This blog archives the things I do in the world and on the page mainly so that they are all in one place. I do my best to infrequently update it.
I am a writer/artist, researcher, curator and educator, born in an industrial harbour city called Gladstone in Queensland, Australia, on the unceded lands of the Gooreng Gooreng people. I lived most of my life on the east coast of Australia before moving to Amsterdam in 2008 and Berlin in 2014. My work tends to explore relationships between art and situated cultural practice, media philosophy and political economy, and is particularly informed by (post) language, feminist and anti-colonial projects. As a research curator I specialized in contemporary international installation art, film, video and networked media, with special focus on practices from South East Asia, Australia and the Pacific.
I have a BA in Literature from the University of Queensland and an MA (Cum Laude) in Media and Culture from the University of Amsterdam, which theorized videographic crisis genres as post-fordist commodities, symptomatic of art’s own neoliberal transition, focussing on Dutch conceptual and installation practices exemplarily attendant to ressentimentality, the drama of austerity, and the precarity of museological liberalism.
Prior to 2008 I was a curator of Film, Video and New Media at the Gallery of Modern Art / Australian Cinematheque in Brisbane, where I was also a member of the Asia Pacific Triennial curatorial team. In addition to co-curating exhibitions and screening programs there, I was also responsible for overseeing the museum’s inaugural technical production and acquisition of archival films and negative materials – four films by Indian modernist filmmaker Kumar Shahani, renowned as the subcontinent’s first structural filmmaker.
My critical writing has been published by Cambridge Scholars Press, MIT Press, Postcolonial Studies, and RealTime Arts, in museum publications, networked ebooks (V2 Institute for Unstable Media), independent exhibition catalogues and DIY zines. An analysis of my independent writing and publishing features in a chapter of the book Intimate Ephemera: Reading Young Lives in Australian Zine Culture by Dr Anna Poletti. I was an OZCO Runway curatorial visitor to the 2007 Venice Biennale, Documenta and ZKM, a winner of the Lord Mayor’s Young and Emerging Artist Fellowship 2008, and a curatorial advisor to the Place, Ground and Practice working group of the Pacific Rim New Media Summit, of the International Society for Electronic Arts, San Jose, 2005. I have been a recipient of literature, new media and visual arts grants from the Australia Council for the Arts, and Arts Queensland, and contributed my knowledge and expertise to organizations, conferences and symposia in Australia, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Germany, Thailand, Indonesia, the UK and USA.
BA English and Comparative Literature, University of Queensland / Monash University, 2003
MA Media and Culture (Cum Laude), University of Amsterdam, 2011
Postgraduate coursework, MA Editing and Publishing (University of Queensland) 2004
Mondrian Fonds Fellowship 2013-14
Amsterdam Merit Scholarship, University of Amsterdam 2009-10
Brisbane Lord Mayors Artist Fellowship 2009
Runway Emerging Curator Scholarship (Australia Council New Media Board) 2005
Story of the Future Grant for New Work (Australia Council Literature Board) 2007
Seminar Leader, ‘At the Limits of the Writerly’, How to Do Things with Theory program, Dutch Art Institute, Arnhem, NL (current).
Curatorial and Special Projects Consultant at Multimedia Art Asia Pacific (2008-2011) the only non-profit media art organisation dedicated to profiling, biennial exhibiting and networking the Asia Pacific region.
Curator of Film, Video and New Media at the Queensland Art Gallery / Gallery of Modern Art and Australian Cinémathèque (2004-2008) the publicly-funded contemporary international art and film museum in Brisbane, Australia.
Program Co-Manager and editor at This is Not Art (2002 – 2003) the independent international media art festival in Newcastle, Australia.
Program Co-Manager of the National Student Media Conference (2002), Newcastle, Australia.
Curatorial member, Place, Ground and Practice working group of the Pacific Rim New Media Summit, ISEA, San Jose USA (2006).
See also my linkedin profile for more info: http://nl.linkedin.com/in/racheloreilly