In the build-up to her durational performance ‘Waning’ at Birling Gap, Julieanna Preston will be ONCA’s artist in residence throughout September.
About the Residency
Julieanna’s performance works test the limits of human and other material communication in the context of live and place-situated interactions. Questioning, even challenging, the long term culturally constructed idea that some matter is dead, some matter reigns power over the rest, some matter has more value, some matter is expendable or at the service of all others is key to developing an ethical material practice. What might happen if ethical dimensions of respect, difference, even hospitality, were extended to the world of matter, beyond human to human? Is there a chance that such practices and values could have profound impact on human inhabitation? Could that realignment have residual consequences to social hierarchies, environmental ecologies and subjectivities?
Works in progress will be on display in the ONCA Gallery and the artist will host ‘public conversations’ with members of the local community regarding their stories, perspectives, and histories with Birling Gap and the chalk. Julieanna’s performance works test the limits of human and other material communication in the context of live and place-situated interactions.
About the artist
Julieanna Preston is a Professor of Spatial Practice at Toi Rauwharangi/ College of Creative Arts, Massey University, Wellington, Aotearoa/ New Zealand. Her practice spans across architecture, art and philosophy, interior design, building construction, landscape gardening, material processes and performance writing. Julieanna has delivered live art performances and lectured on her creative and scholarly works in Austria, Australia, Britain, Canada, Denmark, Germany, New Zealand, Scotland, Sweden, The Netherlands, and the United States. She received a Bachelor of Architecture from Virginia Tech (1983), Master of Architecture from Cranbrook Academy of Art (1990) and a PhD through creative practice from RMIT (2013). Recent works and publications include a sole authored book Performing Matter: interior surface and feminist actions (AADR 2014), Idleness Labouritory: Attuning and Attending (in collaboration with Mick Douglas, Syracuse, NY 2016) and Performing, Writing: A symposium in four turns (Wellington, NZ, 2017).