Tessa Zettel is an artist, writer and researcher working in various collaborative modes to imagine or enact other ways of living. Her projects respond to the contexts in which they take place, employing a kind of fabulist archaeology to make visible contested histories and possible futures. Often this involves bringing new forms of mapping, dialogue or exchange to overlooked or devalued cultural practices and knowledge.
In recent years Tessa has been transiently resident at Berlin’s Zentrum für Kunst und
Urbanistik (ZK/U), Cité Internationale des Arts (Paris), Pa-f (rural France), Akademie Schloss Solitude (Stuttgart) and BEMA (Mexico). In-between she has worked with initiatives like Marjetica Potrč’s Design for the Living World class in Belgrade and Mexico City, and Parckdesign 2016: Jardin Essential in Brussels. She is currently in residence at HIAP, Helsinki, under the Australia Council for the Arts International Residencies program.
She belongs to the group ventures Cloudship Press, Collective Disaster, (no)action(no)space, The Librarium and Weathering, and was previously part of Yurt Empire, the Summer School for Applied Autonomy, and Makeshift, whose speculative site-based projects appeared in exhibitions including If you were to live here… 5th Auckland Triennial (Fresh Gallery, Auckland, curator Hou Hanru), Primavera 2011 and In the Balance: Art for a Changing World (Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney).
When in Sydney she teaches in a variety of interdisciplinary design studies courses at the University of Technology Sydney.