About the artists


Making Time in its present form has been refined and developed by Sydney-based artist Tessa Zettel with indispensable support from a number of project friends.

Its first major presentation at the 2012 ANTI festival in Kuopio, Finland, had dramaturgical input from Sarah Rodigari and production assistance from Susie Nelson and Anna Matveinen. In 2013 it was remade at Performance Space, Sydney, with production support from Julia Gove and Karl Khoe (the other half of Makeshift, initial project co-creator and builder of the preserving cart). Its last big appearance was at Artspace for the 2014 NSW Visual Arts Fellowship, once again made possible by the indefatigable efforts of perennial project partners Julia Gove and Susie Nelson. In between public outings, its material archive has been looked after by the lovely Simon & Anna of Pasta Emilia in Surry Hills.

Smaller iterations have been hosted with care by curators Judith Wielander & Gilly Karjevsky in Jardin Essentiel (Brussels, 2016), Laura Bernhardt within (no)action(no)space (Stuttgart, 2016), and artist Valentina Karga during her Berlin Farmlab project (Berlin, 2013).


Tessa Zettel is an artist, writer, researcher and design educator who works to imagine or enact other ways of living in the present moment. Her interdisciplinary projects mostly take the form of durational, participatory interventions in which a kind of ‘fabulist archaeology’ makes visible contested histories and possible futures. They involve opening up spaces of dialogue, new forms of exchange, mapping as a research tool, and revaluing obscured cultural practices and knowledge.



Making Time was first devised and piloted at PICA in 2010 by the collaboration Makeshift (Tessa Zettel & Karl Khoe), whose speculative site-based projects appeared in such exhibitions as If you were to live here… 5th Auckland Triennial (Fresh Gallery, Auckland, 2013), Primavera 2011 (Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, 2011), IASKA SPACED: Art Out of Place (Fremantle Arts Centre, Perth, 2012), Sister Cities Biennial: Urbanition (San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery/Carriageworks, 2011), and In the Balance: Art for a Changing World (Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, 2010).



Photo by Ian Hobbs

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