I was recently invited by the UTS Library to be their first artist in residence. Over six months I spent time in the library and with the librarians, creating a number of artistic interventions in the library and artworks exploring the library collection. The residency culminated in the exhibition Shelf Life at the DAB LAB Research Gallery. This website documents some of the research, thoughts, prototypes and artworks that came from this residency.

About the Artist

Chris Gaul studied Visual Communication Design and International Studies at the University of Technology, Sydney and at Yunnan Normal University, Kunming. His work integrates philosophies and methods from art and design to explore the potential for creating moments of contemplation and curiosity in everyday life. In addition to exhibiting his work in group and solo exhibitions he also curates exhibitions, writes and lectures on art and design and teaches in the UTS School of Design.

About the Residency

The UTS Library Artist In Residence Program explores creative methods of discovering and interpreting the collections and services of the UTS Library. Selected artists undertake meaningful, multi-layered cultural explorations of the Library. The artist may be a visual artist, writer, designer, musician, performer or work in other disciplines. The Artist In Residence Program aims to develop a dynamic and relevant library for the future and aims to broaden the experience and exposure of the artist.


  • Introduction
  • Artworks
  • Bibliography
  • Notes
  • Other artists
  • Prototype Artworks
  • Acknowledgements
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