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Never odd or eveN - TEI2020 Arts Exhibition

Never odd or eveN (the TEI2020 Arts Track Exhibition)

Tin Sheds Gallery | 10-12 Feb 2020 (Mon-Wed) 11-5 | Private Launch Tues 11 Feb 6:30-10:30pm | Tix $65 USD Here

Curation | Karen Cochrane, Thecla Schiphorst and Deborah Turnbull Tillman

Never odd or eveN

Artwork by Iris Shen at Eye Shen Studios

Never odd or eveN

This year’s art exhibition for Tangible, Embedded and Embodied Interactions is inspired by a hopeful co-mingling between art and technology with the site being our future bodies, our future selves. The idea of a palindrome, a phrase that is the same spelled forwards and backwards, nods to the idea of meeting in the middle. Transhumanism, cyborgs, engineering experiments, and designed interactive engagements have existed in past science fiction, film and literature, often pointing to a dystopic future. What we aim to present here is a collection of works by experimental artists and performers who congregate in the present but draw on ideas of the future through aesthetics of the past. 

What emerges is a landscape encoded with two-way messages and filled with two-way journeys. Visitors tthe gallery can lose themselves in an infinity mirror, read chalk messages from a robot, transmit portraits of themselves, travel into paintings through virtual reality, transport their mindsets with scent, a pulsating heart or projected aura, rock in tandem with a hidden collaborator and dance with distributed and autonomous robotic roller skates. 

Join us in this futuristic blast from the past, where the possibilities are endless and optimistic, but not quite polished. It is a future that is Never odd or eveN.

Exhibiting Artists:

Sojung Bahng, Sungeun Lee, Nina Rajcic & Jon McCormack

Bert Bongers

Yulia Brazauskayte

Louis Chew, Karen Cochrane, Luke Hespanhol & Lian Loke

Abhiruchi Chikara, Florencia Diniello & Iskra Uscumlic  

Ernest Edmonds, Damian Hills, Yi Ji & Xin Tong

Sang-won Leigh, Abhinandan Jain & Pattie Maes

Marius Hoggenmüller and Luke Hespanhol

George Poonkhin Khut

Wade Marynowsky, Sam Ferguson, Angelo Fraietta & Oliver Bown

Claudia Núñez-Pacheco & Jorge Olivares-Retamal 

Nina Rajcic and Jon McCormack 

Performing Artists:

Alon Ilsar & David Hughes

Caroline McMillan

Mary Mainsbridge




PhD Completed at UNSW Art & Design

Postal Address 
Creative Robotics Lab, NIEA,
UNSW Art & Design 
Crnr Greens Rd & Oxford Street 
PADDINGTON NSW 2120 Australia  
+612 8936 0682
PhD Mindmap

© D. Turnbull Tillman, 2014.

PhD Mindmap

Audience engagement with prototype works

© New Media Curation, 2015.

Audience engagement with prototype works

ISEA2015 launch at Vancouver Art Gallery

© New Media Curation, 2015.

ISEA2015 launch at Vancouver Art Gallery

NMC Director Deborah Turnbull Tillman is examining the curatorial process as a practice-based researcher with the Creative Robotics Lab at the National Institute for Experimental ArtsUNSW Art & Design. Her research focuses on investigating whether or not the audience can have an authentic experience of interactive art, and if so, what that might mean for the mediums of digital interactive art and the audience's engagement relating to interactive art. 

Her study includes 3 public interventions to support the methods present in her practice-based research. The first, Denouement, was an intervention into MusifyGamify for VIVIDMusic 2015. The intervention happened at the Seymour Centre and involved working with emerging practitioners at UNSW's Art & Design Campus in the Media Arts degree. The results have since been published with HCII 2017.

Deborah's second intervention was a reflective practice case study as Exhibition Production Manager of ISEA2015: disturbance in Vancouver BC Canada. Her experience was published as part of Nick Bryan-Kinns, Thecla Shiphorst and David England's Springer publication, titled Curating the Digital. Her book chapter titled Disruption and Reflection: A Curatorial Case Study details her reflections on both distance and onsite (arguably in situ) curating and the tools and language surrounding it.

The third intervention is titled Re/pair and is set to take place during UNSW Art & Design's Big Anxiety Festival. Featuring the prototype works from the artists affiliated with the Creative Robotics Lab, a public exhibition, performance and audience evaluation will take place across the Black Box Theatre and the EpiCentre on campus.


Deborah's full-time research was supported by an Australia Post-Graduate Award from 2014-17, courtesy of the Australian Government. She was awarded her doctoral degree in September 2018.



Exhibition Information| UNSW Art & Design| Black Box Theatre | Art & Design Courtyard | Launch 9 November 2017, 6-8pm sharp.

Drone Painting, 2017.

image c/o Sang Leigh & Rochelle Haley 2017

Drone Painting, 2017.

Synth-Bot, 2017.

image c/o Wade Marynowsky 2017

Synth-Bot, 2017.

Encounter, 2017.

image c/o Petra Gemeinboeck & Rob Saunders 2017

Encounter, 2017.

Re/pair is a pop-up exhibition contemplating the feelings of anxiety all humans have about feeling unanswered in an interactive world. Addressing this angst with interactive technology (in this case, creative robotics) allows for dialogue in, response to, and reflection on potential communication between humans and machines. The alternative to being acknowledged and synchronising with intelligent systems, is silence; no reception of our proffered dialogue, and so no hope for a response unless we try again. And so humans send their offer of engagement again; and wait, again, for a response. The potential silence from intelligent systems leaves humans, with the potential that we may all be unanswered, and that there is possibly no solution to this condition… enter anxiety.

In an attempt to repair this communication error and alleviate anxiety, both design and software engineering offer prototyping as a way to move through such errors, to restore communications. Art, then, offers us the platform with which to engage the experiment with audiences. As the 3rd in a series of interventions spanning emerging and established practitioners, Deborah proposes to engage in an audience-centred inquiry into prototyping interactive artworks comprised of robotic elements. This will culminate in an exhibition space where audience members can feed back on the artworks  to inform the next iteration.  Here the visitor’s input will drive the future of the artworks, with the audience at the very centre of the artworks. When the engagement occurs, the communication is acknowledged, and humans and machine systems can synchronise, identify errors, being reparations, and find a mutual way forward.

Showcasing the current in-progress works of artists affiliated with the Creative Robotics Lab (UNSW Art & Design), Deborah hopes to enrich the methodologies currently in use within New Media Curation, by intervening into existing festival and exhibition scenarios. Within these rigorous exhibition platforms, she introduces variables such as disruption and notions of the [in]authentic or hyperreal to gauge the audience’s experience of the prototypes, mirroring questions within the study of creative robotics and human-computer interaction. The artists currently participating are Mari Velonaki, Petra Gemeinboeck, Alex Davies, Rochelle Hayley, Wade Marynowsky, Julian Knowles and Patricia Flanagan. Each artist is designing or making their work with aesthetics in mind, with works featuring a performative element, such as assistive actions, movement, dance, cinema, musical performance or the body at rest, as interfered with by robotic exterior of the works.



Algorithmic Pareidolia, by Wade Marynowsky

Incinerator Art Space | 2 Small Street, Willoughby, NSW | Exhibition Dates: 

Launch | Thursday 7 September 2017, 6-8pm | RSVP: Kathie.najar@willoughby.nsw.REMOVE_THIS_TEXTgov.au 


Image is Yesterday's Futurist, by Wade Marynowsky, 2017.

Flyer c/o the Willoughby Council, 2017.

Image is Yesterday's Futurist, by Wade Marynowsky, 2017.

Deborah Turnbull Tillman was invited to write a catalog essay and as guest speaker at the launch of Wade Marynowsky's exciting new body of work.

An excerpt of the catalog entry is below, entitled Ceci n'est pas...(THIS is NOT).

"Algorithmic Pareidolia is one of four exhibitions within the Willoughby Visual Arts Biennial featuring landscapes currently being traversed by contemporary artists. Over urban landscapes, coves, cities, cliffs, and cityscapes, Marynowsky boldly explores that which isn’t there, but that we largely exist within. THIS is NOT your regular art exhibition, but you are drawn in by that which is not, and captured by what precedes that which is."


Exhibition Chair and Supporting Org - MAB'16

MAB'16 | May-June 2016 | The Concourse, Chatswood

The Media Architecture Biennale 2016 & LumenArt Festival Exhibition is a coproduction by the Media Architecture Institute, Willoughby City Council, Urban Screen Productions, the University of NSW and the University of Sydney.

Urban screen at the Concourse, Chatswood

Image © New Media Curation 2014

Urban screen at the Concourse, Chatswood

In 2016 the International Media Architecture Biennale (MAB'16) will take place in Sydney Australia at the brand new cultural precinct The Concourse, designed by multi-award-winning Australian architects fjmt.

MAB'16 is presented in conjunction with Vivid Sydney and the International Conference on Designing Interactive System sDIS'16 at QUT in Brisbane.

While we are getting ready, you can revisit the MAB'14 event that took place in Aarhus Denmark in November 2014.


Ubiquitous Cities Exhibition & Smart Cities Talk

Venue | Metcalfe Auditorium | State Library of NSW | Macquarie Street, Sydney NSW 2000

Date | Tuesday 10 November 2015

Exhibition | Ubiquitous Cities | 5:30-6:30pm

Exhibiting Artists from CODE 1231 at UNSW Built Environment | Narissa Bungbrakearti | Dominic Hawton |Emily Leung | Nariddh Khean | Edward Martin | Harris Paneras | Peter Pittas | Sophie Scott | Ali Siddiqui

Talk | A Tale of Two Smart Cities | 6:30-8pm

Speakers | John Tolva, former Chief Technology Officer from the City of Chicago | Frans-Anton Vermast, Senior Strategy Advisor from Amsterdam

RSVP Essential | harrREMOVE_THIS_TEXTiet.whyte@sydney.edu.au |  +61 2 8627 4024

Cost | $25 for general entry | $15 for students.

Partners | Future Cities Collaborative | United States Studies Centre, University of Sydney | Design Lab, University of Sydney | Faculty of Built Environment, UNSW | New Media Curation

Data Viz Map of Sydney

Image © Eric Fischer

Data Viz Map of Sydney

As Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull says, “liveable, vibrant cities are absolutely critical to our prosperity.” But how do 21st century cities become liveable, vibrant and productive? How can our urban centres live up to their full potential as economic assets and leverage the vast wealth of human capitalwithin them? These questions and concepts are not new to Americans; over the past six years, the Obama administration has pursued a place-based approach to working with communities as they tackle a wide range of challenges, from investing in infrastructure and working with open data, to strengthening community services through technology and running local government more efficiently. New advances in technology have the potential to accelerate these efforts and create the liveable, vibrant, and prosperous cities that are so crucial to national economies, and the people who call these Smart Cities home, and Australia has much to learn from our trans-Pacific partners. 

Join the Future Cities Collaborative for a public event to discuss Smart Cities, and hear lessons from two global leaders in this field. We are very pleased to have John Tolva, former chief technology officer from the City of Chicago, and Frans-Anton Vermast, senior strategy advisor from Amsterdam, in Sydney to share their experiences and lessons in creating and sustaining Smart Cities. 

Cities are back on the national agenda, and with the Obama administration committing $160 million to a new Smart Cities Initiative, there has never been a better time to think about how to make our cities smarter. Please join us to hear the tale of two smart cities, and how bringing people, data, and technology together can make cities smart. 

Tickets for this event are $25 or $15 for students.

RSVP Essential to: harriet.whytREMOVE_THIS_TEXTe@sydney.edu.au |  +61 2 8627 4024


ISEA 2015 : Disruption

Exhibition Production Management & Presentation of Long Paper | Deborah Turnbull Tillman

Dates of Contract | 15 May - 20 August 2015

Main Conference & Exhibition Site | SFU Woodward's, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts

Partner Galleries | Vancouver Art Gallery | Museum of Vancouver

ISEA2015 Community Exhibition Partners | VIVO Media Arts Centre | Anvil Centre - New Media Gallery |  Gallery 221A | Grunt Gallery | Western Front 


ISEA Logo and Information

ISEA Logo and Information

SFU Woodward's Building

Image © Bob Matheson

SFU Woodward's Building

For the last 3 months, NMC Director Deborah Turnbull Tillman has been the Exhibition Production Manager for ISEA 2015. On 13 July 2015 she will travel from Sydney, Australia to her home town of Vancouver, British Columbia to produce this major symposium exhibition across the SFU Woodward's Building, the Vancouver Art Gallery, and the Museum of Vancouver. Turnbull Tillman will also present a long paper in the curatorial section of the academic conference titled: Curating: a disruptive technique for disruptive technologies. This paper is co-authored with her supervisor, Mari Velonaki.  

Stay tuned for images and updates!


Grants Writing with Urban Screen Productions (UTV)

February - June 2015

The Concourse, Chatswood

Image © New Media Curation 2014

The Concourse, Chatswood

Image © Urban Screen Productions (UTV)

Over the next 6 months, Deborah Turnbull Tillman will collaborate with Operations Director Emma Shearman of Urban Screen Productions (UTV) to apply for grants to fund the Media Architecture Biennale 2016.

Stay tuned!



The history and cutting-edge of musified games and gamified music

Dates | May 22nd - June 8th 2015  

Venue | Seymour Centre, Sydney

Curators | Oliver Bown and Lian Loke  

Production Manager | Deb Turnbull Tillman

Catalogue Design | SAIDesigns



Image © Lucas Abela 2014


Musify+Gamify looks at contemporary perspectives on 'play', where musical play and game play coincide, from the 20th century music revolutions in sonic liberation and participation, to the new digital interactive technologies that allow built environments to become dynamic experiences.


At the core of the event will be a series of three concerts of adventurous experimental music by leading Australian artists, centred around the work of Ensemble Offspring. These will take place in the Seymour Centre. Each concert will be augmented by interventions happening outside the auditorium that involve “gamified” audience participation in the creation of music. An exhibition throughout the foyer of the Seymour Centre will present an international series of game and design works, including computer games, and contemporary immersive and interactive experiences.


There has yet to be an event globally that has focused directly on this new dynamic potential of music. Musify+Gamify will bring together local and international artists to present and reflect on their relationship to musical and gameplay experiences. It will provide a highly accessible platform to explore 20th Century conceptual music, and will engage musicians and composers in the ways that music is becoming increasingly a tool in the designer’s palette, from ringtones to reality TV scores. It will set up talking points about the arts and technology that are equally relevant for artists, technologists, the music industry and the general public. It will provide a platform for engagement between Sydney’s leading experimental artists and the city’s growing creative industries sector, including vibrant games and interaction design startups.


PhD Study #1 - Exploratory Curatorial Experiment

22 May - 6 June 2015 | The Seymour Centre


The courtyard and urban screen at the Seymour Centre

Image © Lost on Campus

The courtyard and urban screen at the Seymour Centre

In collaboration with the Design Lab, Sydney, Musify+Gamify, and the Seymour Centre (University of Sydney) Turnbull Tillman will perform the first public study attached to her PhD, an exploratory curatorial experiment.

In utilising the audience as part of the mechanism engaging the interface of digital interactive art systems, Turnbull Tillman and her team of briefed volunteers will endeavor to survey and interview up to 100 members of the general public over 4-5 evaluation sessions. It is their aim to establish a baseline of information regarding the audience's experience of engaging with digital interactive art. As an extension of her existing curatorial practice, Turnbull Tillman will first work with emerging practitioners from UNSW Art & Design's SOMA3142 course Critiques of Narrative in the Moving Image. Here students will be offered the opportunity to develop works for the urban screen in the Seymour Centre courtyard, and Turnbull Tillman will work with them to produce exhibition quality works for display during the VIVID 2015 Festival of Ideas.

Turnbull Tillman is currently awaiting Ethics Approval for this experiment from the UNSW Human Research Ethics Department.



Assistant Curator - Design & Technology

August 2012 - September 2014

A peek of the Powerhouse Museum Basement

image of D. Turnbull is courtesy of the PHM

A peek of the Powerhouse Museum Basement



Deborah Turnbull has recently been appointed to the position of Assistant Curator - Design & Technology at the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney. Her 1-year, full-time appointment and will be her primary contract over 2012/13. It has now been extended to January 2014.



Creativity & Cognition, an ACM and UTS conference

Creativity and Cognition 2013

An ACM and UTS Conference hosted by the Creativity and Cognition Studios.

17th-20th June 2013

REGISTRATIONS STILL AVAILABLE! | Program | Keynotes | Flyer and Poster

Accompanying Exhibition featuring | Ernest Edmonds | Chris Bowman | Thomas Marcusson & Steph Rajalingham of SCISSORS | Trish Adams....AND MORE! 

ACM Creativity and Cognition 2013
17th-20th June, 2013, Sydney, Australia.
University of Technology, Sydney


Program -- Keynote Speakers -- Registration -- Workshops -- Contact

*** Program Released   
The program for the conference is now available at this site. 

*** Keynote Speakers  

Ken Friedman18th June - 'The Challenge of Interdisciplinary Research'

Ken Friedman  is a seminal figure in Fluxus, and had his first solo exhibition in New York in 1966. He has also been involved with mail art, and he has written extensively about Fluxus and Intermedia. He is Distinguished University Professor at Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne. 

Celine Latulipe19th June - 'The Value of Research in Creativity and the Arts' 

Celine Latulipe, of the College of Computing and Informatics at UNC Charlotte, will discuss the position of research in relation to creativity and the arts.  Celine works on projects with choreographers, dancers, artists and theatre producers to better understand creative work in practice and how technology may play a role in supporting and evaluating creative work practices. 

Bill Verplank20th June - 'Sketching'

Bill Verplank is a visiting scholar at Stanford's CCRMA and worked at Xerox Parc refining the design of the original graphical user interface and mouse, in the Xerox Star. At C&C he will bring his unique style of visual lecturing to a talk entitled 'Sketching'. 

*** Registration   
Registration is open and the registration form is available here: 

*** Workshops 
A number of workshops will also run as part of the conference on the 17th June.

Beautiful Dance Moves: Mapping Movement, Technology & Computation 
Thecla Schiphorst, Renata Sheppard, Lian Loke & Chyi-Cheng Lin

What Actually Is Interaction? When Does it Start and Where Does It End?
Chris Lueg, Kirsty Boyle

Hacking the Body: Workshop on Crafting Performance & Digital Art with Electronic Devices
Camille Baker, Kate Sicchio

Further Information about the workshops can be found here:

*** Contact


Public Sculpture Commission - UAP & Ausgrid

May-July 2012 - Curatorial development and artist Longlist presented to the client

July-August 2012 - Shortlist set and artists supported through Concept Design Phase

A previous promotional image for Grid Gallery

Photo by A. Dulyan & Leo Burnett Advertising

A previous promotional image for Grid Gallery

Energy and Movement

image courtesy of UAP

Energy and Movement


Urban Art Projects, Brisbane, and Ausgrid have contracted New Media Curation to curate a commission for public sculpture at their Erskine and Sussex Streets City North Substation. Previously the home of Grid Gallery, the space is now undergoing development to enliven and enrich this busy city thoroughfare.

There are 3 phases of this process: 1] an invited longlist of interactive artists as selected by NMC; 2] a shortlist chosen by Ausgrid and UAP for ideation; 3] a final artist is chosen to realise their design.

The Curatorial Rationale

“…in effect, we cannot make our work without your product…”

 – Ernest Edmonds to George Maltabarow at the launch of Grid Gallery, June 2010

The above sentence was re-quoted by Maltabarow in his opening speech at the launch of Grid Gallery. Here, in a discussion prior to his speech, one of the artists featured at the launch (also a Professor of Information Technology) articulated an undeniable relationship between electricity and digital art. This articulation sparked a greater awareness in the Managing Director of Ausgrid for the activity at hand: that digital art as a medium is on the rise in Australia and Ausgrid, whether officially or unofficially, is the sponsor of that movement. Buildings now incorporate media facades, screens are prevalent in shared spaces, and Internet access is readily available via wireless hubs.

This sense of movement, of forward motion, that knowledge is in the palm of our hands due to a bountiful supply of energy in our country; the pushing, the pulsing, and the very static of electricity is what inspires digital artists to create in this medium.

The space under consideration at Sussex and Erskine Streets in the Sydney CBD is itself a thoroughfare, one that connects commuters with trains, buses and ferries between Darling Harbour and Wynyard Station. With this area up for further development via the Barangaroo project, an area that could easily be termed “dead” or “junk” space in urban development terms ,has the opportunity to morph into something spectacular.



Congratulations to the Winner!

> David Nixon <


The Preliminary Shortlist:

1] Ernest Edmonds

2] Gary Diermendjian

3] House of Laudanum - Zina Kaye and Mr. Snow

4] David Nixon


The Invited Longlist:

1] Ernest Edmonds

2] Kate Richards

3] Chris Fox

4] Dillon McEwan

5] Gary Diermendjian

6] Ian Gwilt

7] Mobile Projection Unit - Lucasz Karluk, Rene Christen and Nick Clark

8] Linda Dement

9] House of Laudanum - Zina Kaye and Mr. Snow

10] David Nixon



Organised Cacophony

An End of Year Festival showcasing the interaction design of a variety of students from the Sydney Design Lab, University of Sydney. This festival is possible due to a collaboration with the Rocks Pop-Up.

Venues | the Rocks, Sydney | Shop 2.06 - 140 George Street | Shop 25 -  Rocks Square | 29 Playfair Street | Outdoor Installations in Foundation Park

Launch | Thursday 22 November 2012 @6-8pm

Exhibition Dates | 23 November - 6 December 2012

Invited Evaluation | 7-14 December 2012

Public Programmes | TBC

Design by Claudia Nunez-Pacheco & Animation by Ollie Bown | Poster | Animated Poster (via Processing) | Press Release | Flyer | Catalogue | @deb_turnbull | @syd_designlab | @RocksPopUp | #orgcac


design by Claudia Nunez-Pacheco

Anique Vered and Sophie Greenfield lead Design Lab Student around the Rocks Pop-Up sites

image courtesy of New Media Curation

Anique Vered and Sophie Greenfield lead Design Lab Student around the Rocks Pop-Up sites


The Design Lab aims to foster design as a means of knowledge production in its own right…design is a study of the world the way it could be through the creation and interrogation of the "designed" world.

If we were assigned a piece of the cityscape, how would we interrogate and create a space for ourselves? We might ask: who was here before me, what did it look like, how did it sound, how did people communicate, what did they do for fun? We might ponder: now that I’m here, what should it look like, how should it sound, how do we organise communications, how should we present ourselves? With multiplicitous screens, cacophonous sounds, increasingly mobile technologies, and deeply personal narratives assailing us constantly, how can we make sense of our surrounds in a creative way? 

New Media Curation and the staff at the Design Lab Sydney have answered the call for content at the Rocks PopUp spaces for their annual End of Year Exhibition. This call stands for a need to re-enliven, rework and rejuvenate historical spaces with contemporary artwork. At this time, The Rocks sits adjacent to one of the most famous harbours in the world and is managed by the Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority. It is a lively commercial, tourist, and artistic destination for visitors to and residents of Australia. It has been able to maintain this reputation based on an ever-evolving sense of community, of multiple identities clustered around change, growth and renewal.

Now that we have carved out a space for ourselves in the Sydney-scape, we will utilise contrast to contextualise the concept of community, and articulate that idea through the metaphor of distributed nodes and networks. Our tools utilise these frameworks, our physical site mirrors this idea in that it offers one central space with the opportunity to infiltrate or infringe on other spaces.  We will exhibit some of the designs of the studio masters in the central space, with the works of the students distributed throughout The Rocks PopUp sites. This layered metaphor mirrors the history of The Rocks itself and will be communicated through a series of interactive works for the public to engage with and enjoy.



ghost[s] and the[ir] machine[s]


Launch Date | Tuesday 19 June 2012 | 6-9pm

Exhibition Dates | 20-24 June 2012 | 12pm-9pm

Location | Old Darlington School, Maze Crescent | University of Sydney | Camperdown NSW 2008

Facebook | ghost[s] and the[ir] machine[s]

Twitter | #gatm


The Alchemic Island, by Anatomy

image courtesy of Stephanie Fynn

The Alchemic Island, by Anatomy


Interactive designs by postgraduate students in the Master of Interaction Design and Electronic Arts led by studio master Dr. Lian Loke will explore the theme of excavating the future in an interactive installation. The Old Darlington School managed by the Sydney Conservatorium, will offer the backdrop for the interactive pieces, with the mirrored history of play, of industriousness, and of creativity.

Ghost[s] and the[ir] machines evokes the experience of Cockatoo Island in Sydney’s Harbour through design elements such as time, place and occupied space in comparison to former and current inhabitants. Interactive instruments will produce a means for participants to sift through the past to pave a way forward, and excavate towards the future as a way of making sense of the past. Their works make strange the perception and remembrance of space by equipping participants with technology for bodily interaction with the space. The design elements from Cockatoo Island are pulled through and remixed in the Old Darlington School to form contact surfaces between Cockatoo Island’s history, the Old Darlington School, and the participants.

The result of a body probe method, in discovering the elements of the space, involved trace-making and strange or dislocated play in these dark, decorative, industrial, and apparently haunted spaces. Curator Deborah Turnbull aimed for the design theme to re-create a similar environment as a backdrop for the students’ interactive designs, with the theme of ghostly traces and how they affect interactivity tangentially as a medium and in terms of the tools they are creating experience with.

Exhibiting Designers:-

Chia Yuan Chang | Stephen Davis | Stephanie Fynn | Geng Hu | Wen Hua | Youngdong Kim | Mirinda Kusrisuwam | Congshan Lai | Chris Law | Pukkawat Leesawan | Sukij Lertpradist | Shumei Li | Xueshen Liu | Anna Malapira |Ariel Miao | Maddi Milasas | Bryan Ma | Jon McEwan | Heather McKinnon | Claudia Nunez Pacheco | Lavie Sak | Natinee Srikasumbun | Hanlin Tang | Yoko Tomishima | Michael Tortley | Jazz Trinos | Roven Yu | Fan Wang | Jing Wang | Yao Zhao | Ariel Zhou | Cindy Zhou | Kyle Zhu

Special Thanks:-

Thank you to Rob Saunders, Baki Kocaballi, and Tom Rivard for their interaction design and coding expertise. We would also like to thank the Conservatorium of Music for their generous use of the Old Darlington School, in particular Cynthia Marin. Thank you, also, to the Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning, in particular the Design Lab, the Communications and Engagement Group, the Workshop and the DVS Staff for their support and assistance in realizing this exhibition. And last but not least, thanks to the Creativity and Cognition Studios, UTS, Stephanie Fynn, Claudia Nunez Pacheco, and Chris Law.




Tutoring Contracts

March - June 2012

Launching the URAP exhibition in July 2011

Photo by A. Dulyan

Launching the URAP exhibition in July 2011



Deborah has been invited to teach in two different Universities this semester: 1] UTS - Data Visualisation & Sonification with Jon Drummond, George Khut, and Viveka Weiley; 2] Design Lab @ USYD - Cyber Studio with Lian Loke and Rob Saunders.

Stay tuned for exhibition updates!



Location | Verge Gallery | University of Sydney, City Road

VIP Vernissage | Tuesday 29 November 2011 @ 4pm

Launch | Thursday 1 December 2011 @ 6pm

Photographs by | Lightpop Photography

Stop Motion Animation by | Scixors

Corals, 2011. By Phil Gough and Adityo Pratomo, inspired by the work of Dr. Onoclov

image courtesy of Web Directions South 2011

Corals, 2011. By Phil Gough and Adityo Pratomo, inspired by the work of Dr. Onoclov

Ambiguous, 2011. By Selhan Haksoz, Nick D'Souza, James Dumasey

image courtesy of Web Directions South 2011

Ambiguous, 2011. By Selhan Haksoz, Nick D'Souza, James Dumasey

City_, 2011. By Phil Gough and Jon McEwan

image courtesy of Web Directions South 2011

City_, 2011. By Phil Gough and Jon McEwan

Recently the Design Lab students prototyped this exhibition at the Web Directions South conference at the Darling Harbour Exhibition & Convention Centre.

All images are courtesy and copyright of Web Directions 2011.

This prototype exhibition will set the scene for the Verge Gallery exhibition of the End of Year Showcase for the Design Lab at the University of Sydney. Attract::Relate::Sustain will focus on creative technologies. It's exhibition design will encourage the playful and engaging projects that often take on the form of interaction and object design resulting in artworks, physically built devices, and robots.

The preliminary exhibition theme will be interconnectivity, and the programming, coding, model-making and aesthetics that comprises contemporary interaction design. The notion of 'daisy-chains' will be at the forefront on this interconnectivity, both in the form of a large mechanical device made up of independent machines; but also as an installation technique, in terms connecting the machines representative of a research facility's theoretical output and the lecturer's who inspire and guide it (with an emphasis on the links between the students and their mentors). To support this metaphor, along with the larger device, there will be projected films, touch tables, the SmartSlab interactive works from URAP; along with historical and iterative artefacts from previous prototypes


Urban Realities & Augmented Play

Launch | Thursday 9 June 2011 @ 6-8pm | Wilkinson Building (G04), City Road | University of Sydney

Exhibition Dates | 9-16 June 2011 | 9am-6pm daily

Web Presence | Find us on FB (Urban Realities...) and Twitter (#urap)

Press Release | Available here


image courtesy of Stephanie Fynn

image courtesy of Stephanie Fynn

image courtesy of UCom Team

image courtesy of UCom Team

The School of Design at the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS) and the Design Lab at the University of Sydney (USYD) are collaborating along the themes of augmented reality and urban playgrounds. This collaboration, managed by New Media Curation, is titled Urban Realities & Augmented Play. The project will consist of a joint exhibition, launch, and publication; all of which will serve as a public platform for emerging interaction design students. On launch night, students, industry experts and academics, and the general public converge to create an environment of creativity and experimentation.

Publication | Forthcoming  

Edited by Gwilt, Tomitsch, Saunders & Turnbull | Foreward by Andy Polaine and with essay contributions from Ian Gwilt, Rob Saunders & Petra Gomeinboeck, Matthias H. Haeusler, Martin Tomitsch, Nick Kelly, Keir Winesmith and Deborah Turnbull

Web Presence | find us on Facebook (Urban Realities...) and Twitter (#urap)

Press Release | Available here

The School of Design at the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS) and the Design Lab at the University of Sydney (USYD) are collaborating along the themes of augmented reality and urban playgrounds. This collaboration, managed by New Media Curation, is titled Urban Realities & Augmented Play. The project will consist of a joint exhibition, launch, and publication; all of which will serve as a public platform for emerging interaction design students. On launch night, students, industry experts and academics, and the general public converge to create an environment of creativity and experimentation.


The everyday student spaces in the Wilkinson Building will be transformed into a contemporary gallery space featuring an interactive SmartSlab, projected videos and a hall of perspex encased posters. These mixed media platforms will feature the interaction design of augmented reality across the UTS campus. From wayfinding, to interactive research tools, to large-scale broadcasting, these site specific applications were posed by course co-ordinator Ian Gwilt "to enhance the experience of staff, students and visitors to the UTS City Campus and surrounds." At UTS, technical tutor Keir Winesmith involved broadcasting mogul SBS as a community collaborator that provided industry specialists as guest speakers and examiners; where at USYD, independent curator Deborah Turnbull utilised her collaboration with Ausgrid (formerly EnergyAustralia) to inspire students on the theme of urban playgrounds. Site visits to the Grid Gallery at Erskine and Sussex Streets in the CBD, and the Silverwater Learning Centre near the Sydney Olympic Park allowed students to view systems, relationships and platforms for media art commissions, displays, and strategies; in the words of the course co-ordinators Rob Saunders and Martin Tomitsch "both sites provide new media artists with a platform in unique urban contexts."

The design concepts surrounding both of these community collaborations are the subject matter for this engaging and intriguing exhibition.



The Death of Hermine | Julia Burns

In a new collaboration with experimental artist and curator, Iris SIYI Shen, NMC is sponsoring the exhibition of Julia Burns latest work The Death of Hermine, 2012.

Venue | Failspace | GAFFA

Dates | 23 February-8 March 2012

Launch | Thursday 23 February 2012 | 6-8pm

designed by Iris SIYI Shen

Artist Statement

A woman made of fleshy soap looks longingly towards a covered window.

A leak in the ceiling drips water where she sits.

The woman is inside herself; unable to move from her chair.

As the warm water from above drips down onto her face, she slowly disappears.

Julia Burns is an artist interested in the psychology of contemporary society. Issues of paralysis, status anxiety, competition and a general loss of grounding, are of her prime concern.

As part of her artistic practice, she listens to the emotions of people around her, and tries to understand some of the information and confusion carried around by each of them.

Through empathy and summary, she hopes to materialise a sense of recognition for her viewers and a feeling that they have been heard.

This new series of sculptures made in soap features emotional characters that are affected by natural elements over time.

Artist Bio

In 2011 Julia Burns exhibited her work at the Jakarta Biennale and with the Experimenta/Asialink Touring Exhibition 'Selectively Revealed'. In 2010 she won the Freedman Foundation Traveling Scholarship and did a four month residency at Videotage, Hong Kong. She has shown at the Australia Council for the Arts, Osage Gallery Hong Kong, First Draft Gallery and beta_space. In 2009 she won the Marrickville Culture and Arts Grant. She was included in the d/Lux/Media/Arts Regional Touring program in 2010 and 2011. Her work has shown at the Western Plains Cultural Centre in Dubbo, NSW and Griffith Regional Gallery with d/Lux/Media/Arts



Energy Australia's Smart Home

Venue | Smart Home | Newington Smart Village | Sydney, Australia

Artworks on exhibition courtesy of nmc

Smart Home

Image courtesy of Energy Australia

Smart Home



Invited by the Commercial sector Smart Grid at Energy Australia, New Media Curation has been contracted to curate an installation of smart art.  The selection of work will boast artistic vision with a relationship to the reduction of waste, the celebration of industrial materials for their sustainable qualities, and their dedication to the tennents of contemporary and emergent design practice.



INTERACTING | PBR & the Creative Practitioner

Book Launch | Thursday 24 November 2011 @ 6pm | Studio 10 - Queen Street Studios | 12/16 Queen Street - Chippendale

Showcase Day | Friday 25 November 2011 @ 9:30-6pm | Guthrie Theatre | 702-730 Harris Street – Ultimo | Level 3 – UTS Building 6

Invite | Registration Essential



Image courtesy of Julien Phalip


Contagion Prototype in Beta_space

Image courtesy of Gina Czarnecki

Contagion Prototype in Beta_space

Spheres of Influence

Image courtesy of Andrew Johnston

Spheres of Influence

Interacting: Art, Research and the Creative Practitioner

Edited by Linda Candy and Ernest Edmonds – Libri Publishing, UK

This book is about interacting in its many forms, including interaction between artworks and audiences, between creative practitioners from different disciplines and between those practitioners and the norms of research in contemporary society. Interacting: Art, Research and the Creative Practitioner uses the experience of leading creative practitioners to provide a unique perspective on these interacting elements.

 As workers within the field of human-computer interaction, the editors’ interest in creativity in art, design and technology has led them to develop methodologies for research capable of producing evidence simultaneously with the creation of new artefacts. They and the other contributors, all of whom have been associated with the Creativity and Cognition Studios at the University of Technology, Sydney, demonstrate both that there is much to recommend in the bringing of research into creative practice and also that research itself can be transformed by way of creative practice.

With the launch night featuring performances by David Burraston, Andrew Johnston and Ernest Edmonds, the Queen Street Studios will be an amazing and raw space with which to emphasize the experimental nature of the work and to introduce the book to Australian audiences.  Attendees will be able to purchase copies of the publication on the night via Gleebooks vendors.

The showcase day will feature UTS practitioners who are part of an interdisciplinary focus on Practice-Based Research from the Creativity and Cognition Studios, the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, and the Faculty of Design, Architecture and Building. Held in the Guthrie Theatre, this day will feature talks and demonstrations by Masters and PhD students in these faculties, and introduced with talks by their research leaders. Keynote addresses will be delivered by Linda Candy and Ernest Edmonds.



Oikodome @ the Powerhouse Museum

This project took place over the July School Holiday Period of 2011.

Please view the documentary video by Dawn Rose here.

Deb Turnbull and Michael Van Tiel for Oikodome

Image courtesy of the Powerhouse Museum

Deb Turnbull and Michael Van Tiel for Oikodome

NMC Director, Deborah Turnbull, was invited by the Family and Community Experiences department at the Powerhouse Museum to induct 60 architecture student volunteers across 5 Sydney Universities to the Oikodome: Building Architects Programme.

In collaboration with Education Officers, Deborah collated educational materials, trained and supervised the students on-site, and worked with Volunteer Co-ordination and FACE to document and utilise the programme for like projects in the future.

The general public was invited as per below:

"Calling all budding engineers, builders and architects: these school holidays we are exploring the science of architecture! Inspired by the building works underway at the Museum, young visitors and their families are invited to create a cubbyhouse out of cardboard tubes and foam nodes. Be helped by the experts: architecture student volunteers, across all Sydney campuses, will be on hand to inspire and engage you in the construction of your designs."

Further information on this project can be found at the Powerhouse Museum website page dedicated the Museum's Revitalisation.


Art/Science Speed Dating @ the Powerhouse Museum!

Event Launch | Saturday 27 August 2011 @ 5:30pm
Location | Engineering Excellence Gallery | L3 Powerhouse Museum, Sydney | 500 Harris Street, Ultimo | Sydney
RSVP Essential | Tilly Boleyn | Manager, Ultimo Science Festival | tilly.boleyn@phm.gov.aREMOVE_THIS_TEXTu | (02) 9217 0381

Check out the Photo Gallery from Art/Science Speed Dating 2010!

Assimilate, by Damian Hills

image courtesy of Aram Dulyan

Assimilate, by Damian Hills

As part of the Ultimo Science Festival 2011, the Powerhouse Museum presents a special event for two groups we feel would benefit from getting together: scientists and artists. Join us for drinks at an informal get together where you’ll meet people from varied fields, explore new ideas and the synergies found at the intersection of art and science.

There will be showcase performances and discussions throughout the evening featuring scientists and artists whose creativity and imagination seeks to bridge the gap between disciplines. More details about these performances are below.

During the evening there will be two ‘speed meet’ junctures, where a few words and thoughts can be quickly shared with others, perhaps igniting the spark of new ideas and collaborations.

Canapés and drinks are included.

Featured Performances:-
1] Orpheux Larynx
Erin Gee | Music composition and soprano performance
Damith Herath | Robotics
Zhengzhi Zhang | Technical Support
2] The Art and Science of Photography
Angie Turnbull
3] The MicroCineScope
Thomas Marcusson
Stephanie Rajalingam


Ausgrid Launch for Digital and Sculpture Work

Sponsored by | Ausgrid

Managed by | New Media Curation

Site Specific | The Ausgrid Learning Centre @ Holker Street in Silverwater

VIP Launch Date | Thursday 11 August 2011 @ 5:30pm


Stealth Screens

image courtesy of CCD

Stealth Screens

SLC proposed sculpture site

Image courtesy of Energy Australia

SLC proposed sculpture site

Proposed plan for scultpure

Image courtesy the aritsts: Chris Fox & Dillon McEwan

Proposed plan for scultpure

SUCCESSFUL CANDIDATES | Site Specific Sculpture - Chris Fox and Dillon McEwan | Digital Artworks - Sohan Hayes

SHORT LIST CANDIDATES | Mark Titmarsh, Julia Burns & Leigh Russell, Pamela Lee Brenner & Johannes Muljana, Lachlan Stuart-Tetlow


Ausgrid has established its new Learning Centre at Silverwater, and launched it in August 2011. The site is primarily designed for its apprentice and employee training but also includes a contemporary Energy Efficiency Centre to promote environmental sustainability and current research and development projects to the public through a series of interactive, hands-on displays. 


A centrepiece of these installations will be two back-to-back, vertical Stealth LED screens that utilise motion graphic video content. New Media Curation is hosting an Ausgrid sponsored, competitive commission for the design and implementation of two digital artworks for these screens; the subject matter of which is harnessed or focused energy. Using a lightening bolt (natural phenomenon) or a Jacob's Ladder (scientific icon) as inspiration, the successful applicant's submission will contain a unique approach to either these two design icons or their own unique realisation of harnessed energy.


In order to mark the launch occasion and offer a firm visual architecture that links the structure and the exhibitions housed within, EnergyAustralia is commissioning a sculpture comprised of recycled materials sourced from the EnergyAustralia warehouses in Chullora and Oatley. The site is a garden bed within the basement which is 10.2m x 8.4m with a two tier visual scope measuring approx. 4m from finished ground level to the top of the balustrade surrounding the void. It is the request of the Learning Centre Committee that the sculpture be visible from both the basement level and the ground floor level.

The competition includes a site visit to the Learning Centre, a site visit to the warehouses for materials sourcing, a presentation to the Learning Centre Arts Committee, and a willingness to incorporate Committee feedback into final designs. The successful applicant will be awarded a small stipend with which to realise their design.


Express your interest by | Friday 8 October 2010 @ 5pm

Be prepared for a site visit | Wednesday 13 October to the Holker Street site in Silverwater @ 9:30-10:30am (wear steel-toe boots if possible, if not please ensure fully enclosed leather shoes are worn)

Potential Sculptors | Be prepared for a warehouse visit - Wednesday 20 October 2010 @ 1pm

Potential Digital Artists | Preliminary Tech Specs: Screen size - 400x400mm(H) | Brand - Stealth LED panel(s) | View - Back-to-back LED panels; screen visible double-sided | Resolution - 25mm Pixel pitch hi-luminosity LED | Realization - it is recommended that the artist provides motion graphics/video content only, text will not be permitted

Present your ideas to the Learning Centre Arts Committee | Wednesday 3 or Thursday 4 November 2010

Hold a valid ABN | Should you prove successful in one or both of your design ideas, we require that you invoice for the stipend, and as such, we require that you hold a valid Australian Business Number.




Grid Gallery

October Brief | Biodiversity IS an Art | Submissions are now closed | Special thanks to Daniel Green of Electrofringe for co-curation | Decisions to be Announced soon!

Location | Grid Gallery | Crnr Erskine & Sussex, Sydney CBD | Currently closed for maintenance

Online Gallery | upgraded on Monday 27 September 2010

Grid Gallery

image courtesy of Aram Dulyan and Leo Burnett

Grid Gallery

About the project | EnergyAustralia will launch Grid Gallery, Sydney’s first permanent and public media-based gallery space dedicated solely to the exhibition of media art. Leo Burnett and New Media Curation have been commissioned to manage the gallery space and work with the community to display art.

Director of New Media Curation, Deborah Turnbull, says: This project is intriguing because it is physically, architecturally and virtually situated; and has been conceived this way from the structure’s preliminary planning 10 years ago. The architectural structure of EnergyAustralia’s Substation 4 houses the physical component at the corner of Erskine and Sussex Streets. The web portal at www.gridgallery.com.au is also a key component; allowing a visitor the chance to view the online gallery, while an artist can submit works.

Each month, a new brief with a unique theme will be released for media artists from across Australia to respond to. Artists will be provided with a specific time frame to submit an idea via sketch synopsis. Feedback will be provided to selected artists, with the opportunity to revise and further develop their final artwork for upload onto Grid Gallery’s 15 metre x 1 metre LED screen, powered by 100% GreenPower.

Terms & Conditions of exhibiting at Grid Gallery.



CLONE | a performance

Inspired by Stelarc and created by Pyewacket Kazyanenko
In collaboration with Daniel Mounsey, Ian Upton and Ze moo
Date | Sunday 29 May, 5:30-7:30pm
Cost | Adults $10 | Student $5 | Members $0
Bookings Essential | book now...

Further Information | click here


image courtesy of Julien Phalip

image courtesy of Pyewacket Kazyanenzo

Next up @ Beta_space: 

CLONE | a performance

Inspired by Stelarc and created by Pyewacket Kazyanenko
In collaboration with Daniel Mounsey, Ian Upton and Ze moo


In this hybrid performance, Avatars perform with both physical and virtual robots. The physical robot is housed in the Powerhouse Museum's exhibition Engineering Excellence, and is comprised of an articulated head, an artificially intelligent agent attached to a robotic arm. The virtual robots exists on the online platform of Second Life.

Partly programmed and partly improvisational, avatars control automatons and artificial agents collaborate.


This performance will take place under the Beta_space banner, serving as a prototype or beta performance. It will be the first of 4 performances spanning the Ultimo Science Festival (August 2011), and then two Powerhouse sponsored conferences over October and December 2011. Questionnaires containing research queries by the artist, programmer and performer will be handed out at the close of the performance, and audience members will be encouraged to fill them out and hand them in at the front desk upon leaving.

Contact | Deborah Turnbull | New Media Curation | deborah@newmediacuration.REMOVE_THIS_TEXTcom | 0400 920 761

Supported by | The Powerhouse Museum, Sydney | University of Western Sydney | Creativity and Cognition Studios, UTS | New Media Curation



genart_sys | a window on digital culture

Exhibition Dates| 29 January - 16 March 2011

Venue | Foyer, Australia Council for the Arts | 372 Elizabeth Street, Surry Hills, NSW 2010

Public Programme | The Art of Prototyping | Presentations and Workshops | Saturday 12 March 2011 | 9:30-5pm | Powerhouse Museum | RSVP ESSENTIAL HERE.

Seminar Series TBA | Room Brochure

Commissioned by | Australia Council for the Arts

Sponsored by | Creativity & Cognition Studios | UrbanAid | Powerhouse Museum  

Visual Identity by Amy Common of SAI Designs

In this exhibition, the Australia Council for the Arts presents a new exhibition featuring a vibrant array of Australian digital culture and media practitioners. genart_sys | a window on digital culture has been curated by Deborah Turnbull of New Media Curation, to explore the participatory nature of digital art making and the possibilities of immediate artistic experience mediated by technology.

Digital culture is not something that can be easily defined. Much like the system a generative artwork utilises, it may have begun as a contained entity, but over time an ebb and flow has developed regarding the practice and production of media works, responding to (or reacting against) technological innovations; political movements; the human need to make and share over space and time, or located right here, right now.

Featured Artists and Collectives | Lucas Abela | Bump Projects | Julia Burns | Critical Path | Disability in the Arts, Disadvantage in the Arts, Australia (DADAA) | IAD Press with Ben Foley & Andre Castaldi | Matthew Gardiner | Tina Gonsalves | Aroha Groves | Leah Heiss | Chris Henschke | Kris Keogh & Brandon Williamson | Jessica Olivieri & Hayley Forward with the Parachutes for Ladies | Frederick Rodrigues | Erica Seccombe | Stelarc | Adriaan Stellingwerff | Jason Sweeney & Fiona Sprott | What makes me | Ken & Julia Yonetani


Bienalto House - Christmas Lights Exhibition

Event date | Friday 3 December 2010 @ 6pm

Artists Featured | Richard Byers & On-Yau Lui | Ernest Edmonds | Mark Titmarsh

Artists' Pamphlet

image courtesy of Bienalto House

Bienalto's new look!

image courtesy of Bienalto House

Mark Titmarsh, Ernest Edmonds, Richard Byers & On-Yau Lui

Exhibiting Artists

Mark Titmarsh, Ernest Edmonds, Richard Byers & On-Yau Lui







Along with these established artists, the Bienalto design team have contributed other lighting projections within the 'Christmas lights' theme.  This event also marks the launch of the new-look website for Bienalto, which neatly encapsulates everything Bienalto does - analysis, strategy, design, content and up in time for Christmas.

Following tradition, Bienalto has brewed another boutique beer for the event, BierAlto II. This American Pale Ale has been brewed by bienalto's own Jack McIntyre who will sample the first bottle for us on the night.


Synergies Symposium

Venue | Chauvel Cinema - Paddington Town Hall

Date | Friday 5 November | 9am-6pm

Cost | Free - Bookings are MANDATORY as seating is limited

Enquires | synergies@meditationspaceREMOVE_THIS_TEXT.com.au

List of speakers - Press Release - Flyer

Synergies Symposium

Ruen Chew, graphic design

Synergies Symposium


The Sydney Symposium ʻSYNERGIES - New Consciousness for our Futureʼ is an event where people from all walks of life can get together with professionals from the worlds of Art and Science, lateral and spiritual thinkers, to engage in discussion and to foster contacts; to stimulate a positive and creative thought process.

We live in one of the most tumultuous and exciting times in human history. With our cultural, political, economic, environmental and spiritual systems colliding and breaking down and the loss of meaning and value in the wake of the scientific revolution, it is difficult to predict what the world might be like even a few years from now.

Our thinking so far has been predominantly lineal and will have to adjust by adopting to a more holistic way of thinking moving forward. If we intend to recreate our world on humanistic lines, we must not allow our fascination with technological advances to neglect our cultural commitment. We must therefore open paths to ethically based decision-making and a new perception of values.

Themes: Where have we been, where are we going, and how are we going to get there? How should we relate to the uncertainty that defines our global landscape? How are we to bridge the gap between Art, Science and Consciousness? And how can we individually and collectively create a better future?

The Sydney Symposium ʻSYNERGIES - New Consciousness for our Futureʼ is determined to be a source and inspiration of cultural and new values. It aims to bring together all those forces capable of triggering the process of change necessary to ensure that our future is a positive one.

Note: Due to the limited seating available for this event, reservations are mandatory for admission. Please be mindful and send the organiser an email if you need to cancel your booking. Friday and Saturday have different venues. Friday Symposium - at the Chauvel Cinema and Saturday Workshops - at the Meditation Space.


BLOODBATH, by Bumpp.net

Who & What | a live and distributed art + sport event with artists Linda Dement, Kate Richards, Sarah Waterson, Francesca da Rimini, and Nancy Mauro-Flude and the Sydney Roller Derby League. BLOODBATH is generously funded by the Australia Council for the Arts.

Where | Hordern Pavillion

When | Saturday 9 October 2010 @ 5:30pm

Tickets | via Ticketek

PRESS RELEASE | RealTime - Blood, Sweat and Art

Graphic Design by Linda Dement

Roller Wars!

Graphic by Linda Dement

Roller Wars!

This art + sport experience involves an all girl flat track roller derby game, 9 October 2010 @ the Hordern Pavillion, sensors on the helmets of players, and a live data feed their five artworks, generating digital elaborations of the moves and collisions on track.

BLOODBATH is a collaborative distributed artwork by Bump Projects in association with the Sydney Roller Derby League and funded by the Australia Arts Council. BLOODBATH features five artists (Linda Dement, Kate Richards, Sarah Waterson, Francesca da Rimini, and Nancy Mauro-Flude) with recognised track records in new media, data visualisation, mediated performance and/or work with embodiment or violence.

Please visit the website for a press release and feel free to contact New Media Curation to arrange for listings, advertising, or editorial.
Follow us on Twitter (@BloodbathbyBump) and Facebook!


Bump Projects is a functioning constellation of artists, technology and events that enables productive collaboration. For BLOODBATH, Bump Projects has commissioned a system that collects and distributes data, and has invited five artists to create works that utilise it.


Inner Dialogues and SYNERGIES Symposium

Has Art lost its Value? | The Inner Dialogue Sessions | City East - Fringe Meditation Space

Date | Wednesday 6 October 2010 @ 6pm - 8pm

Location | 99 Crown Street, East Sydney - Meditation Space

Please RSVP by | 2nd October to eastsydney@au.bkwsREMOVE_THIS_TEXTu.org

Inner Dialogues Invite

Thanks to the CDG

Inner Dialogues Invite





Deborah Turnbull, along with Maura Reilly (MCA), Conny Dietzschold (CDG), and Clare Milledge (Helen Lempriere Scholarship), have been invited to speak to the topic Has Art Lost its Value? This talk is part of a series of Inner Dialogue Sessions that will culminate in the Sydney Symposium: SYNERGIES - New Consciousness for our Future.

Come along to this forum of professional intellectuals as they discuss the current climate and cultural value of contemporary art.


Culture Watch

Supported by: UTS School of Design

Culture Watch-er | Deborah Turnbull

Find us on Twitter (@Culture_Watch) and Facebook

image courtesy of NMC and DAB-UTS






This is a blog for UTS Students in need of a little culture in their lives and unsure where to find it. Believe me, there is a LOT to do in this fair city of ours, and this site will attempt to keep you abreast of it all, from the big 3 culture icons (sculpture, painting & architecture) to literature, theatre, films, fashion, and everything in between!

If you're not a UTS student, you should consider becoming one :D



Fashioning Now: Touring Exhibition

Fashioning Now: changing the way we make and use clothes

Curators | Alison Gwilt and Timo Rissanen (UTS School of Design)

Touring Exhibition | Freemantle Arts Centre, Perth 24 July - 19 September 2010 | curated by Jasmin Stephens

Collaborators: UTS Gallery and Art Collection in collaboration with the London College of Fashion, the Powerhouse Museum and funded by the NSW Environmental Trust

NY Times Article mentioning the Fashioning Now Publication!

Romance Was Born, 2009 Collection

Image courtesy of Romance Was Born

Romance Was Born, 2009 Collection

Fashion is often perceived negatively in terms of sustainability and yet one of its inherent qualities is innovation, the search for new solutions. This exhibition explores various ways in which fashion designers, artists and companies are refashioning the act of making clothes for a sustainable future where ‘fashion’ is an inherently positive facet of culture.

The scope of the exhibition extends from high fashion to mass manufacturing, and from products to systems. It attempts to highlight alternate modes of sustainable fashion in addition to the popular options of fashion produced with organic materials or recycled vintage fabrics. Some pieces are not wearable in the traditional sense, but make strong cases for new, improved practices.

Fashioning Now draws on research projects from international creators who are investigating solutions in various areas of the ‘closed loop’ system of production.  This exhibition objects are divided into four main categories: source, make, use and last.

Amongst the exhibition objects will be fashion garments and textile objects, digital print photographs / illustrations / drawings and time-based media.


Memory Flows @ the Armory

Venue | The Newington Armoury in Homebush @ the Sydney Olympic Park

Exhibition Dates| 15 May - 20 June 2010 | Weekends, 10-4pm

Exhibition Launch | Friday 14 May 2010 | 6-9pm | to be opened by Judith Blackall, Head of Artistic Programs @ the MCA @ 7pm | Headwater performance by The Field @ 8pm

RealTime 97 Review | Online Exclusive | 12 July 2010

Public Programme | Saturday 12 June @ the Armoury | 11am-3pm | Free Memory Flows catalogue for all attendees!

This exhibition will be produced, distributed and exhibited in collaboration with the ABC social media and collaborative space, POOL.

Launch Invite | Press Release | ArtNotes - Opportunity Knocks

Drawing Water, 2009

Jacquline Gothe and Ian Gwilt

Drawing Water, 2009

Searching for the Inland Sea, 2009

Maria Miranda and Norie Neumark

Searching for the Inland Sea, 2009

Cooks River Rubbish, 2009

Greg Shapley

Cooks River Rubbish, 2009








Memory Flows is an ongoing and distributed media art project of the CMAI, funded by the Inter-Arts Board of the Australia Council for the Arts.

Starting in June 2009, it will flow into and be distributed through exhibitions, groups shows, events, spaces – building its own full flow along the way, for a full exhibition in 2010, now in development with the Newington Armoury at the Sydney Olympic Park. The first distribution of Memory Flows works and works in progress were with Image Ecologies at UTS and with Liquid Architecture (Australia's foremost Sound Art Festival) at Performance Space at the Carriageworks site.

The CMAI research group welcomes a new co-curator to oversee the installation at the Armoury, Sophia Kouyoumdjian of the Blacktown Art Centre. Welcome Sophia!

Stay tuned for updates on the exhibition's progress and for information on the live performance planned as part of the public programme!


Nauru Elegies - Int'l Biennial of Media Arts

Exhibition Venue | Blindside Gallery | 7th Floor Nicholas Building | 37 Swanston Street | Melbourne

Exhibition Dates| Friday 19 February - Tuesday 6 March 2010

Launch Date| Thursday 18 February 2010 @ 6pm

Public Programme| Nauru Elegies Performance by Paul D. Miller | Shed4 Warehouses | the Docklands | Melbourne | Friday 5 March 2010 | photographs of the gig

Listen to an interview | by NMC Director Deborah Turnbull with Paul Miller and Annie Kwon re: the protoype experience @ Beta_space!

Melbourne Art and Culture Critic | Review

Image courtesy of the artist, Paul D. Miller

2D barcode graphic poster

Image courtesy of the artist, Paul D. Miller

Image courtesy of the artist, Paul D. Miller

Nauru Elegies, film sketch

Image courtesy of the artist, Paul D. Miller

Image courtesy of the artist, Annie K. Kwon

Hysographic Animation of Nauru

Image courtesy of the artist, Annie K. Kwon

Image Courtesy of the artist, Annie K. Kwon

Acrylic Sculpture of Nauru

Image Courtesy of the artist, Annie K. Kwon


Nauru Elegies: a portrait in sound and hypsographic architecture
by Annie K. Kwon and Paul D. Miller (aka DJ Spooky)


The Republic of Nauru is a small island in the South Pacific Ocean. It is the world's smallest independent state and represents a place at the most remote extreme of the planet. Its utopic geography and landscape stages a dystopic economy and society. It was used as a raw resource by several of the Great Power states until there was literally, nothing left. Nauru has been mined throughout the last two centuries for its phosphate deposits, which occupied 90% of the island. In the 1980s, phosphate exports briefly gave Nauruans one of the highest per capita incomes in the Third World. It is anticipated that the phosphate reserves will be completely exhausted before 2050. Despite this, the unemployment rate currently stands at 90%. As a small territory with no exploitable resources, in the 1990’s Nauru turned to off‐shore financing, and the creation of virtual banks as a way of earning sorely needed foreign currency. In turn, it mirrors the off‐shore island economies of The Cayman Islands, and continental havens like Luxembourg and Switzerland.


The Nauru Elegies project looks at the combination of unique qualities that make a remote place like Nauru a core member of the 21st century global economy. It explores an island in a state of environmental collapse through a variety of mediums: film, hypsographic animation, a musical score, interactive posters, and acrylic sculpture. The music component of Nauru Elegies reflects colonial and post-colonial issues facing the digital economy of the 21st century translated into a string quartet, composed by Paul D. Miller (aka DJ Spooky), while the architectural component, conceptualized by Annie K. Kwon, spatializes and formalizes an otherwise invisible economic flow and irreversible ecological devastation.

A new architecture reclaims a local hypsographic territory at a culmination of global currents. The poet Goethe once wrote: “architecture is nothing but frozen music." Nauru Elegies asks what happens if we reverse engineer that process through on‐site recordings and footage translated through the prism of music and architectural form.


Artists' Statement:

'The Nauru Elegies: A Portrait in Sound and Hypsographic Architecture' is a technical synthesis of a live string ensemble, projected high-definition video footage, digital animation and live internet feed. It is an orchestration of content retrieved and processed in multiple localities including research in New York City, documentation in Nauru and performed by local musicians. It is a statement of technology and media processes in the 21st century that is exponentially progressing to a more dematerialized and delocalized state.

Audio and video recordings have been taken with the most current and mobile digital technologies in addition to the exploration of medical isosurf modeling techniques appropriated in architectural form and rendering. Economic dynamics will be mapped using current open source satellite and geospatial technologies including NASA World Wind to map hypsometric and bathymetric contours. The Nauru Elegies is realized in multiple technical layers, a manifold performance that has identifiable localities held by a complex global structure.

- Annie K. Kwon and Paul D. Miller of KWON MILLER PRODUCTIONS.


Curator's statement:

Nauru Elegies is a haunting homage to a displaced society.  From the refuse littered beaches, to an architecture constructed to mourn their loss of natural resources, this once nomadic culture now circles their island on motorcyles via a single looping road.  The native population has dwindled to 5%, and they join the Australian and American locals in singing Christian songs, eating Chinese fast food, and surviving on a stipend of $160/month AUD.  The fractured and empathetic rendering of this by Paul and Annie comes thorough in the disparate artworks that when displayed together, provide a overall picture of culture in danger of complete irradication. 

This exhibition was prototyped in Beta_space at the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney. As part of their sketch process, Paul and Annie visited the collection stores of both the Australian and Powerhouse Museums, where between 70 and 90 objects from Nauruan history reside.  From stamps, to shields, to clothing, tools and swords, it became clear to the artists that mapping and a sense of place were at the forefront of the Oceanic culture in which Nauru was previously so steeped.  Close neighbours from Fiji wore garments that showcased where they were from, serving as maps or location identifiers.  This practise is mirrored in Miller's graphic posters containing location identifiers in the form of 2-dimensional barcodes transferring the audience that interacts with them to virtual sites containing historical and controversial information about Nauru. An identity previously communicated with painted dots on bark has evolved. It is now mirrored in pixels and is being communicated not through the grainy photographs of brave explorers, but through the internet accessed by hand held devices and a curious general public.

Kwon utilised isosurf modelling technology to render both her animation and her acrylic sculpture.  In using a technology designed to scan the human body for illness, disease, and decay; Kwon lends a physicality to her mapping of what's left of the island.  This medium is not only recording what remains of a once rich deposit of phosphate, but takes us on a chilling virtual journey through the spaces that were created in the mining of this deposit. The definition of elegy is a poem or song to a deceased family member, and one gets the feeling here that they are walking through a loved one's tomb. This is especially true when Miller's achingly resonant score interrupts your experience, winding its way into your being as you take in the film, the animation, the sculpture, and the sites of this contemporary snapshot of Nauru.

Nauru Elegies was first shown as a prototype in Beta_space in the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney and was produced with the support of the Powerhouse Museum, the Creativity and Cognition Studios, Cyclic Defrost, and the Interaction Consortium.  A big thank you to the colleagues affiliated with New Media Curation, who provided myself and the artists with the tools necessary to bring this work into the public consciousness.  And of course, thank you to Experimenta for recognising it's potential and value in providing us with the follow up resources to produce the polished work you will see before you at Blindside.

- Deborah Turnbull, New Media Curation (written from an interview taken on the 30 December, 2009 with the artists)


Nauru Elegies, by Annie K. Kwon and Paul D. Miller

Submitted to RMIT Gallery for Drawing Out as part of Tractus Discursus.

Accepted to: The Powerhouse Museum, Sydney

Beta_space | Cyberworlds | 19 December 2009 - 30 January 2010

Chief Collaborators: Dr. Greg Turner and Aram Dulyan from The Interaction Consortium

Exhibition Dates | 19 December 2009 - 30 January 2010

Launch Date | Saturday 19 December 2009 @ 2pm | GET RHYTHM! Performances and Talks by Paul D. Miller and Annie K. Kwon with guests Andrew Johnston, Ben Marks, Jon Drummond, and Shannon O’Neill | Target Theatre | Level 2 | Powerhouse Museum, Sydney | Co-presented by Cylic Defrost, the Creativity and Cognition Studios, and the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney | RSVP ESSENTIAL

Guest Curator | Deborah Turnbull | New Media Curation

As advertised in Museums & Galleries NSW, Cyclic Defrost and Ampersand Magazine

PRESS RELEASE    Available Publication: Rhythm Science, by Paul D. Miller (MIT Press, 2004)


A Hypsographic Analysis of Nauru

Image courtesy the artists, Paul D. Miller and Annie K. Kwon

A Hypsographic Analysis of Nauru

'The Nauru Elegies: A Portrait in Sound and Hypsographic Architecture' is a technical synthesis of a live string ensemble, projected high-definition video footage, digital animation and live internet feed. It is an orchestration of content retrieved and processed in multiple localities including research in New York City, documentation in Nauru and performed in Yokohama by local musicians. It is a statement of technology and media processes in the 21st century that is exponentially progressing to a more dematerialized and delocalized state.

Audio and video recordings will be taken with the most current and mobile digital technologies in addition to the exploration of medical isosurf modeling techniques appropriated in architectural form and rendering. Economic dynamics will be mapped using current open source satellite and geospatial technologies including NASA World Wind to map hypsometric and bathymetric contours. The Nauru Elegies is realized in multiple technical layers, a manifold performance that has identifiable localities held by a complex global structure.

Text contributed by Paul Miller and Ann Kwon via KWON MILLER PRODUCTIONS.

KWON MILLER PRODUCTIONS has contracted New Media Curation to exhibit the Nauru Elegies in its final iteration across Australia.  Prototyping in Beta_space will provide Sydney venues with a sneak preview of the final iteration to be designed and coded by the Interaction Consortium.  The artists spent eight weeks  with a production crew on Nauru filming, researching, and interviewing the inhabitants to provide the global audience with a cross section of contemporary existence through the mediums of sound, music, and light, highlighting how an isolated culture struggles to survive at the cusp of financial, cultural, and social displacement.


Bienalto House Launch

Event: Bienalto House Launch

Location: Bienalto House | 165 Riley Street |  Darlinghurst NSW 2010

Date: Friday 26 February 2010 @ 6pm | VIP ONLY!

The new home of Bienalto!

image courtesy of Bienalto House

The new home of Bienalto!

Folder Culture, 2009

Image courtesy of the artist, Ian Gwilt

Folder Culture, 2009

Wave, 2009

Image courtesy of the artist, Chris Bowman

Wave, 2009

Magic Wallpaper, 2009

image courtesy of the artist, Steph Rajalingham

Magic Wallpaper, 2009

SoapBox Project, 2009

Image courtesy of the artists, SoapBox Project

SoapBox Project, 2009



Hurol Inan, Bienalto's founder, is hosting a lavish launch for the new home of his experience design firm, Bienalto House.  It is a VIP event spanning clients in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.  NMC is lucky enough to have been invited to curate a series of interactive works to show off the new space, marrying experience architecture and interactive artwork in a uniform space.

Artists Ian Gwilt, Chris Bowman, Steph Rajalingham, and the SoapBox Project will adorn both internal and external areas of the new house, creating an immersive and absorbing experience for the top clientele of this outstanding firm.

Watch this space for Hurol's video on the history and inspiration behind Bienalto House!


Memory Flows

Exhibition Venues: UTS Tower Exhibition Screens Performance Space

Exhibition Dates: 24-27 June 2009

Launch Event: Wednesday 24 June, 6-9pm @ Carriageworks

UTS Bon Marche Studios performance in conjunction with Image Ecologies

This exhibition will be produced, distributed and exhibited in collaboration with Liquid Architecture and the ABC social media and collaborative space, POOL.

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Image courtesy of the artist, Jacqueline Gothe

Memory Flows is an ongoing and distributed media art project of the CMAI, funded by the Inter-Arts Board of the Australia Council for the Arts.

Starting in June, it will flow into and be distrubuted through exhibitions, groups shows, events, spaces – building its own full flow along the way, for a full exhibition in 2010. The first distribution of Memory Flows works and works in progress will be with Image Ecologies at UTS and with Liquid Architecture (Australia's foremost Sound Art Festival).

Several Memory Flows sound works will be part of the Liquid Architecture exhibition at Carriage Works (24.06.2009 - 27.06.2009 )and there will be a performance in the Bon Marche Studio on June 25, as a Liquid Architecture event.  The performance will be a distributed event – both in terms of the way the performers improvise with visual and sound material and in the way that it will stream live to the Internet and onto screens in Building 1 during the event, and following the event (for the duration of Image Ecologies) with an edited loop of the event and sound.  The distributed nature and liveness of this performance and its musicality will speak to the space at the back of level 4 in the Tower,  which is itself live, active, and energized by the students who move through it. The distributed nature of the event also speaks directly to the Memory Flows project itself and the way CMAI works through process oriented collaboration, project based and distributed works, and creative practice as research.


Spring and Asura.02 - Disturbance

by Chris Bowman with Dr. Alastair Weakley and Doreen Ee

Accepted to: At the Vanishing Point – Contemporary Art – Newtown – 22 October - 8 November 2009

Public Programme - Artist & Curator Talks | Saturday 7 November, 2009 | 2-6pm

Invitation - Arts Hub Ad - Press Release - Artist/Curator Talks & BBQ!

Spring and Asura, 2008. As exhibited in Beta_space, PHM, Sydney 2008.

Image courtesy of the artist, Chris Bowman

Spring and Asura, 2008. As exhibited in Beta_space, PHM, Sydney 2008.

Spring and Asura is the result of creative work developed from an inquiry into process and prototyping, and supported by a longstanding collaboration between Chris Bowman and Dr. Alastair Weakley.  

Spring and Asura.02 - Disturbance is an interactive artwork that explores the interconnectivity of the animate and the inanimate. The centerpiece to the exhibition is an interactive artwork that explores the relationship between video images of the natural world and the poem "Spring and Asura" written by Kenji Miyazawa (translated into English by Hiroaki Sato).  

The work is further explored through the movement of visitors within the space and the recitation of one of the most important of Buddhist sutras: the Heart Sutra.  The video sequences represent the artist’s personal explorations of and reflections on the poem and have influenced the development of the software system.  

Using a combination of image and motion capture technology the artwork explores the movement of light and shade within the video recordings, taking into account the disturbance of the visitor in the space. This self-generating interconnected system creates an ordering and re-ordering of the poetry text resulting in shifts in time, movement and abstraction through the viewing of the work.    

Spring and Asura .01 (a prototype in development) was exhibited at the Powerhouse Museum (Beta_Space Gallery in 2008). At ATVP we see a more fully developed work that extends the form's interaction, enhances the work’s responsiveness to the movement of visitors around it and in turn creates a greater sense of engagement between the visitor and the artwork.  Importantly, Spring and Asura now exists as pool of images - a metaphor of a chozubachi or tsukubai (a water basin found at Zen Buddhist temples used for ritual purification) on which visitors are encouraged to contemplate the poem and the images. Such “interconnectivity” is an important metaphor for both the artist and Kenji and it informs every aspect of their artwork.  

Also on display at ATVP are support materials created by the artist during the making of Spring and Asura .01 and .02 , along with other relational works that serve as experiments with both the concepts and the tools surrounding and supporting Spring and Asura. These images consist of schematics and sketches, and manipulation of the artist’s key medium, film, to demonstrate early prototype development by the artist and the technologist from 2005 – 2007. Collectively these images give the viewer an insight into the graphic representations of space and time (schematic drawings) and the prototype system development for the image capture technology that operates in Spring and Asura.  


Image Ecologies

Accepted to: UTS Exhibitions and Events | Tower Building | Level 4 Foyer – 25 June - 9 August 2009

Submitted to: UCI DAC - BEALL Centre for Art and Technology - California, USA - 2009-2010

In collaboration with Memory Flows, a CMAI project.

U:Mag Article - City of Sydney Listing

Press Release - Launch Invitation - RSVP is essential

Shaping Form, 2007.  As exhibited in Gallery 1 of the CDG, 2007.

Image courtesy of the artist, Ernest Edmonds

Shaping Form, 2007. As exhibited in Gallery 1 of the CDG, 2007.

The 4th Floor, 2004-5. Online interface of Rue de Chazelles, Paris.

Image courtesy of the artists, Maria Miranda & Norie Neumark

The 4th Floor, 2004-5. Online interface of Rue de Chazelles, Paris.

save_as, 2007.  As exhibited in Beta_space, PHM, Sydney, 2007

Image courtesy of the artist, Ian Gwilt

save_as, 2007. As exhibited in Beta_space, PHM, Sydney, 2007

Invited Artists: Ernest Edmonds, Brigid Costello, Maria Miranda & Norie Neumark, Sarah Gibson, Ian Gwilt, Eamon Davern

Curatorial Rationale: New Media artwork has moved beyond the recorded mediums of photography and film to encompass interactive, augmented, and generative works due to the appropriation of and reliance on digitization by its practitioners. 

These emergent and evolving art forms exist, in the words of Ron Burnett, as image ecologies. This terminology references the exploratory way in which the average person navigates digital imagery in contemporary society.  This exhibition will explore the collaborative way New Media Research initiatives within UTS are themselves example of creative ecologies.

By providing environments, tools, and instruction, these environments are instilling in their inhabitants (both students and collaborators) the ability to evolve alongside current technology in regard to new media art creation. This exhibition will showcase the production outputs of three leading UTS laboratories and studios: 1) the Creativity and Cognition Studios (FEIT); 2) the Centre for Media Arts Innovation (HSS); and 3) the Visual Communication course for School of Design (DAB).


Mundane Traces

by Ian Gwilt

Curator, Deborah Turnbull

Location: Olympic Tally Room, Building 10, Level 7

Dates: 26 November – 5 December 2008

Launch Date: Tuesday 25 November 2008 @ 6pm

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Submitted to:  UCI DAC - BEALL Centre for Arts and Technology - California, USA - 2009-2010

Folderwall, 2007.  As exhibited in Beta_space, PHM, Sydney, 2007.

Image courtesy of the artist, Ian Gwilt

Folderwall, 2007. As exhibited in Beta_space, PHM, Sydney, 2007.

The mundane-traces show is a collection of New Media artworks created by Ian Gwilt. Using innovative technologies to re-imagine the graphical user interface as a creative artefact the six individual works explore the graphic user interface in a creative context using augmented reality, rapid protoyping and laser cutting technologies. The result is an intriguing mix of physical and virtual interpretations of the folders, files and scrollbars from the everyday computer desktop.
These creative repositionings play with our understanding and expectations of the conventional computer orientated interface through variations in context, scale and media. The folders and files that occur in the exhibition space create complex layered readings that allude to both the original physical metaphor of the office desktop and the Graphical User Interface interpretation. Comments to a larger, cultural image ecology of these everyday symbols are facilitated through the digital, material constructs of a new, augmented reality artwork that uses mobile phone video facilities to place digital content in direct relation to material artefacts.

The Olympic Tally Room on Level 7 of UTS’s new Building 10 is a transient site. Due to be demolished at the close of 2008, it encompasses a planned obsolescence not dissimilar to the objects on display.  The stripping of the site has already begun, leaving a starkness and absence that cradles these esoteric symbols of progress removed from their natural and virtual habitat for artistic contemplation and consumption.


The Mundane Traces Exhibition requires dedicated and experienced volunteers to mind this interactive arts exhibition between 25 November - 6 December 2008.  There are two types of shifts available:

1) Opening Night - Tuesday 25 November, from 5-9pm.  This shift will focus on support tasks such as assisting with hosting duties (greetings, directions, refreshments), gallery minding, and artwork and publication sales. Previous experience in these areas are appreciated.

2) Gallery Minding - Wednesday 26 November - Friday 5 December, from 12-2:30pm and 2:30-5pm.  These shifts will require some technical expertise (turning a mobile phone on/off linking through to a portable video camera).  You will be required to ensure that all technical equipment remain safe and secure, including the collection and deposit of handheld devices at the open and close of each day.  You must also be prepared to liaise with security and building management should something be stolen.  When people are in the gallery space, you will be expected to be alert, professional and informed about the exhibition.  When there are not people in the space, you are welcome to read, surf the internet (laptop provided), or even STUDY.

Please email Deborah Turnbull or ring 0400 920 761  to register as a volunteer.  Spots are limited, so don't miss out on this great opportunity to further your experience in art/technology/design!


UTS: Animation Festival

School of Design, Faculty DAB:UTS

Launch Event: Friday 17 October 2008 @ 5:30pm – DAB Forecourt (CB6.4)

Premiere Screening: Digital Panorama – Friday 17 October 2008  @ 7pm – Guthrie Theatre

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In celebration of the newly formalized Masters of Animation, the School of Design will do a limited screening of the Australian International Animation Festival (AIAF). Known for her administrative skills, Deborah was recruited by the acting course director, Chris Bowman, to oversee the tasks of liaising with AIAF staff, the OLFC exemption application process, the procurement of the film streams, venue hire, the organisation of staff and volunteers, and all web and print advertising.

A special thank you to the below media sources for supporting our festival:

Sydney Morning Herald, Encore Magazine, dhub.org, What's On Sydney, and U:mag.



ENGAGE: Interaction, Art and Audience Experience

A CSS/UTS/ACID/ANAT conference on Interactive Art, 2006

November 26-28, 2006; University of Technology, Sydney

As manager of this conference and co-editor of the proceedings, Deborah co-ordinated 70 international academics to speak and network in support of the research and evaluation performed in Beta_space from its inception in November 2004, to its current state in November 2006.

Copies of the ENGAGE proceedings are available from CCS Administration.


AMP Thought and Innovation Festival

AMP Building, Circular Quay

Friday 29 June 2007

Charged with programming the CCS stall at the AMP Thought and Innovation Festival for 2007, Deborah selected the highest quality projects available through CCS and its partners to showcase what R & D had the most commercial potential to a large external corporation.  The works of Andrew Johnston, Andrew Brown & Steve Dillon, Ian Gwilt, Roman Danylak, and Shigeki Amitani kept corporate visitors busy over the course of the day.


Correspondences in Sound and Vision

Bay 20 - The Carriageworks

Sunday 30 September 2007

DC_Release, 2007.  As performed by Ernest Edmonds and Mark Fell at the Carriageworks, Sydney, 2007.

Image courtesy of the artist, Ernest Edmonds

DC_Release, 2007. As performed by Ernest Edmonds and Mark Fell at the Carriageworks, Sydney, 2007.

Deborah co-ordinated and curated this audio/visual performance utlizing musicians, composers, artists and computer scientists.  An invitation only crowd viewed 3 performances:

Opening Performances:

aacell, by Andrew Brown and Andrew Sorensen (Brisbane)

Partial Reflections, by Andrew Johnston and Ben Marks (Sydney/Brisbane)

Feature Presentations:

Port Hacking & DC_Release, by Ernest Edmonds and Mark Fell (Sydney/UK)


Conny Dietzschold Gallery

2 Danks Street Waterloo NSW 2017

O.T., 2007, by Milen Miltchev. As exhibited at the CDG.

Image courtesy of the artist, Milen Miltchev and the CDG

O.T., 2007, by Milen Miltchev. As exhibited at the CDG.

Deborah performed curatorial, managerial, and commercial duties on a case-by-case basis for international gallerist Conny Dietzschold.  Our collaboration comprised 5 separate exhibitions in both the CDG and Multiple Box Sydney:

Shaping Form 2007, by Ernest Edmonds (Australia/UK) – solo exhibition, both galleries

Sculpture, Painting, Photography, by Milen Miltchev (Bulgaria/Germany)
Sculpture and Photography, by Mary Lou Pavlovic (Australia)

Sculpture and Wall Objects, by Christofer Kochs and Willi Siber (Germany)
Print Drawing on Photography, by Damian Dillon (Australia)

Wall Objects, by Daniel Goettin & Rosa M Hessling (Germany)
Beasts of Faith, photographic series by Suzanne Buljan (Australia)

To Black and Death…, by Pollyxenia Joannou (Australia)
Subvert I Sing, by Richard Tipping (Australia)

Deborah also co-ordinated the first of the 2008 Danks Street Conversations where panellists Rachel Kent (MCA), Lawrence Nield (Bligh Voller Nield Architecture), Nell Schofield (TV Presenter and Arts Writer) and sculptor Richard Goodwin were introduced by the Lord Mayor Clover Moore.  Hosted by the Brenda May Gallery in the Danks Street Complex, it was a lively evening of debate and discussion surrounding the absence/presence of public sculpture in Sydney.

Deborah and Conny expect to collaborate with CDG artist Lisa Andrews on her upcoming prototype for Andrew’s next compilation of interactive video art. It is set to exhibit in Beta_Space in April 2009.


UTS Gallery

Level 4, 702 Harris Street

Ultimo NSW 2007

UTS Gallery and Art Collection

image courtesy of UTS Gallery and Art Collection

In an early collaboration, Deborah acted as installation assistant for Ernest Edmonds’ work White Noise in the 2006 exhibition Artificial Nature 1: Transcapes – Digitally Mediated Environments.  In her more recent events administration role within the School of Design, she assisted curators Tania Creighton and Holly Williams with the public programmes for Roma Publications 1998-2008.  She assisted with planning and executing the panel discussion Books Make Friends: Autonomous publishing in art & print and oversaw the screening of the cult film Helvetica.