Guy Keulemans is a multidisciplinary designer, artist and researcher. In his studio practice, he produces critical objects informed by history, philosophy and experimental methodology. Major themes are repair, generative processes, and the environmental impacts of production and consumption.
Guy has a research interest in the effects and materialities of threats particular system conditions present to sustainability. He is interested in traditional Japanese culture and aesthetics in relevance to contemporary socio-environmental ecologies, and the relationships between aesthetics and sustainability in regard to hylomorphic thinking in product design. These topics were the subjects of his doctoral thesis and are areas of ongoing research. Guy’s research is interrogated and rebodied through material experimentation and design within his studio practice.
Guy has a Masters in Humanitarian Design from the Design Academy Eindhoven and a PhD from the University of New South Wales’ Art & Design, where he also lectures. He has exhibited in museums and galleries in the Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Poland, including ARS Electronica, the Marres Centre for Contemporary Culture, COCA Torun and Platform 21, and in Australia, at Object, Craft ACT and Craft Victoria. In 2015 Guy was resident artist at JamFactory Contemporary Craft & Design Centre in Adelaide.
His works Terra Rings and One White Cube with collaborator Kyoko Hashimoto are in the permanent collection of the National Gallery of Victoria, acquired in 2017.
Guy was chief investigator on the transformative repair research project Object Therapy, in collaboration with the Australian National University and Hotel Hotel, funded by the ACT Government, Arts NSW and the Molonglo Group, and funded to tour around Australia by a Visions of Australia grant with the Australian Design Centre. His current faculty funded research investigates localised transformative repair practices in regional and metro Australia.