Bianca Hester is a multidisciplinary and highly collaborative artist whose (sometimes ephemeral) spatial and sculptural interventions into public sites heighten awareness of social contexts and architectural spaces. She works in response to specific material, social and spatial conditions and builds provisional constructions and open-ended situations, often involving collaborations, events, imagery and video. Her practice explores the manifold rhythms at play within and across various sites, generating and interposing other temporalities (movements, materialities, actions) in order to open up possibilities for how we might engage, encounter and occupy place. These gestures and actions are often enacted over time, with props, fragments and residues that emerge from the project’s dense range of processes, assembled into exhibitions and installations. Projects have involved developing strategies for addressing the ways spaces are constructed and regulated and, more recently Hester, has been developing projects that engage directly with the fabric of the city, attempting to bring about an expanded form of public sculpture where multiple relations might converge.
BIANCA HESTER’s recent projects and exhibitions include: So Long As You Move, Ark Gallerie, Yogyakarta (2014); You Imagine What You Desire, the 19th Biennale of Sydney (2014); Art is a Verb, Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne (2014); Melbourne Now, National Gallery of Victoria (2013); ‘only from the perspective of a viewer situated upon the surface of the earth does day and night occur’ as part of the Glasgow International Festival for Visual Arts, (2012); ‘a world fully accessible by no living being’ at Federation Square, Melbourne (2011); ‘please leave these windows open overnight to enable the fans to draw in cool air during the early hours of the morning’ at The Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne (2010); The West Brunswick Sculpture Triennial (with the OSW collective, 2009), ‘fashioning discontinuities’ at the Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne (2009); and ‘projectprojects’ at The Showroom, London (2008) among many others. Alongside this practice Hester teaches, writes, generates publications and is a member of the OSW (Open Spatial Workshop) collaborative with Terri Bird and Scott Mitchell. Hester holds a PhD from RMIT University, Melbourne, and has completed additional postgraduate studies at the Sandberg Institute, Amsterdam. She is currently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney.