Born 1972 Melbourne Australia
Lily Hibberd is an interdisciplinary artist and writer working on frontiers of time, memory and the cosmos. Her projects combine performance, writing, painting, photography, sound, moving image and installation art. Developed in collaboration with artists, scientists and historians, the resulting work has been presented in 50 international exhibitions and festivals since 1999. Major art-science projects include "Female Computers" for the 220 Biennale of Sydney, "Data Horizons" for the 2017 Edinburgh Science Festival, and "First Light" for the International Year of Light at the Musée des arts et métiers in 2015. In 2021, Lily began to study the planet Venus and is now developing a collaboration with European Space Agency/ESA scientists in the lead up to the next ESA-NASA mission to explore Venus in 2031. Lily is a research associate at Université Paris Cité and lecturer at The New School Parsons Paris.
Australian-born Lily Hibberd’s interdisciplinary art practice spans 25 years. Her early work, between 1997 and 2004, centred on a study of cinematic aesthetics in painting and its extension into installations combining lighting, sound and video.
In 2004, Lily founded the experimental art writing publication, unMagazine, which she edited until 2008. During this period, Lily also embraced writing as an integral part of her practice, producing texts that featured in numerous performances and sound installations, all pivoting on questions of memory.
Between 2007–2010, Lily's practice was concerned with marginalised memory, and collaborative and community centred work alongside intensive research and residencies. She also completed a PhD in this period, focused on writing and the voice as boundary conditions. In 2012, Parragirls Memory Project was launched, which Lily supported as a writer and creative producer until 2019.
Time has been a consistent topic in Lily’s work across different media, featured in 11 painting installations, performance and video projects from 1999 to 2021. The cosmos became a signficant theme in Lily’s work from 2015, leading to numerous collaborations with scientists and historians of astronomy and major exhibitions for the 2015 UNESCO Year of Light, the 2017 Edinburgh Science Festival, and the 2020 Biennale of Sydney. In 2021, Lily began to study the planet Venus and is now developing a collaboration with European Space Agency/ESA scientists in the lead up to the next ESA-NASA mission to explore Venus in 2031.
Lily is a research associate at Université Paris Cité and lecturer at The New School Parsons Paris.
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