Researcher

Associate Professor Katherine Moline

My Expertise

Design history and theory, Design innovation, Design research, Experimental design, Speculative Design, Critical Design, Co-design, Communication design, Transdisciplinary art and design, Collaboration.

Biography

Katherine Moline is Associate Professor at the School of Art & Design, UNSW Sydney. Her research focuses on the dynamics between technological and social forces in art and design. Her analyses of experimental design have been most recently published in Undesign: Critical Practices at the Intersection of Art and Design (Routledge, 2018) and Food Democracy: Critical Lessons in Food, Communication, Design and Art (Intellect, 2017). Her...view more

Katherine Moline is Associate Professor at the School of Art & Design, UNSW Sydney. Her research focuses on the dynamics between technological and social forces in art and design. Her analyses of experimental design have been most recently published in Undesign: Critical Practices at the Intersection of Art and Design (Routledge, 2018) and Food Democracy: Critical Lessons in Food, Communication, Design and Art (Intellect, 2017). Her innovations in research methods have been documented in Uncertainty and Possibility: New Approaches to Future Making in Design Anthropology (Bloomsbury, 2018) and The Routledge Companion to Digital Ethnography (Routledge, 2017).

Moline is also the Deputy Chair of the Australian Council of University Art & Design Schools (ACUADS), the peak body representing over thirty Australian universities in visual arts, craft and design. The Council undertakes leadership, advocacy, policy development, research and community service for the sector.

Katherine is currently curating a touring exhibition on embodied data, and has led curatorial teams for design exhibitions, including:

The Data Imaginary: Fears and Fantasies, Griffith University Art Museum, Brisbane (2021).
Funded by the Australia Council for the Arts (2020-2021).
https://www.griffith.edu.au/art-museum/whats-on/2021/data-imaginary-fears-fantasies

Climactic: Post Normal Design, Miller Gallery, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh (2016)
http://millergallery.cfa.cmu.edu/exhibitions/climacticpostnormal/

Experimental Thinking: Design Practices, Griffith University Art Museum, Brisbane (2015)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9fSXUp_c2cc

Experimental Practice: Provocations in and Out of Design, RMIT Design Hub, Melbourne (2015)
http://www.designhub.rmit.edu.au/exhibitions-programs/experimental-practice-provocations-in-and-out-of-design

Feral Experimental, University of New South Wales Galleries, Sydney (2014)
http://www.niea.unsw.edu.au/events/exhibition-feral-experimental

Her current practice-based research includes a critical review of research methodologies in art and design, a series of experimental workshops on social practices with mobile media, CCTV, robots and VR, and a number of ongoing system artworks:

Expanding Experimental Aesthetics in the Social Imaginary, Sydney (2018-2021). Funded Alastair Swayn Foundation (2020-2021)

Myths of the Near Future: Robots, University of Moratuwa, Colombo (2017)

Myths of the Near Future: CCTV, The Selfie and Social Activism, University of New South Wales Sydney (2016)

Myths of the Near Future: Mobile Media, Griffith University Art Museum (2015)
http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/futuretense/myths-of-the-near-future/6888830

Era of Surveillance: Persons of Interest, Fisher Library, University of Sydney (2015)
http://news.library.usyd.edu.au/category/exhibitions/

Katherine was awarded the Dean’s Award for Outstanding Research Supervision, College of Fine Arts, UNSW in 2009. Current and recently completed students and topics supervised include:

Benjamin Bailey (Scientia PhD, practice-based, joint) Democratising Data: 3D Virtual Reality (VR) and the Biomedical Aesthetic (commenced 2019)

Inoka Samarasekara (PhD, practice-based, joint) Acts of Preservation and Renewal: Remaking traditional Sri Lankan jewellery impacted by colonisation and globalisation (commenced 2019)

Matt Harkness (PhD, practice-based, joint) Critical Making and DIY Practice: An Investigation of Digital Fabrication Tools and Technologies and their Use in High-Density Urban Settings (commenced 2018)

Kyo Hashimoto (MFA, practice-based, joint) Place-based Making, Hyper-consumerism and Waste (commenced 2018)

Yulia Brazauskayte (PhD, practice-based, joint) Social Robotics: Human-Robot Interaction Design (commenced 2018)

Carly Vickers (PhD, practice-based) Conducting Gesture as Visual Music: Experimental Visualisations for Audiences of Western Classical Music (commenced 2012 PT)

Recent completions

Jack Grant (M.Phil, practice-based, joint) All It Takes: Countering Negative Stereotypes about Homelessness (completed 2020)

Chantelle Baistow (M.Design, practice-based) Co-design and Hyper-consumerism: Technology, Participation, and Ceramics (completed 2019)

Hannah Greethead (M.Phil, practice-based) Webcomics: Communicating Future-Oriented Design Concepts (completed 2019)

Penny Craswell (M.Design) Beyond Celebrity: Emergent Narratives in Inside and Frame Magazine (completed 2017, Deans Award for Research Excellence)

Guy Keulemans (PhD, practice-led, joint) Affect and the experimental design of domestic products (completed 2015)


My Grants

Alastair Swayn Foundation, Strategic Grant, Expanding Experimental Aesthetics in the Social Imaginary: Clothing as Architecture for Menopause (2020-2021), $5,000. Collaboration with Alison Gwilt.

Australia Council for the Arts, Arts Projects for Individuals and Groups, The Data Imaginary: Fears and Fantasies (2020-2021), $21,844. Collaboration with The Data Imaginary Curatorium; Angela Goddard, Amanda Hayman, Troy Casey and Beck Davis.

Ian Potter Foundation, Conference Funding, The Selfie and Social Activism Symposium (2016), $3,000. Collaboration with Kath Albury.


My Research Supervision


Currently supervising

Benjamin Bailey (PhD, practice-based, joint) Democratising Data: 3D Virtual Reality (VR) and the Biomedical Aesthetic (commenced 2019)

Teresa Hunter Hicks (PhD, joint) Collaboration, Collectivity, and Political Action in Australian Poster Making (commenced 2019)

Inoka Samarasekara (PhD, practice-based, joint) Acts of Preservation and Renewal: Remaking traditional Sri Lankan jewellery impacted by colonisation and globalisation (commenced 2019)

Matt Harkness (PhD, practice-based, joint) Critical Making and DIY Practice: An Investigation of Digital Fabrication Tools and Technologies and their Use in High-Density Urban Settings (commenced 2018)

Kyo Hashimoto (MFA, practice-based, joint) Place-based Making, Hyper-consumerism and Waste (commenced 2018)

Jack Grant (M.Phil, practice-based, joint) All It Takes: Countering Negative Stereotypes about Homelessness (commenced 2018)

Yulia Brazauskayte (PhD, practice-based, joint) Social Robotics: Human-Robot Interaction Design (commenced 2018)

Carly Vickers (PhD, practice-based) Conducting Gesture as Visual Music: Experimental Visualisations for Audiences of Western Classical Music (commenced 2012 PT)

Chantelle Baistow (M.Design, practice-based) Co-design and Hyper-consumerism: Technology, Participation, and Ceramics (completed 2019)

Hannah Greethead (M.Phil, practice-based) Webcomics: Communicating Future-Oriented Design Concepts (completed 2019)

Penny Craswell (M.Design) Beyond Celebrity: Emergent Narratives in Inside and Frame Magazine (completed 2017, Deans Award for Research Excellence)

Guy Keulemans (PhD, practice-led, joint) Affect and the experimental design of domestic products (completed 2015)

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