Sylvia Schwenk

Lives and works in Sydney and Berlin

M: +61 (0) 403 262 691
W: www.schwenk.com.au

EDUCATION 

2011    Doctor of Philosophy, Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney, AU
2008    Köln International School of Design, DE
2007    Bachelor of Visual Arts 1st Class Honours, Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney
, AU
2006    Universität der Künste Berlin, DE   

PERFORMANCES

2013    Building Fed Square out of Shared Stories, Fed Square (upcoming)
2012    dada - when up is down, Brenda May Gallery, Sydney, AU

2011     In silence and movement you can show the reflection of people, Brenda May Gallery, Sydney, AU
             Along white lines, during half time at the NTFA Grand Final, Aurora Stadium, Launceston, AU
            birds and clouds from one life to another, MSC Bad Bentheim, border DE and NL
            In silence and movement you can show the reflection of people, on the lawns of the
            MCA, Sydney, AU
2010    Life takes place on foot, Elizabeth and Market Streets, Sydney, AU
            Boots for Rising Waters, Artereal Gallery, Sydney, AU
2009   
One day, I think I'll lend a hand, but right now I need a new plasma TV, Art Sydney 09, Sydney, AU
            Remember the importance of SELF, Sch
öppingen, DE
            One day I think I'll lend a hand, K+K carpark, Sch
öppingen, DE
            X Performance Dunedin, The Octagon Dunedin NZ
            Red, blue or green?, Bondi, Sydney
, AU
2008    Each in their own time, the Hub Newtown, Sydney
, AU
            X Performance Köln, Altstadt Cologne, DE
            Life Preservers, Südstadt, Cologne, DE
            Boots for Rising Waters, on the stairs of the Dom Cathedral, Cologne, DE
2007    X Performance outside TNT Building, Redfern, Sydney
, AU
            Under Surveillance, Martin Place, and St Leonards Train Station, Sydney
, AU
            X Performance Le Loi Saigon, Saigon, VN
            X Performance George Street Sydney, Sydney
, AU

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2013    Selected works, Brunswick Street Gallery, Melbourne, AU
2012     five Prison stories, Artereal Gallery, Sydney, AU
             Along white lines, dianne tanzer gallery + projects, Melbourne, AU
             birds and clouds from one life to another, Dynamo Expo, Enschede, NL
             birds and clouds from one life to another, Perron 1, Delden, NL
2011     The workers' lift, Albury Library Museum, Albury, AU
             Life takes place of foot, Gallery 2, Sydney College of the Arts, Sydney, AU
2010    The workers' lift, Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, AU
            Love and Loss, Art2Muse Gallery, Sydney
, AU
            The world is made up of unfinished stories, Artereal Gallery, Sydney , AU
2009   
One day I think I'll lend a hand, but right now I need a new plasma TV,
            Stiftung K
ünstlerdorf Schöppingen, Forum für Kunstvermittlung, DE
            They paved paradise put up a parking lot, Blue Oyster Gallery, Dunedin, NZ
2006    Eternal Return, Zapp Live Galerie, Berlin, DE


SELECTED GROUP SHOWS

2013    Middle Head 33° 50’ S, 151° 14E’ Project', Mosman Art Gallery, Sydney, AU
            Collaborateurs: 9 days in July, Artereal Gallery, Sydney, AU

            The 8th Berlin International Directors Lounge Festival, Berlin, DE
2012    Insider/Outsider, Lincoln Arts Project, Waltham, Massachusetts, USA

            Going Gaga with Dada, Brenda May Gallery, Sydney, AU
            The 8th Berlin International Directors Lounge Festival, Berlin, DE
2011
   Stan and Maureen Duke Gold Coast Art Prize, Gold Coast Arts Centre, AU
            Homegrown, COFAspace, Sydney, AU
            Body Language, Brenda May Gallery, Sydney
, AU
            David Harold Tribe Sculpture Award, SCA Gallery, Sydney College of the Arts, Sydney
, AU
            Josephine Ulrick & Win Schubert Photography Award, Gold Coast Arts Centre, AU
            Albury Digital Art Outdoor Gallery, Albury Library Museum, AU
            Art Month, Artereal Gallery, Sydney, AU            
2010    Postgraduate Degree Show 2010, Sydney College of the Arts, Sydney
, AU
            Art and About, City of Sydney, Sydney, AU
            Lethbridge 10000, Lethbridge Gallery, Brisbane
, AU
            Linden Postcards, Linden Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne, AU
2009    Stan and Maureen Duke Gold Coast Art Prize, Gold Coast Arts Centre, Gold Coast,
AU
            Art Sydney 09 - Off the Wall, RHI Pavilion, Sydney, AU
            Think Pink, Artereal Gallery, Sydney
, AU
            Climate Camp 09, Mori Gallery, Sydney
, AU
            Someone draws a flower on the wall beside their bed, Gallery of Arts and Aesthetics,    
            Jawarhalal Nehru University, Delhi, IN
            climate emergency, At the Vanishing Point Gallery, Newtown
, AU
            Thesis, Victorian College of the Arts Gallery, Melbourne
, AU
            Josephine Ulrick & Win Schubert Photography Award, Gold Coast Arts Centre, Gold Coast
, AU
            Altered States of Reality, Agora Gallery, New York, US
            Dunedin Fringe Festival, NZ
            Go Figure, Artereal Gallery, Sydney
, AU
            Wilson National Art Prize, Jan Murphy Gallery, Brisbane
, AU
2008    Watch this space … Brenda May Gallery, Sydney
, AU
            Globetrotters, Eyelevel Gallery, Halifax, CA
            Go North!, Halifax, CA
            Red Cross Summer Exhibition, Nutshuis Gallery, The Hague, NL
            Newtown Flicks Short Film Festival, Newtown, Sydney
, AU
            Moran Prize – semifinalist, Sydney, AU
            Night Markets, Performance Space, Sydney
, AU
2007     Degree Shows 2007, Sydney College of the Arts, Sydney, AU   
            Sydney Underground Film Festival, The Factory Theatre, Sydney, AU
            The Howard Years, At the Vanishing Point Gallery, Sydney, AU
            Trajectories of Dissent, Mori Gallery, Tooth Studios, and Little Fish Gallery, Sydney, AU
            Enviro-Collective Art Show, Exit Gallery, Sydney
, AU
            Beautiful paper, beautiful design, albb, Saigon, VN
2006    Degree Shows 2006, Sydney College of the Arts, Sydney
, AU
            berliner-fotoalbum, Linienstrasse Berlin, DE
            Szpilman Awards 2006, Berlin, DE
            Australia right now, Newspace Gallery, Sydney
, AU
            Rundgang, UdK, Berlin, DE
            Sommerwende International Arts Festival, Gallery 24, Berlin, DE
2005    On the Same Page, Greig and Hinde Gallery, Sydney
, AU
            … about, china heights gallery, Sydney, AU
            Art Sydney 05 - Off the Wall Emerging Artist Showcase,Sydney, AU
            MCQ International Art Prize, Chifley Tower, Sydney
, AU
            … it's the economy, stupid, Newspace Gallery, Sydney, AU
            Subculture, Newspace Gallery, Sydney, AU

COMMISSIONS, AWARDS AND PRIZES

2013    Commission Fed Square, Melbourne
            Commission Mosman Art Gallery and HMAS Penguin, Sydney
2012    Australia Council - Artstart Grant, AU
2011    Commission European Union, GrensWerte Program
            Finalist Stan and Maureen Duke Gold Coast Art Prize, The Arts Centre, Gold Coast,
AU
            Finalist David Harold Tribe Sculpture Award, SCA Gallery, Sydney College of the Arts, Sydney, AU
            Finalist Josephine Ulrick & Win Schubert Photography Award, Gold Coast Arts Centre, Gold Coast, AU
             Arts NSW Grant, AU
2010    ACUADs Scholarship, Conference presentation, AU
            Kickstart Grant, USU, AU
            Highly Commended Art Monthly Australia Emerging Writer Award, AU
            Postgraduate Research Support Scheme Grant, University of Sydney, AU 
2009    Work acquired and finalist Stan and Maureen Duke Gold Coast Art Prize, Gold Coast Arts Centre, AU
            Grant and Fellow, Stiftung Künstlerdorf Schöppingen, DE
           
James Kentley Memorial Scholarship, University of Sydney, AU   
             Finalist Josephine Ulrick & Win Schubert Photography Award, Gold Coast Arts Centre, AU
            Finalist Wilson National Art Prize, Jan Murphy Gallery, Brisbane, AU
            Postgraduate Research Support Scheme Grant, University of Sydney, AU  
2008    University of Sydney Postgraduate Award (3 year grant), AU
2008    Fauvette Loureiro Memorial Exchange Scholarship, AU
2006    Fauvette Loureiro Memorial Exchange Scholarship,
AU
2005    Finalist MCQ International Art Prize, Chifley Tower, Sydney,
AU

RESIDENCIES

2013    Mosman Art Gallery and HMAS Penguin
2011    School of Visual and Performing Arts University of Tasmania
, AU
2009    K
ünstlerdorf Schöppingen, DE
2007    albb, Saigon, VN

PUBLICATIONS, MEDIA, AND REVIEWS

2013    Fitzgerald, M, Bullseye as art reveals hidden gems, Sydney Morning Herald, 11 September 2013, p9
           
Middle Head 33° 50’ S, 151° 14E’ Catalog, Mosman Art Gallery, Sydney, AU
2012    Artwiki, 7th Berlin Biennale
            Fortescue, E, Poking fun, Daily Telegraph, 25 August 2012, p8
            Frost, A, Engage, explore and evolve, Catalog essay, dianne tanzer gallery + projects, Melbourne, AU
            Waldvogel, F, birds and clouds from one life to another: a project by Sylvia Schwenk and Nikola Dicke, in
            ‘birds and clouds from one life to another – Sylvia Schwenk and Nikola Dicke, (Munich: Euregio-Programm
            Grenswerte, 2012)
2011   
Bourne, P, Sylvia Schwenk: In silence and movement you can show the reflection of people
             Interview:Radio Station 2SER, 17 March 2011
             Denneman, A, Tanzende Flugzeuge vor wolkenverhangenem Himmel (Dancing aircraft against an overcast
             sky)
, Grafschafter Nachrichten, Germany, 4 July, p5
             Fortescue, E, Let's hear it for tradies, Daily Telegraph, 12 March 2011, p9
             Frost, A, Open Gallery, Spectrum, Sydney Morning Herald, 8–9 September 2011
             McShane, B, Don’t move the goalposts, become one instead, The Examiner, 15 September 2011, p5
             Venterink, GL, Vanuit het ene leven in het andere cliegen (Flying from one life to another), De Twente
             Courant Tubantia, Holland, 2 July 2011, p3
2010    Bourne, P, Sylvia Schwenk: Life takes place on foot, Interview: Radio Station 2SER, 14 October 2010
            Bourne, P and McGregor C, Sylvia Schwenk: The world is made up of unfinished stories,
           
Inteview: Radio Station 2SER, 25 March 2010
            Dowse, B, Sylvia Schwenk: The world is made up of unfinished stories, Catalogue essay, 2010,
            Artereal Gallery, Sydney
            Pavlich, C, Height of Fashion, mX, 23 March, 2010, Front cover
             Art Heroes, Trouble magazine, October 2010: unpaged
2009    Benson, N, Traffic brought to a standstill, Otago Daily Times, 28-29 March, 2009: 10
            G.bert, Interview with Sylvia Schwenk, Radio One 91FM Dunedin, 28 March 2009
            Gezcy A, Social Exchange and Life, Appliance, Issue 97, (May - March 2009), Artists Alliance,
            Auckland
            Gezcy A, Social Exchange and Life, Catalogue essay, 2009, Blue Oyster Gallery, New Zealand
            Locksmith Project, Issue 1, June 2009, 48-51
            Meisel-Kemper, E, Jeder einzelne Mensch hat Bedeutung, Westfaelische Nachrichten,
            21 July 2009, 33
            Meisel-Kemper, E, Wildfremde Menschen kommen in Kontakt, Westfaelische Nachrichten,
            13 July 2009, 24
            Pariat, J, Bedroom becomes a drawing room, Time Out Delhi, Vol No 3, Issue 10
            (7-20 August 2009): 43
           
Pavlich, C, Sleeping on the job is working for Sylvia, Mx, 2 February, 2009: 4
           
Taplinger, M, Altered States of Contemporary Photography in Chelsea, NY. Gallery & Studio,
            February/March 2009: 14, 23
           
Todd, J, The Interactive Audience, Old, New Borrowed, Blue: 10 Years at the Blue Oyster: 33-39,
            Blue Oyster Project Space, Dunedin, New Zealand, 2009
2008    Finnegan, A, Hyperplexic, desalinated but not scary, Artlink, Vol 28, No 1 (March 2008): 47-51
2007    Hopcroft, H, Review Sydney College of the Arts Degree Show, 2007
            http://www.artshub.com.au/au/news.asp?sc=&sId=168293&sType=review
            Hunt, A, What do our bodies do in Public Spaces?, Interview: Radio Station 2SER, 10 May 2007
            University of Sydney, Sydney College of the Arts, SCAfold, August 2007, The University of Sydney,
            Sydney

COLLECTIONS
Public:  Stanford University, California, US
            Gold Coast City Art Gallery
, AU
Corporate and Private: 
            Sydney, Berlin, Saigon, Cologne, The Hague, Dunedin, New York

SELECTED WRITINGS
2012   In silence and movement you can show the reflection of people, in Emergency INDEX, (New York: Ugly
           Duckling Presse, 2012)
           Sylvia Schwenk - In silence and movement you can show the reflection of people, in ‘Practical tests. Projects
           which communicate art to the public’, (Schöppingen, Schöppinger Forum für Kunstvermittlung, 2012)
2011   'Performosis' and the expanded field of performance art, Thesis, University of Sydney
2010   'Performosis' and participatory performance art, Art Monthly Australia Australia, Vol 234, October
           2010: 22-23

CONFERENCES & LECTURES
2012    Artforum, School of Art, Australian National University, Canberra, AU
            Guest Lecturer, School of Drama, Fine Arts and Music, University of Newcastle, AU
2011    AAANZ Conference - ‘Contact’, Hosted by Art History, Victoria University of Wellington, NZ (upcoming
            December)
            Panelist on public art organised by Savannah College of Art and Design, at the Conference for
            American Anthropological Association, Montr
éal, CA
             Artforum, School of Visual and Performing Art, University of Tasmania, AU
            Artist talk, Photography Studio, Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney, AU
            Referee of Papers for ACUADs Conference, Canberra, AU
2010    ACUAD's Conference, University of Tasmania, AU
            Referee of Papers for ACUADs Conference, Tasmania, AU
            Graduate Forum, Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney, AU
2009    Graduate Forum, Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney, AU
            Sculpture, Performance and Installation Studio, Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney, AU


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