Julieanna Preston and Jen Archer-Martin

Julieanna Preston is a Professor of Spatial Practice at the College of Creative Arts, Massey University, New Zealand. Her research explores the limits of material agency via performative, sculptural, temporal and scholarly works. Often relational and site-specific, her works inquire about the vitality of materials as sites of political protest and ethical exchange. Recent publications and creative works include Stirring Stillness: Aesthetic variations on a concrete plane (8th International Deleuze Studies Conference: Daughters of Chaos [performance, Stockholm, Sweden], Matter: interior surface and feminist actions [book, Spurbuchverlag, 2014], A Reconciliation of Carboniferous Accretions [performance, Industries of Architecture, 2014] and becoming boulder [performance, SCANZ/ Puke Ariki Landing New Plymouth, NZ, 2015].

Jen Archer-Martin is a spatial designer who works collaboratively across disciplines, with a focus on design that facilitates temporary installations, events, performances and exhibitions. Prior to returning to academia she practiced in the various fields of architectural, interior, performance and event design, and brings this industry experience to her teaching and research. An emerging researcher, her work centres around the health and wellbeing of interconnected ecologies, and is closely linked with her teaching through the consideration of the spaces and activities of learning and practicing design. Archer-Martin teaches spatial design studio and research-based papers, as well as cross-disciplinary papers in the areas of critical studies and creative industries at the School of Design, Massey University, Wellington, New Zealand.

BIT-U-MEN-AT-WORK: a desiring machine

Context and reflections on bit-u-men-at-work. This project part of the ASSEMBLY symposium event Program


Exploring empathetic relations between a human body, a road resurfacing machine and bitumen asphalt. This project part of the PASSAGES mobile performance Program