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In Conversation: Designing with companions/company

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Join Zoë Sadokierski and Timo Rissanen as they discuss their collaborative design project PRECARIOUS BIRDS.

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Zoë Sadokierski and Timo Rissanen discuss their collaborative design project PRECARIOUS BIRDS that explores their reaction – mostly grief – to the precarious circumstances of endangered bird species in the Sixth Extinction. The project aims to give form to accelerated and irrevocable losses, but also to draw out stories of seeming resurrection and hopeful recovery.

Zoë Sadokierski is an award-winning book designer, writer and senior lecturer at the UTS School of Design, where she is part of Spec Studio, a collective of design researchers exploring narrative approaches to ecological communication. She is former president and a founding member of the Australian Book Designers Association. In 2015 Zoë established Page Screen Books, an independent publisher of artist’s books and visual essays.

Timo Rissanen is a researcher, educator, artist and designer working across fashion, art and sustainability. Timo completed a practice-based PhD on zero waste fashion design at UTS in 2013. His artistic practice focuses on the (in)humanity of labour, politics and love through installation, performance and cross-stitched poetry. Timo co-curated ‘Fashioning Now’ 2009 with Alison Gwilt and ‘Yield’ 2011 with Holly McQuillan, and has co-published Shaping Sustainable Fashion (2011) with Gwilt, and Zero Waste Fashion Design (2016) with McQuillan. He is a former Associate Professor of Fashion Design and Sustainability at the Parsons School of Design, The New School, a founding member of the Union of Concerned Researchers in Fashion, and is currently Associate Professor at UTS.

Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Fernando do Campo: To companion a companion at UNSW Galleries from 7 May – 31 Jul 2021.

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UNSW Galleries brings together the work of leading Australian and international practitioners, curators and writers working in the fields of contemporary art and design. It is a space for the presentation and interpretation of contemporary visual and material culture, and a site for gathering, conversation and learning. The program stresses the importance of learning through exhibition-making, using integrated projects and events across the year to engage audiences in conversation with commentators from a range of disciplines.

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