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 & co-creators.

Tessa presented Making Time at the 2012 ANTI festival in Kuopio (Finland), with dramaturgical input from Sarah Rodigari and production assistance from Susie Nelson & Anna MatveinenIn 2013 it was remade at Performance Space, Sydney, with huge production support from Tulleah Pearce, Bec Dean, Julia Gove & Karl Khoe (the other half of Makeshift, also initial co-creator of the project back in 2010 and builder of the preserving cart). Its last major appearance was at Artspace for the 2014 NSW Visual Arts Fellowship, once again made possible by the indefatigable efforts of perennial project angels Julia Gove & Susie Nelson. In between public outings, its material archive was for many years 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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