Lucy Orta

Born in Great Britain (1966).

Trained as a designer, Lucy began her experimental practice in 1992. Her sculptural work investigates the boundaries between the body and architecture, exploring their common social factors, communication and identity. She uses the media of drawing, couture, sculpture, performance, video, and photography to realize a singular body of work. Emblematic artworks include, Refuge Wear and Body Architecture (1992–98), portable, lightweight, and autonomous structures representing issues of mobility and survival. Nexus Architecture (1994–2002), public interventions in which participants connect to each other, shaping modular and collective structures that visualize the concept of the social link. Life Guards (2004–ongoing), reflects on the body as a metaphorical supportive framework.

Her work has been the focus of major shows at Musée d’art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, France (1994); Weiner Secession, Austria (1999); Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Australia (1999); University of South Florida Contemporary Art Museum, USA, for which she received the Visual Arts Award from the Andy Warhol Foundation (2001); and at the Barbican Centre, London (2005). She is also the youngest female artist to whom Phaidon Press London dedicates a monograph in their contemporary artist collection (2003).

In acknowledgement of her innovative socially driven work, she was nominated as Head of Man & Humanity, a pioneering master program that stimulates socially driven and sustainable design, which she cofounded with Li Edelkoort at the Design Academy in Eindhoven (2002). She has been a professor at London College of Fashion since 2002, and is currently the Chair of Art and the Environment at the University of the Arts London. In recognition of her academic contribution to the visual arts, she has received an honorary Master of Arts from Nottingham Trent University and an honorary Doctor of Letters from the University of Brighton.

Lucy Orta co-founded the Studio Orta with her partner the Argentine artist Jorge Orta, in 1992. They now work in partnership under the co-authorship Lucy + Jorge Orta.

Academic

London College of Fashion, University of the Arts London

2008
Post: Professor of Art, Fashion and the Environment
Site: http://www.arts.ac.uk/fashion/

Nottingham Trent University

2007
Post: Honorary Degree Master of Fine Art, School of Art and Design
Site: http://www.ntu.ac.uk/

University of Edinburgh

2004
Post: Particiapnt, ARHB/EPSRC's 'Designing in the 21st Century'

Design Academy Eindhoven

2002
Post: Founding member and Head of Man & Humanity, Master in Industrial Design
Site: http://www.designacademy.nl

Edinburgh College of Art

2000
Post: Virtual Research Fellow in Fine Art

E.N.S.A.D. (École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs)

1999
Post: Head of Fashion & Costume
Site: http://www.ensad.fr

Nottingham Trent Polytechnic

1995
Post: Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Fashion Knitwear Design

Conferences - Workshops

Studio Orta

2011
Type: Public Lecture
Venue: San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, USA
Site: http://www.sfai.edu/

Women, Ecology and Art. Artistic glances to the environment from the feminine

2011
Type: Conference
Venue: Facultat de Belles Arts, Barcelona, Spain

22nd International Sculpture Conference

2010
Type: Conference
Venue: Kings Place, London, UK
Site: http://www.sculpture.org/

Klimakapseln (Climate Capsules)

2010
Type: Symposium
Venue: HFBK - University of Fine Arts Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany
Site: http://www.hfbk-hamburg.de

Lucy + Jorge Orta: Water, Food, Antarctica and other projects

2010
Type: Key Note
Venue: Adelaide Festival, Adelaide, Australia

Body Architecture

2009
Type: Public lecture
Venue: University of Michigan, School of Art & Design, Michigan Theatre, Ann Arbor, USA
Site: http://art-design.umich.edu

Culture, Media and Democracy

2008
Type: Presentation
Venue: European Cultural Parliament, Liverpool, UK
Site: http://www.antjewessels.de

Remote Habitats (This is Tomorrow - Urban Utopias, Dystopias and Heteropias)

2008
Type: Lecture, discussion
Venue: MIT Visual Arts lecture series, Massachusetts, USA
Site: http://web.mit.edu/vap/

Orta & de Cordier – Art on expedition

2008
Type: Public lecture
Venue: Vlaams Cultuurhuis de Brakke Grond, Amsterdam, Holland
Site: http://www.brakkegrond.nl/

Antarctic Village / OrtaWater

2007
Type: Keynote Speaker
Venue: C6 Symposium: New Green World, Art for a Sustainable Ecological Conciousness, Chicago, USA
Site: http://symposiumc6.com/speakers/orta

Emergency Design, International Symposium

2006
Type: Key note speaker
Venue: Institut für Designforschung Hochschule für Gestaltung und Kunst Zürich, Zurich, Switzerland
Site: http://www.emergencydesign.hgkz.ch/

Nexus Architecture

2006
Type: Lecture
Venue: Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles, USA

Refuge Wear

2005
Type: Lecture
Venue: Politecnico di Torino, Department of Architecture, Turin, Italy

Body Architecture

2005
Type: Lecture
Venue: Royal College of Art, London, UK

Dwelling X

2004
Type: Public Lecture
Venue: Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, Sunderland, UK

Nomad + Object, portable technology for erratic habitats’

2004
Type: Key note speaker
Venue: University of Rome La Sapienza, Faculty of Architecture, Rome, Italy

Dwelling X, Lucy Orta & Aran Chadwick in conversation

2004
Type: Public Lecture chaired by Professor Colin Fournier
Venue: RIBA (Royal Institute for British Architects), London, UK

Body Architecture

2004
Type: Lecture
Venue: Central Saint Martins School of Design, London, UK

Art04 Arts Council North West & BBC, chaired by Alain Yentob

2004
Type: Key note speaker
Venue: Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester, UK

Architecture Dialogues: Architectural Bodies, Reflective Spaces and Responsive Materials

2003
Type: Key note speaker
Venue: Whitney Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA

Nomades in Residence: Body Architecture, Between Intervention and Survival

2003
Type: Moderated discussion: Lucy Orta & Catarina Leitao
Venue: Van Allen Institute, New York, USA

Public and Community Art

2003
Type: Key note speaker
Venue: Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia

Dwelling Project

2003
Type: Key note speaker / Workshop
Venue: University of Minnesota Design Institute & School of Architecture, Minnesota, USA

London Design Week, World Creative Design Forum’

2003
Type: Key note speaker
Venue: Bloomberg, London, UK

Refuge Wear and other works

2003
Type: Speaker
Venue: Gallery 101, Ottawa, Canada

Women in Design Symposium

2003
Type: Key note speaker
Venue: University Pennsylvania Graduate School Fine Art, Pennsylvania, USA

Public Interventions Symposium

2003
Type: Speaker
Venue: Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa, Venice, Italy

Contemporary Issues

2003
Type: Lecture:
Venue: Kingston University School of Art and Design, Kingston, UK

From Material Things, new geographies of visual culture

2002
Type: Key note speaker
Venue: The British Museum, London, UK

The More Things Change

2001
Type: Key Speaker
Venue: I.D.C.A. International Design Conference Aspen, Aspen, Colorado

Soul of Design

2001
Type: Key Speaker
Venue: Design Academy Eindhoven, Eindhoven, Holland

Generazione delle Immagini, VII Racconti d’Identita

2000
Type: Speaker
Venue: Commune of Milan, Milan, Italy

Architecture Mobile et Nouvelles Cultures Urbaines

1999
Type: Round Table: Odile Decq, Claire Pétetin et Philippe Grégoire, Debis Gaudel, Lucy Orta, Marie-Claude Vachez, Paul Virillio
Venue: École Supérieure de l’Architecture, Paris, France

Awards

EU Funding Culture Programme (Education, Audio visual and Culture Executive Agency) 2007-2013: Co-operation Measures (Strand 1.2.1)

2007

EU-Roma, a survey of Roma housing and culture. EU partners: TAMA Greece; LAN Italy; ATU Romania; LCF UAL London

Arts Council of England, South East: Artist production grant

2004
Common Ground (Greenham Common)

The Wellcome Trust: Sciart research award

2004
Totipotent Architecture

Arts Council of England, East Midlands: Artist production grant

2003
Dwelling X

Henry Moore Foundation: Artists production grant

2003
Dwelling X

AHRC: Small Grants in the Creative and Performing Arts

2003
Dwelling X (Synoecismic Dwelling)

Andy Warhol Foundation Grant

2001
Awarded for the first American solo exhibition and US tour organised by the University of South Florida Contemporary Art Museum, Tampa

Sissel d'Or

1993
Prize for innovation awarded for Habitent - Refuge Wear
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