Tessa Zettel is an artist, writer and design educator working to imagine and enact other ways of living. Her projects use collaborative and participatory processes to make visible contested histories and possible futures. They often bring forms of exchange, mapping and publishing to overlooked cultural practices and knowledge.
Ongoing projects include Plan Bienen (a speculative investigation of beekeeping and post-monetary economies in Berlin) and Making Time (a travelling food preserving kitchen). She is currently based at Institute for Provocation in Beijing, researching a new work about extinction and the more-than-human city. She is (or has been) part of collective ventures Cloudship Press, Weathering, (no)action(no)space, Yurt Empire, The Librarium, and Summer School for Applied Autonomy, and was a co-founder of Makeshift, whose site-based works were exhibited in such places as If you were to live here… 5th Auckland Triennial (Fresh Gallery, Auckland) and In the Balance: Art for a Changing World (Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney). When in Sydney she teaches at the University of Technology Sydney.