This year's GBiennale resident fellowships have focused on Australian artists who are adapting their projects through the challenging times of ongoing COVID-19 restrictions and disruptions. Physically hosted at the co-working hub at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI-x), our researchers have this year engaged in photographic, digital, and literary means to bring together an eclectic ensemble of new works specially created for biennale practice.



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Jessica Schwientek

Jessica Schwientek is a fine art photographer and educator practicing in Naarm, Melbourne.  She holds an honours degree in photography from Deakin University and was the director of NOIR Darkroom and Gallery. Photography is a loose term for Jessica's practice with an emphasis on the alternative and the experimental acknowledging that the photograph does not always portray absolute truth. Predominantly working with photographic film she is drawn to the imperfections and limitations the medium affords.

Project Title: Regarding Consumption


Regarding consumption is a series of moving landscape photographs considering mass consumer culture amidst a dying world. These are comprised of hand-processed analogue imagery and an academic paper contemplating the human psychological need to consume.

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Monique Wright

Monique Wright is an Australian artist and animator who addresses the relationship of human impact on the environment in her work through the juxtaposition of colour and subject matter. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (Animation) from RMIT University in 2013 and a Bachelor of Creative Arts (hons) from Deakin University. Since graduating, Monique has been working as a freelance creative.

Project Title: Nymphs of Darkness


The residency work will produce a body of illustrative works on paper by investigating the hidden darkness in illustration. The phenomenological elements raised in this work contextualise the negative impact on the environment from human activity through a practice-based methodology. Some of these key elements are manifested through the subject by way of dark-theme approaches chararistic of the structural processes employed in eighteenth-century Gothic literature. Some of the theoretical effacements of the work draw reference to environmental concerns, pollution, and nature's response by positing that the ocean might defend itself in response to human interference and how, as such, this is a universal issue. It is critical to engage these key concepts when observing as a means to come to terms with the dark thematics through Monique's studio practice. In doing, so the significance of these new works contributes to the field of research by linking parallels between the work of Eastern animation and western illustration, especially the Japanese master marker tradition.

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Li Ping Thong

Dr Li Ping Thong is a senior lecturer in the Bachelor of Design (Digital Media) at RMIT University. Li Ping has vast experience practicing, teaching, and researching in a myriad range of digital media specialisations including 2D/3D animation, interactive media, app development, serious games, virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR). 

Project Title: Lucky Country


Lucky Country is a Virtual Reality art experience project, which takes viewers through a 360-degrees, out-of-body journey across abstract landscapes of the “lucky” country that is Australia. This experimental project seeks to explore and push the boundaries of Virtual Reality as a medium for contemporary immersive art.

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Leon Marvell

Formerly an Associate Professor of Film and Digital Media at Deakin University, Dr. Marvell has taught Film and Media Studies in Australia, P. R. China and Cyprus. A regular contributor to art and media journals, he is the author of The Physics of ‘Transfigured Light: The Imaginal Realm and the Hermetic Foundations of Science’ and co-author of ‘Endangering Science Fiction Film’ (American Film Institute Film) and has contributed scholarly chapters to a number of books on contemporary media arts. He is currently an Honorary Research Fellow at the Centre for Visual Arts at the University of Melbourne.

Project Title: Mindwyrm

The research will produce the script for an AR/AV (Augmented Reality/Audio-visual) adaptation of Guy de Maupassant’s short story The Horla, which describes the descent into mania and psychosis of a nameless narrator who believes he is being pursued and possessed by a demonic doppelgänger: the Horla. Maupassant’s short story will be re-tooled as a hallucinatory amplification of the contemporary ghost-in-the-machine, a paranoid-critical reflection on the ubiquity of digital surveillance.