Rachel O'Reilly (AU/NL) is an independent writer, editor and curator.
Rachel's recent research tracks installation artists’ interrogations of the right populist investment in ressentimental politics, in the context of the art industry’s own neoliberal transition, and amidst the ongoing crisis of liberal, non-profit and modern(ist) conventions of aesthetic feeling and governance.
She has wide-ranging interests in cultural theory, media aesthetics, psychoanalysis, political philosophy and economy, a background in comparative literature, and as a curator has specialized in video, film and media art. From 2004-2008 Rachel was a curator of film, video and new media at the Gallery of Modern Art in Brisbane, Australia, and from 2008 Special Projects Consultant to MAAP Multimedia Art Asia Pacific. She was part of the Pacific Rim New Media Summit’s Cultural Futures working group foregrounding postcolonial and indigenous approaches to code, location and virtuality for ISEA 2006, and in book form in Place: Local Knowledge and New Media Aesthetics.
Curatorial projects include The Leisure Class (co-curator) at the Gallery of Modern Art, 2007, staging film, video and installation from the 60s to today in relation to Veblen’s 1899 text; and VideoGround 2008, a MAAP Multimedia Art Asia Pacific curatorial commission of experimental work from Australia and Aotearoa/NZ. She was also part of the Australian Cinematheque curatorial team of the Fifth Asia Pacific Triennial 2006.