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Elena Knox


Elena Knox is a performing and media artist working across text, sound and image. Her works propose and disrupt embodiments of gender, interrogating how women are performed and perform themselves in the varied media and contexts of our age. 

Knox gained her PhD Media Arts from UNSW Art & Design, researching performativity in gynoid robots and presenting her findings in the solo show of video artBeyond Beyond the Valley of the Dolls at UNSW Galleries in January 2015. She teaches Memory & Self and The Mind Lab at UNSW Art & Design, performs in electronic pop duo Actual Russian Brides, and co-directs production house Lull Studios.

Knox’s video, performance and creative writing have been presented at sites such as Athens Video Art Festival, Façade Videofestival Bulgaria, Akademie der Künste Berlin, Sydney Opera House, Australian Centre for the Moving Image, St Kilda Film Festival, Sydney Underground Film Festival, Sydney and Melbourne Writersʼ Festivals, Women and Theater Program (USA), Centre for Performance Research (UK), Australian Poetry Festival, and Art Currents (USA).

As an actor Knox has appeared for La Pocha Nostra (Mexico/USA) and in Jane Campionʼs Holy Smoke. She has written and performed three solo experimental electro-cabarets. In 2012, her Green Room Award-nominated electro-cabaret Bild-Lilli played a 3-week season at The Malthouse, Melbourne.

Birth place
Gosford, Australia
Period of activity 
from 2004
Other works 

Nemesis Clock, Coffs Harbour Court House atrium, Coffs Harbour, 2015

Telstra Innovation Fund, campaign direction & public audiovisual installation, State of Origin, 2014

Poem projection, AMP Building Circular Quay, Red Room Company for Art and About, City of Sydney, 2007

Bus, Toilet Doors 2004, Red Room Company, Australia-wide, 2004

Crackle, performance art, Sydney Spring Festival of New Music, 1997

Other solo exhibitions 

Beyond Beyond the Valley of the Dolls, video art exhibition, UNSW Galleries, Sydney, 2015 

Bild-Lilli, 1-hour solo self-devised performance, Tower Theatre, Malthouse, Melbourne, 2012

Fleshed Out: an exhibition of video poetry, video art exhibition, Ariel Booksellers, Sydney, 2011

Lapdog, 1-hour solo self-devised performance, Old Fitzroy Theatre, Sydney, 2007

Dis Miss!, 1-hour solo self-devised performance, Sydney Opera House Studio, 2003

Lull, 1-hour solo self-devised performance, Griffin Theatre, The Stables, Sydney, 2001

Other group exhibitions 

Motion, Bega Valley Regional Art Gallery, 2015

Zebra Poetry Film Festival, Berlin, 2014

Film Cunst, Brenda May Gallery, Sydney, 2014

Sync!!, 107 Projects, Sydney, 2014

DisSentience (opening performance), Tin Sheds Gallery, Sydney, 2014

Sizzle, Ensemble Offspring, Sydney, 2014

Sydney Underground Film Festival, 2013

International Streaming Festival, Den Haag, 2013 

Zebra Poetry Film Festival, Berlin, 2012

Down Under Film Festival, Berlin, 2012

Façade Videofestival, Center for Contemporary Art, Plovdiv, Bulgaria, 2011

International Streaming Festival, Den Haag, 2011

Zebra Poetry Film Festival, Berlin, 2010

Queerpixels, Sydney Mardi Gras, 2010

World Aids Day public art program, Athens Central Metro Station, 2010

Athens Video Art Festival, 2009

St Kilda Film Festival, Melbourne, 2009

Literaturwerkstatt showcase, Akademie der Künste, Berlin, 2009

Sydney Underground Film Festival, 2009

This Is Not Art, Newcastle, Australia, 2009

Zebra Poetry Film Festival, Berlin, 2008

Red Hot Shorts, Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI), Melbourne, 2008

Australian Poetry Festival, 2008

Child’s Eye 2030, Art and About, City of Sydney, 2007

Music for the Eyes (tribute to Norman Lindsay), The Studio: Sydney Opera House & Campbelltown Arts Centre, 2006

Music for the Eyes (tribute to Erik Satie), The Studio: Sydney Opera House, 2005

New Media Gallery, Cockatoo Island Festival, Sydney, 2005

The Articulate Practitioner, The Magdalena Project, University of Wales, 2005

The Living Museum of Fetishized Identities, La Pocha Nostra, Performance Space, Sydney, 2004

This Will Only Take a Minute, Phatspace, Sydney, 2004

Awards, collections 
Green Room Award (Innovation in Cabaret) for Bild-Lilli, nominated (2012); Besen Foundation grant for presentation of Bild-Lilli (2012); Australian Postgraduate Award (2011–14); ARC@COFA grant for Fleshed Out (2011); Chiasmus Press ‘Undoing the Novel’, finalist, USA (2008); Australia Council for the Arts, Literature Board, Write In Your Face grant (2008); Australian Embassy Berlin, visiting artist bursary (2008); Sydney Olympic Park Authority, Artists at the Armory residency, Newington Armory (2008); Australian Society of Authors, funded 1 year mentorship (2007); Australia Council for the Arts, Literature Board, Story of the Future grant (2007); Australian Film, Television & Radio School (AFTRS), LAMP residency, Stradbroke Island (2007); Ian Potter Foundation, travel grant, USA (2007); Australia Council for the Arts, New Media Arts Board, Skills and Arts Development grant (2003); Australia Council for the Arts, Theatre Board, Skills and Arts Development grant (2003); Australia Council for the Arts, Literature Board, New Writing grant (2003); Figtree Theatre, residency, UNSW, Sydney (2003); Ian Potter Foundation, travel grant, UK (2003); Playworks, Dramaturgy for Imminent Productions grant (2002); Australia Council for the Arts, Music Board, bUzz grant (2002); Myer Foundation grant (2002); Playworks, Dramaturgy for Promising Scripts grant (2001); Varuna Writers Centre, residency (2001); Ian Reed Foundation Prize for Radio Drama, finalist (1998); Australian Film, Television and Radio School (AFTRS), scriptwriting scholarship (1998); Melbourne National Poet’s Competition, highly commended (1995); ICI Young Playwright of the Year Award, finalist (1994)

Prudence Gibson, Review: Elena Knox, Beyond Beyond the Valley of the Dolls. Das Superpaper, Sydney, 2015,

Prudence Gibson, Live like tomorrow doesn’t exist: Elena Knox’s art, in After the Passions: Object Oriented Ontology, Art and Art Writing. Chapter 8. Doctoral dissertation, School of Arts and Media, UNSW, 2014

Christine Moffat, Review: Elena Knox is Bild-Lilli, Theatre Press, July 23, 2012,

Liza Dezfouli, Bild-Lilli: Lull Studios and Malthouse Theatre, Australian Stage, July 23, 2012,

Robin Usher, All dolled up, this story is one out of the toy box, The Age, July 17, 2012,

Sally Bennett, Barbie's secret history revealed at Malthouse Theatre, June 25, 2012,

Artist Profile, Arts Hub, June 25, 2012,

Dave Bonta, Videopoetry: What Is It, Who Makes It, and Why?, AWP panel: Poetry Video in the Shadow of Music Video—Performance, Document, and Film,
 March 1, 2012, Hilton Hotel, Chicago, <>

Tamryn Bennet, The Kaleidoscope of Visual Poetry: New Approaches to Visual Literacy, English in Australia, Vol 46.3, 2011

Thomas Zandegiacomo Del Bel, Elena Knox, Poetry Film and ZEBRA Poetry Film Festival, Fleshed Out exhibition catalogue, Lull Studios, Green and Gold Press, 2011

Rebecca Conroy, Review: Fleshed Out, The Art Life, January 27, 2012,

Bernadette Burke, Review: Fleshed Out, Arts Hub, September 7, 2011,

Cristyn Davies, Imagining Otherwise: Performance Art as Queer Time and Space, in Queer and Subjugated Knowledges: Generating Subversive Imaginaries, ed. Kerry Robinson, Bentham Books, 2011

South Sydney Herald, Local Author wins ASA mentorship, December 2007/January2008

Clara Iaccarino, A Diva At Your Service, The Sydney Morning Herald, January 1, 2007

Cristyn Davies, Disturbing the Dialectics of the Public Toilet, Hecate: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Women's Liberation, Vol 33.2, 2007,

Lisa-Maree Botticelli, Music for the Eyes, The Program, June 29, 2006

Cristyn Davies, The Poetics of Hip Hop: Elena Knox in dis Miss!, Southerly, Vol 64.1, 2004

Diana Simmonds, Risky Show Business, Sunday Telegraph, March 2, 2003

Stephen Dunne, Review: Lull & The Golden Mullet, Sydney Morning Herald, May 18, 2001