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Ross Harley - Emeritus Professor, UNSW, Chair, Sydney Culture Network & Chair, Create NSW, Multi-arts & Festivals Board
Ross Rudesch Harley is an artist, writer, and educator in the field of new media and popular culture. His work crosses the bounds of cinema, music, art, design, architecture and media art practice.His experimental work and found-footage videos and installations have been exhibited in many festivals, galleries and exhibitions including Australian Perspecta, Montbeliard Video Festival, Roslyn9 Oxley Gallery, Ars Electronica and New York MoMA’s Video Viewpoints series.In 1986 he curated the seminal Know Your Product exhibition on local post-punk culture for the Institute of Modern Art in Brisbane. From 1986-91 he was managing editor then editor of the controversial art theory journal Art + Text, which was at the forefront of the postmodern debate, and had considerable impact upon the contemporary art scene in Australia.He was the director of the Third International Symposium on Electronic Art, TISEA in 1992. A couple of years later, together with Peter Callas and Alessio Cavallaro, he produced and toured An Eccentric Orbit: Electronic Media Art in Australia for audiences in the US and Europe.He has written regular columns for magazines and newspapers (like Rolling Stone, Cinema Papers, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Australian), and edited a number of anthologies on electronic media art practice and theory.Since 1996 he has been responsible for the Cardoso Flea Circus audio/video with Colombian-born artist Maria Fernanda Cardoso. Their video-tent installation was recently acquired by the Tate in London as part of its permanent collection.Between 2000 and 2005 he collaborated (with Gillian Fuller) on the Aviopolis multimedia project (book, website, CD-ROM, DVD) about airports. The book was published by Black Dog Publications, London, 2004.Specialties: Digital video production; new media art; research into media and network cultures; research in popular music, design, art, old + new media.
Lizzie Muller - Senior Lecturer, UNSW Art & Design
Lizzie Muller is a curator and researcher specialising in audience experience and collaborative cultures. She researches the future of cultural organisations as sites of participatory knowledge creation. Her curatorial projects blending art, science and technology have been shown in Australia, USA, Canada and the UK. Her numerous industry partnerships include the Australia Council, the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences and The ArtScience Museum (Singapore), and her projects have been featured regularly by Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Radio National, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Saturday Paper and The Australian among others.
Gill Nicol - Director, Audience Engagement, MCA Australia
Moving from Wales to join Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) in July 2015, Gill Nicol originally trained as an artist and has over twenty-five years’ experience in the arts, working with contemporary art and audiences.
As Director of Audience Engagement, she oversees Learning (including Schools and Teacher Engagement, Kids and Families, Public Programs and Access Programs); Marketing and Communications; and Visitor Experience.
Her previous experience includes working for numerous organisations across the UK including engage (national association for gallery education), Ikon Gallery (Birmingham), Tate Liverpool, Spike Print Studio and Arnolfini in Bristol.
She was module leader for BA Fine Art Professional Practice; and lecturer on MA Curatorial Practice at Bath Spa University from 2012 -2015, alongside running her own consultancy, lightsgoingon, running workshops, feasibility studies, business plans, fundraising, evaluation and board development.
Robin Phua - Director, Digital Experience & CIO, State Library of NSW
Robin Phua joined the State Library in 2013 to implement the Digital Excellence Program: a 10-year NSW Government funded project to digitise and make available the Library's most iconic, at-risk, and in-demand collections and to completely renew the Library's underlying information technology infrastructure and systems.
In 2014, Robin also became the Director, Digital Experience & Chief Information Officer, where he now is responsible for a diverse digital and ICT portfolio including digital strategy and innovation, library systems, digital and web channels, information technology services and heritage collection digitisation. He is particularly proud of the digital achievements at the Library, including the heritage digitisation program, the DX Lab experiments and Amplify, the oral history crowd-source transcription platform.
Prior to joining the Library, Robin delivered major digital and ICT projects in health, energy and media sectors and led award-winning industry development and investment attraction programs for the New South Wales and Singapore governments.
Tim Girling-Butcher - Head of Digital, Sydney Living Museum
Tim has over 25 years experience in the cultural sector in Australia and New Zealand working in museums and galleries. He has led multiple creative projects across a variety of platforms including exhibitions, programs and digital interpretation. Tim’s journalistic training, interest in technology and focus on audience engagement have inspired him to find new and exciting ways to tell stories. In his current role as Head of Digital for Sydney Living Museums, Tim also has a particular interest in exploring how integrating data from public and private sources can reveal new stories and content and act as a tool to connect us with our past.