DDCA welcomes new board members

2019 brings a change of faces to the Australian Council of Deans and Directors of Creative Arts (DDCA) Board. We say a fond farewell to board members Sarah Miller (Wollongong), Matthew Allen (Deakin), Kim Vincs (Swinburne) and co-opted members Frank Millward and Bruce Watson who stepped down from their roles at the end of 2018. Here at NiTRO we thank them for their inspiration and enthusiasm and will miss their camaraderie.

DDCA’s continuing board members will be joined by Craig Batty, David Cross and Cat Hope.

Professor Craig Batty

Professor Craig Batty

Professor Craig Batty was recently appointed as Head of Creative Writing at the University of Technology Sydney, moving from RMIT University where he had spent 7 years as Creative Practice Research Leader and HDR Director, Specialising in screenwriting practice (craft and research),

Craig is passionate about creative practice research broadly, and creative doctorates specifically. He has published widely on both, including the recent co-edited book, Screen Production Research: Creative Practice as a Mode of Enquiry (2018), andScreenwriters and Screenwriting: Putting Practice into Context (2014). He is currently researching the screenwriting doctorate. Craig is Chair of the Australian Screen Production Education and Research Association (ASPERA) Research Sub-Committee, and head of the research portfolio for the Australian Association of Writing Programs (AAWP).

In his role with the DDCA, he hopes to bring more prominence to the areas of screen production and creative writing, which are important disciplines within the DDCA community. Passionate about HDR supervision, he also hopes to create opportunities for enhancing the research training of creative candidates, especially in a constantly shifting landscape where Government imperatives are forcing universities to re-conceptualise how they structure and supervise research degrees.

 

Professor David Cross

Professor David Cross

Professor David Cross is an educator, curator, artist, writer and public art consultant. His  art practice extends across performance, installation, sculpture, public art and video and is known for his inflatable structures and for the ways in which the work examines risk, pleasure and inter-personal exchange. 

He founded Litmus Research initiative at Massey University in Wellington, New Zealand in 2007, an organisation focused on the commissioning and scholarship of public art. Litmus produced a number of ground breaking public art projects including One Day Sculpture http://www.onedaysculpture.org.nz a 1.5 million dollar series of temporary public artworks that took place across five cities in New Zealand in 2008/9.

He was the CAST 2011 international curator in residence in Hobart where he developed Iteration:Again 13 Public Artworks Across Tasmania http://www.iterationagain.com He was Deputy Chair of the City of Melbourne Public Art Advisory Board in 2015/6 and a former arts-sector advisor for Creative New Zealand. Since 2014 he has been Professor of Art and Performance at Deakin University where he recently developed Treatment: Six Public Artworks at Western Treatment Plant (2015) and was artistic director for the sophomore exhibition Treatment Flightlines (2017). The book of treatment published by Surpplus was published in March 2017. 

In 2017, along with Claire Doherty he convened the Melbourne Biennial lab. He has published extensively on public and contemporary art and the monograph on his practice Air Supplied was published in 2016 by Punctum books. In 2018 he founded with Katya Johansen Public Art Commission, a research initiative at Deakin University focusing on the making and scholarship of temporary public artworks.

 

Professor Cat Hope

Professor Cat Hope

Professor Cat Hope is an artist scholar with an active profile as a composer, sound artist, soloist and performer in music groups internationally. She is the director of the award winning new music ensemble Decibel that focuses on digital graphic notations.

Cat’s composition and performance practices focus on low frequency sound, drone, noise and improvisation and has been discussed in books such as Loading the Silence (Kouvaris, 2013), Women of Note (Appleby, 2012), Sounding Postmodernism (Bennett, 2011) as well as periodicals such as The Wire, Limelight, and Neu Zeitschrift Fur Musik Shaft.

In 2013 she was awarded a Churchill Fellowship to study digital graphic music notations internationally, and she is a Fellow of Civitella Ranieri. Cat is the co- author of ‘Digital Arts - An introduction to New Media’ (Bloomsbury, 2014) and is Professor of Music and Head of School at the Zelman Cowen School of Music at Monash University. 

Craig and Cat are already contributors to NiTRO and we look forward to hearing from all three over the coming months.

Thanks Travis and Hello Tom! NiTRO welcomes new Web Officer

New DDCA Web Officer Tom Barton.

New DDCA Web Officer Tom Barton.

This will be the last edition of NiTRO for Travis Cox who has been our fabulous web officer since January 2017. Over the past few editions Travis has been combining his work on NiTRO with a position at the Virtual/Augmented Reality company FGMNT, and from the end of this year will step down from his DDCA duties to focus fully on his FGMNT job. During his time at NiTRO Travis has overseen a number of technical changes to both the DDCA and NiTRO web sites which have vastly improved our public face. Our thanks and best wishes go with you Travis to your new role.

From 2018, we welcome Tom Barton to the NiTRO and DDCA Web Officer hot seat. Tom has worked in editing and digital marketing across the arts, tertiary and medical sectors. He is a freelance marketer for high-profile jazz and contemporary musicians, has edited and written for a subscription-based medical publication, he's worked across both the web and marketing teams at La Trobe University, and he did a stint in working in Yangon as the daily arts editor of the Myanmar Times newspaper.

Tom studied a Bachelor of Music Performance - Improvisation (voice) at the VCA, followed by Honours research reflecting on the current state of tertiary vocal improvisation pedagogy. 

Tom's music involves using the voice as a vehicle for both lyrics and wordless singing, using extended vocal techniques, improvisation and live-looping with electronics. He's currently working on a suite of new music for a performance on February 9 hosted by the Melbourne Recital Centre.

Happy First Birthday NiTRO!

The first edition of NiTRO went live on 30 June 2016 with a focus on the future for creative arts amidst the flurry of government research and higher education reports. Its first six months were carefully monitored by the DDCA President and Board -Would it be of interest to tertiary creative artists? Or anyone else for that matter?  Would it become just a promotional mouthpiece for a couple of high profile universities?  Would it deliver the DDCA’s aims to encourage discussion across creative arts disciplines and more broadly about the value of tertiary located creative arts.

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DDCA’s 2017 board line up

Following the DDCA meeting in December last year, we are now happy to confirm our board membership for 2017. 

Su Baker (VCA) remains as President for the next 12 months, assisted by Clive Barstow (ECU) as Deputy President. Marie Sierra (UNSW) is our Treasurer, while Kim Vincs, now at Swinburne University of Technology takes the role of Secretary.

Other board members are: Matthew Allen (Deakin); Julian Goddard (RMIT); Kit Wise (Tasmania) and Sarah Miller (Wollongong).  Frank Millward (Newcastle) and Bruce Watson (IDEA) are co-opted members. 

Travis Cox also joins DDCA as our Web Officer, replacing Max Piantoni who has left to take up the position of Head Of Creative Technologies at FGMNT in Melbourne.

Below we profile just a selection of our fabulous Board members:

Professor Clive Barstow

Professor Clive Barstow

Professor Clive Barstow

Clive Barstow is Dean of Arts & Humanities at Edith Cowan University, Honorary Professor of Art at the University of Shanghai for Science & Technology China and global faculty member of Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey USA. Prior to moving to Australia, Clive taught at Middlesex University in London and the Kent Institute of Art and Design.

Clive is a practicing artist and writer. His exhibition profile includes thirty years of international exhibitions, artist residencies and publications in Europe, America, Asia and Australia. His work is held in a number of collections, including the Musse National d'Art Modern Pompidou Centre Paris and the British Council USA. Clive is also Director of the Open Bite Australia Print Workshop, which encourages the development of printmaking within a number of local indigenous communities.

His recent exhibitions include “Giving Yesterday A Tomorrow” at the Hu Jiang Gallery Shanghai China, “Cultural Pruning” at the Meou Art Gallery Shanghai and recent publications include “Encountering the Third Space:  a study of identity and hybridity through trans cultural artistic practice in Australia and China” Oxford University UK. In 2005 Clive was awarded the distinguished teaching award by the Australian Council for University Art & Design Schools for his contribution to art and design education in Australia

 

Professor Marie Sierra

Professor Marie Sierra is the Deputy Dean and Head of School for UNSW Art & Design. She has held numerous solo and group exhibitions within Australia and overseas, published on contemporary art, and has had five Australia Council Grants, two ARC LIEFs and an OLT.

Based in Melbourne for 24 years, she built an art practice focused on nature as a social construct. While there she worked in senior roles at the Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne, and RMIT University. Prior to joining UNSW she was Professor and Head, Tasmanian College of the Arts, University of Tasmania.

Professor Marie Sierra

Professor Marie Sierra

Professor Kit Wise

Professor Kit Wise

Professor Kit Wise

Professor Kit Wise is Director and Head of School for the Tasmanian College of the Arts, University of Tasmania and an Adjunct Professor at Monash University. His research focuses on approaches to and outcomes from interdisciplinary education and research. He is also an art writer, curator and practising artist, represented by Sarah Scout Presents, Melbourne.

 

Professor Matthew Allen

Matthew Allen is currently head of the School of Communication and Creative Arts at Deakin University, and Professor of Internet Studies. His research mainly considers the profound transformations wrought on culture and society by network technologies. Matthew's dancing is excessively 80s, his drawing childish, and his film making amateurish. But he did once audition for BMX Bandits ( now that would have been a sliding doors moment!). He hopes to make a modest contribution to the creative arts through his knowledge of bureaucratic machination.

 

Professor Matthew Allen

Professor Matthew Allen

Professor Frank Millward

Professor Frank Millward

Professor Frank Millward

An accomplished composer, multimedia artist, teacher and academic, Frank Millward makes connections between ways of seeing and hearing sound. His audiovisual approach includes traditional and contemporary ideas involving the creation of sound worlds where spectrographic imaging is used to develop a distinctive isomorphic sonic and performance language. His research has led to innovative works such as the DVD Uneasy Dreams, where abstract three-dimensional spectrographic moving images are presented as both score and representation of musical content in interactive performance. Currently he is completing commissions, including Brian & Banksy for presentation at the 2017 Edinburgh Festival with the Delta Saxophone Quartet. He is Professor of Music at the University of Newcastle.