About Amy and Catherine

Amy Spiers and Catherine Ryan are Australian artists and writers whose collaborative artistic practice has employed site-specific installation, augmented reality, experimental writing, collage, the production of publications, and live and 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. Their 2014 work, Nothing to See Here (Dispersal), was nominated for a Green Room Award for Outstanding Contemporary and Experimental Performance. In 2013 they were finalists in the Substation Contemporary Art Prize. Most recently they have presented work at Monash University Museum of Art (Melbourne), the Museum für Neue Kunst (Freiburg, Germany), MONA FOMA festival (Hobart) and the 2015 Vienna Biennale (Austria). From October 2012 to January 2013 they undertook an artistic residency together at the Zentrum für Kunst und Urbanistik in Berlin, Germany. In May 2015 they participated in the Banff Research in Culture residency at the Banff Centre in Canada.

Amy Spiers
amyspiers (at) gmail.com

Amy Spiers is a Melbourne-based artist and writer. Spiers makes art both collaboratively with Catherine Ryan, and as a solo artist. Her socially-engaged, critical art practice focuses on the creation of live performances, participatory situations and multi-artform installations for both site-specific and gallery contexts.

As an arts writer and researcher, Amy has published work widely in art journals, books and magazines, including producing texts for the Museum of Contemporary Art (Sydney), Auckland Art Gallery (New Zealand), Open Engagement (United States) and Das Superpaper (Sydney). She is currently completing a PhD at the Victorian College of the Arts.

For more information about Amy’s work go to www.amyspiers.com.au or follow her on Twitter.

Catherine Ryan
andsothisiscatherine (at) gmail.com

Catherine Ryan is an artist and writer from Melbourne, Australia. She first began exhibiting solo work in 2013. Catherine works in media including performance, sound, text, video and installation. She has also written accompanying creative and philosophical texts for a number of art projects.

Catherine’s background is in philosophy and critical theory. From 2009 to 2011 she was Editor-in-Chief of the academic journal Colloquy: text theory critique. Her Masters thesis was on the work of Michel Foucault, and looked at how Foucault conceives of the practical, transformative capacity of his historical writing. Catherine’s Honours thesis, completed at Monash University in 2007, explored how the philosopher Gilles Deleuze presents the history of philosophy in his work. She is currently undertaking a Master of Contemporary Art at the Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne.

You can follow Catherine on Twitter or visit her website, catherineryan.com.au

Reading the opening speech at ZK/UAmy Spiers (left) and Catherine Ryan (right)

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