Researcher

Dr Deborah Jane Turnbull Tillman

Biography

Deborah Turnbull Tillman is a curator specialising in design, technology and new media. Her first curatorial project was Beta_space, an experimental gallery at the Powerhouse Museum focused on the audience’s role in interactive art. This fueled her interest in how technology augments traditional art practice and how the audience is becoming a necessary material for technology based art. She then joined the curatorial team at the Powerhouse...view more

Deborah Turnbull Tillman is a curator specialising in design, technology and new media. Her first curatorial project was Beta_space, an experimental gallery at the Powerhouse Museum focused on the audience’s role in interactive art. This fueled her interest in how technology augments traditional art practice and how the audience is becoming a necessary material for technology based art. She then joined the curatorial team at the Powerhouse Museum as Assistant Curator – Design & Technology, where she curated exhibitions such as ISEA2013, designTECH, Good Design and Game Masters.

Deborah's PhD was was awarded in September 2018 and is titled 'New Media Curation: a novel methodology and preliminary criteria for exhibiting new media and interactive art.' The three case studies that supported her contributions to the field include Denouement as part of Musift+Gamify for VIVIDMusic 2015; ISEA 2015: disruption; and Re/Pair for the Big Anxiety Festival at UNSW Art & Design in 2017. 

An editor and author as well as a curator, Deborah began sessional teaching at UNSW Art & Design in 2016 and is now holds an Associate Lecturer position there in Media Arts. She has also been a casual lecturer in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at UTS and in the Design Lab at the University of Sydney. 

Website | www.newmediacuration.com 


My Qualifications

Degrees

  • PhD in Art, Design and Media, UNSW Art & Design, Australia, Feb 2014 - Sep 2018
  • Master of Arts Curatorship and Modern Art, University of Sydney, Australia, Feb 2005 - Mar 2006
  • Bachelor of Arts Art History, University of Victoria, Canada, Sep 1998 - Aug 2002

My Awards

Awards | Australian Postgraduate Award (2014-18) | Postgraduate Research Scholarship Scheme
 


My Research Activities

Academic appointments

  • Invited Arts Chair, Tangible, Embedded and Embodied Interactions (2020) Conference, UTS and University of Sydney, 9-12 February 2020 (resulting in the exhibition Never odd or eveN, Tin Sheds Gallery, 10-12 February 2020)
  • Associate Lecturer, Art & Design, University of New South Wales, May 2019 - present
  • PhD Candidate, University of NSW Art and Design, University of New South Wales, Feb 2014 - present
  • Sessional Lecturer, University of NSW Art and Design, University of NSW Art and Design, Feb 2016 - present
  • Casual Lecturer, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Technology, Sydney, Jun 2014 - Nov 2015
  • Casual Lecturer, Curator, Design Lab, Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning, University of Sydney, Jun 2010 - Nov 2012
  • Contract Curator, Bloodbath by Bumpp, School of Communication Arts, College of the Arts, University of Western Sydney, Aug 2010 - Oct 2010
  • Curator and Editor for Memory Flows, Centre for Media Arts Innovation, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Technology, Sydney, Jun 2009 - Jun 2010
  • Research Assistant, Curator, Project Manager, Research Associate, Creativity and Cognition Studios, Faculty of Engineering and IT, University of Technology, Sydney, Apr 2006 - present

Non-academic employment

  • Exhibition Production Manager, Art & Design, International Symposium of Electronic Art (ISEA) and Simon Fraser University, Apr 2015 - Aug 2015
  • Assistant Curator, Design & Technology, Curatorial, Museum of Applied Arts and Science, Powerhouse Museum, Jul 2012 - Aug 2014
  • Contract Curator, Public Sculpture Commission for City North, Property Logistics, Ausgrid and Urban Art Projects, May 2012 - Aug 2012
  • Contract Curator, InterArts Board and Digital Culture Fund, Australia Council for the Arts, Jan 2011 - Mar 2011
  • Contract Curator, Public Sculpture Commission for Silverwater Learning Centre, Property Logistics, Ausgrid, Jan 2011 - Aug 2011
  • Contract Curator, Grid Gallery, Property Logistics and Digital Direction, Ausgrid and Leo Burnett, Jun 2010 - Dec 2010
  • Contract Curator, Image Ecologies, Events and Exhibitions, University of Technology, Sydney, Jun 2009 - Aug 2009
  • Curator of Beta_space, Faculty of Engineering and IT, Curatorial, Creativity and Cognition Studios, Powerhouse Museum and New Media Curation, Apr 2008 - May 2011

My Research Supervision


Areas of supervision

  • 2018: I have supervised 14 Honours Students from ideation to exhibition in a classroom and panel setting, culminating in exhibition.
  • 2017-2018: supervised Masters in Curating and Cultural Leadership through Embedded Internships (Capstone Course SAHT9118).

Currently supervising

2019:

  • Currently supervising Masters in Curating and Cultural Leadership through Embedded Internships (Capstone Course SAHT9118)
  • Due to supervise Honours Students from prototype to exhibition.

 


My Teaching

I teach across a broad range of subjects, namely around future-focused interactive technologies such as interactive art, but also professional practice across media arts and curatorial studies.

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Location

Crnr Oxford Street and Greens Road, Paddington
PO Box 259 PADDINGTON
NSW 2021 AUSTRALIA