Queer Geology presents a series of ongoing online discussions with artists, architects and researchers and will host a mini-symposium in 2023.

Seat Type 1: Basalt, steel  Seat Type 2: Salvaged concrete, steel
Design by Luca Lana  
Photos by Luca Lana

Salvaged from construction material and site clearing,  abrupt dislocation of materials deemed waste in the construction industry.  A revaluing process occurs when the material is put in contact with guest human bodies.

Past symposium guests

Kate Hill

MADA PhD Candidate.

Kate Hill is a Melbourne based artist. Her practice explores temporal engagements with place, utilising site-specific materials such as earth, clay and water to express local contexts through ceramic processes. In the past she has sourced local clay and water from sites to create functional vessels, and in the process of excavation and refinement she explores the place that the materials are coming from, the stories that are held there and the broader environmental and political questions associated with larger scale industries using similar processes. The use of video and photography juxtapose her traditional methods of making, and provide vivid references to actions, stories and place.

Natalie Alimia

BioLab Phd Candidate RMIT

With a drive and determination to pursue sustainable solutions to construction through design and innovative materials, BioLab’s goal is to inspire a world where buildings are made of biodegradable, sustainable materials. A world where design is created through complex algorithmic code. As a result, Biolab was created, the key link between academic research and the evolution of the construction industry. It applies experimental prototypes, intricate designs and new fabrication methods to a series of architectural large-scale applications.

Lichen Kelp

Lichen Kelp works with scientific principles of experimentation, colour chemistry and chemical reactions to investigate the materiality of process, replicating changing weather patterns and reimagining nature. Fluid and subversive experiments and performances arise and result in submersive liquid paintings combining bubbling solutions and localised flora. Otherworldly landscapes created by domestic ingredients and a lurid botanical palette disrupt our notions of beauty and the (un)natural.Lichen Kelp’s practice encompasses performance, photography, musical collaboration, curating artist residencies and group shows and public engagement through workshops, group actions and publications.

Jia Jia Chen

Jia Jia Chen is a ceramicist working across art, design and food. Her interdisciplinary approach is driven by her interest in exploring the diverse applications of the material through function, decoration and industry within the framework of creative production. Born in China and raised in Australia, her practice draws inspiration from both Eastern and Western aesthetics; merging and re-interpreting iconic symbols into new and personal expressions whilst alluding to its complex history of cultural and economic exchange. She engages with the process of making as a transposing of conscious and unconscious ideas, the internal to the external and obverse the physical to the metaphysical. Machinery and hands are the tools that enable the conduit interflow between mind and matter cycling through a systematic expansion of intention, creation and reflection via the medium of ceramics. Chen completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts Honours at RMIT and Master’s of Contemporary Art at VCA. Jia Jia Chen along with Claire Lehmann Founded Fluff Corp in 2019.

Pip Lyons

Pip Lyons’ vocational experience span two seemingly disparate industries; the environmental industry and the creative design sector. After graduating with First Class Honours from RMIT in 2014 has since pursued a passion in the fields of philosophy and critical theory. Pip works at the Wurundjeri Woi-Wurrung Cultural Heritage Aboriginal Corporation, makes ceramics working with commercial and local self-processed clays and also has a critical creative publication practice.