Athens Artist In Residence

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Australian Archaeological Institute at Athens (AAIA) Artist in Residence

2018 Recipient: Dr Terumi Narushima

UOW's 2018 Artist in Residence at the AAIA has been awarded to composer, performer and scholar, Dr Terumi Narushima, Senior Lecturer in the Bachelor of Creative Arts - Music. 

"I feel honoured and very excited about the opportunity to spend a month in Athens. I hope that being in an environment surrounded by both ancient and modern Greek culture will lead to new musical discoveries and connections that will advance my practice. I would also like to express my appreciation to Emeritus Professor Diana Wood Conroy for making the AAIA residency possible.”

Terumi's practice as a musician and microtonal tuning theorist means that she is approaching her residency from several perspectives. One of her current Global Challenges research projects is a 3D-printed double helix flute, which is 'somewhat reminiscent of the double reeded instruments depicted on ancient vases.' She notes that 'the study of ancient Greek music has relied extensively on visual artefacts such as paintings of musicians and their instruments on Greek pottery.' 

To further her research, she plans to take advantage of the many excellent museums and collections in Athens. In particular, she is interested in the Museum of Greek Folk Musical Instruments and Research Center for Ethnomusicology, the Hellenic Folklore Research Centre which holds the National Music Collection archive, and the Institute for Research & Acoustics (IEMA) - Greek Music Information and Documentation Centre. 

In the latter instance, Terumi is particularly interested in the Experimental Lab of Musical Instruments. She also hopes to make connections with contemporary cultural organisations such as the Athens Conservatoire. 

Her interest in microtonality means that she is excited to extend 'her understanding of ancient Greek tuning theory, particularly crucial as many of the tuning fundamentals in use today, including mathematical ratios to represent musical intervals and principles for constructing scales based on tetrachords, are derived from ancient Greek theorists such as Pythagoras, Archytas, Aristoxenus and Ptolemy', towards writing new music. 

The University of Wollongong greatly acknowledges the generous sponsorship of Emeritus Professor Diana Wood Conroy.

If you have any questions about the residency, please contact us.   

Previous AAIA residents

2017 Recipient: Robert Howe


An established artist, Robert, who completed a Bachelor of Creative Arts in 2000 and a Master of Creative Arts (Research) in 2013, sees his proposal for Athens as a natural development from previous creative inquiries. His particular interests lie in exploring the emergence and development of modern Greek painting, from the time of the Greek impressionists onward.

Read about Robert's experience in Athens (page 17) >

2016 Recipient: Shelley Webster

Shelley Webster completed a Bachelor of Creative Arts (Honours, Class I) in 2015 and is a current PhD candidate. Having trained in painting and photography, Webster is interested in the ways that images convey knowledge. By incorporating interdisciplinary methods and unconventional techniques, Webster researches different approaches to knowing and perceiving through her practice.

Read about Shelley's experience in Athens (page 20) >

2015 Recipient: Hannah Gee


A 1st class Honours graduate of the Bachelor of Creative Arts (BCA) Visual Arts, Hannah was 2015's recipient of the Artist in Residence award.  Hannah whilst on her month's residency, visited remarkable sites of antiquity and museums, and particularly the opportunity to immerse herself in her own art practice through drawing, animation and video. She also drew a strong parallel between Australia’s Indigenous arts and culture drawing a powerful connection between the arts and cultural experiences of two very different worlds.

Last reviewed: 23 July, 2018