Dr Bianca Hester

BA Fine Arts(Hons) PhD (RMIT)
Postdoctoral Research Fellow

N01P - Sydney College Of The Arts - Rozelle - (Kirkbride)
The University of Sydney


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Biographical details

Bianca Hester was an inaugral post-doctoral research fellow in the visual arts at the Sydney College of the Arts where she co-led the Space, Place and Country research cluster with Dr Saskia Beudel between 2013-2016. Previous to that, she taught in the department of Sculpture and Spatial Practice at the Victorian College of the Arts (2005-2012). Hester completed a PhD by project in sculpture at RMIT in 2007, which won a Unviersity Research Prize for excellence in 2008. She was a founding member of CLUBSproject inc (2002-2007), and is a continuing member of the Open Spatial Workshop Collective (OSW) with Dr Scott Mitchell and Dr Terri Bird since 2003.

Recent projects include: Movements materialising momentarily (2015), curated by Abby Cunnane, ST PAUL Street Gallery, AUT, Auckland; Fashioning Discontinuities (2014) presented during the 19th Biennale of Sydney, ‘You Imagine What You Desire’; Sonic Objects, Solar Objects: Variously (2014) curated by Bridget Crone for The Cinema’s Project; Hoops: sound tests, performances, documents (2011 – 2013), Melbourne Now, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne (2013); only from the perspective of a viewer situated upon the surface of the earth does day and night occur, Glasgow International Festival for Visual Arts, (2012); a world fully accessible by no living being (2011) which was the winning entry for the Melbourne Prize for Urban Sculpture at Federation Square; please leave these windows open overnight to enable the fans to draw in cool air during the early hours of the morning (2010) at The Australian Centre for Contemporary Art;The West Brunswick Sculpture Triennial (with the OSW collective 2009), and projectprojects at The Showroom in London (2008). The book titled accommodating spaces, materials, projects, people, videos, actions, objects, thoughts: relatively was published by the Narrows in 2009. She is represented by Sarah Scout Gallery, Melbourne and is currently developing two publications through “National Parks” and “Surpluss”.

Research interests

Bianca Hester’s practice explores place as the convergence of multiple narratives, using art as a platform for exploring how material, social, ideological and economic forces intersect and are embodied. She makes large-scaled projects inclusive of multiple forms of engagement involving socially oriented practice, performance, proposition, spatial interventions, constructed forms, dialogues, forums, and walking. Her mode of working is expansive, experimental and highly collaborative. Recent projects work directly with the fabric of the city, employing methodologies that respond to and engage the myriad dynamics, forces, relations and movements that are held in tension within a given terrain. Her projects aim to interpose other temporalities in order to bring about an expanded form of socially engaged public sculpture where multiple relations are brought into a space of negotiation. Alongside and informing this practice, she teaches, writes and generates publications.

Teaching and supervision

Chris Fox (MFA)
Therese Keogh (MFA)
Kenzee Patterson (MFA)

Current research students

Project title Research student
The Convergence of Aural and Optical Perception in the Experience of Place Cindy CHEN
ANIMOSA: towards an expanded field of awareness of the vital energy of matter, that may foster phenomenological and participatory responses within the environment. Marta FERRACIN

Current projects

Bianca is currently developing a number of exhibitions, collaborative research projects and publications. She is working with Open Spatial Workshop (Dr Terri Bird and Dr Scott Mitchell) in partnership with the Museum of Victoria on a long-term research project that investigates relationships between the Geo-sciences collection and sites across regional Australia, employing creative-practice as a means to examine the potential of geological and paleontological specimens to produce new understandings in response to the effects of planetary transformations driven by human activity. This work will be exhibited in a major commission for Monash Museum of Art in 2017.

Awards and honours

2016 Australia Council for the Arts, Visual Arts Section, Arts projects for Individuals and Groups to develop New Work (with Open Spatial Workshop)
2013 Australia Council for the Arts: Visual Arts Section, New Work Grant (with Open Spatial Workshop)
2015 Australia Council for the Arts – Visual Arts Section – Arts projects for Individuals and Groups 2014 ARTS NSW: Arts & Cultural Development Program, Artist Support Grant
2013 Australia Council for the Arts: Visual Arts Section, New Work Grant (with Open Spatial Workshop)
2011 Winner of The Melbourne Prize for Urban Sculpture
2011 Australia Council for the Arts: Visual Arts Section. New Work Established grant
2010 Helen Macpherson Smith Commission, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art
2009 City of Melbourne Grant
2008 RMIT University Research Prize
2008 Arts Victoria, New Work, Presentation grant (with Open Spatial Workshop)
2006 Australia Council for the Arts: Visual Arts Board. Skills and Arts Development Grant: General
2006 Arts Victoria, International Program - Cultural Exchange
2006 Winner of Siemen’s prize, RMIT
2006 Australia Council for the Arts. Artist Run Initiatives grant for CLUBS project Inc.
2005 Winner of The Melbourne Prize for Urban Sculpture with Open Spatial Workshop
2004 Arts Victoria New Work development award
2001 APA (Australian Postgraduate Award) to undertake PhD

Selected grants

2016

  • Into the field; Hester B, Bird T, Mitchell S; Australia Council for the Arts/Visual Arts Board.

2015

  • Movements materialising momentarily; Hester B; Australia Council for the Arts/Visual Arts Board.

2014

  • New Work Grant; Hester B; Visual Arts and Craft Board, Australia Council for the Arts/New Work mid-career.

2013

  • (Fellow: Dr Bianca Hester) Rhythms Expressive Territories: Spatial Fields and Sculptural Fashionings; Hester B; DVC Research/Compacts Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Scheme.

Selected publications & creative works

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Book Chapters

  • Bird, T., Hester, B., Mitchell, S. (2013). Shaping Territories. In Amelia Barikin and Helen Hughes (Eds.), Making Worlds: Art and Science Fiction, (pp. 124-140). Melbourne: Surpllus.

Visual Art

  • Hester, B. (2015). Art as a verb. Artspace, Sydney, Australia.
  • Hester, B. (2015). 1. Cut Continuum 2. Force to Form. In: A Material Turn. Victorian College of the Arts. Margaret Lawrence Gallery, Melbourne, Australia.
  • Hester, B. (2015). 1. Two-channel video projection 2. Three bronze rods 3. Ply wall and branch 4. Concrete rubble wall 5. Castings 6. Other bronze instruments 7. Video on monitor 8. A0 photographic image. In: Movements Materialising Momentarily. Auckland University of Technology. St Paul St Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand.
  • Hester, B. (2015). A world, fully accessible by no living being (2011). In: Not singing: Poetics of Protest. Affiliated Text, Sydney, Australia.
  • Hester, B., Bird, T., Mitchell, S. (2015). Anthropocite. In: Monash Earth Sciences Garden: Art in the Garden. Monash University Faculty of Science. Monash Earth Sciences Garden, Melbourne, Australia.
  • Bird, T., Hester, B., Mitchell, S. (2015). Fault. In: Performing Mobilities: Traces. RMIT Gallery and Margaret Lawrence Gallery VCA. RMIT University Gallery, Melbourne, Australia.
  • Bird, T., Hester, B., Mitchell, S. (2015). Glimpse. In: Feeling Material. C3 Contemporary Art Space. C3 Contemporary Art Space, Abbotsford Convent, Melbourne, Australia.
  • Bird, T., Hester, B., Mitchell, S. (2015). Splinter. In: From The Collection: Gertrude Regional Residencies. Gertrude Contemporary and Latrobe Regional Art Gallery. Latrobe Regional Art Gallery, Morwell, VIC, Australia.
  • Hester, B. (2014). 19th Biennale of Sydney. 19th Biennale of Sydney. Cockatoo Island, Sydney, Australia.
  • Hester, B. (2014). Art as a verb | Fashioning propositions. Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne, Australia.
  • Hester, B. (2014). HOLD. Sarah Scout Presents, Melbourne, Australia.
  • Hester, B. (2014). 1. Present bedrock #1 2. Present bedrock #2. In: Wild Places. Motor Works Gallery, Melbourne, Australia.
  • Hester, B. (2014). contexts, cuts, convergences: 1. Hole in Hyde Park 2. actions will occur, intermittently 3. Solar objects, Waremah. In: SITUATION. RMIT Interior Design & IDEA. RMIT Design Hub, Melbourne, Australia.
  • Hester, B. (2014). Hoops: Sound Tests, Performances, Documents. In: So Long as you Move. Monash University Museum of Art & Ark Gallery. Ark Gallery, Yogyakarta, Indonesia.
  • Hester, B. (2014). re-orchestrating objects, actions. In: Re-staging, Re-staging. Alaska Projects, Sydney, Australia.
  • Hester, B. (2014). Sonic alterations of constructed space with metal objects. In: Liquid Architecture Brisbane. Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane. Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia.
  • Hester, B. (2014). Sonic Objects, Solar Objects: Variously. In: The Cinemas Project. NETS Victoria, Warrnambool Art Gallery. Coles carpark (formerly The Liberty Cinema), Warrnambool, Australia.
  • Hester, B. (2013). Approaching and departing four grounds, 2013. In: Action/Response: Turning. Arts House, North Melbourne. Arts House, Raglan Street, Melbourne, Australia.
  • Hester, B. (2013). Hoops: sound tests, performances, documents (2011-2013). In: Melbourne Now. National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia.
  • Hester, B. (2011). A world, fully accessible by no living being. In: Melbourne Prize for Urban Sculpture 2011. Melbourne Prize Trust. Federation Square, Melbourne, Australia.
  • Hester, B. (2010). Please leave these windows open overnight to enable the fans to draw in cool air during the early hours of the morning. In: Please leave these windows open overnight to enable the fans to draw in cool air. Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA), Melbourne, Australia.

Textual Creative Works

  • Hester, B. (2014). Leave the Windows Open. REWIND: Leave the windows open, Melbourne, Australia: Australian Centre for Contemporary Art.
  • Hester, B. (2014). Primordial Projection and Cinematic Site: A Conversation. The Cinemas Project: Exploring the Spectral Spaces of Cinema in Regional Victoria, (pp. 61 - 69). Melbourne, Australia: National Gallery of Victoria.

Other

  • Hester, B., Sofo, C., Di Vietri, G., Gray, N., Kelly, D. (2014), Open letter to the board of the Sydney Biennale from Participating Artists.

2015

  • Hester, B. (2015). Art as a verb. Artspace, Sydney, Australia.
  • Hester, B. (2015). 1. Cut Continuum 2. Force to Form. In: A Material Turn. Victorian College of the Arts. Margaret Lawrence Gallery, Melbourne, Australia.
  • Hester, B. (2015). 1. Two-channel video projection 2. Three bronze rods 3. Ply wall and branch 4. Concrete rubble wall 5. Castings 6. Other bronze instruments 7. Video on monitor 8. A0 photographic image. In: Movements Materialising Momentarily. Auckland University of Technology. St Paul St Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand.
  • Hester, B. (2015). A world, fully accessible by no living being (2011). In: Not singing: Poetics of Protest. Affiliated Text, Sydney, Australia.
  • Hester, B., Bird, T., Mitchell, S. (2015). Anthropocite. In: Monash Earth Sciences Garden: Art in the Garden. Monash University Faculty of Science. Monash Earth Sciences Garden, Melbourne, Australia.
  • Bird, T., Hester, B., Mitchell, S. (2015). Fault. In: Performing Mobilities: Traces. RMIT Gallery and Margaret Lawrence Gallery VCA. RMIT University Gallery, Melbourne, Australia.
  • Bird, T., Hester, B., Mitchell, S. (2015). Glimpse. In: Feeling Material. C3 Contemporary Art Space. C3 Contemporary Art Space, Abbotsford Convent, Melbourne, Australia.
  • Bird, T., Hester, B., Mitchell, S. (2015). Splinter. In: From The Collection: Gertrude Regional Residencies. Gertrude Contemporary and Latrobe Regional Art Gallery. Latrobe Regional Art Gallery, Morwell, VIC, Australia.

2014

  • Hester, B. (2014). 19th Biennale of Sydney. 19th Biennale of Sydney. Cockatoo Island, Sydney, Australia.
  • Hester, B. (2014). Art as a verb | Fashioning propositions. Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne, Australia.
  • Hester, B. (2014). HOLD. Sarah Scout Presents, Melbourne, Australia.
  • Hester, B. (2014). 1. Present bedrock #1 2. Present bedrock #2. In: Wild Places. Motor Works Gallery, Melbourne, Australia.
  • Hester, B. (2014). contexts, cuts, convergences: 1. Hole in Hyde Park 2. actions will occur, intermittently 3. Solar objects, Waremah. In: SITUATION. RMIT Interior Design & IDEA. RMIT Design Hub, Melbourne, Australia.
  • Hester, B. (2014). Hoops: Sound Tests, Performances, Documents. In: So Long as you Move. Monash University Museum of Art & Ark Gallery. Ark Gallery, Yogyakarta, Indonesia.
  • Hester, B. (2014). Leave the Windows Open. REWIND: Leave the windows open, Melbourne, Australia: Australian Centre for Contemporary Art.
  • Hester, B., Sofo, C., Di Vietri, G., Gray, N., Kelly, D. (2014), Open letter to the board of the Sydney Biennale from Participating Artists.
  • Hester, B. (2014). Primordial Projection and Cinematic Site: A Conversation. The Cinemas Project: Exploring the Spectral Spaces of Cinema in Regional Victoria, (pp. 61 - 69). Melbourne, Australia: National Gallery of Victoria.
  • Hester, B. (2014). re-orchestrating objects, actions. In: Re-staging, Re-staging. Alaska Projects, Sydney, Australia.
  • Hester, B. (2014). Sonic alterations of constructed space with metal objects. In: Liquid Architecture Brisbane. Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane. Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia.
  • Hester, B. (2014). Sonic Objects, Solar Objects: Variously. In: The Cinemas Project. NETS Victoria, Warrnambool Art Gallery. Coles carpark (formerly The Liberty Cinema), Warrnambool, Australia.

2013

  • Hester, B. (2013). Approaching and departing four grounds, 2013. In: Action/Response: Turning. Arts House, North Melbourne. Arts House, Raglan Street, Melbourne, Australia.
  • Hester, B. (2013). Hoops: sound tests, performances, documents (2011-2013). In: Melbourne Now. National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia.
  • Bird, T., Hester, B., Mitchell, S. (2013). Shaping Territories. In Amelia Barikin and Helen Hughes (Eds.), Making Worlds: Art and Science Fiction, (pp. 124-140). Melbourne: Surpllus.

2011

  • Hester, B. (2011). A world, fully accessible by no living being. In: Melbourne Prize for Urban Sculpture 2011. Melbourne Prize Trust. Federation Square, Melbourne, Australia.

2010

  • Hester, B. (2010). Please leave these windows open overnight to enable the fans to draw in cool air during the early hours of the morning. In: Please leave these windows open overnight to enable the fans to draw in cool air. Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA), Melbourne, Australia.

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