Researcher

Dr 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 and Associate Dean Research Training in the School of Art & Design, UNSW Sydney. Moline's research focuses on the dynamics between technological and social forces in art and design, and includes curated exhibitions and methodological innovation. Between 2014 and 2016 she curated four exhibitions that generated international debate, attracted significant museum sponsorship and audience engagement. Her...view more

Katherine Moline is Associate Professor and Associate Dean Research Training in the School of Art & Design, UNSW Sydney. Moline's research focuses on the dynamics between technological and social forces in art and design, and includes curated exhibitions and methodological innovation. Between 2014 and 2016 she curated four exhibitions that generated international debate, attracted significant museum sponsorship and audience engagement. Her analyses of experimental design methods are published in book chapters Undesign: Critical Practices at the Intersection of Art and Design (2018, Routledge) and Food Democracy: Critical Lessons in Food, Communication, Design and Art (2017, Intellect) and journal articles in Sturgeon (2015) and Craft + Design Enquiry (2014). Her innovations in research methods are recognised for their engagement of the creative participation of design end-users and have been documented in Uncertainty and Possibility: New Approaches to Future Making in Design Anthropology (2018, Bloomsbury) and Digital Ethnography (2017, Routledge). Moline’s research on experimental design innovation is published in her forthcoming monograph Creative Frictions: Experimental Design (2019). Moline has an extensive teaching record that is anchored in epistemic fluency and collaboration. As subject convenor she has led Research Foundations in Art & Design, a core subject for all Masters’ programs (2015-ongoing) and Experimental Design (2012-ongoing), the first practice-led design history and theory subject in the School of Art & Design. As Associate Dean Research Training she contributes to faculty capacity building, governance, strategy and planning.

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

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-led 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 systems artworks:

Expanding Experimental Aesthetics in the Social Imaginary, Sydney and Colombo (2018)

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/Completed students and topics supervised include:

Matt Harkness (PhD, practice-led) Critical Making and DIY Practice: An Investigation of Digital Fabrication Tools and Technologies and their Use in High-Density Urban Settings (completing 2022)

Kyo Hashimoto (M.Phil, practice-led) New Animism: experimental object design and place-based making practices (completing 2022)

Yulia Brazauskayte (PhD, practice-led) Bodily Connectedness: Enactive Approach for Improving Computer Mediated Communication (completing 2021)

Liz Gilleran (PhD, practice-led) Advancing The Dynamic Interplay of Data Visualisation Through Mixed Media and Contextualisation (completing 2021)

Carly Hush (PhD, practice-led) Visualising Data in Public Concerts of Classical Music (completing 2019)

Hannah Greethead (M.Phil, practice-led) Webcomics in Speculative Critical Design (completed 2018)

Chantelle Baistow (M.Design, practice-led) Testing evolutionary design models with 3D printed ceramics (completed 2018)

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) Affect and the experimental design of domestic products (completed 2015)

Lauren Vassallo, (M.Design, practice-led) Burlesque Fashion: Redefining the Representation of Women. An Analysis of Burlesque Subcultural Style and its Potential to Create Alternative Social Roles for Women (Completed 2015)

Jesse O’Neill (PhD, practice-led) The design and social meaning of Australian type specimen books, 1880-1901 (completed 2013)

Barbara Martusewicz (M.Design, practice-led) Graphic authorship, and the contextual specificity of letterforms: Every Typeface Tells a Story (completed 2011)

Lisa Zamberlan (M.Design) The Pleasure of Appearances: Decoration and Interior Architecture (completed 2008)

http://www.niea.unsw.edu.au/people/dr-katherine-moline

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