Members

The members of the Centre come from the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences as well as other parts of La Trobe University involved in research in the Creative Arts. They include members of staff, post-graduate students, and honorary members. 

If you are interested in becoming a member or associate, please contact info(at)centreforcreativearts.org.au.

Members

Hugh Davies

Hugh Davies

The Centre's Deputy Director is Senior Lecturer Hugh Davies in Media: Screen + Sound and Creative Arts.

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Vincent Alessi

Vincent Alessi

Vincent is Artistic Director of LUMA | La Trobe University Museum of Art, a position held since 2006. He has curated a number of important exhibitions including KITE: Mike Brown and the Sydney 12, Three Degrees of Change: Ken and Julia Yonetani, Lauren Berkowitz and Ash Keating, Juan Ford: Lord of the Canopy and Me Here Now: Place and Identity in Contemporary Australian Art. He has also curated and written on the work of individual artists including Mark Schaller, Vera Möller, Philip Hunter, Daniel Moynihan, Sara Amos and Justin Andrews. Alessi’s research interests include contemporary sculpture, the possibilities of art outside of the gallery context, notions of the archive and the work of Vincent van Gogh, the focus of his PhD.

Angie Black

Angie Black

Angie is Lecturer in Media: Screen + Sound at La Trobe University, where she completed her MA in Media (producing a feature film screenplay) and is currently undertaking a feature film project as a creative PhD there. She is a graduate of VCA, Film and Television and a recipient of Film Victoria’s ‘Independent Filmmakers Fund’ in which she directed the award winning short film Bowl Me Over, 2001. Angie is a multi-award winning filmmaker, been a script reader and development head for several film and television producers and a television commercials director for production company ‘The Directors Group’.
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Geoff Brown

Geoff Brown

Geoff is a Mildura-based installation artist, who is passionate about the environment. He uses recycled material and the full toolbox of popular culture and technology – including appropriation and remixing – to create immersive settings that seek to confront human excess with excess. As a transdisciplinary visual arts PhD candidate at La Trobe University, Geoff is moving towards a more collective and collaborative arts practice to engage the public. He is currently a lecturer in sculpture and a visual arts technician at La Trobe University, Mildura (and likes to play scrabble nude and to pretend he is Duchamp’s opponent in chess!).

Jan Hendrik Br├╝ggemeier

Jan Hendrik Br├╝ggemeier

Jan is a freelance artist, curator and media producer. He holds an MFA in Media Arts and Design from the Bauhaus University Weimar, where he graduated from the chair for Experimental Radio. He relocated from London, where he worked for the AA School of Architecture, to Melbourne to take on his Creative PhD at the Centre for Creative Arts at La Trobe University, where he now resides. Jan has been actively involved in the shaping and running of international media networks and he has curated numerous art festivals and exhibitions. Jan's artistic interests lie in sound art and spaces for communication in the city. His work has been shown internationally at venues like Radio Saout at Marrakech Biennale 5, Bauhaus Dessau Foundation, Goethe Institute Rome and Meteor Festival in Bergen. Recently, he was the artistic co-director of the EU project bauhaus lab 2009, an international project network for contemporary interdisciplinary arts. He has been artist-in-residence of the Cultural Foundations of Saxony and Thuringia in Germany.
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Felicity Collins

Felicity is Associate Professor in Media: Screen + Sound.

Anna Dzenis

Anna Dzenis is Associate Lecturer in Media: Screen + Sound.

Carol Hart

Carol is a Research Fellow at the Institute for Social Participation.

Suzi Hayes

Suzi Hayes

Suzi Hayes is a part-time peddler of charms, and a part-time dabbler with disaster. She has worked as a performing arts manager, social and environmental researcher, and freelance writer. Suzi is currently preoccupied by a range of experimental, spontaneously combusting texts, which are assembling themselves around her as a PhD thesis. With a disciplinary background in philosophy, Suzi has a penchant for water, of any kind, and clouds.
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Trevor Hogan

Trevor is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology and Director of the Philippines-Australia Studies Centre.

Elliot Howard

Elliot Howard

Elliot is a Lecturer in Visual Arts and Design. His current research interests include exploring the relationship between art theory and studio practice, between art practice and the thing that follows late capitalism as well as art’s ability to manifest resistance. In following this line of research Howard has focussed on key practitioners and thinkers such as Thomas Hirschhorn, Sharon Hayes, Liam Gillick, Hardt and Negri and Deleuze and Guattari. Models of making and exhibiting artworks, subjectivity, affect, the encounter and resistance are investigated through the production of installations, video and text based artworks. Recently Elliot has been working in collaboration with Melbourne based artist Bruce Mowson. This collaboration resulted in the installation The Listening vs Striles of Ming at La Trobe University’s VAC Gallery in Bendigo.

Hester Joyce

Hester is Senior Lecturer in Creative Arts.

Jeff Malpas

Jeff is Distinguished Visiting Professor in Philosophy.

Susan Kaye Martin

Sue is a Associate Professor in English and Associate Dean (Research), Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Maria Miranda

Maria holds an ARC (DECRA) Fellowship in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences and is Artistic Director of the Centre's Gallery Ellipsis.

Paul Northam

Paul is Managing Curator of VAC | La Trobe University Visual Arts Centre in Bendigo.

Karina Quinn

Karina Quinn

Karina is a published academic, creative writer and poet working in queer theory, fictocriticism, and post-structuralist and feminist theories of the body, subjectivity, and self. She has a particular interest in the ways that bodies speak through text, and what happens when these texts are performed. A spoken word performer and shameless lover of open mics, she is currently writing her PhD titled 'this body, written' at La Trobe University, Melbourne, where she also tutors in Professional Writing.
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Alison Ravenscroft

Alison is a Associate Professor in English.

Sue Thomas

Sue is Professor in English.

Tyson Wils

Tyson Wils

Tyson has taught in the areas of cinema, media, communication and cultural studies for over at ten years at various universities in Australia. He recently completed a PhD thesis on the relationship between technology, nature and aesthetics in the work of German filmmaker Werner Herzog.  In addition to publishing on the work of Herzog, he has also written on Siegfried Kracauer, Lotte H. Eisner, Béla Balázs, Classic Weimar film, landscape in cinema, and film history and genre. Wils has also worked as a features film programmer with the Human Rights and Arts Film Festival and is currently preparing a book on spectatorship and human rights film festivals.

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Associate Members

Stephen Abblitt

Stephen Abblitt

Stephen is a literary philosopher and post-critic. He recently received his PhD for a critical-creative thesis addressing some intellectual homologies between James Joyce and Jacques Derrida, presented as a sequence of frustrated correspondences, missed encounters and abortive dialogues. He has published papers on the queer geographies of David Malouf’s early fiction in Australian Geographer, nuclear criticism and the time of the thesis in Text, and has a ficto-memoir forthcoming in the James Joyce Quarterly, on aspects of mourning, touching, responsibility, and hauntology experienced through reading a first edition of Ulysses, as well as a ficto-critical review of Derrida: A Biography by BenoÎt Peeters appearing soon in Thesis Eleven. His present research project is a collection of post-critical essays on love, desire, and errancy in Derrida’s La carte postale. He is currently an Honorary Visiting Research Fellow in the English Program at La Trobe University.

Mark Amerika

Mark Amerika

Mark’s work has been exhibited internationally at venues such as the Whitney Biennial of American Art, the Denver Art Museum, the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London, and the Walker Art Center. In 2009-2010, The National Museum of Contemporary Art in Athens, Greece, hosted Amerika’s comprehensive retrospective exhibition entitled UNREALTIME. He is the author of many books including remixthebook (University of Minnesota Press, 2011) and his collection of artist writings entitled META/DATA: A Digital Poetics (The MIT Press, 2007). His art work Museum of Glitch Aesthetics was commissioned by the Abandon Normal Devices Festival in conjunction with the London 2012 Olympics. Amerika is a Professor of Art and Art History at the University of Colorado at Boulder and Principal Research Fellow in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Science at La Trobe University.
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Twitter: @markamerika

Dan Angeloro

Dan Angeloro

Dan is one half of Soda_Jerk, an Australian artist collective that works with found material to trouble existing formulations of cultural history. By strategically re-imagining historical trajectories, the artists are concerned with producing counter-mythologies of the past that open new possibilities for the present. Taking the form of video installations, cut-up texts and lecture performances, Soda_Jerk's archival practice merges the zones of research, documentary and speculative fiction.
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Bindi Cole

Bindi Cole

Award winning artist Bindi Cole was born in 1975 in Melbourne, Australia. Her works to expose the questions most are afraid to ask. Her artworks are at times so personal, cathartically imbuing them with a gritty honesty that the viewer’s experience can verge on voyeurism. Mixing photography, installation, text, film, sound and projections, Cole’s work exposes the latent and unspoken power dynamics of Australian culture in the here and now. She subtly but powerfully reveals some uncomfortable truths about the fundamental disconnection between who we are - the communities and identities by which we shape our sense of self - and how the prevailing culture attempts to place and define us. In 2010, Cole was listed as one of the Top 100 Most Influential People in Melbourne. Since her first solo show in 2007, Cole’s work has been widely exhibition in solo and group exhibitions including the National Gallery of Victoria, Queensland Gallery of Modern Art, National Portrait Gallery, Perth Institute of Contemporary Art, Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Art (Brooklyn, USA), Museum of Contemporary Art (Taiwan). Her work is held in various collections across the world. Cole lives and works in Melbourne, Australia.
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Nola Farman

Nola Farman

Nola’s art practice is diverse ranging from drawing, painting, large environmental works, installations, artists’ books to sculpture. Commissions include public artworks in Singapore, Australia (Brisbane, Canberra, Sydney, Perth). Awards include Australia Council Two Year Fellowship (1997); two Premier's Awards, WA Civic Design Award (1995); Predominantly Landscape Environment Award (1995) with FFW Architects/Urban Planners; Mundaring Arts Centre Inaugural Prize, Self-portraiture; L.I.N. Award of Excellence (EPRA), as Public Art Consultant with Tract Landscape Architects. 1991 Diploma of Honor, Prix Ars Electronica, Linz; project grants from Australia Council, ANAT, NSW Department for the Arts and WA Department for the Arts.
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Jenny Fraser

Jenny Fraser

She works within a fluid screen-based practice of bold and confronting art that utilises popular cultural references as a bridge to challenge viewer’s frames of reference. Her practice has also been partly defined through a strong commitment to collaboration with others and she is motivated to redefine the art of curating as an act of sovereignty and emancipation, founding cyberTribe online gallery over a decade ago. Jenny is a celebrated screen artist, she was awarded an honourable mention at the 2007 imagineNATIVE Film Festival, Toronto, Canada and in 2009, was nominated for a Deadly Award. She is set to challenge audiences again with her upcoming Australia Council fellowship project ‘Midden’ which was awarded in 2012. A Murri of mixed ancestry, she was born in Far North Queensland and her old people originally hailed from Yugambeh Country in the Gold Coast Hinterland on the border of South East Queensland / Northern New South Wales.
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David Hirst

David Hirst

David composes electroacoustic music and researches music and sound perception. Selected works can be heard on Soundcloud. Some performance highlights of Hirst's work are the selection, in 2012, of a work for the Ear to the Earth site to commemorate the 100th anniversary of John Cage. Hirst has lectured on electronic music at the Tasmanian Conservatorium of Music and La Trobe University, where he served as Head of the Music Department. Hirst studied composition with Jonty Harrison at the University of Birmingham. He has published extensively on electroacoustic music, in journals such as Organised Sound, Array, Chroma, Sounds Australian, New Music Articles, Press Press Magazine. Hirst completed a PhD with a music composition folio and a music psychology thesis at the University of Melbourne, and subsequently became a Senior Research Fellow in the Music and Neurocognition Laboratory of the School of Behavioural Sciences. He is currently Adjunct Associate Professor in Music at the Centre for Creative Arts.

John Hopkins

John Hopkins

John (BSc, MFA, PhD) is a nomadic artist and teacher. His workshops explore issues of sustainable creative practices, 'big-picture' system views, tactical media, distributed and community-based DIY, Open Source, and DIWO processes, and the appropriation of global IT networks as the site for autonomous creative activity: Temporary Autonomous Zones. Resonating with both David Bohm's and Martin Buber's ideas around the power of human encounter and dialogue, he facilitates experiential learning around collaborative engagement. His international creative media arts practice and writings explore the role of energy in techno-social systems and explore the effects of technology on energized human encounter. He has taught in more than 20 countries and 60 higher education situations. He is currently teaching in the Technology, Arts, and Media program at the University of Colorado at Boulder.
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John Jacobs

John Jacobs

John is a radio producer, sound artist and freewheeling cyclist in Melbourne, Australia. He works at ABC Radio National where he co-founded the experimental arts and culture audio adventure The Night Air as well as the co-creative community space ABC Pool. John co-produced the popular triple j news theme, was at the birth of doof, code-jammed the indymedia citizen journalism movement and kicked off the wheelie bin sound system meme. His experimental arts practice includes collage, circuit bending and live camera performance.

Natalie Pirotta

Natalie Pirotta

Natalie is a painter and a scholar. She is interested in integrating traditional painting with contemporary video art, and her videos can be viewed on Vimeo. She recently completed her PhD thesis in which she wrote about the life and work of the nineteenth Century Australian landscape painter W.C. Piguenit through the prism of psychoanalytic theory, in particular Donald Winnicott’s theories of Transitional Space. As well as a work of scholarly research, her PhD explored the act of creating works of art in the private studio as well as in landscape settings through her own creative practice. Natalie’s artwork engages with popular culture, remixing themes from fairytales, myths, science fiction, and everyday life in her paintings. She has exhibited her work in various galleries in Melbourne, including the Fitzroy Gallery, 69 Smith Street, PerSquareMetre, and the Incinerator Gallery. She has also recently published a piece on the nineteenth century artist Harriet Halligan in Kannunah.
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Laurens Tan

Laurens Tan

Laurens Tan was born in Den Haag Holland in 1950. He lives works in Sydney, Beijing and Las Vegas. His work links design, language, cultural space and their evolution. His doctorate thesis, The Architecture of Risk (Communication and Media, University of Technology Sydney, 2006) was an extensive body of work to link culture and visual identity, with Las Vegas as his primary research site (1995-2005) to win an Australian PostGraduate Award. In 2006-08 the Australia China Council twice awarded him residencies in Beijing followed by a special development research grant. He has since worked in Beijing and Las Vegas to link his ongoing research. Laurens has served as academic in Art and Design at the University of Western Sydney, University of California Davis, at the Raffles Institute of Technology, Sydney, as Head of School of Visual Communication. He is Adjunct Professor at the Tianjin Academy of Fine Art and LaTrobe University.
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Angharad Wynne-Jones

Angharad Wynne-Jones

Angharad studied theatre at Dartington College of Arts in the UK. In 1994 she became Director of the Performance Space in Sydney. In 1998 she (as Executive Producer) and Gideon Obarzanek established Chunky Move in Melbourne. Angharad joined Peter Sellars as Associate Director in the 2002 Adelaide Festival. She was appointed Director of LIFT (London International Festival of Theatre) 2005 – 2008. She has been on a number of Boards and Panels: Australia Council Hybrid, New Media and Dance Boards, Lucy Guerin Inc, Real Time, Snuff Puppets and Total Theatre (UK).  

Angharad is Director of TippingPoint Australia and The Climate Commissions developing international and local projects with artists, scientists and communities energizing the cultural response to climate change. She is Creative Producer at Arts House, a contemporary performance centre in Melbourne a  City of Melbourne contemporary arts initiative.

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