Joe Hamilton

Born in 1982 in Tasmania, Australia, Hamilton lives and works in Melbourne and has a Master of Arts, Art in Public Space from RMIT (2011) and a BFA from the University of Tasmania (2006). Hamilton makes use of technology and found material to create intricate and complex compositions online, offline and between. Recent exhibitions include: Brushes, New Museum, New York (2015); Art Speaks Out, Istanbul Modern Art Museum, Turkey (2015); Vision Quest, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (2015); Video Contemporary, Carriageworks, Sydney (2015); Wasting Time on the Internet 2.0, Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, Germany (2015); Penetrating Surfaces, The Austrian Film Museum, Vienna (2014); Immaterial Matter, Photo50, The London Art Fair, London (2014); Palazzo Peckham, 270 Castello, 55th Venice Biennale (2013); and DECENTER: An Exhibition on the Centenary of the 1913 Armory Show, New York.

Melanie Bonajo

Melanie Bonajo was born in Heerlen, Netherlands in 1978. In her work, Bonajo examines the paradoxes inherent to ideas of comfort with a strong sense for community, equality, and body-politics. Bonajo’s work has been exhibited and performed in international art institutions, such as EYE Film Museum, Amsterdam; Rogaland Kunstsenter, Stavanger, Norway; De Appel Arts Centre, Amsterdam; Centre for Contemporary Art, Warsaw; the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; the Moscow Biennale; National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul, and PPOW Gallery, New York. Her films have been screened at Tate Modern, London; Kunsthalle Basel (2016), and numerous festivals such as International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) and the Berlinale. Bonajo studied at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy and completed a residency at the at ISCP in New York (2014). This year, she was shortlisted for the 57th Venice Biennale. 

Suzanne Treister

Suzanne Treister (b.1958 London UK) studied at St Martin’s School of Art, London (1978-1981) and Chelsea College of Art and Design, London (1981-1982) and is based in London. Initially recognised in the 1980s as a painter, she became a pioneer in the digital/new media/web based field from the beginning of the 1990s, making work about emerging technologies, and developing fictional worlds and international collaborative organisations. Recent exhibitions include: Perpetual Uncertainty, Bildmuseet, Umea, Sweden; New World Order, Casula Powerhouse, Sydney, Australia; HFT The Gardener, P.P.O.W., New York, USA; and HEXEN 2.0, Fig-2, ICA, London, England. She has also shown at Centre Pompidou, Paris, France; Kunstverein München, Germany; ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany; Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam (SMBA), Netherlands; Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, Vienna; Hartware MedienKunstVerein, Dortmund, Germany (2015); as well as the 10th Shanghai Biennale and 8th Montréal Biennale.

Merilyn Fairskye

Merilyn Fairskye is a Sydney-based artist who exhibits widely both in Australia and overseas. Her artwork encompasses a broad range of media and methods from public artwork to video installations, films and photo-based works. Her work has been shown in many film/video festivals around the world including the Al Jazeera International Documentary Film Festival, Doha; the International Film Festival Rotterdam; Videobrasil; Oberhausen Short Film Festival; Kassel Documentary Film Festival; Sydney Film Festival; and in exhibitions in art museums including the MOMA, New York; Tate Modern, London; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney; Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney; and the National Palace Museum, Taipei. Her work is represented in numerous Australian and international public collections. Merilyn Fairskye’s work has been recognised through many awards including a Rockefeller Foundation residency at Bellagio, Italy and PS1 Museum, NY.

Janet Laurence

Janet Laurence is a leading Australian artist who, for more than 30 years, has explored the interconnection of all living things – animal, plant, mineral – through her multi-disciplinary practice. Laurence has been the recipient of Rockefeller, Churchill, Australia Council and University NSW Art and Design Fellowships, and was awarded the Alumni Award for Arts, UNSW. Exhibiting nationally and internationally, Laurence has been represented in major curated and survey exhibitions including: Negotiating This World (2012) NGV, Melbourne; 17th Biennale of Sydney (2010) and 9th Biennale of Sydney (1992); In The Balance: Art for a Changing World, MCA Sydney (2010); and the Adelaide Biennale (2008). Laurence’s work is included in many collections nationally and internationally including NGA, Canberra; AGNSW, Sydney; NGV, Melbourne; QAG, Brisbane; AGSA, Adelaide.