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Michael Hornblow

Senior Lecturer, Digital Technologies in Design and Art

Room IC215, Architecture Building, Inveresk Campus

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Dr Michael Hornblow is Senior Lecturer in Digital Technologies in Design and Art at the School of Architecture and Design, and a key affiliate and theme leader at the Creative Exchange Institute. He brings to his role a broad interdisciplinary background, with a focus on the interface between Performing / Media Arts, and Architecture and Design. His teaching experience spans community education to Masters level university courses. He has an established record of practice-led interdisciplinary research and longstanding involvement in a diverse range of innovative projects, in Australia, New Zealand, South East Asia, and North America.

Career summary

Qualifications

Degree

Thesis title

University

Country

Date of award

PhD (Architecture)

Sponging the Chair: Diagramming Affect through Architecture and Performance

RMIT

Australia

17/5/2013

MA Thesis
(Media Production)

Special Affects: Compositing Images in the Bodies of Butoh

University of Technology, Sydney

Australia

3/5/2005

BFA (Film)

 

University of Canterbury

New Zealand

6/5/1994

Biography

Michael joined the University of Tasmania after two years as a Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Senselab at Concordia University (Montreal, Canada). Prior to that he completed his PhD at RMIT’s School of Architecture and Design, based in the Spatial Information Architecture Laboratory. Earlier degrees were an MA in Media Production from UTS (Sydney), and BFA (Film) from the University of Canterbury (NZ). Over two decades, and concurrent with his university studies, Michael established himself as a creator and manager of interdisciplinary art projects, including presentations at Melbourne Festival and the International Symposium on Electronic Art (Sydney, Vancouver, Hong Kong); as well as festivals, exhibitions and events in Indonesia, Malaysia, Canada and the US. With a commitment to practice-led research, he has come to appreciate the importance of community engagement, cross-cultural collaboration, social justice, and the need for digital media and emerging technologies to be seen in their social context.

Research Themes

Michael’s research activities align with the University’s Creativity, Culture and Society research theme. His research interests are broadly interdisciplinary in scope, including – diagramming and affect across design, art and performance; ontologies of the image through interactive media, digital video, cinema and games; situated and embodied cognition in dance, performance art and physical theatre; site-specificity across architecture, urbanism, and the body; cross-cultural collaboration and participatory process. Michael’s doctoral research in the Spatial Information Architecture Laboratory at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT), was located in the field of psychophysical performance practice, informed by philosophical, systems-based and architectural approaches to diagramming affect. Michael’s post-doctoral research in the Senselab at Concordia University extended this trajectory, working alongside an international network of artists, activists, designers and academics. Current research interests focus on contemporary approaches to planetary and computational urbanism, looking at the speed with which media technologies, fabrication assemblies, and digital subjectivities transform the interpellated boundary conditions of human, animal, and machinic agency. Michael is a key affiliate at the University’s Creative Exchange Institute, where he is theme leader of [TIME]Lab (Transformative Intermedia Environments).

Memberships

Professional practice

  • Member and partner of an international network established through Senselab, Concordia University (Montreal, Canada), through the SSHRC Research Grant ‘Immediations’
  • UTAS Athena SWAN Self Assessment Team (SAT)
  • UTAS SET Faculty Gender Equity Committee

Administrative expertise

Michael has extensive experience in managing interdisciplinary arts projects, including for Arts Festivals in Melbourne, Sydney, and Perth; as well as internationally in Indonesia, Malaysia, Canada, and the US. At UTAS he is a member of the Athena SWAN Self Assessment Team, and SET Faculty Gender Equity Committee; and co-leads new curriculum development and digital strategies at the School of Architecture and Design.

Teaching

Interdisciplinary Design / Art and Performance, Speculative Design, Participatory Process and Community Engagement, Design Histories and Theories of Diagramming, Planetary Urbanism, Affective Environments and Situated Cognition

Teaching expertise

Teaching is an integral factor for Michael at the nexus of practice and research, where live projects provide platforms for speculation and critique, through community engagement and industry partnering. Michael teaches Design Studio at Bachelors and Master level, and Advanced Design Research in the final fifth year. Previous teaching at RMIT (2008-2013) included a broad range of studios and electives from Bachelors to Masters level – in Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Interior Design, and Fashion Design. At UTAS he is involved in the ‘Blue-Sky’ team, contributing to new and innovative interdisciplinary curriculum across Design, Art and Performance.

Teaching responsibility

KDA111 Design Studio 1

KDA721 Design Studio 8

KDA770 Advanced Design Research 1

KDA773 Advanced Design Research 2

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Expertise

  • Interdisciplinary Art, Design, and Performance
  • Media Art, Digital Video, Cinema and Interactivity
  • Participatory Process, Community Engagement
  • Cross-cultural Collaboration
  • Speculative Design, Architectural Fiction
  • Design Histories and Theories of Diagramming
  • Affect, Embodiment, Situated Cognition
  • Planetary Urbanism

Awards

2007 - 2010: Australian Post-Graduate Award Scholarship (RMIT)

2013 – 2015: Post Doctoral Research Fellowship (Concordia University, Montreal, Canada)

Current projects

Michael is developing a number of interdisciplinary research projects and collaborations, including:

  • ‘Species Hotel’ – a game application situated in the landscape of the Tasmanian Midlands, extending the first iteration of public art sculptures created by students from the School of Architecture and Design; in collaboration with Greening Australia, Tasmanian College of the Arts, the School of Land and Food, and the School of Architecture and Design
  • ‘Immediations’ – partnering with an international network of universities and community organisations, through Concordia University’s Senselab, in Montreal, Canada (SSHRC grant)

‘Block Party’ – working with members of the Senselab Alter Economies research group, in partnership with the Economic Space Agency, to explore speculative approaches to finance, fiction, and design, through Block Chain technology

Fields of Research

  • Architecture (120199)
  • Built Environment and Design (129999)
  • Performing Arts and Creative Writing (190499)
  • Political Theory and Political Philosophy (160609)
  • Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies (190404)
  • Film, Television and Digital Media (190299)
  • Design Innovation (120302)
  • Poststructuralism (220317)
  • Performance and Installation Art (190504)
  • Landscape Architecture (120107)
  • Electronic Media Art (190203)
  • Experimental Economics (140206)
  • Architectural History and Theory (120103)

Research Objectives

  • Expanding Knowledge through Studies of the Creative Arts and Writing (970119)
  • Expanding Knowledge in Built Environment and Design (970112)
  • Education and Training (939999)
  • Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society (970116)
  • Climate and Climate Change (960399)
  • Expanding Knowledge in Economics (970114)
  • Religion and Ethics (950499)
  • Social Ethics (950407)
  • Understanding Asia's Past (950502)
  • Pedagogy (930201)
  • Technological Ethics (950408)
  • Expanding Knowledge in Education (970113)

Publications

Michael’s publications and creative works investigate a wide range of interdisciplinary concerns, including affective and diagrammatic approaches to embodied environments and design pedagogy, art activism in participatory process and cross-cultural collaboration, and media art practice in the context of locative interfaces and planetary urbanism (to name a few).

Total publications

18

Journal Article

(4 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2015Benveniste R, Bordeleau E, Hornblow M, Manning E, Massumi B, et al., 'Entry Ways', Inflexions, 8 pp. i-v. ISSN 1916-5870 (2015) [Letter or Note in Journal]

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2015Hornblow M, 'A Sahara in the Head: The Problem of Landing', Inflexions, 8 pp. 222-238. ISSN 1916-5870 (2015) [Refereed Article]

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2009Hornblow M, Ednie-Brown P, Varcoe A, Yap T, 'Society of Molecules: futuring bodies', Inflexions, 3 pp. 1-10. ISSN 1916-5870 (2009) [Refereed Article]

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2006Hornblow M, 'Bursting bodies of thought: Artaud and Hijikata', Performance Paradigm, 2 pp. 26-44. ISSN 1832-5580 (2006) [Refereed Article]

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Chapter in Book

(1 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2017Hornblow M, 'So Soon Too Late - affective shifts in a Ketl', Immediations, Open Humanities Press, E Manning, A Munster, BM Stavning Thomsen (ed), pp. 1-18. ISBN 978-1-60785-307-7 (In Press) [Research Book Chapter]

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Conference Publication

(9 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2017Hornblow M, Attiwill S, Norrie H, Serrano A, Parker E, et al., 'alchemical probes', Intervening in the Anthropo[S]cene A PSi Performance+Design Working Group Event program, 28 June - 03 July, Maria Island, Tasmania, pp. 10. (In Press) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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2016Hornblow M, '5 foot way: cross-cultural collaboration and participatory process', CADPP presentation program, 13 January, Jakarta, Indonesia (2016) [Plenary Presentation]

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2016Hornblow M, '5FootWay', International Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA 2016), 16-21 May, Hong Kong (2016) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]

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2016Hornblow M, Lotti L, Vered A, Bordeleau E, Mason J, et al., 'Trilogy Derivatives', Proceedings of Distributing the Insensible: Performing the Anarchive, 10-20 December 2016, Senselab, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada, pp. 1-26. (2016) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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2016Loo S, Hornblow M, 'How to un-perform design and un-design performance', Design and Performance Workshop: An Experimental Workshop at The American University of Paris, 04 July, Paris, France (2016) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]

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2015Hornblow M, 'O'megaville: Excursions in Planetary Urbanism', Proceedings of ISEA 2015, 14-19 August 2015, Vancouver, Canada, pp. 1-4. ISSN 2451-8611 (2015) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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2015Hornblow M, 'Colloquium 'Improvisation, Collective Action, and the Arts of Activism', Proceedings of Experience in process: Launching and Landing, July 9-11 2015, Montreal, Canada, pp. 1-20. (2015) [Plenary Presentation]

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2010Hornblow M, 'garg{oy}le', Proceedings of AG3 Online: The Third International Arakawa and Gins Conference: Architecture and Philosophy, 12-26 March 26 2010, Brisbane, Australia, pp. 1-10. (2010) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]

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2009Hornblow M, 'The Body is a Wall: Towards the bio-construction of topological bodies across Architecture and Performance', Proceedings of SEAM Symposium, 18-20 September 2009, Sydney, Australia, pp. 1-4. ISBN 9780646558059 (2009) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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Major Creative Work

(1 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2016Hornblow M, '5FootWay', Junction Festival, Harvest Market Launceston; Prince's Square (2016) [Performance]

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Other Creative Work

(1 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2016Hornblow M, Espana-Keller J, 'Participatory Procession for Public Kitchen', TCoTA, Hunter Street / Brickworks Design Studio, Hobart, pp. 1 (2016) [Performance Practice]

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Thesis

(2 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2012Hornblow M, 'Sponging the Chair: Diagramming Affect through Architecture and Performance' (2012) [PhD]

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2004Hornblow M, 'Special Affects: Compositing Images in the Bodies of Butoh' (2004) [Masters Research]

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Funding awarded to Michael for projects, residencies and fellowships in the period prior to his appointment at UTAS exceeded $200,000.

Michael would like to supervise HDR candidates exploring interdisciplinary and/or practice-led approaches to Design and Art, in line with his own research interests; such as, digital technologies and cultures, public art, interactive media, affective and embodied cognition, computational and/or planetary-scale urbanism, participatory process, performance and site-specificity, cross-cultural collaboration. He would also be interested in acting as a co-supervisor on interdisciplinary teams related to these or similar research areas.