Fields of Research (FoR)Screen and digital media
Dr Thurow is an ARC Laureate Postdoctoral Research Fellow at iCinema Centre for Interactive Cinema Research as well as one of its Deputy Directors and Research Program Leader in Immersive Design Modelling. Her interdisciplinary research encompasses the fields of Performing Arts, Digital Media, Literary-, Cultural-, as well as Indigenous Australian Studies, with a primary focus on contemporary theatre and interactive aesthetics. Her research...view more
Dr Thurow is an ARC Laureate Postdoctoral Research Fellow at iCinema Centre for Interactive Cinema Research as well as one of its Deputy Directors and Research Program Leader in Immersive Design Modelling. Her interdisciplinary research encompasses the fields of Performing Arts, Digital Media, Literary-, Cultural-, as well as Indigenous Australian Studies, with a primary focus on contemporary theatre and interactive aesthetics. Her research spans the arts and humanities, as well as technology, undertaken in programmatic collaboration with iCinema’s key collaboration partners, such as for example the Institute for Visual Media at ZKM (Germany).
She is a named Investigator on the ARC Linkage Projects LP170100471 (2018-21), LP180100126 (2019-21) and LP190100563 (2021-23), exploring the capability of advanced interactive visualisation and AI to improve design processes in the performing arts and museum sector, with Sydney Theatre Company, NIDA, MAAS and Opera Australia as collaboration partners.
Her current work builds on her post-graduate studies exploring representations of contemporary Indigenous Australian identity in two acclaimed theatre productions, contextualising the plays in their culturally specific production contexts and evaluating the aesthetic configuration of Indigenous and Western theatrical languages in regards to their decolonising capabilities. The project was supervised by Prof Peter Eckersall (CUNY, New York, USA) and Prof A.-M. Horatschek (CAU Kiel, Germany) and subsequently published as a monograph by Routledge (2020).
In addition to her academic work at iCinema (since 2014), Dr Thurow also worked for UNSW’s Nura Gili Indigenous Programs Unit, the University of Melbourne’s Indigenous Studies Program and Christian-Albrecht-Universität's English Department, as well as having conducted research into Indigenous petitions to the Government for the University of Sydney. Moreover, she supported the arts and social change company Big hART Inc. as Associated Arts Manager on their ‘Namatjira’ and ‘Yijala Yala’ projects from 2011 to 2013, with her professional background further consolidated by work in education, print media, public broadcasting and marketing, for –among others- the ABC, Goethe Institut and Hamburg-based Thalia Theater, where she assisted in the company’s 2009 rebranding and supported the curation of the 2017 Theater der Welt festival.
iModel: Transforming rehearsal design using an interactive spatial aesthetic
Dennis Del Favero, Maurice Pagnucco, Michael Scott-Mitchell, Tomasz Bednarz, Susanne Thurow, Andrew Yip, Lyndon Terracini, Georgia Rivers
ARC Linkage Project LP190100563
The Project aims to investigate an interactive spatial aesthetic that facilitates modelling of operatic rehearsal design. It will do this through application of an experimental artistic system that reshapes concepts of spatial design through collaborative interaction between creative teams and digital systems. It demonstrates how creatives can immersively design a rehearsal in real time at up to 1:1 scale, assisted by an evolving database. It transforms our understanding of rehearsal design and the way it can be aesthetically explored, with outcomes that optimise and streamline design processes in the performing arts industry.
iDesign: Reformulating set design aesthetics via a dialogical model of interactivity
Dennis Del Favero, Maurice Pagnucco, Caroline Wake, Susanne Thurow, Lawrence Wallen, Kip Williams, Michael Scott-Mitchell, Benjamin Schostakowski
ARC Linkage Project LP170100471
The Project investigates the emergence of novel forms of interactive aesthetics in contemporary performance design. It does this through experimental application of an artistic system that reshapes concepts of set design by integrating developments that usher in new types of collaborative interaction. It demonstrates how users can immersively model sets in real-time using their body at a 1:1 scale assisted by responsive databases.By doing so, it transforms understanding of modelling and the way it can be aesthetically explored, with outcomes that impact the scope and scale of design processes in the performing and creative arts.
netARCHIVE: Redefining museum experience as an immersive networked narrative.
Dennis Del Favero, Claude Sammut, Fabri Blacklock, Carol Oliver, Susanne Thurow, Matthew Connell, Arul Baskaran
ARC Linkage Project LP180100126
The Project aims to investigate the contemporary emergence of novel forms of immersive and networked narrative in museum settings. It expects to reformulate our understanding and experience of a multi-located collection and the ways in which it can be aesthetically explored. To do so, it will experimentally apply an artistic system that transforms the display, engagement and organisation of the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences' collection across its venues. Anticipated is a demonstration of how users can explore this distributed collection in concert with a database system, with benefits that impact the aesthetic scope and scale of museum experiences.
Doctor of Philosophy (English Philology) - Feb 2017, Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel (Germany)
First State Examination in the Career of Teachers at the Secondary School (English + German) - Jun 2009, Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel (Germany)
ASAL's Alvie Egan Book Award – Best 1st Book of Literary Scholarship by an ECR on an Australian Subject (2021)
UNSW Art & Design Dean’s Award for Research Excellence – Best Monograph (2019)
My Research Supervision
Areas of supervision
Immersive Visualisation for Creative Arts
Indigenous Australian Performing Arts