The Residents

We scoured the planet for people who have initiated new festivals, spaces and projects that are resonating strongly with their community and exemplify new ideas and new approaches. We invited them to join us in the next wave. The Residents will be present as provocateurs throughout the Festival, speaking at Breakfast Club and partying til dawn. It’s a blind date for us, them, our Festival and our city.

In 2012 The Residents include Andy Field (Forest Fringe, UK), Laura McDermott and Harun Morrison (Fierce Festival, UK), Ben Pryor (American Realness, New York), Alia Swastika (Jogyakarta Biennale, Indonesia), Susan Gibb (Curator, Australia), Ianto Ware (Format Festival/Renew Adelaide, Australia), Ma YongFeng (Initiator of Forget Art, China), Edward Sanderson (Writer and Art Blogger, China) and Inza Lim (Seoul Marginal Theatre Festival, South Korea).




About the Artist

Andy Field is Co-Director of Forest Fringe, an artist-led organisation making space for risk and experimentation at the Edinburgh Festival and beyond. Forest Fringe’s innovative community-led approach to supporting and collaborating with artists has allowed it to become a home to some of the country’s most exciting and radical new performance work. Andy is also an artist in his own right; his unusual interactive encounters have been seen at the Battersea Arts Centre, the Southbank Centre and the ICA amongst others. He writes regularly for the Guardian’s theatre blog and has a regular column on experimental theatre in The Stage.
Laura McDermott has been Joint Artistic Director of Fierce Festival (Birmingham, UK) with Harun Morrison since Autumn 2009. Fierce is an annual festival of international live art, performance and public intervention. Previously Laura worked as a creative producer at BAC (Battersea Arts Centre) and Greenwich + Docklands International Festivals. In 2011-12 Laura is one of 7 participants selected from the UK to be part of the British Council’s Cultural Leadership International programme.
Harun Morrison has been Joint Artistic Director of Fierce Festival with Laura McDermott since Autumn 2009. Harun was formerly a producer part-time at BAC, London and has worked as a freelance producer for the Royal Opera House. He has co-led various socially-engaged projects and workshops at organisations including Tate Modern, INIVA, South London Gallery, Chisenhale Gallery and LIFT. More recently Harun has given seminars, workshops and talks at various HE institutions including Central St. Martins, Goldsmiths and Royal College of Art. Harun is on the board of BAC as well as Arnolfini. Harun’s areas of interest include live art, contemporary curatorial practice, cultural theory, judo, world cinema, grass-roots activism, public memorials/collective memory and surfer-generated internet culture. Since 2005, Harun has collaborated with Helen Walker, as part of the interdisciplinary practice THEY ARE HERE.
Thomas Benjamin Snapp Pryor is an arts manager, producer and curator #tbspMGMT. Clients include Miguel Gutierrez, Trajal Harrell, Ishmael Houston-Jones, Yvonne Meier, Wally Cardona and Deborah Hay. He is also the Founder, Curator and Producer for American Realness, a festival of contemporary performance in New York, NY (Best of Dance 2010, ArtForum).
Alia Swastika started her curator career by working as an Artistic Manager in Cemeti Art House, one of most reputable art spaces in Indonesia. In 2006, she participated in a fellowship program funded by the Asian Cultural Council conducting research in USA. Her most recent grant is research fellow at the National Art Gallery, Singapore. She has been curating exhibitions including many Indonesian artists such as Eko Nugroho, Tintin Wulia, Wimo Ambala Bayang, and Jompet Kuswidananto. She also curated also The Past The Forgotten Time in Amsterdam, Jakarta, Semarang, Shanghai, Singapore (2007 – 2008), Manifesto: The New Aesthetic of Seven Indonesian Artists in Institute of Contemporary Arts, Singapore (2010). She had been the curator of the Jogja Biennale XI in November 2011 and appointed as one of the Artistic Directors of Gwangju Biennale 2012, South Korea.
Susan Gibb is a curator based in Sydney, Australia. She currently runs a twelve-month independent curatorial project, Society, from her home in Redfern. Previously Susan worked as the Visual Arts Curator at Carriageworks, an Associate Curator and Project Manager at Campbelltown Arts Centre, and as a Curatorial Assistant at Penrith Regional Gallery & The Lewers Bequest. A recipient of an Asialink Arts Management Residency, Susan has also worked as a Curator-in-Residence at Green Papaya Art Projects, Guest Editor for and curated an exhibition of Australian and New Zealand video art at the Ishmael Bernal Gallery, University of the Philippines Film Institute, in Manila, The Philippines. She has also written for national and international art publications including ArtAsiaPacific, Art & Australia, Artlink and Artist Profile.

Susan was also a curatorial advisor for our keynote project, Wake up and wait for the sun to rise.
Ianto Ware is CEO of Renew Adelaide and the former co-founder and director of the Format Festival and Format Space in Adelaide, and Executive Producer of the Festival of Unpopular Culture. He holds a PhD in English from Flinders University and has spent the better part of the past twenty years playing in bands and releasing zines of varying quality. He is also the author of 21 Nights in July: The Physics and Metaphysics of Cycling and is currently working on a project related to urban planning, participatory culture and postcolonial cities entitled Bridge Over the River Torrens: Field Notes from Adelaide and the War on Bland.
Ma Yongfeng is a Chinese artist, based in Beijing. He is the founder of Forget Art – a loose artist collective. Forget Art focuses on intervention-based work (often with a touch of the absurd) promoting small-scale, subtle disturbances in the fabric of society, described as “social micro-practice.” Forget Art is also a series of projects including exhibitions, art fairs, interventions and online social networks, distinguished by their intangibility, influenced by Minimal and Conceptual practices.
Edward Sanderson is a curator, critic and editor based in Beijing. He came to China in 2007 to open the gallery CPU:798 in Beijing’s 798 Art District, presenting photography and new media work by Chinese artists. Since closing CPU:798 in 2009, he has been writing about contemporary art in China, with a particular focus on ‘alternative’ artistic practices and critical approaches to the art systems, within the Chinese context. As well as being English-language editor for the Chinese art magazine ART ISSUE, he is Beijing staff writer for the international reviews website, and his writings have appeared in Flash Art, Yishu Journal, and Contemporary Art & Investment.
Inza LIM has worked at Seoul Marginal Theatre Festival since 2004, taking on the role of Artistic Director in 2010. She has worked with Korean contemporary artists Hansol Yoon, Kyung-sung Lee, Geumhyung Jeong, Cheolsung Lee,Hyungtak Kim, Whajung Kang, Subi Yoon, Hyungjeong Lee, Kyungju Park, Suhyun Kang, Jingyu Yu. Recently, she worked with Creative VaQi (Kyungsung Lee) for Urban Moving Research or Theatre ‘Let us move your sofa’ (2010), awarded the 2010 Donga Theatre Award in the New Concept Theatre Section. She also worked with Greenpig (Hansol Yoon) for Stepped Memory - The Returns of The Pressured (2010) for Festival Tokyo 2012. Inza LIM is also an evaluator at Seoul Cultural Foundation (2011), Mullae Art Space MAP Program (2010-2011), and Arko ArtCenter (Museum) (2011-2012).