Corporeals and Other Bodies


Corporeals and other bodies

Theia Connell, Sue de Beer, Rashaad Newsome and Toby Ziegler

December 2018 - June 2019

Jointly presented by Daata Editions and artstay Hobart

The body is human, it’s corporeal, it moves in a particular way, and carries an agency that we, as viewers, can somehow be certain to decipher. But we also understand this within a system, that this body is only a segment of a greater network of signifiers and signified. There are other bodies; more-than-human animals, inanimate objects with agency and a voice, a digital choreography, an archive of non-corporeal bodies, and then everything soft and loud and moving in between. These are larger bodies, masses - that move, make sequence, produce collapse and re-produce non-linear narratives.

Corporeals and other bodies presents the work of four artists working across moving image and sound in experimental and nuanced ways. The works, as well as the context of their presentation, is not confined to a singular reading, geographic location or gesture. Rather, the movement - across, in-between, because of these entities, leaves the viewer wanting to dance and to stand still, to speak and to listen, all at the same time. These bodies and our bodies as spectators, produce subjects and narratives that are absolutely non-human but are anchored by the familiar corporeal experience that awaits awakening.

Corporeals and other bodies is a collaborative project between Daata Editions and artstay Hobart, Tasmania. The project presents a Tasmanian emerging artist, Theia Connell, and contextualises her work alongside the practices of significant international artists’ works selected from Daata Editions; Sue de Beer, Rashaad Newsome and Toby Ziegler. As has been the focus for artstay from its inception, this project champions the practices of Tasmanian contemporary artists alongside national and global discourses and within the context of a domestic space. Moving image and sound has been a focus of the collection from the start.

Daata Editions’ commitment to commissioning video, sound, poetry and web based artworks from both emerging and established international artists converses with this beautifully, promoting the collecting of moving image and sound to a new generation of audiences.

Corporeals and other bodies will be presented at artstay Hobart, Tasmania till June 2019 (viewable by appointment, or as a guest at artstay) and online

artstay Hobart is a curated short-term accommodation, collection and project space in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia. With a focus on supporting emerging Tasmanian artists alongside national and global contexts. It was launched by Tasmanians Fernando do Campo and Vino Rajandran in June 2018.

Daata Editions is acknowledged worldwide as a leading platform for commissioning and exhibiting digital artworks. Available as limited editions, the 350+ artworks by 70 artists can be viewed and acquired as digital downloads through the website. Daata Editions artworks form part of the Hammer Museum Collection, USA, the Julia Stoschek Collection, Germany, KIASMA, Finland and the Zabludowicz Collection, UK. Daata Editions has participated in Art Cologne, Frieze London, NADA New York, Art Los Angeles Contemporary, Expo Chicago, Chart Copenhagen, LOOP Barcelona and Independent Brussels. They collaborate on projects and presentations with galleries, fairs and collections worldwide.

Artists biographies

Theia Connell is an interdisciplinary artist living on the unceded lands of the Palawa people in nipaluna/ Hobart. Her multimedia works often involve sculptural and performative intervention, addressing collective politics of sites, objects and the public body. Theia has exhibited as a solo artist, as part of collaborative duos, and in curated exhibitions across Australia and internationally including Incheon Art Platform (Seoul), Snehta (Athens), BUS Projects, Watch This Space ARI, Firstdraft, Kings ARI, Constance ARI, Platform Art Spaces and more. In 2017 she undertook international residencies in Athens, Greece, and the Republic of Korea, where she was a 2017 Asialink Arts resident at Incheon Art Platform. Connell is Co-Founder and Director of Visual Bulk, an experimental art space in Hobart, and is a current participant in the 'SITUATE Art if Festivals' program, supported by the Australia Council. 

Sue de Beer's work is located at the intersection between film and installation, sculpture and photography. Solo exhibitions include the Kunst Werke, Berlin, the Whitney Museum of American Art at Altria, the MuHKA Museum in Antwerp, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions in Los Angeles, The Park Avenue Armory, New York, as well as Marianne Boesky Gallery in New York, where she is represented. Her work has been included in group exhibitions in such venues as the New Museum, the Whitney Museum of American Art, PS1/MOMA, the Brooklyn Museum, the Reina Sofia in Madrid, the Kunst Werke, the Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie, Haus der Kunst, and the Kunsthalle Shirn in Germany, the Neue Gallerie am Landes Museum Joanneum in Austria, the Deste Foundation in Greece, and the Museum of Modern Art, Busan, in Busan, South Korea. Her 2-channel video installation, ‘Hans & Grete’ was included in the Whitney Biennial in 2004. De Beer’s work is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, the New Museum for Contemporary Art, the Brooklyn Museum, the Deste Foundation, and the Goetz Collection. Sue de Beer is represented by Marianne Boesky NYC

Rashaad Newsome (b. 1979, New Orleans, Louisiana)  is a multidisciplinary artist whose work blends several practices together including: collage, sculpture, video, music, computer programming and performance, to form an altogether new field. Rashaad received a BFA in Art History at Tulane University in 2001. In 2004, he received a certificate of study in Digital Post Production from Film/Video Arts Inc. (NYC) and in 2005 he studied MAX/MSP Programming at Harvestworks Digital Media Art Center (NYC). He has exhibited and performed in galleries, museums, institutions, and festivals throughout the world including: The Whitney Museum (NYC), Brooklyn Museum (NYC), MoMAPS1 (NYC), SFMOMA (CA), New Orleans Museum of Art (LA), Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris, France), The Garage Center for Contemporary Culture (Moscow, Russia), and MUSA (Vienna, Austria).

Toby Ziegler (born 1972) lives and works in London, UK. After completing B.F.A. (Hons) at Central St. Martin’s School of Art, London, Ziegler completed a residency at Delfina Studios, London (2004-2006). He has since staged solo exhibitions at Chisenhale Gallery, London (2005), Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield (2007), Parkhaus, Dusseldorf (2008), Zabludowicz Collection, London (2010), Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, Helsinki (2012), Hepworth Gallery, Wakefield (2014), PKM Gallery, Seoul, Korea (2015), and has worked in group exhibitions across the US, Europe and Asia. Toby Ziegler is represented by Simon Lee Gallery, London and Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin.