Inneke Taalman and Nicole Clift, Tandem Projects

Cultural Heart

Meet our dedicated city creatives, and learn how they are navigating and finding ways to stay creative and connected in the wake of COVID-19.

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Tandem Projects is the collaborative practice between Adelaide-based artists Inneke Taalman and Nicole Clift.

"Through Tandem Projects we ruminate on our twin interests in site, movement, time, space and language through the lens of public space and collaboration itself."

This joint venture is our way of not only combining our multidisciplinary individual practices, spanning video, sculpture, textile, sound and installation outcomes but also to extend our research into new fields, bringing other creators into the project.

For us, the process of collaboration is always an active element and in many ways our work is a conversation between two people.

What has been your experience over the last few months?

The past few months have been both trying and liberating, in the facilitation of work. Our project ‘…tilted gazing…’ was generated from conversations around public space and a noticeable slowing down of time during the COVID-19 pandemic. The simultaneous pull to keep working and show resilience and also to cease activity in order to properly reflect on how we operate on a personal, professional and political level was felt strongly.

‘…tilted gazing…’ provided a way for us to continue reflecting on bigger concepts and keep in touch with fellow artists, such as Chase, which conversely helped to keep us grounded while the world was an unsafe environment on several levels.

What do you hope to see happen next in the City of Adelaide?

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic and the call for change on a number of fronts (civil, environmental etc), we look forward to the City of Adelaide (and beyond) prioritising support for the conditions under which art is made (studios, equipment, time) over outcomes. Reinforcing trust in its artists and makers by providing funded studios, grants for equipment and support for experimental/fringe/ephemeral practices and in turn the venues that support them.

Where can we see more of your work?

On Instagram: Tandem Projects, Nicole Clift and Inneke Taalman.

Image (top): ...tilted gazing..." (excerpt from Adrienne Rich’s poem ‘Hubble Photographs: After Sappho’ (2005), [2 video stills] Nicole Clift and Inneke Taalman (tandem projects), 2020, video, the gallery. Photo credit Rosina Possingham.

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foldback in The Scene is the Seen at Holy Rollers gallery, Nicole Clift and Inneke Taalman (tandem projects), 2019, video, sound, custom plinth, the gallery. Photo credit Sam Roberts.