CONTACT

Email: amelia.kalifa@gmail.com

mobile: 0431 842 339


ABOUT

I am an interdisciplinary artist working across media and involved in every aspect of design, making and facilitation with a focus on interactive art. Building on a foundation in community arts and education, I'm interested in creating engaging and transformative experiences through arts practice and work across medium and form to achieve this.

My recent installations Hive Mind (on going) and Sounds Fishy (Brisbane Powerhouse, 2016) explore a fascination with the intersection between humans and technology and employ interactivity and social practice to blur the line between social and individual space, artist and audience. 

The idea of folding community back in on itself in surprising and playful ways is central to my practice. My work seeks to engage communities as artists and explorers, providing experiences that facilitate collaboration and connection building.

Although I have significant experience working with children and young people, I'm also interested in work that brings out the playfulness in all of us. Hive Mind (on going), The Music Box (State Library of Queensland, 2013) and Connect The Dots (Burning Man Festival, USA, 2013) all invite participants of all ages to contribute, play and connect.

Have a project or an idea that you would like to discuss? Please don't hesitate to get in touch - I'm always happy to have a chat.


SKILLS

Art Making: Design (specialising in site specific and interactive work), 3D mixed media including soft sculpture, woodwork, found objects, interactive electronics, audio and video components

Education & Engagement: Design, delivery and evaluation of creative, educational and engaging experiences for diverse participants in a variety of contexts including festivals and events

Project Management: Consultation and design, artist/ stakeholder liaison, management of staff/ volunteers, procurement of goods and services, resource and time management, event production, evaluation and reporting, excellent computer skills

OtherBi-lingual: English and French, Open Driver's License, Senior First Aid


EDUCATION

  • Bachelor of Education (1st Class Honours), QLD University of Technology
  • Diploma in Visual Arts: Arts, Craft, Community Arts, Southbank TAFE
  • Certificate III in Business Administration, Axiom College
  • Certificate II in Project Management: Navigation, Southbank TAFE/ Youth Arts QLD

ATTRIBUTES

  • Excellent problem solver – able to find solutions under pressure
  • Eye for design and developed sense of aesthetic
  • Highly organised, efficient and strong sense of initiative
  • Open and welcoming manner with clients, team members and community

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

Installation Artist – Hive Mind (2015 - Ongoing), The Planting Festival, Woodford Folk Festival, Murri School, State Library of Queensland

  • Touch sensitive installation exploring community voices 
  • Community engagement workshops

Regional Program Coordinator and Teaching Artist (2016 - Current), The Song Room

  • Mentoring and Liaison with Teaching artists and School communities
  • Delivery of community development projects

Installation Artist - Sounds Fishy (2016), Imaginary Theatre / Brisbane Powerhouse

  • Development of unique and interactive installation for children under 5 
  • Weekly pop up installation at Brisbane Powerhouse for 3 months

Sculptor and Prop Designer (2015), Macnas, Ireland

  • 6 week residency with internationally acclaimed company
  • Creation of large scale kinaesthetic sculptures for theatre festival in Galway, Ireland

Community Artist (2015), Shockwave Festival

  • Lantern tunnel co-created with 10-17 year olds living in Central Western QLD
  • Community Lantern Parade as culminating event of the program

Play-Installation Designer and Fabricator (2013 – Current), State Library of Queensland

  • Various interactive play installations designed for children and families
  • Program design and facilitation

Project Manager (2013/14, 2014/15), Major Projects, Woodford Folk Festival

  • Spectacle performances featuring giant puppets, pyrotechnics, live music & large lantern images
  • Coordination of QUT internship program and community engagement

Installation Artist - Connect the Dots (2013), Burning Man Festival, USA

  • Large-scale interactive game

INSTALLATIONS

  • Hive Mind (2015/16), Woodford Folk Festival
    • Touch sensitive installation exploring community voices
  • Stuff We Like (2015), Shockwave Festival
    • Lantern tunnel co-created with 10-17 year olds living in Central Western QLD
  • Hive Mind (2015), The Planting Festival
    • Touch sensitive installation exploring community voices
  • Navigating the Skies (2015), State Library of QLD
    • Steampunk machine with various observation instruments inc Telescope/ Kalaidoscope
  • Under the Stars (2014), State Library of QLD
    • Immersive installation inc soundscape of night in the Australian desert
  • Connect the Dots (2013), Burning Man Festival, USA
    • Large-scale interactive game
  • The Music Box (2013), State Library of QLD
    • User contributed, collaborative musical instrument using touch sensitive technology
  • Native Animals (2013), Heads Up Film Services
    • Over 20 soft sculpture native Australian animals for play installation
  • The Orchestra (2013), State Library of QLD
    • Interactive mixed media piece inc video composition, costumes and dressing room
  • Musical Train (2013), State Library of QLD
    • Interactive musical train set
  • Build-a-Bob (2013), Heads Up Film Services
    • Custom made game props for Nickelodeon Kids TV show
  • Mango Tree (2013), State Library of QLD
    • Soft sculpture mango tree with handmade fruit bats

PROJECT MANAGEMENT AND COMMUNITY ARTSWORK

  • Program and Events Officer - Signature Program (2015, 2016, 2017),  State Library of Queensland
  • Gallery Manager (2013, 2014), Rainbow Serpent Festival VIC
  • Project Officer (2013), The Edge
  • Artist Transport Manager (2013), Symbiosis Gathering USA
  • Assistant Project Coordinator (2010-2011), State Library of Queensland
  • Art on Site Supervisor (2011), Woodford Folk Festival
  • Community Artist (2010), The Murri School
  • Administrative Assistant (2006), QPAC’s Out of the Box Festival
  • Arts Administration Assistant (2004-2005), Hands On Art
  • Arts worker (1999-2003, 2010), Woodford Folk Festival Fire Event

For more information or a list of referees, please do not hesitate to get in touch.