This site serves as a folio for encounters in visual, writing and research practices. It also provides a blog platform for the informal ephemera that arise alongside these praxis. On Logos: λόγος
Jessica Laraine Williams is a transdisciplinary practitioner and PhD candidate at the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA), Melbourne University. Her parallel professional activities include commissioned art writing (reviews, speculative texts), academic speaking engagements, mixed methods research and physiotherapy. Jess’ art praxis have spanned multiple modalities; these are presently focused on performance/conceptual collaborations and drawing as a form of visual speculation.
Jess holds first class Honours degrees in both the Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Monash University) and the Bachelor of Fine Art (The Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne University). Jess has been working for close to a decade in her allied health profession, including hospital, rehabilitation and management roles. She now specialises in aged care physiotherapy part time.
Jess is undertaking her doctoral research into transdisciplinary digital art that reconstitute notions of human and nonhuman agency. This project includes academic collaborations with researchers outside her home faculty and institution. Her current research projects include intersections between art and the fields of health, biophilic design, and ecology. She writes for art publications both academic and popular, such as the Conversation and Art+Australia. Towards promoting excellence in presentation and communication skills, Jess has been a member of her local Toastmasters International branch since early 2018.
Mid 2016- Current: Part time PhD Candidate at The Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne University, Melbourne.
Thesis Title: ‘Transdisciplinary art with networked nonhumans: towards a digital
2015– Completed Honours Degree in Fine Arts (Visual Arts) (H1)
The Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne University, Melbourne
2014– Completed Bachelor of Fine Arts (Visual Arts)
Monash University, Melbourne
2013- Fine Art Semester in Prato, Italy
Monash University, Prato
2009– Completed Bachelor of Physiotherapy with Honours (H1)
Monash University, Melbourne
Key Recent Publications
Williams, J. L. ‘ An utterance of sugar and plastics.’ Commissioned article in conjunction with RIFTS: Particulate Matter, co-curated by Kat Kohler & Dr. Rachel Marsden, Testing Grounds, Melbourne, 4–14 July 2018. First published by Art+ Australia Online, September 2018. Commissioned by Dr. Rachel Marsden of ACP Projects & Art+Australia Online. Link
Williams, J. L. ‘An interference: red and blue.’ Commissioned article in conjunction with Youjia Lu, Super(im)position (2018), 12th May- 2nd June 2018. Published by Kings Artist-Run Gallery. Commissioned by the artist. Download PDF
Williams, J. ‘Apocope in the Suture Zone.’ Commissioned article for Art + Australia: Issue Two (54.1): The Plague http://www.artandaustralia.com/online
Williams, Jessica, and Mathew Berg. ‘The World’s Best Wildlife Photography Reveals a Fragile, Beautiful Realm’. The Conversation. Accessed 24 January 2017. http://theconversation.com/the-worlds-best-wildlife-photography-reveals-a-fragile-beautiful-realm-71329
Alsop, R., Borda, A., Williams, J. (2016, December). Sound Shadow and Light: Generating the experience of a natural environment. In Proceedings of GA2016 , the 19th Generative Art Conference. Presented at GA2016 , the 19th Generative Art Conference, Florence, Italy, 15, 16, 17 December 2016 https://minerva-access.unimelb.edu.au/handle/11343/123346
‘Reshaping Spectatorship, Clearing the Cloud: Theory, Meet Artist.’ Furtherfield.org, November 15, 2016. Link
Key Recent Engagements
Presenting researcher, art-science collaborative project at ‘Quite Frankly: It’s a Monster Conference’, SymbioticA October 2018.
Introductory speaker for film screening of ‘Ex Machina’, part of National Science Week, hosted by Science Gallery Melbourne. August 2018. https://melbourne.sciencegallery.com/sci-film-ex-machina
Panel with Art+Australia collaborators at NGV International, speaking about ‘The Plague’ journal issue. March 2018 https://www.ngv.vic.gov.au/program/the-plague-contemporary-art-through-social-and-political-uncertainty/#date0