Dr Laura Fisher

BA (Hons) UNSW PhD UNSW
Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Member of Sydney Institute of Agriculture

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

Telephone +61 2 9151 1162

Biographical details

Laura Fisher is a post-doctoral fellow at Sydney College of the Arts. She is a sociologist and art historian, and also collaborates with artists on socially engaged creative projects. Her interests span art in the public domain, regenerative agriculture, rural change, urban cycling, Aboriginal art and cross-cultural encounters. Underlying these interests is a desire to understand how art intersects with, and can sometimes drive social, political and environmental change. Laura’s book Aboriginal art in Australian Society: hope & disenchantment (Anthem Press 2016) is about the ethical and political issues that have surrounded the Aboriginal art phenomenon in the post-Whitlam era.

Since 2015 Laura has been exploring socially engaged art projects that bridge the rural/divide and address the changing circumstances of rural communities around the world (e.g. depopulation due to urbanisation, urgent environmental concerns, changes to agriculture, economic decline and revitalisation). Australian case studies for this research include The Yeomans Project, Sugar vs the Reef? and the Cementa Festival. She is also researching the following overseas projects: Kultivator (Sweden), the Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennial (Japan) and the Archstoyanie Land Art Festival (Russia).

Laura is also collaborating with other artists and writers under the umbrella of the recently formed Kandos School of Cultural Adaptation (KSCA). KSCA is a platform for artists to participate in practical, cooperative activities relating to agricultural, economic and social innovation. In 2016 Laura convened and co-organised KSCA's first event: Futurelands2, a weekend public forum in the rural town of Kandos. Through talks, excursions and food, Futurelands2 gathered together artists, researchers and practitioners with expertise in Indigenous agriculture, soil biology, rural enterprise, renewable energy and ecology. With Lucas Ihlein she co-edited the Futurelands2 newspaper, which was launched at the Cementa Festival, April 2017. KSCA is currently engaging with farmers, land owners, scientists, entrepreneurs and others to discover how creative collaboration can lead to new models of land use that support sustainable food systems, energy production, building practices and community economies. These conversations are documented on the ksca.land blog.

Laura is also developing the monographic study Offshore encounters: international art exchange through an Australian lens with Gay McDonald, a project supported by an Australia Council New Work grant. Her other major collaborative project – with Volker Kuchelmeister - is Veloscape, an art/research project exploring the emotional and sensory dimensions of the Sydney cycling experience (other collaborators include Sabrina Sokalik, Jeong Greaves, Alison Groves and Jill Bennett). In October 2015 she co-curated the event bespoke city: a bike festival at UNSW Art & Design and Napier Street, Paddington, which featured projections, sculpture, kinetic works, a pedal-powered sound work and mural, workshops and stalls that celebrated the bicycle and reimagined urban public space.

Research interests

socially engaged art

regenerative agriculture

rural transformation

rural/urban divide

cross-cultural art exchange

Aboriginal art

cultural sociology

Awards and honours

2017: Industry Engagement Fund Seed Grant, University of Sydney.

Selected grants

2015

  • Offshore encounters: Curating Australian art in cross cultural contexts; Fisher L, McDonald G; Australia Council for the Arts/Arts Projects For Individuals and Groups.

2014

  • Veloscape Exhibition and Bike Fair; Fisher L; City of Sydney Council/Matching Grant for Community Projects.

Selected publications & creative works

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Books

  • Fisher, L. (2016). Aboriginal Art and Australian Society: Hope and Disenchantment. London: Anthem Press.

Book Chapters

  • Fisher, L., Kuchelmeister, V. (2017). The Veloscape Project: Cyclists Sensing the City. In David Curtis (Eds.), Building Sustainability with the Arts. Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
  • Fisher, L. (2015). Some reflections on Aboriginal Art's Relationship with Money. In Peter Stupples (Eds.), Art and Money, (pp. 35-57). Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Journals

  • Fisher, L. (2017). Ecologies of land and sea and the rural/urban divide in Australia: Sugar vs the Reef? and The Yeomans Project. Culture and Dialogue, 5(1), 98-130. [More Information]
  • Fisher, L. (2017). Wild food mapping as global cultural maintenance. Artlink: contemporary art magazine in Australia, 1(37), 64-67.
  • Fisher, L., McDonald, G. (2016). From fluent to Culture Warriors: Curatorial trajectories for Indigenous Australian art overseas. Media International Australia, 158(1), 69-79. [More Information]
  • Fisher, L. (2016). Land, labour and food: Art and the recovery of ecological livelihoods. Axon: Creative Explorations, 6(2), 1-19. [More Information]
  • Fisher, L. (2016). The bicycle as dissident object: Laura Fisher on the bicycle in contemporary art. Artlink, 36(1), 20-25. [More Information]
  • Fisher, L. (2016). The Extraordinary Ordinary at the Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale. Unlikely: Journal for Creative Arts, 2(Field Work), 1-12. [More Information]
  • Tello, V., Fisher, L. (2016). The Fiction of Aftermath: Public Art, Public Imagination and the Aesthetics of Anthropogenic Crisis. Australian Humanities Review, 60(2), 1-19. [More Information]
  • Fisher, L., McDonald, G. (2015). Emily Kame Kngwarreye in Japan. Artlink, 35(2), 50-53.
  • Fisher, L. (2014). 'Aboriginal mass culture': a critical history. Visual Studies, 29(3), 232-248. [More Information]
  • Fisher, L. (2014). Bill Brown: a prisoner of the passage. Art Monthly Australia, (234), 36-38.
  • Fisher, L. (2014). Bill Brown: Wanderlust. Artist Profile, (26), 108-110.
  • Fisher, L., McDonald, G. (2014). Building Cross-Cultural Connections: The Warburton Art Project & the 2011 Chinese Tour of Tu Di Shen-Ti - Our Land Our Body. Journal of Artistic and Creative Education, 7(1), 66-82.
  • Fisher, L. (2012). The Art/Ethnography Binary: Post-Colonial Tensions within the Field of Australian Aboriginal Art. Cultural Sociology, 6(2), 251-270. [More Information]
  • Fisher, L. (2011). Romantic Landscapes. Artlink: contemporary art magazine in Australia, 31(2), 86-89.
  • Fisher, L. (2010). A moral investment. Artist Profile, (12), 96-98.

Conferences

  • Fisher, L. (2016). Cementa in the mix: socially engaged art in inland NSW. Crossroads in Cultural Studies Conference, Sydney: The University of Sydney.
  • Fisher, L. (2016). Ecologies of land and sea: the aesthetics of permeability. Art, Science, Oceans Colloquium, University of Sydney.
  • Fisher, L., McDonald, G. (2016). Morning Star/Evening Star: bilateral curatorship between Melbourne and Glasgow. Crossroads in Cultural Studies Conference, Sydney: The University of Sydney.
  • Fisher, L., Kuchelmeister, V. (2016). The Veloscape Project: Cyclists Sense of the City. Ecoarts Australis Conference, Australia: Unpublished.
  • Fisher, L. (2015). Cementa and the Yeomans Project: the aesthetics of social engagement in rural Australia. In Dialogue: Culture and the Environment Forum, Tokamachi, Japan: Echigo-Tsumari Art Field.
  • Aceti, L., Thomas, P., Fisher, L. (2015). Proceedings of the Third International Conference on Transdisciplinary Imaging at the Intersections of Art, Science and Culture - Cloud and Molecular Aesthetics [Forthcoming]. The Third International Conference on Transdisciplinary Imaging at the Intersections of Art, Science and Culture - Cloud and Molecular Aesthetics, Plymoth, United Kingdom: Transdisciplinary Imaging Conference 2014.
  • Fisher, L. (2014). Veloscape: Exploring Sensory Cartographies with Sydney Cyclists. Feral Experimental: New Design Thinking, Sydney: University of New South Wales, National Institute for Experimental Arts (NIEA).
  • Fisher, L., McDonald, G. (2013). Building cross-cultural connections. Inter-discipline: Art Association of Australia & New Zealand Annual Conference (AAANZ) 2013, Sydney: Art Association of Australia and New Zealand (AAANZ).
  • Fisher, L. (2013). Conflicting economies in the Aboriginal art world. Art and Money Symposium and Exhibition 2013, Dunedin: University of Otago.
  • Cleland, K., Fisher, L., Harley, R. (2013). Proceedings of the 19th International Symposium of Electronic Art, ISEA2013, Sydney. 19th International Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA 2013), Sydney: ISEA International, the Australian Network for Art & Technology, and the University of Sydney.
  • Fisher, L. (2010). Looking Both Ways: Shepherding 'Fine' Australian Aboriginal Art. The Fifth International Conference on Arts in Society, Sydney: International Conference on the Arts in Society.
  • Fisher, L. (2008). What's good for the Art isn't always good for the artist. International Forum on Sociology, Spain: International Sociological Association.

Visual Art

  • Kuchelmeister, V., Fisher, L., Bennett, J. (2014). Veloscape v.5. In: Feral Experimental | Veloscape v5. UNSW Galleries, Sydney, Australia.
  • Fisher, L., Bolton, O. (2013). Human made Object. Object made Human. In: Coding the Future / Plato's rave / Human made object. Object made human. /Immaterial Material. Gaffa Glallery, Sydney, Australia.

Textual Creative Works

  • Fisher, L., Ihlein, L. (2017). Futurelands 2 Newspaper. Futurelands 2, (pp. 1 - 52). Sydney, Australia: Kandos School of Cultural Adaptation.
  • Fisher, L. (2016). Seeing Human Formations. Joe Frost: Human Formations, (pp. 4 - 7). Sydney, Australia: Watters Gallery.
  • Fisher, L. (2014). Wanderlust - the essay. Bill Brown: Wanderlust, (pp. 7 - 50). Sydney, Australia: 10 group pty Ltd.

Web Site / Exhibition

  • Fisher, L. (2016). Kandos School of Cultural Adaptation: Blog. Futurelands 2, Australia: Kandos School of Cultural Adaptation.

Exhibitions / Events

  • Fisher, L. (2016). Futurelands 2. Kandos, Australia: Kandos School of Cultural Adaptation.

Magazine / Newspaper Articles

  • Fisher, L. (2016). Archstoyanie, Land, and the Art of Elsewhere. Strelka Magazine.
  • Fisher, L. (2016). Oddities and Detritus: Dusan Marek: Art/Film Post 1960, Sydney University Art Gallery. Arena Magazine, 142.

Report

  • Johnson, V., Allas, T., Fisher, L. (2009). This Side of the Frontier: Storylines Full Report.

Reference Works

  • Fisher, L. (2013). Chopstick. In UNSW, NIEA (Eds.), Curating Cities: A database of eco-public art. Sydney: University of New South Wales, National Institute for Experimental Arts (NIEA).
  • Fisher, L. (2013). Del Aire Fruit Park. In UNSW, NIEA (Eds.), Curating cities: a database of eco-public art. Sydney: University of New South Wales, National Institute for Experimental Arts (NIEA).
  • Fisher, L. (2013). Halo. In UNSW, NIEA (Eds.), Curating cities: a database of eco-public art. Sydney: University of New South Wales, National Institute for Experimental Arts (NIEA).
  • Fisher, L. (2013). Not a Cornfield. In UNSW, NIEA (Eds.), Curating Cities: A database of eco-public art. Sydney: University of New South Wales, National Institute for Experimental Arts (NIEA).
  • Fisher, L. (2013). The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park: 11 Acres. In UNSW (Eds.), Curating cities: A database of eco-public art. Sydney: University of New South Wales, National Institute for Experimental Arts (NIEA).
  • Fisher, L. (2011). Michael Riley. Design and Art Australia Online. Sydney: DAAO.
  • Fisher, L. (2008). Judy Watson. Design and Art Australia Online. Sydney: DAAO.
  • Fisher, L. (2007). Ricky Maynard. Design and Art Australia Online. Sydney: DAAO.
  • Fisher, L. (2007). Thanakupi. Design and Art Australia Online. Sydney: DAAO.

2017

  • Fisher, L. (2017). Ecologies of land and sea and the rural/urban divide in Australia: Sugar vs the Reef? and The Yeomans Project. Culture and Dialogue, 5(1), 98-130. [More Information]
  • Fisher, L., Ihlein, L. (2017). Futurelands 2 Newspaper. Futurelands 2, (pp. 1 - 52). Sydney, Australia: Kandos School of Cultural Adaptation.
  • Fisher, L., Kuchelmeister, V. (2017). The Veloscape Project: Cyclists Sensing the City. In David Curtis (Eds.), Building Sustainability with the Arts. Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
  • Fisher, L. (2017). Wild food mapping as global cultural maintenance. Artlink: contemporary art magazine in Australia, 1(37), 64-67.

2016

  • Fisher, L. (2016). Aboriginal Art and Australian Society: Hope and Disenchantment. London: Anthem Press.
  • Fisher, L. (2016). Archstoyanie, Land, and the Art of Elsewhere. Strelka Magazine.
  • Fisher, L. (2016). Cementa in the mix: socially engaged art in inland NSW. Crossroads in Cultural Studies Conference, Sydney: The University of Sydney.
  • Fisher, L. (2016). Ecologies of land and sea: the aesthetics of permeability. Art, Science, Oceans Colloquium, University of Sydney.
  • Fisher, L., McDonald, G. (2016). From fluent to Culture Warriors: Curatorial trajectories for Indigenous Australian art overseas. Media International Australia, 158(1), 69-79. [More Information]
  • Fisher, L. (2016). Futurelands 2. Kandos, Australia: Kandos School of Cultural Adaptation.
  • Fisher, L. (2016). Kandos School of Cultural Adaptation: Blog. Futurelands 2, Australia: Kandos School of Cultural Adaptation.
  • Fisher, L. (2016). Land, labour and food: Art and the recovery of ecological livelihoods. Axon: Creative Explorations, 6(2), 1-19. [More Information]
  • Fisher, L., McDonald, G. (2016). Morning Star/Evening Star: bilateral curatorship between Melbourne and Glasgow. Crossroads in Cultural Studies Conference, Sydney: The University of Sydney.
  • Fisher, L. (2016). Oddities and Detritus: Dusan Marek: Art/Film Post 1960, Sydney University Art Gallery. Arena Magazine, 142.
  • Fisher, L. (2016). Seeing Human Formations. Joe Frost: Human Formations, (pp. 4 - 7). Sydney, Australia: Watters Gallery.
  • Fisher, L. (2016). The bicycle as dissident object: Laura Fisher on the bicycle in contemporary art. Artlink, 36(1), 20-25. [More Information]
  • Fisher, L. (2016). The Extraordinary Ordinary at the Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale. Unlikely: Journal for Creative Arts, 2(Field Work), 1-12. [More Information]
  • Tello, V., Fisher, L. (2016). The Fiction of Aftermath: Public Art, Public Imagination and the Aesthetics of Anthropogenic Crisis. Australian Humanities Review, 60(2), 1-19. [More Information]
  • Fisher, L., Kuchelmeister, V. (2016). The Veloscape Project: Cyclists Sense of the City. Ecoarts Australis Conference, Australia: Unpublished.

2015

  • Fisher, L. (2015). Cementa and the Yeomans Project: the aesthetics of social engagement in rural Australia. In Dialogue: Culture and the Environment Forum, Tokamachi, Japan: Echigo-Tsumari Art Field.
  • Fisher, L., McDonald, G. (2015). Emily Kame Kngwarreye in Japan. Artlink, 35(2), 50-53.
  • Aceti, L., Thomas, P., Fisher, L. (2015). Proceedings of the Third International Conference on Transdisciplinary Imaging at the Intersections of Art, Science and Culture - Cloud and Molecular Aesthetics [Forthcoming]. The Third International Conference on Transdisciplinary Imaging at the Intersections of Art, Science and Culture - Cloud and Molecular Aesthetics, Plymoth, United Kingdom: Transdisciplinary Imaging Conference 2014.
  • Fisher, L. (2015). Some reflections on Aboriginal Art's Relationship with Money. In Peter Stupples (Eds.), Art and Money, (pp. 35-57). Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

2014

  • Fisher, L. (2014). 'Aboriginal mass culture': a critical history. Visual Studies, 29(3), 232-248. [More Information]
  • Fisher, L. (2014). Bill Brown: a prisoner of the passage. Art Monthly Australia, (234), 36-38.
  • Fisher, L. (2014). Bill Brown: Wanderlust. Artist Profile, (26), 108-110.
  • Fisher, L., McDonald, G. (2014). Building Cross-Cultural Connections: The Warburton Art Project & the 2011 Chinese Tour of Tu Di Shen-Ti - Our Land Our Body. Journal of Artistic and Creative Education, 7(1), 66-82.
  • Kuchelmeister, V., Fisher, L., Bennett, J. (2014). Veloscape v.5. In: Feral Experimental | Veloscape v5. UNSW Galleries, Sydney, Australia.
  • Fisher, L. (2014). Veloscape: Exploring Sensory Cartographies with Sydney Cyclists. Feral Experimental: New Design Thinking, Sydney: University of New South Wales, National Institute for Experimental Arts (NIEA).
  • Fisher, L. (2014). Wanderlust - the essay. Bill Brown: Wanderlust, (pp. 7 - 50). Sydney, Australia: 10 group pty Ltd.

2013

  • Fisher, L., McDonald, G. (2013). Building cross-cultural connections. Inter-discipline: Art Association of Australia & New Zealand Annual Conference (AAANZ) 2013, Sydney: Art Association of Australia and New Zealand (AAANZ).
  • Fisher, L. (2013). Chopstick. In UNSW, NIEA (Eds.), Curating Cities: A database of eco-public art. Sydney: University of New South Wales, National Institute for Experimental Arts (NIEA).
  • Fisher, L. (2013). Conflicting economies in the Aboriginal art world. Art and Money Symposium and Exhibition 2013, Dunedin: University of Otago.
  • Fisher, L. (2013). Del Aire Fruit Park. In UNSW, NIEA (Eds.), Curating cities: a database of eco-public art. Sydney: University of New South Wales, National Institute for Experimental Arts (NIEA).
  • Fisher, L. (2013). Halo. In UNSW, NIEA (Eds.), Curating cities: a database of eco-public art. Sydney: University of New South Wales, National Institute for Experimental Arts (NIEA).
  • Fisher, L., Bolton, O. (2013). Human made Object. Object made Human. In: Coding the Future / Plato's rave / Human made object. Object made human. /Immaterial Material. Gaffa Glallery, Sydney, Australia.
  • Fisher, L. (2013). Not a Cornfield. In UNSW, NIEA (Eds.), Curating Cities: A database of eco-public art. Sydney: University of New South Wales, National Institute for Experimental Arts (NIEA).
  • Cleland, K., Fisher, L., Harley, R. (2013). Proceedings of the 19th International Symposium of Electronic Art, ISEA2013, Sydney. 19th International Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA 2013), Sydney: ISEA International, the Australian Network for Art & Technology, and the University of Sydney.
  • Fisher, L. (2013). The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park: 11 Acres. In UNSW (Eds.), Curating cities: A database of eco-public art. Sydney: University of New South Wales, National Institute for Experimental Arts (NIEA).

2012

  • Fisher, L. (2012). The Art/Ethnography Binary: Post-Colonial Tensions within the Field of Australian Aboriginal Art. Cultural Sociology, 6(2), 251-270. [More Information]

2011

  • Fisher, L. (2011). Michael Riley. Design and Art Australia Online. Sydney: DAAO.
  • Fisher, L. (2011). Romantic Landscapes. Artlink: contemporary art magazine in Australia, 31(2), 86-89.

2010

  • Fisher, L. (2010). A moral investment. Artist Profile, (12), 96-98.
  • Fisher, L. (2010). Looking Both Ways: Shepherding 'Fine' Australian Aboriginal Art. The Fifth International Conference on Arts in Society, Sydney: International Conference on the Arts in Society.

2009

  • Johnson, V., Allas, T., Fisher, L. (2009). This Side of the Frontier: Storylines Full Report.

2008

  • Fisher, L. (2008). Judy Watson. Design and Art Australia Online. Sydney: DAAO.
  • Fisher, L. (2008). What's good for the Art isn't always good for the artist. International Forum on Sociology, Spain: International Sociological Association.

2007

  • Fisher, L. (2007). Ricky Maynard. Design and Art Australia Online. Sydney: DAAO.
  • Fisher, L. (2007). Thanakupi. Design and Art Australia Online. Sydney: DAAO.

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