Ally Bisshop is a Berlin-based artist, writer and researcher, originally from Meanjin (Brisbane), Australia.
Her research and process-driven practice combines sculpture, sound, text, film, dialogue and image. Taking inspiration from subjects as varied as science/science fiction, mythology, process philosophy and nonhuman encounters, her work is an exploration of materiality as movement: experimenting with intensive variations in organic, geologic and temporal processes, and testing the porous categories of life/nonlife.
She studied microbiology at the University of Queensland (B.Sc. Hons 1).
She studied visual art practice in the Faculty of Art & Design, University of New South Wales Sydney, and at the Universität der Künste, Berlin, through Olafur Eliasson’s Institut für Räumexperimente.
In 2018 she completed her practice-based PhD in visual arts (UNSW National Institute for Experimental Arts), with an exploration of more-than-human artistic techniques active in process-driven praxis. Her doctoral thesis, ‘Articulating thresholds: artistic techniques for more-than-human sensitivities’, is available here.
In 2013, she undertook a formative research residency at the Senselab laboratory for thought in motion in Montreal (founded by Erin Manning), and has participated in multiple Senselab events. In 2014, she was a participant in the inaugural Anthropocene Campus at HKW Berlin: a scene-defining event for transdisciplinary approaches to the wicked problem(s) of the Anthropocene.
Since 2017, she has been an associate researcher within the Arachnophilia community initiated through Studio Tomás Saraceno.