Angela Chan, Aliyah Hasinah and Priya Jay are the first participants selected for the Undisciplinary Residency. A partnership between Arts Catalyst and The Otolith Collective, this new, month-long residency provides an infrastructure for research, experimentation and production.
The practitioners were chosen for their experimental approach to curatorial, artistic and critical practices that seek to engage with the challenge of current social, political and ecological crises.
The residency is an ideal opportunity for emerging artists and curators to focus upon reflection, discussion.and framing of their work. A dedicated research space will be available at Arts Catalyst throughout April 2019 for presentations that make public the scale, scope and detail of each ongoing inquiry.
ABOUT THE RESIDENTS
Angela Chan is a creative climate change communicator and independently runs Worm (wormworm.org), an online art and climate change curatorial platform, through which she also gives talks and workshops. Angela Chan has a background in art history and an interdisciplinary MA in Climate Change. Her research interests span climate and social justice, decolonial and area studies, and contemporary Chinese science fiction; she also writes cli-fi as algae-la. Angela is based in London and has worked in arts and climate change organisations Cape Farewell and Julie's Bicycle. She worked in both the sustainability and learning departments at the V&A and at a sustainable architecture studio in Shanghai supported by the British Council.
Aliyah Hasinah is a curator, writer and aspiring historian who has previously co-curated The Past is Now at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, pop-up exhibitions for SBTVxCustard Factory and Eastside Projects. She is currently co-curating ‘Bald Black Girls’ exhibition with visual artist Ruth Sutoye, funded by Arts Council England. Aliyah Hasinah’s focus is on what inclusive curation looks like & how it changes based on the historical context of the community, country, who is curating and environmental factors.
Priya Jay is a researcher using curatorial, artistic and herbalist methods to develop a practice that is healing and experimental. She facilitates spaces of co-inquiry, and honours vernacular, embodied and non-linear knowledge and pedagogies. Her academic background is in anthropology, with a specific focus on digital and decolonial ecologies. Priya has worked with notable institutions Barbican, Iniva, Autograph ABP and Wellcome Trust, and is a recipient of the 2018 Peer Forum at Camden Arts Centre.
THE OTOLITH COLLECTIVE
The Otolith Collective expands on the work of The Otolith Group, which was founded in 2002 by Anjalika Sagar and Kodwo Eshun. It is a curatorial platform through which exhibition-making, artists' writing, workshops, publication and teaching aim to engender intergenerational and cross-cultural thought. The Collective has been influential in introducing the work of figures such as Black Audio Film Collective, Harun Farocki, Chimurenga, Mark Fisher and Justin Barton, Lamia Joreige, Nicole Brenez, Penny Stempel, Graeme Thomson and Silvia Maglioni , Anand Patwardhan and Sue Clayton in the UK, US, and Europe.