Curating Contemporary Art

MA Graduate Projects

9–20 March

Artist & curator profiles


Awami Art Collective

Awami Art Collective (AAC) was established by artists and activists at the beginning of 2015 as a reaction to the reduction in cultural spaces due to security issues after the attack on a children’s school in Peshawar (2015). AAC considers it crucial to intervene in public spaces in the cause of peaceful coexistence and celebration of diversity. The members include: Ammara Khalid, Asad Changaizi, Farida Batool, HaiderAli Jan, Marria Khan, Mohsin Shafi, Naira Mushtaq, Rabia Hassan, Raheem ul Haque, Raza Khan, SamraMir, Sehr Jalil, Yasir Azeem.

Emma Smith

Emma Smith has a performance and research based social practice that responds to site-specific issues. Using an interdisciplinary approach, she explores human connectivity and place relation. Creating public platforms for experimentation her work operates through collective action and is specific to those who take part.

Paula Nishijima

Paula Nishijima’s participatory practice studies the duality between producer and consumer through both film and photography. Her narratives, characterised by a psychoanalytic aspect, question personal and collective motivations. Since 2013 she has collaborated with the Goethe Institut of Brazil, where she started to research the art exhibition blockbuster phenomenon in São Paulo in relation to audiences.



Ain Bailey

(lives and works in London)

Ain Bailey is a sound artist and DJ currently studying for a PhD at Birkbeck, University of London. Bailey’s compositions encompass diverse mediums, such as field recordings and found sounds, which are inspired by ideas and reflections on silence and absence, architectural urban spaces, and feminist activism. Her electroacoustic compositions are created for a variety of forms, including multichannel and mixed-media installations, moving image soundtracks, live performance and dance.

Bailey has recently exhibited her project AGORA (Acoustic Geographies or Reflection on Assembly) at the Rio Cinema, Dalston; the British Museum, London; and St. George’s, Bloomsbury, London; and Peltz Gallery, Birkbeck, University of London. Other selected exhibitions include Oh Adelaide, a collaboration with Sonia Boyce, shown at Glassell School of Art, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; CCA, Glasgow; Tate Britain, London; Iniva, London; and the Whitechapel Gallery, London.

Florian Hecker

(lives and works in Kissing, Germany, and in Edinburgh, UK)

Florian Hecker works with synthetic sound in performance, installation, and artist publications that deal with specific compositional developments of post-war modernity, electroacoustic music, and non-musical disciplines.

Since 1996, Hecker has given a multitude of performances, audio presentations and concerts internationally. Recent exhibitions and performances include Formulations, Culturgest, Porto; Preis der Nationalgalerie, Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin; A Script for Machine Synthesis, Maison de la Radio, Paris; John McCracken / Florian Hecker, Künstlerhaus Graz, Austria; Midway Contemporary Art, Minneapolis; Sadie Coles HQ, London; MD72, Berlin; Articulação, Lumiar Cité, Lisbon; documenta 13, Kassel, Germany; and Nouveau Festival, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris.

Mark Fell

(lives and works in Sheffield)

Mark Fell is a multidisciplinary artist widely known for combining popular music styles, such as electronica and club music, with more academic approaches to computer-based composition with a particular emphasis on algorithmic and mathematical systems. Since his early electronic music pieces Fell’s practice has expanded to include moving image works, sound and light installation, choreography, critical texts, and educational projects.

Selected exhibitions include the Whitechapel Gallery, London; BALTIC, Gateshead; MACBA, Barcelona; La Casa Encendida, Madrid; the Institute of Contemporary Art, London; the Serpentine Galleries, London; the Australian Centre For Moving Image (ACMI), Melbourne; and Artists Space, New York.



Emma Letizia Jones

(Lives and works in Zürich, Switzerland)

Emma Letizia Jones is an Australian architect, researcher and writer based in Zürich. Educated at the University of Sydney and the Architectural Association, London, Jones is currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Zürich. She has worked as a designer in leading architecture practices in Sydney and London, has taught at the Architectural Association, and her articles appear regularly in architecture journals. She is the co-editor of London-based publication E.R.O.S. Journal, and collaborates on design and teaching projects as a founding member of the Zürich-based architecture collective T E N Zürich. Her research and practice centres on the historic and contemporary role of the architectural interior in the formation of cities and territories.

Sophie Mallett

(Lives and works in London)

Sophie Mallett is an artist exploring sound and the re-territorialisation of networked global economies and people. Incorporating thinking and action around borders, surveillance and sound, Mallett uses radio to define and confine territories, and focuses on sounds’ intersection with affect, politics and value. Educated at London College of Communication, Open School East, and Conservatorium of Music, University of Sydney, Mallett’s practice is both interdisciplinary and collaborative.

Recent projects include: Project Radio, &Model, Leeds, 2015; Live ASMR, Resonance FM and Open School East, London, 2015; Sonic Blind Dates, Tate Britain, London, 2014; Legendary Jobs, Flat Time House, London, 2014, Cycle, Firstsite Gallery, Colchester, 2013.



Amy Spiers and Catherine Ryan

(Amy Spiers b. 1982, Tasmania, Australia. Lives and works in Melbourne) (Catherine Ryan b. 1983, Melbourne, Australia. Lives and works in Melbourne)

Amy Spiers and Catherine Ryan’s collaborative artistic practice has employed site-specific installation, experimental writing, collage, publications, and live participatory performance art. They aim to provoke questions about the present social order—particularly about the gaps and silences in public discourse, the things that are not or cannot be acknowledged.

Have exhibited at the Vienna Biennale; the Melbourne Art Fair; the Festival of Live Art, Melbourne; the Underbelly Arts Festival, Cockatoo Island; Footscray Community Art Centre.

Hanne Lippard

(b. 1984, Milton Keynes, UK. Lives and works in Berlin)

Hanne Lippard’s practice explores the voice as a medium. Her education in graphic design informs how language can be visually powerful; her texts are visual, rhythmic, and performative rather than purely informative and her work is conveyed through a variety of disciplines, which include short films, sound pieces and performance.

Has exhibited at the Kunstverein, Hamburg; Tallinn Kunsthal; 6th Moscow Biennal; Kunsthalle Wien; Transmediale, Berlin.

Larry Achiampong

(b. 1984, London, UK. Lives and works in London)

Larry Achiampong’s projects employ imagery, aural and visual archives, live performance and sound to explore ideas of cross-cultural and post-digital identity. He crate digs the vaults of history, splicing audible and visual qualities of the personal and interpersonal archive-as-material – offering multiple dispositions that reveal the socio-political contradictions in contemporary society.

Has exhibited at Tate Britain/Modern, London; Hauptbahnhof (dOCUMENTA 13), Kassel; The British Film Institute, London; Modern Art Oxford, Oxford; New Art Exchange, Nottingham

Marco Godoy

(b. 1986, Madrid, Spain. Lives and works in London and Madrid)

Marco Godoy is a cross-disciplinary artist currently working with photography, video and installation. Godoy holds an MA in Photography from the Royal College of Art in London. He previously studied Fine Arts at the UCM in Madrid and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Has exhibited at the Dallas Museum of Contemporary Art; Matadero, Madrid; Stedelijk Museum, ‘s-Hertogenbosch; the Edinburgh Art Festival; the Liverpool Biennial.

Navine G. Khan-Dossos

(b. 1982, London, UK. Lives and works in Athens and London)

Navine G. Khan-Dossos constantly deals with the complexities of the relationship between Islam and the West, in both historical and contemporary contexts. Her interests include Orientalism in the digital realm, geometry as information and decoration, image calibration, and anticolonialism in contemporary culture.

Has exhibited at The Museum of Islamic Art, Doha; Witte de With, Rotterdam; The Delfina Foundation, London; The Library of Amiens, Amiens; Leighton House Museum, London.