The Free Sea, ‘Waterscapes: The Politics of Water’, Kumho Museum of Art, Seoul
The Free Sea, ‘Jeune Création’, Paris
The Free Sea, ‘Dissolving Frontiers’, HIAP Gallery Augusta, Helsinki
2013 Contingent Movements Archive, ‘Adapting in the Anthropocene’, UNESCO, Paris
Contingent Movements Archive, Maldives Pavilion, 55th Venice Biennale
2012 Soft Survey, ‘Kill The Lollipop’, Lewisham Art House, London
Topography, Terrain ‘On the Y-Axis: Considering Vertical Perspective’ Firstdraft Gallery, Sydney
2011 Koefficients Karaoke Klub, ‘Other Possible Worlds: Dictionary in Space’, Centre Emile
Hamilius/Casino Luxembourg - Forum d’art Contemporain, Luxembourg
2010 Construct, ‘Construct’, Gaffa Gallery, Sydney
E-Guo3, ‘Expo-Exoskeleton’, Dong Hua University, Shanghai
2009 Retrospectacle, ‘Tombolare’, Universität der Künste Berlin
Die Baüme, Rundgang, Universität der Künste Berlin
Sky Garden, ‘Action vs Action ’ Gallery 4A Asia-Australia Arts Centre, Sydney
2006 Décor Fig .3, ‘Spring Show’, Alberta College of Art and Design, Calgary
St Louis Hotel, ‘Golden Ages’, Gallery 125, Calgary
2004 The Weight of the World, ‘Freerange’, Newspace, Sydney

Selected Presentations
Panelist, On Archives, Chisenhale Gallery, London, 2015
Respondent, FORMER WEST public editorial meeting: Other Survivalisms, BAK basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht, 2014
Paper presentation, Contingent Movements Archive, Global Conference on Mobility Futures, Lancaster University, 2013
Peer-To-Peer, Finnish Museum of Photography, Helsinki, 2014
Paper presentation, Futurism Now: Structure and Process in Contemporary Art, Fourth Australian Conference on Utopia, Dystopia and Science Fiction, Monash University, Melbourne 2010.

Selected Residencies & Workshops

2014 Helsinki International Curatorial Programme, Helsinki
2014 Slakthusateljéerna Studios, Stockholm
2013 ‘On Critical Tourism, Site-specificity and Post-romantic Condition’, Nida Art Colony, Lithuania
2013 ‘Former West Research Congress: Learning Place’, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin
2011 ‘Other Possible Worlds: Proposals On This Side Of Utopia’, Casino Luxembourg Forum d’art Contemporain, Luxembourg
2011 Firstdraft Depot Studios, Sydney
2010 ‘Expo-Exoskeleton’, Porosity Studios, Dong Hua University, Shanghai
2010 Anyplace Studios, Sydney

Grants & Awards
• Frame HICP Grant, 2014
• NAVA NSW Artists’ Grant, 2014
• Australia Council Early Career New Work Grant, 2013
• Tin Sheds Gallery Innovate/Curate Grant, 2012
• NAVA NSW Artists’ Grant, 2012
• NAVA Australian Artists’ Grant 2012
• Arts NSW Quick Response Grant, 2011
• Australian Postgraduate Award, 2009
• Fauvette Loureiro Exchange Scholarship, 2008
• Fauvette Loureiro Exchange Scholarship, 2006
• Commonwealth Learning Scholarship, 2004
• Hope Cultural Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Arts, 2002

The Free Sea: Unintended Consequences and Slippages in Time, with Hanna Husberg, ‘Altern Ecologies’, ed. Taru Elfing and Terike Haapoja, Frame Visual Art Finland and University of the Arts Helsinki, 2015
Rising Rights, Unbound Islands, and Contingent Movements, Runway Australian Experimental Art Magazine, Issue 24, Islands runway.org.au/rising-rights-unbound-islands-contingent-movements/Contingent Movements, ‘Portable Nation’ Maldives Pavilion catalogue, ed. A. Cramerotti and C. Boemio, Maretti, Falciano, 2014
Contingent Movements Archive: A (Performative Lecture) Walk, with Hanna Husberg & Kalliopi-Tsipni-Kolaza, ‘Tourists Like Us: Critical Tourism and Contemporary Art’, ed. Federica Martini & Vytautas Michelkevičius, Ecole Cantonale d’Art du Valais, Sierre and Vilnius Academy of Arts Press, in association with VAA Nida Art Colony, 2014
Contingent Movements Archive: A (Performative Lecture) Walk, with Hanna Husberg & Kalliopi-Tsipni-Kolaza, Nida Art Colony Log No. 5 ‘On Critical Tourism’, ed. Vytautas Michelkevičius, Vilnius Academy of Arts and VAA Nida Art Colony, 2014
Pathologies of the Present, ‘Crisis Complex’ catalogue, ed. L. McLean and S. Sivanesan, Blood and Thunder, Sydney, 2012
Futurism Now: Structure and Process in Contemporary Art, ‘Changing the Climate: Utopia, Dystopia and Catastrophe’, ed. S. Sellars, A. Milner, and V. Burgmann, Arena, Issue 35_36, Melbourne, 2011
Tabula Rasa and Contemporary Futurism: Process on the Plateau, MVA thesis, University of Sydney, 2010

<link http: www.contingentmovementsarchive.com>www.contingentmovementsarchive.com

Laura McLean


While in residence at quartier21 I will be developing a programme of exhibitions and events at Artistic Bokeh exploring the role of technology and the ethics in representing posthumanity in the Anthropocene.  

I will be examining curatorial histories and practices of classifying and representing the Earth and its human inhabitants, and considering how the mapping and representation of knowledge is changing as the boundaries between humans, the planet, and technology increasingly blur. This research will be conducted through a practice of curating, organising, writing, and editing, incorporating material and immaterial artefacts, artworks, and texts.

In the process I will familiarise myself with galleries, institutions, curators, and artists working in Vienna with an eye to developing future projects in Austria and abroad.

This project was assisted by a grant from Arts NSW, an agency of the New South Wales Government and supported by the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy, an initiative of the Australian State and Territory Governments. The program is administered by the National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA).

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