Lucy Orta

Born in Great Britain (1966).

Lucy Orta investigates the boundaries between the body and architecture, exploring their common social factors, communication and identity to realise sculptural and performative work, across a diverse range of media. Her emblematic projects include: Refuge Wear and Body Architecture (1992–1998), portable, lightweight and autonomous survival habitats; Nexus Architecture and Connector, textile sculptures that shape modular and collective structures; Life Guards (2004–ongoing), reflects on the body as a metaphorical supportive framework; and Genius Loci (2012-ongoing), explores the body and its relation to memory and place.

Lucy’s work has been the focus of major exhibitions at the Musée d’art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, France (1994); Weiner Secession, Austria (1999); Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Australia (1999); University of South Florida Contemporary Art Museum, USA, for which she received the Visual Arts Award from the Andy Warhol Foundation (2001); and at the Barbican Centre, London (2005). She is the youngest female artist to be published in the Phaidon Press contemporary artist collection (2003). Lucy co-founded the Studio Orta with her partner the Argentine artist Jorge Orta, in 1992. They have worked in partnership since 2005 under the co-authorship Lucy + Jorge Orta.

In acknowledgement of her innovative socially engaged research practice Lucy Orta was nominated as Head of Man & Humanity, a pioneering master program for sustainable design, which she cofounded with Li Edelkoort at the Design Academy Eindhoven, in 2002. She has been a Professor at London College of Fashion since 2002 and is currently the Chair of Art and the Environment at the University of the Arts London, where she founded the Art for the Environment Artist in Residency Program. In recognition of her academic contribution to the visual arts, she has received an honorary Master of Arts from Nottingham Trent University and an honorary Doctor of Letters from the University of Brighton.

Academic

University of the Arts London

2013

Post: Chair of Art and the Environment. Member of Centre for Sustainable Fashion
Site: http://sustainable-fashion.com/about/

University of Brighton

2010

Post: Honorary degree of Doctor of Letters
Site: http://www.brighton.ac.uk/

London College of Fashion, University of the Arts London

2008

Post: Professor of Art, Fashion and the Environment
Site: http://www.arts.ac.uk/fashion/

European Cultural Parliament

2008

Post: Member
Site: http://www.kulturparlament.com/

Nottingham Trent University

2007

Post: Honorary Degree Master of Fine Art, School of Art and Design
Site: http://www.ntu.ac.uk/

University of the Arts London

2006

Post: Member, Fashion Body and Material Culture Research Centre
Site: http://www.fashion.arts.ac.uk/23630.htm

London College of Fashion, University of the Arts London

2005

Post: Research coordinator, Artefact Hub
Site: http://www.arts.ac.uk/fashion/

University of Edinburgh

2004

Post: Particiapnt, ARHB/EPSRC's 'Designing in the 21st Century'

London College of Fashion (University of the Arts London)

2002

Post: Rootstein Hopkins Chair of Fashion, Professor
Site: http://www.fashion.arts.ac.uk/15382.htm

Design Academy Eindhoven

2002

Post: Founding member and Head of Man & Humanity, Master in Industrial Design
Site: http://www.designacademy.nl

Edinburgh College of Art

2000

Post: Virtual Research Fellow in Fine Art

E.N.S.A.D. (École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs)

1999

Post: Head of Fashion & Costume
Site: http://www.ensad.fr

Nottingham Trent Polytechnic

1995

Post: Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Fashion Knitwear Design

Conferences - Workshops

Design for Emergency

2021

Type: Online in conversation with Singgih Susilo Kartono, Michael Pinsky
Venue: UAL CSM Material Futures, UK

Antarctica in Sight

2020

Type: Online symposium with Ken Arnold (Creative Director, Wellcome Collection); Prem Gill (British Antarctic Survey & WWF); Camilla Nichol (Chief Exec UK Antarctic Heritage Trust)
Venue: Celcius in partnership with UK Antarctic Heritage Trust, UK
Site: https://mansionsofthefuture.org/events/celsius/

World Hope Forum

2020

Type: Webinar key note
Site: https://worldhopeforum.org/manifesto

The Environmental Dilemma: Why is Residency Practice Important?

2020

Type: Online in conversation with Marco Maria
Venue: Res Artis, UK
Site: https://youtu.be/eUXot7pyshw

Fashion between Art and History for Polimoda "Out of Fashion"

2019

Type: Lecture
Venue: Gianfranco Ferré Foundation, Milan, Italy
Site: http://www.connectingcultures.it/

Art for a Sustainable World

2018

Type: Conversation with Alice Audouin
Venue: Silencio, Paris, France
Site: http://www.silencio-club.com/en

Can Design Save Us?

2018

Type: Keynote Speaker
Venue: Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein, Germany
Site: https://www.design-museum.de/en/information/calendar/events/victor-papanek-exhibition-programme.html

The Current Convening #3: Tabu / Tapu – Who Owns the Ocean?

2018

Type: Keynote Performance
Venue: Nanyang Technological University, Centre for Contemporary Art, Singapore, Singapore
Site: http://ntu.ccasingapore.org/events/convening-3/

The Commoners' Society

2018

Type: Workshop
Venue: Sandberg Instituut, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Site: https://sandberg.nl/temporary-programme-the-commoners-society-team

Fondations et artistes engagés : un cheminement partagé

2017

Type: Roundtable: François Hers, Isabelle Le Galo, Olivier Darné
Venue: Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature, Paris, France
Site: http://www.projetcoal.org/coal/2017/10/26/prix-coal-2017-annonce-des-dix-finalistes/

Kids Creative Lab

2017

Type: Workshop
Venue: Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice, Italy
Site: http://kidscreativelab.ovs.it/workshop/lucy-jorge-orta.html

Performing the City

2017

Type: Public Summit
Venue: NTU Centre for Contemporary Art, Singapore
Site: http://ntu.ccasingapore.org/events/summit/

CYCLE 'ART : GENRE FÉMININ'. Women House : la maison, un espace féminin ?

2017

Type: Roundtable: Lucy Orta, Lucia Pesapane, Nil Yalter
Venue: La Monnaie de Paris, Paris, France
Site: https://awarewomenartists.com/nos_evenements/cycle-art-genre-feminin/

Art of Environmental Justice in an Expanded Field

2017

Fashion Systems and Global Perspectives

2016

Type: Public Lecture
Venue: The New School - Parsons Paris, Paris, France
Site: http://www.newschool.edu/parsons-paris/

Studio Orta - Food Water Life

2013

Type: Public Lecture
Venue: Wesleyan University Centre for the Arts, Wesleyan, USA
Site: http://www.wesleyan.edu/creativecampus/crossingdisciplines/feettothefire/eventsandexhibitions/orta.html

Creative Time Summit

2013

Type: Presentation
Venue: NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, New York, USA
Site: http://creativetime.org/summit/

TEDx WWF

2013

Type: Keynote Speaker
Venue: Sofitel, Abu Dhabi, Unites Arab Emirates
Site: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8bCVjXUafqw

Studio Orta - Food Water Life

2012

Type: Public Lecture
Venue: School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, USA
Site: http://smfa.edu/index.php?module=newsmodule&action=view&id=1582

Studio Orta

2011

Type: Public Lecture
Venue: San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, USA
Site: http://www.sfai.edu/

Operational Aesthetics

2011

Type: Professorial Platform
Venue: UAL, Chelsea College of Art and Design, London, UK
Site: http://newsevents.arts.ac.uk/event/operational-aesthetics-lucy-orta/

Art, écologie & développement durable

2011

Type: Conference
Venue: Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle, Paris, France
Site: http://www.mnhn.fr/museum/foffice/transverse/transverse/accueil.xsp

Women, Ecology and Art. Artistic glances to the environment from the feminine

2011

Type: Conference
Venue: Facultat de Belles Artes, Barcelona, Spain

22nd International Sculpture Conference

2010

Type: Conference
Venue: Kings Place, London, UK
Site: http://www.sculpture.org/

Klimakapseln (Climate Capsules)

2010

Type: Symposium
Venue: HFBK - University of Fine Arts Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany
Site: http://www.hfbk-hamburg.de

Lucy + Jorge Orta: Water, Food, Antarctica and other projects

2010

Type: Keynote Speaker
Venue: Adelaide Festival, Adelaide, Australia

Rising to the Climate Challenge: Artists and Scientists Imagine Tomorrow's World

2010

Type: Symposium
Venue: Tate Modern in collaboration with the Royal Society, London, UK
Site: http://channel.tate.org.uk/#media:/media/85119754001/84648297001&list:/media/85119754001

Lucy Orta

2009

Type: Public Lecture
Venue: Plymouth Arts Centre, Plymouth, UK
Site: http://www.plymouthartscentre.org/

Berlin unplugged or reconnected?

2009

Type: Conference
Venue: Hamburger Bahnhof Museum fuer Gegenwart, Berlin, Germany
Site: http://www.chead.ac.uk/berlin2009.html

Body Architecture

2009

Type: Public Lecture
Venue: University of Michigan, School of Art & Design, Ann Arbor, USA
Site: http://art-design.umich.edu

Culture, Media and Democracy

2008

Type: Presentation
Venue: European Cultural Parliament, Liverpool, UK
Site: http://www.antjewessels.de

Remote Habitats (This is Tomorrow - Urban Utopias, Dystopias and Heteropias)

2008

Type: Lecture, discussion
Venue: MIT Visual Arts, Massachusetts, USA
Site: http://web.mit.edu/vap/

Embodied Energy

2008

Type: In Conversation: Jon Snow, Prue Lang and Professor Lucy Orta
Venue: London Festival of Architecture, London, UK
Site: http://www.grimshaw-architects.com/embodiedenergy.htm

OrtaWater

2008

Type: Public Lecture
Venue: Reed College, Portland, Oregon, USA
Site: http://web.reed.edu/gallery/

Orta & de Cordier – Art on expedition

2008

Type: Public lecture
Venue: Vlaams Cultuurhuis de Brakke Grond, Amsterdam, Holland
Site: http://www.brakkegrond.nl/

Refuge Wear / Body Architecture

2007

Type: Artist Talk
Venue: School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, USA
Site: http://www.saic.edu/art_design/vap/index.html#current_series

Antarctic Village / OrtaWater

2007

Type: Keynote Speaker
Venue: C6 Symposium: New Green World, Art for a Sustainable Ecological Conciousness, Chicago, USA
Site: http://symposiumc6.com/speakers/orta

Antarctic Village

2007

Type: Conference
Venue: École nationale supérieure des beaux-arts, Paris, France
Site: http://www.ensba.fr/actualites/actualites.asp

Greenham Common - Lucy Orta and John Schofield

2007

Type: Conversation Lecture series, published paper
Venue: Arnolfini, Bristol, UK
Site: http://www.situations.org.uk/research_research_resource_situations_papers.htm

D-Form_Emotive Nexus

2006

Type: Workshop
Venue: 9th Havana Biennale, La Habana Vieja, Cuba
Site: http://www.studio-orta.com/dform_project/

Emergency Design, International Symposium

2006

Type: Keynote Speaker
Venue: Institut für Designforschung Hochschule für Gestaltung und Kunst Zürich, Zurich, Switzerland
Site: http://www.emergencydesign.hgkz.ch/

OrtaWater 02

2006

Type: Lecture / Workshop
Venue: Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam, Holland
Site: http://www.fluidarchitecture.net

Nexus Architecture

2006

Type: Lecture
Venue: Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles, USA

The Design of Prosperity: OrtaWater

2006

Type: Keynote Speaker
Venue: The Boras Summit on the Design of Change and Innovation, Boras, Sweden
Site: http://www.thedesignofprosperity.se/speakers.asp?id=6

Refuge Wear

2005

Type: Lecture
Venue: Politecnico di Torino, Department of Architecture, Turin, Italy

Body Architecture

2005

Type: Lecture
Venue: Royal College of Art, London, UK

OrtaWater 01

2005

Type: Masterclass
Venue: Fabrica, The Benetton Group communication research centre, Trevisso, Italy
Site: http://www.fluidarchitecture.net

Challenging the Frame

2004

Type: Keynote speaker
Venue: 8th ELIA (European League of Institutes of the Arts), Luzern, Switzerland
Site: http://www.elia-artschools.org/conference/keynotes.htm

Fashion on the Edge

2004

Type: Keynote Speaker / Workshop
Venue: ARTEZ School of the Arts / Musis Sacrum, Arnhem, Holland
Site: http://www.artez-academiearnhem.nl/index.cfm?nieuwe_taal_id=2

Dwelling X

2004

Type: Public Lecture
Venue: Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, Sunderland, UK

Nomad + Object, portable technology for erratic habitats’

2004

Type: Key note speaker
Venue: University of Rome La Sapienza, Faculty of Architecture, Rome, Italy

Dwelling X, Lucy Orta & Aran Chadwick in conversation

2004

Type: Public Lecture chaired by Professor Colin Fournier
Venue: RIBA (Royal Institute for British Architects), London, UK

Body Architecture

2004

Type: Lecture
Venue: Central Saint Martins School of Design, London, UK

Art04 Arts Council North West & BBC, chaired by Alain Yentob

2004

Type: Keynote speaker
Venue: Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester, UK

Architecture Dialogues: Architectural Bodies, Reflective Spaces and Responsive Materials

2003

Type: Keynote speaker
Venue: Whitney Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA

Nomades in Residence: Body Architecture, Between Intervention and Survival

2003

Type: Moderated discussion: Lucy Orta & Catarina Leitao
Venue: Van Allen Institute, New York, USA

Public and Community Art

2003

Type: Keynote speaker
Venue: Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia

Dwelling Project

2003

Type: Keynote Speaker / Workshop
Venue: University of Minnesota Design Institute & School of Architecture, Minnesota, USA

London Design Week, World Creative Design Forum

2003

Type: Keynote speaker
Venue: Bloomberg, London, UK

Refuge Wear and other works

2003

Type: Speaker
Venue: Gallery 101, Ottawa, Canada

Women in Design Symposium

2003

Type: Keynote speaker
Venue: University Pennsylvania Graduate School Fine Art, Pennsylvania, USA

Public Interventions Symposium

2003

Type: Speaker
Venue: Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa, Venice, Italy

Contemporary Issues

2003

Type: Lecture
Venue: Kingston University School of Art and Design, Kingston, UK

From Material Things, new geographies of visual culture

2002

Type: Key note speaker
Venue: The British Museum, London, UK

The More Things Change

2001

Type: Keynote Speaker
Venue: I.D.C.A. International Design Conference Aspen, Aspen, Colorado

Soul of Design

2001

Type: Keynote Speaker
Venue: Design Academy Eindhoven, Eindhoven, Holland

Generazione delle Immagini, VII Racconti d’Identita

2000

Type: Speaker
Venue: Commune of Milan, Milan, Italy

Architecture Mobile et Nouvelles Cultures Urbaines

1999

Type: Round Table: Odile Decq, Claire Pétetin, Philippe Grégoire, Debis Gaudel, Lucy Orta, Marie-Claude Vachez, Paul Virillio
Venue: École Supérieure de l’Architecture, Paris, France

Awards

Arts Council National Lottery Project Grants

2019

Raft of the Medusa

Arts Council of England. Grant for the Arts

2013

Clouds: The Raft of the Medusa. The completion of work for a solo exhibition at Yorkshire Sculpture Park and a program of public learning and professional development for young artists. 

EU Culture Programme Co-operation Measures (Strand 1.2.1)

2007

EU-Roma, a survey of Roma housing and culture. EU partners: TAMA Greece; LAN Italy; ATU Romania; UAL London. EU Culture Programme (Education, Audio visual and Culture Executive Agency) 2007-2013: 

Arts Council of England, South East: Artist production grant

2004

Common Ground (Greenham Common)

The Wellcome Trust: Sciart research award

2004

Totipotent Architecture

Arts Council of England, East Midlands: Artist production grant

2003

Dwelling X

Henry Moore Foundation: Artists production grant

2003

Dwelling X

AHRC: Small Grants in the Creative and Performing Arts

2003

Dwelling X (Synoecismic Dwelling)

Andy Warhol Foundation Grant

2001

Awarded for the first American solo exhibition and US tour organised by the University of South Florida Contemporary Art Museum, Tampa

Sissel d'Or

1993

Prize for innovation awarded for Habitent - Refuge Wear