Amelia Kalifa is a multi-skilled installation artist working across design, making and facilitation with a focus on interactive art. Building on a foundation in community arts and education, she is interested in creating engaging and transformative experiences through arts practice and works across medium and form to achieve this.
Her most recent installation The Whispering Wood (The Planting Festival 2015) used interactive technology to create a touch-sensitive tree that played community contributed audio exploring our worries, hopes and dreams. The act of listening to the tree was described as tuning into the universe and hearing all of its secrets – a process that blurred the lines between audience and artist.
This idea of folding community back in on itself in surprising and playful ways is central to Amelia’s practice. Her work seeks to engage communities as artists and explorers, providing experiences that facilitate collaboration and connection building.
Although Amelia has significant experience working with children and young people, she is also interested in work that brings out the playfulness in all of us. The Music Box (State Library of Queensland, 2013) and Connect The Dots, Burning Man Festival, USA, 2013) both invite participants of all ages to contribute, play and connect.