This site serves as a folio for Jess’ creative, written and research engagements. It also provides a blog platform for the informal ephemera that arise alongside these praxis. On Logos: λόγος
Jessica Laraine Williams is a transdisciplinary researcher, artist, writer and part time PhD candidate at the Faculty of Fine Arts and Music, The University of Melbourne. Ongoing in 2020, she has undertaken an Academic Associate role with the Faculty. Jess has been working for close to a decade in her physiotherapist profession, including hospital, rehabilitation and management roles. She now specialises in aged care physiotherapy part time.
Jess is undertaking her doctoral research into methodologies of posthuman speculation in art. This includes collaborations with researchers across and beyond her home faculty and institution. Her broader creative work relates to interests in performative identity, relational cartography (systems) and institutional critique. Jess holds first class Honours degrees in both the Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Monash University) and the Bachelor of Fine Art (The Faculty of Fine Arts and Music, The University of Melbourne). She has written for art publications both academic and popular, such as the Conversation and Art+Australia. Jess accepts commissions for art writing on solo and group projects, including reviews and speculative texts. Jess has a special interest in speaking engagements and modes of transdisciplinary communication.
Key Recent Engagements
Faculty of Fine Arts and Music, The University of Melbourne: Academic Assistantship, Sessional Tutor in Critical and Theoretical Studies
Ongoing artistic collaboration as part of Creative Occupation Group, 2020. Planned site-specific performance and mixed media practices.
Performer and artistic contributor, In the shadow, I see myself: an improvised performance of Laine Hogarty’s Defence Mechanisms – Projection. In collaboration with Creative Occupation Group 2019, PART II – ROAMING. The Project Space, Deakin University, Geelong Waterfront, Australia. 10-31 January 2019. https://www.creativeoccupation.com.au/
Faculty of Fine Arts and Music, The University of Melbourne: Academic Assistantship (Breadth Studies).
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 speaker 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
Mid 2016- Current: Part time PhD Candidate at The Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne University, Melbourne. Thesis Title: ‘Speculation as methodology: a creative, critical approach to posthuman enquiries in art.’
Completed Honours Degree in Fine Arts (Visual Arts, H1) The Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne University, Melbourne
Completed Bachelor of Fine Arts (Visual Arts) Monash University, Melbourne
Fine Art Semester in Prato, Italy Monash University, Prato
Completed Bachelor of Physiotherapy with Honours (H1) Monash University, Melbourne
Key Recent Publications
Williams, J.L. ‘Anti-hotel: A Folly in Five Tropes.’ Commissioned article for Art + Australia: Issue Six (56.1): Outside. December 2019 http://www.artandaustralia.com/online
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