B. 1992, Melbourne/Naarm, Australia
Lives and works in Melbourne/Naarm, Australia
Zoë Bastin is an artist. Her expanded choreographic practice considers exhibition, installation, publication and performance as part of the same political project – the reorganisation of societal structures that limit bodies.
Zoë considers situations, movements and objects as connected in artistic production, her projects operate within academic, gallery, theatre and public art realms traversing artistic modes. This practice emerged during visual art studies (BFA, Hons) considering the sculptural potential of the physical body. She studied, then later taught, at Mangala Studios in Carlton, an important site in the lineage of Australian German Expressionist Dance (est.1970). In recent years her research has become increasingly interested in the complexity of practices, ideologies, and aesthetic modes of making within settler Australian legacies of dance and their intersection with visual art.
In 2021 she completed a PhD at RMIT University and currently lectures at Deakin University.
Lives and works in Melbourne/Naarm
Claire Watson is the Director of NETS Victoria. Previous roles include Visual Arts Program Coordinator at Asialink and Senior Curator at Gippsland Art Gallery. Claire has curated over 120 exhibitions and developed major curatorial projects including the Artspace Mackay touring exhibition Violent Salt co-curated with Yhonnie Scarce 2019–2020; Re-visioning Histories co-curated with Yhonnie Scarce, 2016; the NETS Victoria/BLINDSIDE touring exhibition Synthetica 2015–2016, the Asialink/ BLINDSIDE touring exhibition Vertigo, 2014; and the award-winning project Home—Reframing Craft and Domesticity, 2013 (Museums Australia Award). She writes regularly on Australian contemporary arts practice. She co-edited and co-wrote Asialink publications ‘Every 23 Days: 20 years Touring Asia’ and ‘Abundant Australia—Highlights of the 11th Venice Architecture Biennale’. Claire has been an international guest speaker at the Museum of Contemporary Art Taipei; Galerie Soemardja, Indonesia; and the TransCultural Exchange Conference, USA. Her experience includes serving on the Touring Victoria and Regional Partnerships advisory panels at Creative Victoria, serving as a board member for the Public Galleries Association of Victoria, as well as being Chair of the Artistic Directors and Board of Management at BLINDSIDE during 2010–2017.