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 their contexts, employing a kind of fabulist archaeology to make visible contested histories and possible futures. Often this involves bringing forms of mapping, dialogue, publishing or exchange to overlooked cultural practices and knowledge.
In recent years Tessa has been transiently resident somewhere between Helsinki International Artist Program (Helsinki), Berlin’s Zentrum für Kunst und Urbanistik (ZK/U), Cité Internationale des Arts (Paris), Performing Arts Forum (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 Nida Art Colony, Lithuania, preparing a new work with Sumugan Sivanesan for the 8th Interformat Symposium ‘On Rites & Terrabytes’. In the second half of 2018 she will spend 6 months in Beijing at the Institute for Provocation via the Australia Council for the Arts International Residencies program.
Tessa 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 such exhibitions as If you were to live here… 5th Auckland Triennial (Fresh Gallery, Auckland 2013) and In the Balance: Art for a Changing World (Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney 2010).
When in Sydney she teaches in Interdisciplinary Design at the University of Technology Sydney.