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Committed to supporting artists, curators, and researchers by offering them time and space to pursue their research without the pressure of deadlines and production commitments, the Residencies Programme values the open-ended nature of artistic research and embraces multiform expressions of creative enquiry. Aiming to facilitate the production of knowledge, this studio-based programme is dedicated to established and emerging artists and serves as platform for critical exchange in Southeast Asia. The Residencies Programme offers a wide spectrum of programmes aimed at sharing the process of artistic research with the public - Residencies OPEN / Studio Sessions / Insights, which range from open studios, artists’ talks, conversations, performances, and screenings. The Residencies Programme unfolds through annual cycles and runs by nomination only. Every year, a rotating pool of curators and arts professionals from all over the world is invited to nominate two artists for the residency. The nominated artists are subsequently invited to submit a research proposal along with their portfolio and CV. Ultimately, the Residencies Committee, an international panel of experts, reviews the submitted materials and designates the artists who are awarded the residency.

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Sean Connelly

Residency period

1 October – 21 December 2018

About

Sean Connelly (b.1984, United States) is an artist, urban ecologist, and architect. His research addresses the role of innovative design in recovering ahupua‘a, a traditional Hawaiian spatial configuration. Connelly operates both independently and collaboratively out of his studio practice After Oceanic which pursues projects in the realms of architecture, landscape, and infrastructure. He is also the author and producer of Hawai‘i Futures, a virtual intervention and educational tool for island urbanism. His work has been shown across the United States at the Honolulu Biennale (2017); Honolulu Museum of Art (2015) and Santa Fe Art Institute (2016).    

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In Hawaiian, the native word “au” combines notions of space, time, and flow into a single term suggesting the existence of an ecologically fluid worldview. Challenging the supremacy of Western science as well as the entrenched perceptions of the Pacific Islands and their people as fatefully remote and “scattered,” Sean Connelly has embarked on a long-term project titled Hydraulic Islands, comprising a multi-part anthology and a new-media atlas, that revolves around the pivotal role Hawa'i plays in the history and future of human settlements across Oceania and beyond. During the residency, the artist will work on the graphic atlas which results from a combination of geographic information system (GIS) technologies, counter-mapping techniques, and extensive fieldwork across Hawai'i. By delving deep into aboriginal ecologies, planetary systems, and network economies, he aims to recover indigenous knowledge and practices that can advance more sustainable oceanic systems of urbanism, energy, economy, and time as they relate to cities and natural resources.

Residencies brochure (October – December 2018)

Public programmes

Residencies Insights: Africa-Pacific, or Hawai‘i-Pangea Antipode. Section 1, Hydraulic Islands. Talk by Sean Connelly (United States), Artist-in-Residence
13 Nov 2018, Tue 07:30 PM - 09:00 PM

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From the fiery flatness of the Kalahari Desert in Southern Africa to the snowy peak of the isolated Mauna Kea in Hawai‘i—raising 10,000 meters from the seabed—, the movements of the African and Pacific Plates give shape to the planet itself. Over lengths of time of tens of thousands of years, Oceanic Islanders have navigated from Africa to the Pacific across oceans larger than continents with the aids of swells, animals, and angiosperms. Their understanding of time is characterised by a radical spatial inversion with the past laying in front, rather than behind. In this talk, Sean Connelly will share a preview of Hydraulic Islands, his ongoing project that charts the movements and temporalities defining human presence in the Pacific through architectural techniques of site analysis, 3D cartography, and animated mappings.

 

BIOGRAPHY

Sean Connelly (b.1984, United States) is an artist, urban ecologist, and architect. His research addresses the role of innovative design in recovering ahupua‘a, a traditional Hawaiian spatial configuration. Connelly operates both independently and collaboratively out of After Oceanic, his studio practice which pursues projects in the realms of architecture, landscape, and infrastructure. He is also the author and producer of Hawai‘i Futures, a virtual intervention and educational tool for island urbanism. His work has been shown across the United States at the Honolulu Biennale (2017); Honolulu Museum of Art (2015) and Santa Fe Art Institute (2016).

 

 

Image credit: Sean Connelly, Africa-Pacific, 2016, digital cartography, still frame. Courtesy the artist.