Micro-(bial) Tenancies

Room 14, Level 7, 37 Swanston Street, Melbourne
December 2020 - March 2021


Through an expanded view to microbial processes of disease and fermentation, Micro-(bial) Tenancies centres feminist and queer practices concerned with ethics and gestures of hospitality. The always aporetic term hospitality, as Jacques Derrida points out, shares a close etymological and philosophical terrain with its seeming contra-term hostility. From this troubled premise, this project aims to facilitate a decentred approach to host/guest relations within a multi-site exhibition context, in considering the micro-tenancies and transgressions of bodies—broadly defined—in times of crisis.

Amy Jane Parker, Beth Sometimes, Brighid Fitzgerald, Debris Facility Pty Ltd, Isadora Vaughan, Kate Hill, Sarita Gálvez, Stefanie Hessler + Diana Policarpo & Jenna Sutela.

Image: Debris Facility Pty Ltd, Matter Liaison, 2020, graphic interface and project design. Courtesy the artist.

Image: 110%, Wet Nurse, 2019. Photograph 110%. Performance development video still, Ella Sowinska. Courtesy the artists.

Image: Isadora Vaughan, Ogives 2020, installation view, Overlapping Magisteria, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne. Photograph Andrew Curtis | Courtesy the artist and STATION, Melbourne.