Leon Tan & Amanda Newall

Leon Tan (PhD) is an art and culture historian, critic, educator and registered psychotherapist. He researches and publishes on contemporary art, public art, placemaking, digital culture and globalization, and engages in interdisciplinary creative practice. Recent projects include a collaborative film titled Receding Triangular Square (with Virlani Rupini-Hallberg) commissioned for Taipei Biennale 2012, a chapter on creative placemaking in India for Deleuze and the Schizoanalysis of Visual Art (2014, Bloomsbury) and an exhibition and symposium on the theme of Art and Schizoanalysis at KHOJ International Artists’ Association and Goethe Institut, New Delhi (2015). He is a senior lecturer at Unitec (Auckland, NZ), a member of the International Association of Art Critics (Hong Kong section) and a member of Auckland Council’s Advisory Panel on Art in Public Places. http://cargocollective.com/leontan/

Amanda Newall (MFA) is a New Zealand born artist, educator and researcher working professionally in NZ, Sweden and the UK since 1996. Newall’s interdisciplinary practice focuses on costume, performance, sculpture and moving image, institutional critique, postcoloniality and relational aesthetics. Exhibitions and performances include BALTIC 39/Newcastle science festival UK, Uppsala City Theatre, Shunt Lounge UK, FRED, Cumbria, UK, Mejan Galleri Stockholm SE, Fremantle Art Centre Australia, Govett Brewster Art Gallery NZ and Film Archive NZ. She has also presented publicly at venues including École Supérieure d’Art de l’Agglomération d’Annecy, Annecy France, Universite Paris 1 La Sorbonne Paris France, Nordic house in Reykjavik, Iceland, Umea Academy of Art and Design, Umea, Sweden, International Symposium In Electronic Art – Vancouver Canada and TATE Liverpool. She was previously senior lecturer at Kungliga Konsthögskolan (Royal Institute of Art, Stockholm, Sweden), and before that, lecturer at the Lancaster Institute for Contemporary Art (LICA) in the UK. http://www.amandanewall.com