Fayen D’Evie

Dr Fayen D'evie

Lecturer, Masters in Communication Design

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Designing Sound Group Affiliate


Sound Art and Auditory Culture lab (SAAC)


Email: fayen.devie@rmit.edu.au


Campus: Melbourne City


Programs

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Contact details

DSC | School of Design


Designing Sound Group Affiliate


Sound Art and Auditory Culture lab (SAAC)


Email: fayen.devie@rmit.edu.au


Campus: Melbourne City


Programs

Dr Fayen d'Evie is a lecturer in the Masters of Communication Design programme of RMIT University, teaching experimental typography, curating and exhibiting communications design, and studios grounded in archival research and transformative pedagogies.

Overview

Fayen d'Evie is an artist, writer, and publisher, born in Malaysia, raised in Aotearoa New Zealand, and now living in the bushlands of unceded Jaara country, Australia. Her creative projects are often collaborative, and resist spectatorship by inviting audiences into sensorial readings of artworks.

She is the founder of 3-ply, an independent imprint which approaches artist-led publishing as an experimental, critical, and poetic site for the creation, dispersal, and archiving of texts. With artist and Yindjibarndi woman Katie West, Fayen co-founded the Museum Incognita, a decolonised museum structure grounded in custodial ethics, that activates collective readings of neglected and obscured histories, through sensorial scores, performative encounters, and intertwining threads of story.

From 2017-2019, Fayen collaborated with the Artist Initiative of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) to explore sensory encounters with artworks from the collection and temporary exhibitions. She has provided creative provocations and pedagogical guidance to numerous arts institutions committed to more inclusive structures and more ambitious curation of disability-led practice.

Prior to artmaking, Fayen worked in international peacebuilding education and sustainability, for the United Nations mandated University for Peace, and for the Earth Council. She continues to advise initiatives at the nexus of peacebuilding and arts, especially disability arts and social justice projects.

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Industry experience

Since 2019, Fayen has been on the Board of Directors of the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA). Fayen is a core member of the Society of Visually Impaired Sound Artists (SoVISA).

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Research

Since 2016, Fayen has researched the radical potential for blindness to introduce critical positions and methods for navigating intersensory conversations, handling the tangible and intangible, uncertainty, the precarious, hallucination, and the concealed.

This has evolved into a curatorial investigation into exhibition making as a dustcloud of sensorial improvisations, translations, and conversations. This research incorporates explorations of embodied typography, tactile reading, gestural publishing, sensory and movement scores, audiodescription as a creative medium, among other strands.

Within typography, Fayen is also interested in decolonising protocols, gatekeeping, and design outcomes. They experiment with pedagogical models and resources that may animate and empower individuals and communities to develop personal and collective typefaces.

Research keywords

Blindness, Sensorial, Access, Welcome, Experimental Typography, Gesture, Sound, Tactility

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Supervisor interest areas

  • Experimental typography

Feature publications

Ascending/Descending Sonic Shadows: Prologue + Tactile, Reading Notes + Epilogue

Publishing in Crisis, Ed. Megan Patty and Brad Haylock. Berlin: Sternberg

Fayen d'Evie and Elizabeth Boon (2020).

The Gravity, The Levity: Let Us Speak of Tactile Encounters

Disability Studies Quarterly, Vol 38, No 3

Fayen d'Evie and Georgina Kleege (2018).

Orienting Through Blindness: Blundering, Be-Holding and Wayfinding as Artistic and Curatorial Methods

Performance Paradigm, Issue 13

Fayen d'Evie (2017).

Key publications by year

  • Fayen d'Evie and Elizabeth Boon. “Ascending/Descending Sonic Shadows: Prologue + Tactile Reading Notes + Epilogue.” Publishing in Crisis, Ed. Megan Patty and Brad Haylock. Berlin: Sternberg, 2020.
  • Fayen d'Evie and Jen Bervin. “Cosmic Static”, Eavesdropping: A Reader, City Gallery, Melbourne Law School, and Liquid Architecture: Wellington, 2019.
  • Fayen d'Evie. “Re-describing the Periphery”, San Francisco: SFMOMA, 2019.
  • Fayen d'Evie. “Notes for Co-Becoming”, Catalogue Text. Katie West, Clearing, Healesville: TarraWarra Museum of Art, 2019.
  • Fayen d'Evie. “Kushana Bush: Actors Unmoored by the Wind”, Collection Text. Fifty Works in the Monash University Collection, MUMA, 2019.
  • Fayen d'Evie. “The Radical Potential of Blindness”, Art Journal, Vol 76, Issue 3-4, 2018
  • Fayen d'Evie and Georgina Kleege. “The Gravity, The Levity: Let Us Speak of Tactile Encounters”. Disability Studies Quarterly, Vol 38, No 3, 2018.
  • Fayen d'Evie. “I Asked Her”, Unbag, Issue 2, Winter, 2018.
  • Fayen d'Evie. “Orienting Through Blindness: Blundering, Be-Holding and Wayfinding as Artistic and Curatorial Methods”, Performance Paradigm, Issue 13, 2017.
  • Fayen d'Evie. “Why Art Matters”. Catalogue Text. Refugees, Sydney: Casula Powerhouse, 2016.
  • Fayen d'Evie. “[SELF-TRANSLATION, RETRANSLATION] [AFTER FLUSSER] [EXCERPTS: THE MUSEUM OF HOLOGRAMS AND O-, F K-X D 2015]”, ELP 4, Melbourne: Christopher L G Hill, 2015.
  • Fayen d'Evie. “Now You See the Light, Man”, Stationary, Hong Kong: Spring Workshop, 2015
  • Fayen d'Evie. “Branches”. Exhibition Text. Hossein Valamanesh, Sydney: Casula Powerhouse, 2014
  • Fayen d'Evie. “Optical Co-Efficiency”. Catalogue Text. NEW 14, Melbourne: Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, 2014
  • Fayen d'Evie. “Please Insert This As The New Preface (I know a change is gonna come)/Reordering the Cosmos”, Westspace Journal, Issue 2, Summer, 2013
  • Fayen d'Evie. “Dispersed Truths and Displaced Memories: Extraterritorial Witnessing and Memorialising by Diaspora through Public Art”, Art of Transitional Justice. Ed. Peter Rush and Olivera Simic. New York: Springer, 2013
  • Fayen d'Evie. “Feel the Fear.” Exhibition Text. Tony Garifalakis, Affirmations, Melbourne: Daine Singer Gallery, 2012
  • Fayen d'Evie. “Dear Chris." Exhibition Text. Christopher L.G.Hill, Problem Poem, Melbourne: Conical, 2012
  • Fayen d'Evie. “Instant Gratification." Review. Artpals, December, 2011
  • Fayen d'Evie. “When Cracks Appear: Pat Foster and Jen Berean and Broken Windows.” Discipline, Issue 1, 2011
  • Fayen d'Evie. “Notes from a Cretaceous World: Review." un Magazine, Issue 4.2, 2010
  • Fayen d'Evie. “End Times.” Catalogue Essay. Omega, Melbourne: Margaret Lawrence Gallery, 2010
  • Fayen d'Evie. “Blackout.” Exhibition Text. Tony Garifalakis, Bad Scene, Melbourne: Uplands Gallery, 2010
  • Fayen d'Evie. “Stuff and Nonsense." Exhibition Text. Lisa Radford and Kati Rule, De Tetris Totems, Melbourne: Sutton Projects, 2010
  • Fayen d'Evie. “James Deutsher: horoscope ecologies + We Are Building A Civilised Space Here." Review. Artpals, January, 2010
  • Fayen d'Evie. “Let’s All Go to Iraq”, un Magazine, Vol.2, Issue 1, 2008
  • Fayen d'Evie. “Waste Not, Want Not?  Dirty Secrets and a Fetish for Trash.” Catalogue Essay.  Ash Keating et al., 2020?, Next Wave Projects, 2008
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Feature projects

Ambisonic Library

State Library of Victoria Alchemy Grant

Fayen d'Evie, Madeleine Flynn, Tim Humphrey, Andy Slater

Ongoing. Phase 1, June - December 2021

Tender

Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art Studio Residency Program (fall 2021) and Brisbane Writer’s Festival (2022)

A Published Event (Justy Phillips, Margaret Woodward), Ilana Halperin, Wendy Morrow, Jen Bervin, Nancy Kuhl, Fayen d’Evie and Catherine Evans, Paul Mylechrane

Ongoing. March 2021.

3-ply publishing: Art Holds a High Place in my Life

Australia Council and Creative Victoria

Rosemary Forde and Fayen d'Evie

2021 - 2022

Key projects by year

  • 3-ply publishing: Celestial Roots
    Fayen d'Evie, Hu Yun, Xinyuan Li, Jia Jun
    Funding: State Library of Victoria Marion Orme Page Regional Fellowship
  • 3-ply publishing: Care is a Cognate to Grief
    Fayen d'Evie. Lizzie Boon, Sofia Lo Bianco
    Funding: Creative Victoria
  • Experimental Typography: Open Access
    Fayen d'Evie with diverse collaborators, including Open House Melbourne
    Funding: Open House Melbourne
  • Experimental Typography: Type Public Pedagogies
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Awards


State Library of Victoria Marion Orme Page Regional Fellowship

Award date: 2022

Recipients: Fayen d'Evie

Creative Victoria Creator Fund Recipient

Award date: 2018

Recipients: Fayen d'Evie

Melbourne Prize for Urban Sculpture: Rural and Regional Development Award

Award date: 2017

Recipients: Fayen d'Evie

Key awards by year

  • Marrgu Virtual Residency, Durrmu Arts, Peppimenarti
  • Tender Virtual Residency
  • State Library of Victoria: Alchemy Grant
  • Australia Council: Artist Grant
  • Regional Arts Victoria: Recovery Grant
  • Finalist, Experimental Print Prize, Castlemaine Art Museum
  • Artist in Residence, Te Whare Hera, Te Whanganui a Tara/Wellington, Aotearoa/NZ
  • Finalist, Incinerator Art Award for Social Change
  • Australia Council: Artist Grant
  • Artist in Residence, School of Geography and Regional Arts Collaboration, University of Melbourne
  • Ian Potter Cultural Trust: Artist Grant
  • Blindside Summer Studio Residency
  • Finalist, John Fries Award
  • Artist in Residence, Artist Initiative, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)
  • Bundoora Nebula Residency
  • Australia Council: Artist Grant
  • Monash University, Art Design and Architecture Faculty Fellowship
  • Melbourne UNESCO City of Literature Travel Award
  • Gertrude Contemporary Studio Residency
  • NAVA: Australian Artist Award
  • Finalist, Macquarie Group Emerging Artist Prize
  • Australia Council: Artstart Grant
  • Howard Arkley Highly Commended Award, Notfair
  • Roger Kemp Memorial Prize for Excellence in Painting, Victoria College of the Arts
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Grants

  • Project Title: "Endnote: The Ethical Handling of Empty Spaces", a solo exhibition at Samstag in 2021
    Funding Source: Australia Council for the Arts Research Grant
    Project Start Date: 01/12/2020
    Project End Date: 16/04/2021
    Funding Amount (excl GST): $11,276.23
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Acknowledgement of country

RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business - Artwork 'Luwaytini' by Mark Cleaver, Palawa.

aboriginal flag
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Acknowledgement of country

RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business.