CAST’s engagement with public art seeks to apply the principles of social practice, bringing about change in the public domain with ambitious local, national and international art projects. Building inter-disciplinary teams with expertise in art, architecture, design, sound, science and education, these projects reach out into communities while stimulating critical dialogue within and beyond the university.
Research Theme Leader
Fiona Hillary is a Melbourne based artist working in the public realm. Her passion lies in site specific practices and the human/non-human relationships that reveal themselves across time. Exploring scale through publicly shared moments of awe and wonder to more personal and intimate encounters, she asks us to consider who and what we are in the process of becoming? Working with site, neon, sound, human and non-human companion species, her work has shifted from a permanent incursion in the public realm to focusing on more temporary, fleeting encounters in and of the everyday. Coinciding with Professor Rosi Braidotti’s recent Melbourne visit Fiona curated Posthuman PUBLICS, a laboratory of posthuman convergences for RMIT’s Project Space.
Fiona has made and curated permanent, temporary, collaborative, performative works for a range of commissioning organizations. Her most recent work reverberating futures will be launched with Deakin University’s Imaginarium Project in the coming months. 37°57'02.5"S 144°38'02.0"E was an immersive sound and light experience commissioned for Treatment: Flightlines at the Western Treatment Plant. Fiona curated the 10th Anniversary of the Gertrude Street Projection festival in 2017, ‘Unfurling futures’. ‘a place for gathering’ is a permanent, neon and sound work made in collaboration with Landscape Architect, Sarah Haq in Noble Park, commissioned by the City of Greater Dandenong.
Fiona is the Program Manager of the Master of Arts – Art in Public Space at RMIT University. She is a Research Lead in the School of Art research group Contemporary Art and Social Transformation. Fiona is currently a co-editor on the Journal of Public Space with Luisa Bravo and Maggie McCormick – Art and Activism editions. She sits on the Curatorial Advisory Committee for the Gertrude Street Projection Festival. She is a member of the Algae Society, a global collective of interdisciplinary researchers. Fiona is completing her PhD at Deakin University.
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