Artist and professor of architecture Philip Beesley will give the keynote address at this year’s Sydney Biennale on 30 June.
In the address Beesley will discuss his work and the 2012 Sydney Biennale’s theme, “all our relations.” You can book tickets for the free event via the eventbrite website. The talk will start at 6 pm at the City Recital Hall in Angel Place, Sydney.
Beesley is known for his kinetic sculptures and large-scale immersive installations. These projects are spectacular hybrids of sculpture, engineering, experimental chemistry and architecture that work with the ideas of hylozoism – the belief that all matter in the universe has a life of its own. Visitors can interact with the projects, which will respond, suggesting how buildings in the future might move, think and feel.
One such installation, Hylozoic Series: Sibyl (2012), will be on display at Cockatoo Island as part of the Sydney Biennale (27 June to 16 September).
Born in England, Beesley was educated in Canada. He studied visual art at Queen’s University, technology at Humber College and architecture at the University of Toronto. He now runs a interdisciplinary design firm, PBAI, in Toronto, Canada, and is a professor in the School of Architecture at the University of Waterloo.