Bec Dean

Bec Dean is a curator and writer who trained and practiced as a visual artist in performance art and photomedia. She is currently commencing postgraduate study towards a PhD at the College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales and working as Curator at large for Performance Space. She joined Performance Space as Associate Director in 2007 and became Co-Director with Jeff Khan in January 2012 until February 2014. Bec was previously curator at the Australian Centre for Photography (2005-2007) and Exhibition Manager at Perth Institute of Contemporary Art (2002-2005). Bec’s curatorial interests revolve around interdisciplinary and participatory practices, performance, site-specificity, photomedia, art/science collaborations and biomedical art. Notable recent projects include Performance Space’s Micro Parks (2014), SEXES festival, co-curated with Deborah Kelly and Jeff Khan, Local Positioning Systems at MCA, Australia with Jeff Khan (2012), Awfully Wonderful: Science Fiction in Contemporary Art at Performance Space with Lizzie Muller (2011). Recent contributions in publications include the books Deborah Kelly & (Artspace, 2013) and Unsitely Aesthetics edited by Maria Miranda. She has written catalogue essays and texts for Art Gallery of NSW, Art Gallery of WA, Artspace (Sydney), the Institue of Modern Art (Brisbane), Artlines for the Queensland Art Gallery, PICA (Perth), Artlink, Art & Australia, Broadsheet, RealTime and many more. Bec has recently co-edited an issue of Artlink, Sexing the Agenda (2013) with Johanna Mendelssohn.

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Simon Yates: Magic or System Error?


Sarah Goffman: Forgery and Uttering in Blue and White


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