March 25, 2012

Meet the 2012 Team

While you are all busily preparing your proposals for this year’s festival we’d like to take a moment to introduce you to the newcomers to our Critical Animals 2012 team! Joining ongoing directors Julia Shaw and Yolande Norris are:

Sophie Lamond; Director (2012 – 2013)
Sophie Lamond has recently returned to Sydney after completing an honours degree in Art History and Curatorship at the Australian National University in Canberra. She’s recently escaped a life as a professional volunteer and intern and begun working as an art educator on Cockatoo Island on Sydney Harbour. Sophie is interested in eco-critical art, architecture, collaborative and interdisciplinary artistic practice and relational aesthetics. Sophie has been a long-time visitor to This is Not Art, presented at last year’s Critical Animals and is thrilled to be a director in 2012.

Tulleah Pearce; Director (2012 – 2013)
Tulleah Pearce is an arts administrator, reader and occasional writer working in Western Sydney. She has previously worked for a private art collection and in commercial galleries. In 2010 she completed her Art History thesis at COFA exploring national identity, globalisation and biopolitics in contemporary Indian art – She is too afraid to reread it (in case of typos). Her interests include political theory, social history, museology and critical theory, as well as hybrid, ephemeral, and conceptually driven art practices. This is her first Critical Animals, please be kind.

It’s so great to have these ladies on board and we can’t wait for their input into the 2012 program. We are also excited to introduce our new Program Coordinator:

Beau Anthony Deurwaarder; Program Coordinator
Beau is a young whirlwind of creative energy, thrilled to be a new addition to the Critical Animals project this year. Whilst writing his honours thesis in Philosophy and English, a continental analysis of innovation and its constitutive social and political  dimensions, Beau works during the week in disability support, during the weekend as a filthy Melbourne DJ, and at all given moments in between as a certified fun and mischief maker.

We look forward to meeting you all in person at Critical Animals 2012! Don’t forget – proposals are due April 1st