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Terri Bird

Assoc Professor

20022018
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Personal profile

Biography

Terri Bird is an artist and writer who works as a Lecturer in the Department of Fine Arts 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.

Her works have been included in the Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art, 1994, Signs of Life, 1999 and Skinned, 2004. 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. This was framed through their research into the Natural Sciences Collection at Museum Victoria, employing specific specimens to explore entanglements between geology, geography, colonisation, resource extraction and philosophical thought. 

In 2009 OSW organised the West Brunswick Sculpture Triennial, a multifaceted event exploring the interrelated potential that connects the generation and presentation of art practices. An interest in experimenting with the conditions of art's production and presentation motivates Terri's involvement in artist-initiated activities, such as CLUBSproject which is the focus of a forthcoming publication developed with Spiros Panigirakis and Bianca Hester.

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; ‘Exhibiting Practices & Organizational Relations’, in Making Space edited by Din Heagney 2007. 

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Projects 2013 2017

Research Output 2002 2018

Blind Tactics

Bird, T., Hester, B., Mitchell, S. & Open Spatial Workshop, 2018

Research output: Non-textual formCommissioned or Visual ArtworkResearch

Third Chimney

Bird, T., Mitchell, S., Robbins, C. & Downing, S., 2018

Research output: Non-textual formCommissioned or Visual ArtworkOther

Open Access

Anthropocite Narrative

Bird, T., Hester, B., Mitchell, S. & Open Spatial Workshop, 2017, Caulfield East, Vic, Australia: MUMA. 2 p.

Research output: Book/ReportCatalogueOther

Carbon Cycles

Open Spatial Workshop, 2017, Caulfield East, Vic, Australia: MUMA. 6 p.

Research output: Book/ReportCatalogueOther

Fault

Open Spatial Workshop, 2017, Caulfield East, Vic, Australia: MUMA. 5 p.

Research output: Book/ReportCatalogueOther

Prizes

2018 National Works on Paper - Finalist

Terri Bird (Recipient), Bianca Hester (Recipient) & Scott Mitchell (Recipient), 21 Jul 2018

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

AAANZ: Best University Art Museum Exhibition Catalogue Prize

Terri Bird (Recipient), Bianca Hester (Recipient) & Scott Mitchell (Recipient), 2018

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

'Cornish Family Book Prize for Art and Design Publishing' - Finalist

Terri Bird (Recipient), Bianca Hester (Recipient) & Scott Mitchell (Recipient), 16 Mar 2018

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

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Museums Australasia Multimedia & Publication Design Awards: Winner, Exhibition Catalogue (Major) Level A

Terri Bird (Recipient), Bianca Hester (Recipient) & Scott Mitchell (Recipient), 8 Jun 2018

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

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Activities 2017 2018

  • 2 Public lecture/debate/seminar
  • 1 Contribution to workshop, seminar, course

Re-imagining Energy Castlemaine

Terri Bird (Speaker), Scott Mitchell (Speaker), Cameron Robbins (Speaker), Samantha Downing (Speaker)
7 Oct 20189 Oct 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesContribution to workshop, seminar, course

MUMA - In conversation: Open Spatial Workshop with Matt Poll

Terri Bird (Contributor), Scott Mitchell (Contributor), Bianca Hester (Contributor)
11 Feb 2017

Activity: Community Talks, Presentations, Exhibitions and EventsPublic lecture/debate/seminar

MADA Artforum Lecture: Open Spatial Workshop: Converging in time

Terri Bird (Contributor), Bianca Hester (Contributor), Scott Mitchell (Contributor)
9 Mar 2017

Activity: Community Talks, Presentations, Exhibitions and EventsPublic lecture/debate/seminar

Press / Media

ARTSHUB: Review: 2018 National Works on Paper, Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery

Terri Bird, Bianca Hester & Scott Mitchell

21/08/18

1 item of Media coverage

Press/Media: Review

AUST FINANCIAL REVIEW: 'Better than a screen: the National Works on Paper Prize 2018'

Terri Bird, Bianca Hester & Scott Mitchell

27/07/18

1 item of Media coverage

Press/Media: Review

MELBOURNE CONTEMPORARY: 'Open Spatial Workshop: Converging in Time // MUMA'

Terri Bird, Scott Mitchell & Bianca Hester

26/03/17

1 item of Media coverage

Press/Media: Blogs, Podcasts and Social MediaBlogs

MEMO REVIEW: 'Open Spatial Workshop: Converging in Time'

Terri Bird, Bianca Hester & Scott Mitchell

25/03/17

1 item of Media coverage

Press/Media: Review

SYN MEDIA: 'Interview: Open Spatial Workshop (Terri Bird, Bianca Hester and Scott Mitchell)'

Terri Bird, Bianca Hester & Scott Mitchell

6/03/17

1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Profile/Interview