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 the Institute for Provocation (Beijing), Nida Art Colony (Lithuania), 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).
She has grown things with others in frameworks like Marjetica Potrč’s Design for the Living World program (Belgrade and Mexico City), and Parckdesign 2016: Jardin Essential in Brussels. Tessa is active in 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.