Associate Professor Terri Bird

Associate Professor Terri Bird

Associate Professor Terri Bird

Department of Fine Art

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Terri is an artist and writer who works as an Associate Professor in the Department of Fine Art at Monash University.

Terri's research focuses on sculptural practices that connect art's material operations to matter's potential force and dynamics. This project owes a debt to the rethinking of material relations that has been a focus of feminist philosophers seeking to problematize understandings of matter outside its customary associations with form, content and meaning.

Since 2002 Terri has worked collaboratively with Bianca Hester and Scott Mitchell as OSW (Open Spatial Workshop), winners of the inaugural Melbourne Prize for Urban Sculpture in 2005. In 2017 OSW exhibited Converging in time, at MUMA, exploring the connections between materiality, the shaping of territories and the various politics inscribed in place.

Terri has also published a number of essays including ‘Forming’, in Practising with Deleuze: Design, Dance, Art, Writing, Philosophy, Attiwill, Bird, Eckersley et al., 2017; ‘Registering Surfaces, Excavating Inheritances’, Deleuze Studies Journal, 10.4, 2016; ‘Figuring Materiality’, Angelaki, 16, 2011, and ‘Exhibiting Practices & Organizational Relations’, in Making Space, Din Heagney (Ed.), 2007.

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Climate Aware Creative Practices

In response to the climate emergency, the Fine Art department has developed a new Climate Aware Creative Practices research priority. We invite applications for a PhD project commencing in 2023 that responds to the themes of sustainability, ethics of making, the intersection of colonisation, capitalism and climate crisis, and critical ecologies. We welcome applications in the fields of Fine Art, Curatorial Practice, or Art History and Theory.

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