Other Projects is a collaborative venture between Brisbane-based artists Marcel Daniels and Daniel Herberg. Working together since 2010, their shared practice focuses on exploring the notion of dialogues, and in particular, the complexities and paradoxes inherent in cross-cultural discourses. They specifically work within the ‘grey areas’ that arise from these positions; in which there exists a perpetual tension, a space of indeterminacy. By embracing a post-medium approach to art-making the duo critically and creatively analyse this position to raise questions about the various codes and formulas of representation, perception, otherness, language, value systems and identity.
The duo began working together while sharing a studio space at university. They discovered that they shared creative interests, personal backgrounds, and the desire to explore aspects of socialisation, culturalisation and diasporic experiences.
Daniels is of South African heritage, specifically Capetonian, and Cape Coloured (mixed race). In 1978 his parents immigrated to New Zealand to escape the oppressive Apartheid regime, since then moving frequently to various parts of Australia and overseas. These diasporic experiences and the nuances of racial and cultural hybridity, coupled with interests in the trajectories of postcolonial debates, have formed the conceptual foundations of his practice to explore notions of identity, race, ethnicity and otherness alongside questions of locality, nationality, and transnationality.
Herberg was born in Australia but lived in Sweden from two to thirteen years old, after which, his family moved back to Australia. These experiences have informed his individual practice, primarily through ideas of translation that are directly linked to his bilingual experiences, subjectification and shifts in cultural codes, and spaces of indeterminacy through experiences of being in-between cultures. In these ways, the pair’s individual interests, experiences and practice intersect with each others’ and become fundamental to the ways they make and analyse in a discursive, poly-vocal space as part of their collaborative practice.
WORK WITH METRO ARTS //
2013 Artists in Residence, Exhibitions Program / The Changing Standards of Dialogue