Kelly Fliedner has a diverse professional practice as a writer, curator, lecturer, producer and book club master. Her writing is varied, ranging from contemporary and art historical analysis, to a creative style that lies somewhere between ficto-criticism, experimental abstract poetry and traditional script writing. Kelly’s research has focused on publishing, experimental performance, music and interdisciplinary practices of artists, writers and musicians from the late 1970s and 80s, and her projects often incorporate (or riff off) works from these periods alongside contemporary examples.
Kelly is currently working as Writer & Editor of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale based in Kerala, India, and is producing On the Beach, a podcast that focuses on the convergence of critical and creative discourses surrounding contemporary art. In 2016 she presented a series of radio plays for the Next Wave Festival and was one of six Australian artists taking part in the Biennale of Sydney’s experimental writing project, The Bureau of Writing.
Kelly was Program Curator at West Space from 2009 until 2013, and co-founder and co-editor of their online publication the West Space Journal until 2015. She has worked with other organisations including Monash University Museum of Art, MPavilion, Next Wave, un Magazine, and Melbourne Fringe. In 2014 she was the Australia Council for the Arts’ London Arts Writers Resident.
Image: Reading of Ships in the Night, a response to Ua num le fau curated by Léuli Eshraghi at Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne. Presented as part of Next Wave Festival 2016. Photo: Lee Bailey.