A Constructed World














A Constructed World's work is characterised in an expansive project that challenges conventional structures, maintaining an interogtive attitude to subject matter, materials and how meaning accumulates. Their interest in making speech material, proceeding without knowing, and using the ready to hand is reflected in their performance works, installations and events. They enjoy the company of others and often invite friends and colleagues to participate in works and conversations in an attempt to counteract the narrowing discourses and tedious processes that currently pervade the space of culture and politics.


A Constructed World have a number of ongoing projects that thay are finally accrueing as archives and editions. One such work is Explaining contemporary art to live eels, conference-style events where invited art experts have been transmiting their research to live eels held in aquatic installations in exhibitions, later returned to the waters they came from. The project began in 2004 and has since been commissioned by numerous art centers and museums including the CAPC Musée d'Art Contemporain de Bordeaux; La Panacée, Centre de Culture Contemporaine, Montpellier; and Villa Arson, Nice. After 2016 the project changed from gallery installations to local waters and became Parler aux angilles. Commissioned by Cneai Pantin and the Department of the Seine-Saint-Denis, situated along the Quay de l'Aisne from November 2017 to June 2018, A Constructed World invited the pubic to parler aux anguilles through an elaborate speaking device with underwater speakers, micorphones, resonators and amplifiers.


A Constructed World have presented retrospective and survey exhibitions in museums in Australia, Italy and France including A Dangerous Critical Present, Museo d'Arte Contemporea di Villa Croce, Genova; Based On A True Story, Ian Potter Museum of Art, the University of Melbourne; Saisons Increase, CAPC Musée d'Art Contemporain, Bordeaux; and Increase Your Uncertainty, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne.


Performances have been commissioned by institutions such as the Palais de Tokyo and Nuit Blanche at the Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers, Paris; Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney; Les Laboratoires d'Aubervilliers; FRAC Champagne-Ardenne, Reims; and Paola Pivi's Grrr Jamming Squeek, Sculpture International Rotterdam.


In 2018 édition Mix published Idéologie & A Constructed World, a by-lingual book of the complete writings of A Constructed World. The forty plus texts make evident the artist's overall ideology, providing a background context to their wider project of inclusion, collaboration and bringing people together. The book is distributed by les presses du réel in Europe and Telephone publishing in English speaking countries.




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Speaking device 2017


commissioned by the Cneai and the Département of the Seine-Saint-Denis for the project Parler aux anguilles

November2017 - June 2018