Claire Oboussier

Born in London in 1963, Claire Oboussier was placed in foster care at birth and subsequently adopted the same year by her parents, an architect and a musician. Brought up in Devon, Oboussier went on to study French in the School of African and Asian Studies at the University of Sussex,  graduating in 1986. She met and married Vong Phaophanit during a year studying in Paris in 1985. In 1991 Oboussier was awarded the Dyment and Thomas Scholarship for Doctoral Research in the Arts and Humanities at the University of Bristol where she taught French Feminist Literature and Theory and set up and ran the Interdisciplinary Critical Theory seminar for faculty. Her doctoral thesis was on French critical theory in the visual field. Completed in 1995, it explored the poetic and theoretical intersections of the visual and verbal realms.

Alongside her academic and critical writing Oboussier maintained a studio practice using a range of media from the written/spoken word to film, sound and sculptural elements. From 1998-2002 she was a member of the Executive Committee for the pioneering magazine MAKE which provided a platform for under-represented women’s art practice, subsequently becoming an editorial advisor. During these years she also worked experimentally with digital images and sounds from prisons for a multi-screen installation entitled ‘Doing Time’. Oboussier has been an invited speaker at symposia internationally and also written extensively on, and in parallel with, Phaophanit’s work, collaborating with him on the film ‘All that’s solid melts into air (Karl Marx)’ and the book ‘Atopia’ for which she wrote the texts.

Throughout her early career Oboussier maintained a close creative dialogue with Phaophanit and they frequently collaborated on projects together. From the late 1990s the duo began the process of formally unifying their practices and went on to create their shared studio.

C.V

Born: 1963, London.

Lives and works in London, UK.

 

Education

1990-1995

PhD, French critical theory in the visual field/Philosophy, University of Bristol, UK.

1991-1995

Dyment and Thomas Scholarship for Doctoral Research in the Arts and Humanities, University of Bristol, UK.

1981-1985

BA. Hons, French Literature/cultural theory, University of Sussex, UK.

 

Exhibitions / Commissions

Current             

Wild Way, Competition winners for major public commission, Hyde Park Corner, London. Commissioned by Grosvenor and HSH. Art consultant: Modus Operandi.

In Other Words, Cambridge Assessments HQ (Eric Parry Architects), University of Cambridge, UK. Commissioned by the University of Cambridge. Art consultant: Commission Projects.

White Neon Figure, Faculty of Islamic Studies, Doha, Qatar. Commissioned by the Faculty of Islamic Studies. Art consultant: Artscape Management.

2015

IT IS AS IF, Block 336 Gallery, London. Commissioned by the Wellcome Trust.

The Line, Walmar House (RFK Architects), Regent Street, London, UK. Commissioned by Great Portland Estates. Art consultant: Artscape Management.

Dream House, Ïce Towers (architectsAlliance), Toronto, Canada. Commissioned by Lanterra. Winner of the ICE Public Art Project. Art consultant: Public Art Management, Toronto.

2013               

Apart we are together, Singapore Biennale. In association with Singapore Art Museum, Singapore.

Red Fringe, Parkside Place, Cambridge, UK. Commissioned by Grosvenor. Art consultant: Artscape Management.

2012

Light Veils, Weymouth Esplanade, Weymouth, UK. Public commission for the 2012 Olympic Games. Commissioned by Weymouth and Portland Borough Council. Art consultant: workingpArts.

Weir, Toronto, Canada. Finalist for the Pier 27 Public Art Project. Art consultant: Public Art Management, Toronto.

2011

Mute Meadow, Derry~Londonderry, Northern Ireland. Winner of the ‘Foyle Public Art Project’. Commissioned by Ilex. Art consultant: Arts Council, Northern Ireland.

Coronium, The Kilden New Performing Arts Centre, Kristiansand, Norway. Commissioned by KORO. Art consultant: KORO.

2010

‘Outside In’, SW1 Gallery, London. UK.

Canopy of Light, Woolwich Squares, London. Winner of the New Woolwich Squares art commission. Art consultant: Modus Operandi.

2009 

Light Curtain, Hull Truck Theatre building (Wright + Wright Architects), Hull, UK. Commissioned by Hull Truck Theatre. Art consultant: Andrew Knight.

‘Unreal Asia’, 55th International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, Germany.

The Tropics, the National Gallery of Cape Town. South Africa.

Light Skin, Olympic Energy Centre, London. Art consultant: CIA art consultants.

2008

‘All that’s solid melts into air’ (Karl Marx)’ , The Light Box, Tate Britain, London, UK. Commissioned by The Quiet In The Land. Tate Collection.

The Tropics, Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin, Germany.

Northern Light, winning artists for the Channel 4 Big Art Project, Belfast, Northern Ireland.

All the world is two, Broadmead, Bristol, UK. Commissioned by Bristol Alliance. Art consultant: Insite Arts.

Vocal Chords, winning artists for Thomas Tallis School commisson, London UK. Art consultant: Modus Operandi.

2007 

Topography of Dreams, temporary public commission for Birmingham Festival, Birmingham, UK. Curator: Robin Dobson.

2006 

 The Animators, Arts Council Touring Exhibition:

Angel Row Gallery, Nottingham, UK.

SPACEX Gallery, Exeter, UK.

Ferens Art Gallery, Hull, UK.

‘All that’s solid melts into air (Karl Marx)’, The Royal Palace Museum, Luang Prabang, Lao PDR. Commissioned by The Quiet In The Land. Tate Collection.

2005 

Bay Windows, Herne Bay, UK. Commissioned by Canterbury City Council. Temporary public commission as part of ‘Sparks – Make it Real’ cultural programme. Art consultant: Insite Arts.

Life Lines, Pier Hill, Southend on Sea, UK. Commissioned by Southend City Council. Art consultant: Commissions East. 

Outhouse, Woolton, Liverpool, UK. Commissioned by Liverpool Housing Action Trust / Guinness Trust. Art consultant: Modus Operandi.

Pipe dream, City and Islington College (Wilkinson Eyre Architects), London, UK. Commissioned by City and Islington College. Art consultant: Modus Operandi.

Pools of Light, Consultant artists for the redevelopment of Poole Harbour with Idea Architects and B+B UK Landscapers, Poole Harbour, UK.

Atopia, commissioned art book for DAAD Publications, Berlin, Germany.

1999

Scan, video installation in collaboration with Vong Phaophanit and Greg Pope, commissioned by Rosemary Butcher Dance Company. First shown at Jerwood Gallery, London followed by European Tour. London Film Makers Coop, UK.

1990

Third eye Gallery, Glasgow, Scotland.

1988

Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff, Wales.

1987

Red Herring Gallery, Brighton, UK.

 

Publications / Catalogue Essays

2016

ArtAsiaPacific Almanac 2016

 Catherine Wilon

(http://artasiapacific.com/Magazine/Almanac2016/Laos)

2015

Art Monthly: Issue 387 (June 2015) – ‘Vong Phaophanit and Claire Oboussier: IT IS AS IF’

David Barrett

(http://www.artmonthly.co.uk/magazine/site/issue/june-2015)

(https://reader.exacteditions.com/issues/42845/page/32)

2012

Mute Meadow

http://forecastpublicart.org/public-art-review/current-projects/2012/11/mute-meadow-2/

2010

Exploring Site-specific Art: Issues of Space and Internationalism

Judith Rugg, I.B. Taurus, 2010

(ISBN: 9781848850644)

Art and Asia Pacific Almanac, Volume 5

ArtAsiaPacific Publishing LLC, 2010

2009

The Quiet In The Land (Publication) 

France Morin and John Alan Farmer

The Quiet In The Land Inc. 2009

http://www.thequietintheland.org/

2008

The Tropics: Views from the Middle of the Globe

Goethe-institut / Kerber Art. Berlin, Germany.

2007

Thermocline of art: new Asian waves

Peter Weibel, Gregor Jansen, Museum für Neue Kunst (Karlsruhe, Germany)

ZKM, Center for Art and Media

2006

Sparks – Make it real

InSite Arts Ltd.

(ISBN: 0-9547300-3-8)

The Animators

Angela Kingston

Angel Row Gallery, Nottingham, 2006

(ISBN: 0-905634-76-4)

2003

Atopia

Vong Phaophanit & Claire Oboussier

DAAD Publications, Berlin, Germany.

Sculpture in 20th Century Britain: A guide to sculptors in the Leeds collections
Volume 2 of Sculpture in 20th Century Britain

Penelope Curtis

Henry Moore Institute

‘Vong Phaophanit’ in ’20th Century British Sculpture’

Henry Moore Institute Publications, Leeds, UK.

2002

‘Vong Phaophanit’ in ‘Transmission: Speaking and Listening’

Sheffield Hallam University.

2001

In between

 Wimbledon School of Art Publications, London, UK.

1999

To truly see something we must forget its name

 The Third Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art

Queensland Art Gallery Publications, Australia.

Beyond the future: the third Asia-Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art

Queensland Art Gallery, Australia

(ISBN: 1876509668)

1998

Atopia

 South Bank Publications, London, UK.

1997

Ash and Silk Wall

 Public Art Development Trust Publications, London, UK.

1995

Synaesthesia

WIF Publications.

From Light

 Chambers Publications, Bristol, UK.

Things are the secret folds of my flesh

 De Appel Publications, Amsterdam, Holland.

1994

Synaesthetic Writing

 Nottingham French Studies, vol 33, no.2, (Autumn).

1990

What falls to the ground but can’t be eaten

 Chisenhale Gallery, London, UK.

Teaching / Lectures / Symposia

2013

International Symposium, Oslo, Norway: Art in Public Space: A Critical Perspective

2012

OCAD – Ontario College of Art and Design: The Making of Sense

The Rosewell Lecture: What do artists have to give?

Sussex University Art Lectures: The Making of Sense

2011

Imperial War Museum: ‘Post-Conflict’ Culture: Derry ~ Londonderry

2009

RSA – Royal Society of Arts: The Place of Art

Royal Academy Lectures: Sculpture and Architecture: The Contest to Control Space and Meaning

1995

Chair: International Symposium, University of Bristol: Roland Barthes and the Visual World.

1991-1994

Tutor at University of Bristol, Department of French.

Founded the Interdisciplinary Critical Theory seminar for faculty at The University of Bristol.

 

Panels

2006

Panel member for Birmingham City Hospital new art commissions.

2002-2002

Editorial advisor for MAKE magazine.

1998-2002

Member of Executive Committee for MAKE.