About this Speaker
kelli mccluskey is an artist and co-founder of tactical media art group, pvi collective. formed in 1998 pvi create playfully subversive and participatory artworks that creatively disrupt everyday life in public spaces. their work invites direct participation from audiences, not as art consumers, but as creative comrades, cultivating an underground army of critical citizens who are up for the challenge of saving the world through creative play and revolutionary fun.
kelli is a passionate advocate for live art and experimental practice and it’s continued growth in this country and is always on the look out for ways to champion experimental art forms in australia. kelli regularly speaks on panels, symposia and forums and facilitates playfully participatory discussions on the critical role of arts in society. she is currently on the board of nava [national association for the visual arts], australias’ peak lobby organisation advocating for the rights of artists and securing policy and legislative change.
kelli has mentored a host of emerging practitioners through her work with pvi as well as through state and federal initiatives. she co-founded cia studios [centre for interdisciplinary arts] a perth based incubator space for experimental practice 2008 - 2016 and also co-founded australias first one-on-one performance festival, proximity festival which she has been co-curating since 2012.
in 2016 kelli received the prestigious ‘outstanding achievement in emerging and experimental arts’ award from the australia council for the arts for her work within the sector. in 2017 she conducted a tedx talk on audience participation and was invited to talk at the world arts summit in malta. she is based on planet perth at pvi’s studios.
Specialties: art, exhibitions, critical research, iphone development, public interventions, performance, arts advocacy, curating