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.
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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)
IF YOU TURN YOU CAN SEE ME, photography series, Galerie V (United Kingdom)
Impressions and Metamorphosis at Maitland Regional Art Gallery
COLLABORATION & GROUP SHOWS
RE:SOUNDING as part of MÍNH, Fairfield City Art Gallery and Museum
beneath water's skin, future drowns memory at Seventh Gallery
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,
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)
RE:SOUNDING, in collaboration with James Nguyen
Continu/um for Watts Space Gallery, with James Hazel
Continu/um for Testing Grounds, with James Hazel
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
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Co-Artistic Director of FABLE ARTS (UK/FR: 2020 - ) and Host of podcast DECLASSIFY (2020-2022)
Co-curator of THRESHOLD, with Lamorna Nightingale and Backstage Music Australia
MONOPOLY: TERRA, co-curator with Debris Facility, for Liquid Architecture
Co-curator and producer for MicroFiction Installations at the Newcastle Writers' Festival with Spineless Wonders Australia
RESIDENCIES and FESTIVALS
CULTURE LAB 2023-24 cohort: Development of experimental opera 'The Songs of Mycelia'
Inaugural composer-in-residence at European-Australian Chamber Music Festival
RE:TUNING Major Commission for ANTIDOTE FESTIVAL. Commissioned by the Sydney Opera House and ARROW
Artistic Residency at Metal Culture UK (Peterborough)
Artistic Residency with Centre for Projection Art (Australia)
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)
Tilde New Music and Arts Festival, Melbourne
Melbourne Symphony Orchestra 21st Century Cybec Composers Program
TINA Festival Crack Theatre X Festival
VIVID Festival, Australia
Surry Hills Pop-Art Festival
Sydney Fringe Festival
AWARDS, SCHOLARSHIPS, FUNDING + GRANTS
The Art Music Fund (APRA AMCOS)
Finalist for Wyndham Art Prize
Research Fund, Department of Archaeology (University of Cambridge)
SSHB Grant for Research, University of Loughborough
Arts Council of England: Developing Your Creative Practice
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)
Create NSW Quickstart Artists' Grant
Create NSW Young Leaders' Fellowship
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
Graduates Prize for Prehistoric and Historical Archaeology
Frank Albert Prize in Prehistoric and Historical Archaeology
Kathleen Garnham Laurence Prize for Fine Arts