BIO

Brief Bio:

kori (FKA Sean Miles) is an interdisciplinary and process-based takataapui artist, respectfully doing mahi on sacred Wurundjeri and Boon Wurrung land in Naarm. They are of Maaori (Ngaati Raukawa, Ngaati Ahuru, Tainui/Waikato), Italian, German, Scottish & Anglo-Celtic descent. They predominantly utilise performance, installation, sculpture, photography, video and poetry as mediums to explore/articulate ideas, knowledge and stories.

kori’s practice is guided by the stories of Maaui—the trickster demigod of Maaori mythology—and how Maaui’s clever wit combined with the powers of shape-shifting and interdimensional travel are used to undermine structural authority and cause a paradigm shift in power distribution - a social and systemic change that benefits those with less privilege and access. kori manifests visions that confront the ongoing damage of colonial and heteronormative social structures, whilst concurrently fostering a space for contemplation on transgression, eroticism, liberation, humour, healing, regeneration and resilience.

Extended Bio:

kori (FKA Sean Miles) is an interdisciplinary and process-based takataapui artist, respectfully doing mahi on sacred Wurundjeri and Boon Wurrung land in Naarm. They are of Maaori (Ngaati Raukawa, Ngaati Ahuru, Tainui/Waikato), Italian, German, Scottish & Anglo-Celtic descent. They predominantly utilise performance, installation, sculpture, photography, video and poetry as mediums to explore/articulate ideas, knowledge and stories.

kori’s current practice spurs from an enquiry into the correlations between trickster archetypes in ancient knowledge systems and contemporary queer performativity, attitudes, actions and resistance tactics. Sean holds a particular interest in the stories of Maaui—the trickster demigod of Maaori mythology—and how Maaui’s clever wit combined with the powers of shape-shifting and interdimensional travel are used to undermine structural authority and cause a paradigm shift in power distribution - a social and systemic change that benefits those with less privilege and access.

kori applies simplistic, punk and immediate methods of transformation to at-hand materials and environments as a means to reveal the transformative potential of our everyday make-up. These ritualistic and alchemical-like processes produce objects, costumes and spaces for ceremony to be activated by performance, as an attempt to ~ revive suppressed, reveal hidden and/or generate future ~ folklore.

Inspired by gothic horror and speculative fiction, kori manifests visions that confront the ongoing damage of colonial and heteronormative social structures, whilst concurrently fostering a space for contemplation on transgression, liberation, humour, healing, regeneration and resilience.

CV

Select Exhibitions

2022, ko kori toku ingoa, Blak Dot Gallery, Naarm/Melbourne, Australia
2021,
Killing Time, Issue 44: Time, Runway Journal, Online
2021, The Seventh Seal, SEVENTH Gallery, Naarm/Melbourne, Australia
2020, 226 [with Bon Mott], 226 Gertrude st, Naarm/Melbourne, Australia
2019, Ahi Mahana [with Renee Cosgrave], Sutton Projects, Naarm/Melbourne, Australia

2018, Sulfur Kiss, SEVENTH Gallery, Melbourne

2015, Altered Perspective, First Site Gallery, Naarm/Melbourne, Australia


Select Group Exhibitions

2022, Regen Autonomy, Incinerator Gallery, Naarm/Melbourne
2022,
After us, everything, RM Gallery, Taamaki Makaurau/Auckland, Aotearoa/New Zealand
2022
, WHOLE SELF, Midsumma Festival, Incinerator Gallery, Melbourne
2022, Code Blak, Midsumma Festival, Blak Dot Gallery, Naarm/Melbourne, Australia
2021, THIS., Rising Festival, The Substation, Naarm/Melbourne, Australia
2021, Testing Nights, Testing Grounds, Naarm/Melbourne, Australia
2021, TOYS-’R’-US: Your Teapot is Listening, 2SP Second Space Projects, Naarm/Melbourne, Australia
2020, Hauhake, Objectspace, Taamaki Makaurau/Auckland, Aotearoa/New Zealand
2020, A Showing of Works by Bon and Sean [with Bon Mott], 226 Gertrude, Naarm/Melbourne, Australia
2020, Shifting Centres, NextWave’s ASSEMBLE!, Testing Grounds, Naarm/Melbourne, Australia
2019, Circular Art Prize, AWARDED SECOND PLACE, Blak Dot Gallery, Naarm/Melbourne, Australia

2019, Playing with Matches, Incinerator Gallery, Naarm/Melbourne, Australia
2019, Pearlescent Verse, SATELITE - Blindside ARI, Naarm/Melbourne Regional Victoria, Regional NSW, Tamaki Makaurau/Auckland, Aotearoa/New Zealand
2019, Midsumma Post Art Prize, AWARDED
SECOND PLACE, No Vacancy, Naarm/Melbourne, Australia
2018, B-SIDE, Blindside ARI, Naarm/Melbourne, Australia

2018, Queer Blak Futurisms, Blak Dot Gallery, Naarm/Melbourne, Australia
2018, Cattle and Cane, The Dirty Dozen (Campbell Arcade), Naarm/Melbourne, Australia

2017, Connectedness, Blak Dot Gallery, Naarm/Melbourne, Australia

2017, Home Alone, Fairy Floss Real Estate ARI, Naarm/Melbourne, Australia
2016, Revision, George Paton Experimental Art Space, Naarm/Melbourne, Australia
2015, Colour Sample, Meyers Place Art Space, Naarm/Melbourne, Australia
2014, RMIT LIGHTSCAPES, White Night, Naarm/Melbourne, Australia


Performances

2022, Thin Red Lines, Brunswick Artists Bar, Naarm/Melbourne, Australia
2022, ko kori toku ingoa, Blak Dot Gallery, Naarm/Melbourne, Australia
2022
, birdsongs, A Space is Held, Trcadero ARI, Bluestone Church Arts Space, Naarm/Melbourne, Australia
2022, Out, in, out, in, out, in, out, in, out, in, Out, in, out, in, out, in, out, Out, out, out, out, Performance Review presents: CONTACT HIGH, Gertrude Glasshouse, Naarm/Melbourne, Australia
2021
, THIS., Rising Festival, The Substation, Naarm/Melbourne, Australia

2021, A Showing of Performace by Bon and Sean, 226 Gertrude st, Naarm/Melbourne, Australia
2020, FEVER DREAMS [with Manisha Anjali and Suki Florence], OneOnOne, Instagram LIVE performance, Online
2020, I’M A VEGETARIAN BUT SOMETIMES I EAT RICH PEOPLE [with Manisha Anjali], OneOnOne, Instagram LIVE performance, Online
2020, Ngā mata o te ariki, o Tāwhirimātea [Revised], Performance Speech for Bon Mott’s exhibition Intergalactic Plasma: A Way Back to go Forward, Richmond Town Hall, Naarm/Melbourne, Australia
2020, Ngā mata o te ariki, o Tāwhirimātea, Side Gate ARI, Naarm/Melbourne, Australia
2020, Raising Hell [Iteration no. 2], Kings ARI, Naarm/Melbourne, Australia

2019, Raising Hell [Iteration no. 1], Moana Nui-a-Kiwa, Firstdraft, Warrane/Sydney, Australia
2019, Weird on Top [with Bon Mott], Incinerator Gallery, Naarm/Melbourne, Australia

2019, Hybrid Festival with Kotare + Ngati Kangaru, Naarm/Melbourne, Australia
2019, Is My Body Out of Date? The Drag of Physicality in the Digital Age - Episode 3 + 4, with Elly Clarke, Bon Mott & Sergina, Body of Knowledge Conference, Deakin University, Naarm/Melbourne, Australia + Cambridge University, UK
2019, Powertrip [Performance intervention with Bon Mott], Gasometer Hotel, Melbourne

2019, Kai a te ahi!, Sutton Projects, Naarm/Melbourne, Australia
2019, Kereru, No Vacancy QV, Naarm/Melbourne, Australia
2018, SINKHOLE by Jess Gall, Rebecca Jensen & Arini Byng, RMIT Design Hub + Irene Rose Gallery, Naarm/Melbourne, Australia
2018, Atlas of the Living World by Alicia Frankovich, RMIT Design Hub, Naarm/Melbourne, Australia

2018, Sulfur Kiss, SEVENTH Gallery, Naarm/Melbourne, Australia
2017, Kanohi ki te kanohi by Tyson Cambell, RMIT School of Art, Naarm/Melbourne, Australia

2017, Standard Length of a Miracle by Goldin + Senneby, ACCA, Naarm/Melbourne, Australia

2016, Untitled (Fountain), VCA Student Gallery, Naarm/Melbourne, Australia

Residencies/Workshops

2022,
ADAM Artist’s Lab, Taipei Performing Arts Centre (TPAC), Taiwan
2021-22,
Emerging Creative Leaders, Footscray Community Arts Centre, Naarm/Melbourne, Australia
2021, Knowledge of Wounds - Course: IndigiQueer Poetics: Desire, Flesh, Memory. Facilitated by Ellen van Neerven, Joshua Whitehead, Joseph M. Pierce, S.J Norman, Online
2020, Creative Development Program, Testing Grounds, Naarm/Melbourne, Australia
2020,
[Re]Imagining Indigenous Futures: An Education Program Towards Revolution, Kei Te Pai Press, Online
2020, Dual Existence, Instagram Residency faciliated by Kate Stodart, Online
2019, Time, After Time: A Reenactment Workshop with Camila Galaz,  Facilitated by Free Association for Channels Festival, Schoolhouse Studios, Naarm/Melbourne, Australia
2019, Bundoora Homestead Arts Centre Studio Residency, Naarm/Melbourne, Australia
2019, Makeshift: Writing & Dance Workshop with Nayuka Gorrie and Bhenji Rah, Artshouse, Naarm/Melbourne, Australia
2018, Neutron Star with La Pocha Nostra, 2SP Second Space Projects, Naarm/Melbourne, Australia


Education

2016, Bachelor of Art (Fine Art) (Honours), Victorian College of the Arts, Naarm/Melbourne, Australia

2014, Bachelor of Art (Fine Art), RMIT University, Naarm/Melbourne, Australia
2010, Certificate III in Media, NMIT, Naarm/Melbourne, Australia

Curatorial Projects

2022, ko kori toku ingoa, Blak Dot Gallery, Naarm/Melbourne, Australia
2020, Strange Uncertain Times, Grey Gardens Gallery, Naarm/Melbourne, Australia
2020, Rain Dance ¬  A Bushfire Relief Fundraiser, Grey Gardens Gallery, Naarm/Melbourne, Australia

Writing

2022,
No no no mag 2. published by No More Poetry, Naarm/Melbourne, Australia
2021, THIS., Rising Festival, The Substation, Naarm/Melbourne, Australia
2020
, Revolting Smells [Excerpt from Workshop], SEVENTH Gallery Mailout Project, Naarm/Melbourne, Australia
2020, YOUVE_GOT_ME_:), Chainmail dispersed from NextWave’s mailing list for ASSEMBLE!, Online

Media

2020, Artist talk with Bon and Sean, 226 Gertrude, Melbourne
[https://vimeo.com/showcase/8025820]
2020
, Queer(y)ing Creative Practice: An evening in Hell [with Bon Mott], Bus Projects Radio, Faciliated by Zoe Bastian
[https://www.mixcloud.com/BusProjects/queerying-creative-practice-sean-miles-and-bon-mott/


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