During her time at PHASMID Studios, Isabelle Sully will be working on a new project titled Transit Through Handshake, which will involve the development three new context-based performance works that take the dual meaning of the term lobby—that is, the lobby as an architectural space and lobbying as a political activity—as a starting point. The performances will each be accompanied by a sculptural apparatus designed for public address which will assist with the eventual performance of the works.
Isabelle Sully (b. 1991, AU) works as an artist, curator and writer. She received a Bachelor of Fine Art (Honours) from the Victoria College of the Arts in 2013 and a Master of Arts (Art Praxis) from the Dutch Art Institute in 2017. Originally from Melbourne, she is now living in Rotterdam where she is the editor at Publication Studio. Through exaggerating the labouring of the framing gesture – by enacting the performance of documentation, of administration, of bureaucracy, for example – her practice aims to move the frame into the content of her works. This is not to arrive at a reveal of what happens ‘behind closed doors’, but to acknowledge administration as the materiality of institutionalised practice and, through this, find contractual possibilities where institutional policy can be held and enacted in common. Recent works and projects have adopted forms and sites of public address – live broadcasts, PA systems, newspapers, lobbies, lectures, speeches, inscriptions, plaques – to understand the mechanisms of the public record as a place of extraction, proclamation, and, therefore, subjection.
This residency is generously supported by a Special Study Program (Long), VCA & MCM Faculty Research Grant, the University of Melbourne.