Author Archives: Tina Havelock Stevens





NATURE EXTEMPORIZE is a survey from visual artist, filmmaker and performer/musician Tina Havelock Stevens. With an abiding interest in the ambiguities of human nature and natural forces – and the contradictory relationship between the two – Havelock Stevens acknowledges this in her neon work and immersive audio visual installations.

Havelock Stevens combines her inquisitiveness as an observational filmmaker with the energy and drive of an improvisatory drummer, contemplating the psyche within spaces and channelling the energy and emotion of the sociological and the environmental. These loaded sites, imbued with belief systems, movement, ritual, immediacy, and the autobiographical, extend from the Philippines to the Southwestern United States, and from NYC, to a Surry Hills lounge-room in Sydney. Havelock Stevens draws attention to things that are just there, to feelings and events that we can’t control.

HABITAT: Ways of living

6 March – 19 June, 2021 Canberra Museum and Gallery (CMAG)

Examining imagery alluding to the built environment, HABITAT: Ways of living features works by artists from Canberra and around Australia.

This exhibition reveals ways of living in a variety of environments – from high-rise, high-end apartments, to suburban subdivisions and locations where inhabitants have endured the collapse of their communities. These contemporary artists reveal how the built environment responds to, and is influenced by circumstance. The exhibition tells individual stories of the resilience and imagination of the human spirit.

The featured artists in HABITAT: Ways of living include: Alex Asch, Burchill/McCamley, Miriam Charlie, Sean Davey, David Flanagan, Michal Glikson, Tina Havelock Stevens, Katie Hayne, Mikhaila Jurkiewicz, Waratah Lahy, Hardy Lohse, Catherine O’Donnell, David Paterson, Alan Patterson, Patrice Riboust, Natalie Rosin, Khaled Sabsabi, James Tylor (Possum).

Drum Detroit series/ Chromogenic Colour Photographs/ Metallic – Tina Havelock Stevens – Documentation CMAG, Dorian Photographics

THANK YOU FOR HOLDING/ Carriageworks/ Sydney Festival 2021

A non-linear cinematic film.

Now and then, co-performer Wawn leaves the raft to write numbers, out of order, on the pillars along the space. At other times, Havelock Stevens disappears—sometimes with a thunderous crash and a sudden cut, and sometimes more quietly as she moves behind a pillar—only to reappear somewhere else.

These constant disappearances suggest portals, and the existence other worlds somewhere out there. Sunlight streams in through the windows. The reflections of passing trains sometimes dance across their glass. Yet the focus of Thank You For Holding is firmly introverted—on the feeling of anxiety and uncertainty, and that slow-building pressure in the body – Jane O’Sullivan, 2021