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Spanning art, technology and science, Victoria Pham is an Australian artist, evolutionary biologist, writer and composer. She is based between Paris and Sydney. Originally trained as an archaeologist, she is a current PhD candidate in Biological Anthropology at the University of Cambridge, St John's College.

 

Victoria is represented by the Australian Music Centre as an Associate Artist where a collection of her scores are available. She is the Artistic Director of FABLE ARTS, lead artist in the RE:SOUNDING project with James Nguyen, co-lead artist in the collective SONANT BODIES with James Hazel, and host and producer of podcast series DECLASSIFY

 

Her works have been performed, exhibited and commissioned across Australia, the United States of America, the United Kingdom and France. She has been commissioned by and exhibited in a number of galleries and ensembles such as the TATE Britain, the Sydney Opera House, Australian Contemporary Centre for Art (ACCA), Art Gallery of New South Wales, Arts House Melbourne, the Anna Schwartz Gallery, the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and Campbelltown Arts Centre, amongst others. She has featured as a lead artist in international art festivals, including VIVID (2015-16), TINA (2018), Tilde: New Sounds (2019), BLEED (2020) and ANTIDOTE (2022), amongst others. 

As an evolutionary biologist and archaeologist, her specialisation is in bioacoustics, the evolution of sound-signalling and acoustic mapping technologies. Victoria has worked with several international museums and institutions such as the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, and has conducted solo fieldwork around the world. 

Her artistic practice is driven by explorations into the sonic connections across nature; practices of decolonisation and listening deeply. The hallmark of her interdisciplinary practice is her belief that a partnership with Nature is fundamental, and that Nature is a collaborator to her design, research and sound-based work. Victoria continues to pursue her work in biodesign through research into bioacoustics and mycology which inform the cross-form approaches that structure her creative process. This is emblematic in 2023 when she founded biodesign and acoustic ecology studio, EARTHLY FUTURES, based in Paris, France.

SOLOS SHOWS

 

2023

details coming soon...

2022

TERRA: Memory + Soil, co- commissioned by West Space Gallery, Liquid Architecture and Centre for Projection Art. Collaboration with architect, Joel Sherwood Spring

DOMESTICUS VENUS, Kings Gallery (Melbourne, Australia)

2021

IF YOU TURN YOU CAN SEE ME, photography series, Galerie V (United Kingdom)

2018

Impressions and Metamorphosis at Maitland Regional Art Gallery

COLLABORATION  & GROUP SHOWS

 

2023

RE:SOUNDING as part of MÍNH, Fairfield City Art Gallery and Museum

beneath water's skin, future drowns memory at Seventh Gallery

2022

FAMILY FROM A BOX, TATE Britain

A Drumstick is a Hammer, in collaboration with James Nguyen. Anna Schwartz Gallery (Australia)

RE:TUNING, in collaboration with James Nguyen. Commissioned by the Sydney Opera House and Arrow Collective for ANTIDOTE

Who's Afraid of Public Space? at Australian Centre for Contemporary Art,

2021

Co Gai Mau Do for ZAO TANG (Nottinghill, London)

RE:SOUNDING (Winter Season), with James Nguyen for Samstag Museum of Art 

RE:SOUNDING (CONNECT I and II) with James Nguyen for Footscray Community Arts Centre

Eternal Ephemerie at IESA Galerie, Paris (France)

2020

RE:SOUNDING, in collaboration with James Nguyen

 

2019

Continu/um for Watts Space Gallery, with James Hazel 

Continu/um for Testing Grounds, with James Hazel 

2018

SONANT BODIES EXHIBITION, in collaboration with James Hazel. At Maitland Regional Art Gallery

A Aurore, in celebration of the Lady and the Unicorn, Art Gallery of New South Wales

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

details coming soon...

CURATORIAL PROJECTS

Co-Artistic Director of FABLE ARTS (UK/FR: 2020 - ) and Host of podcast DECLASSIFY (2020-2022)

2023

Co-curator of THRESHOLD, with Lamorna Nightingale and Backstage Music Australia

2022

MONOPOLY: TERRA, co-curator with Debris Facility, for Liquid Architecture

2019

Co-curator and producer for MicroFiction Installations at the Newcastle Writers' Festival with Spineless Wonders Australia

RESIDENCIES and FESTIVALS

 

2024

CULTURE LAB 2023-24 cohort: Development of experimental opera 'The Songs of Mycelia' ​

 

2023

Inaugural composer-in-residence at European-Australian Chamber Music Festival ​

 

2022

RE:TUNING Major Commission for ANTIDOTE FESTIVAL. Commissioned by the Sydney Opera House and ARROW

Collective

Artistic Residency at Metal Culture UK (Peterborough)

Artistic Residency with Centre for Projection Art (Australia)

2020         

BLEED FESTIVAL: RE:SOUNDING ,in collaboration with artist James Nguyen commissioned by Campbelltown Arts Centre and ArtsHouse Melbourne  support from Create NSW and Australian Arts Council (2019-2020)                

 

2019         

Tilde New Music and Arts Festival, Melbourne

Melbourne Symphony Orchestra 21st Century Cybec Composers Program

 

2018

TINA Festival Crack Theatre X Festival

 

2016, 2017

VIVID Festival, Australia

Surry Hills Pop-Art Festival

Sydney Fringe Festival

AWARDS, SCHOLARSHIPS, FUNDING + GRANTS

2023

The Art Music Fund (APRA AMCOS)

2022

Finalist for Wyndham Art Prize 

Research Fund, Department of Archaeology (University of Cambridge) 

SSHB Grant for Research, University of Loughborough 

2021

Arts Council of England: Developing Your Creative Practice

 

2020

Maureen A Byrne Memorial Prize for Best Thesis in Archaeology IV (Prehistoric and Historical) 

Finalist NSW Young Achiever's Award and Finalist NSW Young Achiever's Award for Academic Achievement

Cambridge University Trust: International Scholar Scholarship (2020-2023)

2019

Create NSW Quickstart Artists' Grant

Create NSW Young Leaders' Fellowship

2018

Create NSW Quickstart Artists' Grant

Semi-finalist NSW Young Achiever's Award, and NSW Coffee Club Fashion and Arts Award 

John Scaheffer Fund for Nineteenth-Century Art 

Olwen Tudor Jones Scholarship for Archaeological Fieldwork 

Henry Lawson Prize for Prose 
 

2017

Graduates Prize for Prehistoric and Historical Archaeology 

Frank Albert Prize in Prehistoric and Historical Archaeology 

2016

Kathleen Garnham Laurence Prize for Fine Arts 

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