Australasian Animal Studies Association

Stefanou, Tina

PhD candidate in Fine Arts

Victoria College of The Arts, University of Melbourne

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Research interests / activities

I am an undisciplined visual artist, performer, vocalist, and researcher who is developing methods, approaches and practices in 'voice in the expanded field.' This includes my ongoing fieldwork work with a herd of elderly horses, grain trade-routes, and animal-workers across commercial and peasant agrarian contexts. Through a 'socially-endangered' practice I create moving images, sonic gatherings and transmissions, tactile sculptures, vocal texts and performative environments with more-than-humans to playfully disrupt human and bourgeois exceptionalism in art and culture. I call this 'Agripoet(h)ics.'


2023 (forthcoming) The Power of Vocality: an album not a review, Journal of Sonic Studies
2023 Automatopoeia: From the Sludge, Radical Notes, Art + Australia Online
2023 Grandmothers Started the Revolution, photo essay in Enough: Artists and writers on gendered violence, published with Permeter Books and Centre for Visual Art.
2023 Peasant Surrealism, essay in Poor Acoustics: Classed Vocalities, Disclaimer journal, Liquid Architecture, editors James Hazel, Casey Jones, and Liang Luscombe
2023 What is an artist supposed to do with all this? part two, Rural Utopias Residency stage one blog #3, online, February
2023 What is an artist supposed to do with all this?, Rural Utopias Residency stage one blog #2, online, January
2022 Undisciplined Socialities: and other off-cuts, guest editor, writer and curator, Women’s Art Register, Bulletin Issue 71
2022 Field noting with Lou Cole and Tina Stefanou, Rural Utopias Residency stage one blog #1, online, September
2022 The Longest Hum, ADSR Zine, editor Elia Bosshard, issue 016
2021 Planetary Commons: a polysensorial essay—Part One, essay in Women’s Art Register, editor Azza Zein, Bulletin ISSUE NO. 69
2021 On the Holding of Spaces for Essaying Into, Cordite Poetry Review : Amble 103, collaborative essay with Melody Ellis, Andy Jackson, Peta Murray and Khalid Warsame
2021 Unheard Relations, Disclaimer; Liquid Architecture Journal, collective essay with Joel Stern, Thembi Soddell, Amias Hanley and Xen Nhà, edit with Liang Luscombe
2021 The Singing Alphabet, ’Writing in the Expanded Field Vol. 3: Overlapping Writing', essay for ACCA and RMIT’s non/fictionLab 2021 writing program, editor David Carlin
2021 Unheard Relations, collaborative essay in Site & Sound: Sonic art as ecological practice, exhibition catalogue, with Liquid Architecture, McClelland Sculpture Park and Gallery
2020 Thinking Geographies: A Walk with Tina Stefanou, Seesaw magazine, Opinion, June
2020 Chimps for Chimps, ADSR Zine, edit with James Hazel, issue 007
2019 Excerpts from Grazing on the Grandmaocene, ADSR Zine, edit with James Hazel, issue 006
2019 Eratos, Cleo, Melpomene and Terpsichore: A play for four artists, ADSR zine, issue 001
Conferences/Guest Talks/Workshops
2023 (forthcoming) Mona Lisa and the Tomato: The Paraworking Class Doxa, talk at CPF Automation Culture: Intersections between Art, Automation, and Living Systems, University of Western Australia, PER
2023 Fieldnoting, presentation at the American Anthropological Association, Re-enchantment due to Global Meltdown Gathering with Michael Taussig, High Falls, NY
2023 Towards the Planetary: Voice in the Expanded Field, Masterclass for Faculty of Fine Arts and Music, VCA, University of Melbourne, Fine Arts honours and graduate students, MEL
2023 Gra(i)nularities: A Socially Endangered Practice, lecture-workshop for Master students in Themes in Contemporary Art Practice, RMIT, MEL
2023 A Teenage Manifesto: hormones and the planetary commons, writing and voice workshop with Carnamah High school hosted by the North Midlands Project, WA
2023 Voice Grouping, four weekly workshops with the North Midlands Project, WA
2023 Open Studio: Mammoth Gra(i)nularities, 10 day collective sculpture building workshop, hosted by the North Midlands Project and SPACED, WA
2023 The Grain of these Voices, Act Belong Commit Summer Nights with the North Midlands Project, Three Springs, WA
2022 The World is Possessed: Voice as Talisman, performance lecture, The Art Association of Australia and New Zealand (AAANZ) and COVA, Demonstrations conference, online
2022 Beyond the Neoliberal Voice, Workshop leader for Chamber Made’s Hi-Viz 2022 program with Punctum Inc and SATheCollective, Bendigo/Singapore
2022 Following the Grain of the Voice, vocal workshop at The Exchange, hosted by North Midlands Project, Carnamah, WA
2022 Agripoet(h)ics: field notes undisciplined, performance lecture, Conservatorium of Music, University of Western Australia, WA
2022 Voicing Practice Out-loud (together), masterclass, for the Faculty of Fine Arts and Music, Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne
2022 Drone till you float, voice workshop, for Sound Tapestry, Tempo Rubarto, MEL
2022 What is Hum?, a series of one-to-one workshops, for Cementa residency program, NSW
2022 Reading from the Dredge, provocation for Magnetic Topographies: A model for collective spatial practice online and in-person’ as part of the WRITING & CONCEPTS program, KINGS Artist Run, MEL
2021 Making Art at the End of the World, a workshop for peer-to-peer program, Trocadero Art Space, MEL
2021 Tina Stefanou: Not-Another-Field-Recording: The Holy Epiphany, artist talk, Liquid Architecture Podcast
2021 Alumni featured artist, artist talk, Victorian College of The Arts, University of Melbourne, MEL
2021 Blind(cite) Ecology and Practice, Blindside Gallery online public program talk with Chantelle Mitchell, MEL
2021 Get A Life: Instructions for a Multi-Cannibal, performance lecture, Victorian College of The Arts, Melbourne, AUS
2021 002# Manifesting Voice: 34+ Mn(p)ne(u)monic Actions, performance lecture, Memory Conference, COVA, University of Melbourne
2021 Get A Life: instructions for a Multi-Cannibal, instructional video lecture, Rosi Bradotti Artist Lab Summer School, Utrecht University, NL
2021 On Essaying Into, non/fictionLab PUBLIC: the 2021 Forum Series, collective live reading, RMIT University
2021 The Nullarbor Post, work-in-progress presentation at Northcote Town Hall for the SD 2.0 Speak Percussion series with The Opera Company, MEL
2020 Grazing on the Grandmaocene at the Music Pours Over the Senses - Experimental Symposium, performing text, The University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz, AT
2020 Vocal Ecologies and Relational Material, live reading, Holding Pattern, AUS
2020 Sound and Inter-species Collaboration, artist talk and presentation with Joel Stern and James Rushford, Monash University, Melbourne, AUS
2020 Inter-species Sound Making-with, artist talk and presentation with Tessa Laird, Victorian College of The Arts, University of Melbourne, AUS

Potential areas for research supervision
Fine art, performance, multispecies collaboration, social practice, sound and voice studies
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