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William Hart

Bill Hart

Head of Studio (Time Based Media)
School of Creative Arts

Room 1.27, Centre for the Arts, Time Based Media, Level 1, Hobart CBD Campuses

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Bill.Hart@utas.edu.au

Bill Hart is Head of Discipline, Art and Lecturer and Head of Studio (Time Based Media) at the School of Creative Arts.  Over his career he has explored the application of new technologies to the visual arts through digital image making, robotic drawing, animation with generative systems.  He is particularly interested in the power of art as a methodology for synthesizing gestalt understandings of language and cognition.

Biography

Before joining the University of Tasmania, Bill studied theoretical physics and worked for the CSIRO Division of Oceanography as a numerical modeller and systems administrator. Since joining the University of Tasmania, he established undergraduate courses in 'Computing in Art', founded and coordinated the Digital Art Research Facility from 1995 to 2001. In 1998 he won the prestigious Sapporo International Print Biennale, and has exhibited digital prints both nationally and internationally. 

In 2000 he has been developing and teaching courses in Electronic Media encompassing physical computing, interactivity, animation, video, digital imaging, and rapid prototyping. From 2002-2008 he undertook a PhD exploring the creative potentials of software art.

Career summary

Qualifications

DegreeTitle of ThesisUniversityCountryAwarded
PhDKnowledge, Knowing and Being: an investigation of software art as a vehicle for the exploration of emerging concepts in language and cognitionUniversity of 
Tasmania
Australia2008
BSc (Hons) University of TasmaniaAustralia1984

Memberships

Committee associations

  • Director, Salamanca Arts Centre, Salamanca Place, Hobart, Tasmania

Teaching

Digital Imaging, Software Art, Generative Art, Animation, Rapid Prototyping, Electronic Media, Media Arts

Teaching expertise

Bill has been involved in several course design exercises, in particular the generic degree structure of the Bachelor of Fine Arts and the Bachelor of Visual Communications. He has developed numerous undergraduate units, with a particular focus on creative engagement with technology.

Teaching responsibility

Coordinate and Deliver combined third year 'Theories of Practice' lecture program for Majors in the Bachelor of Fine Arts

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Expertise

  • Creative Engagement with/ Application of Technologies in the visual arts
  • Generative systems and software art

Research Themes

Bill's research aligns to the University's research theme of Creativity, Culture and Society.  His research interests are focused on the application and exploration of the creative potentials of new technologies to the visual arts, with a wider consideration of their impacts upon individual expression and cognition.

Current projects

Drawing Machines – developing mechanical and software processes for constructing and rendering images using lines and curves.

'Reverie: Develop a deeply immersive artwork using bespoke software, biofeedback and virtual reality'

Fields of Research

  • Electronic Media Art (190203)
  • Fine Arts (incl. Sculpture and Painting) (190502)
  • Computer Gaming and Animation (190202)

Research Objectives

  • Arts and Leisure (950199)
  • The Creative Arts (incl. Graphics and Craft) (950104)
  • Expanding Knowledge in Technology (970110)

Publications

Total publications

30

Highlighted publications

(11 outputs)
YearTypeCitationAltmetrics
2013Major Creative WorkHart W, 'Conversations in the Dark', Dark Mofo festival 2013, MONA, Rosny Barn, Rosny Park, Tasmania, 2013 (2013) [Published Creative Work]

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2011Conference PublicationHart W, 'The Neuro-Logic of Software Art', Proceedings of the 17th International Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA2011), 14-21 September 2011, Istanbul, pp. 1-5. ISSN 1071-4391 (2011) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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2011Conference PublicationHart W, 'Constructing Experience: Art and Digital Literacy', ACUADS 2011 Conference Proceedings, 21-23 September 2011, Canberra, pp. 1-6. ISBN 978-0-9758360-7-1 (2011) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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2011Major Creative WorkHart W, 'In the guise of thought', CAST Gallery, CAST Gallery, North Hobart (2011) [Published Creative Work]

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2009Major Creative WorkHart W, 'Gloss', Criterion Gallery, Hobart, Hobart, 5, pp. 9 works (2009) [Published Creative Work]

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2009Conference PublicationHart W, 'Software and Expression ', Australian Council of University Art and Design Schools Research 09/10: Interventions in the Public Domain, September 2009, Brisbane, Queensland, pp. 60-63. ISBN 9781921291739 (2009) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]

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2008ThesisHart W, 'Knowledge, Knowing and Being: An Investigation of Software Art as Vehicle for the Exploration of Emerging Concepts in Language and Cognition' (2008) [PhD]

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2006Major Creative WorkHart W, 'Origin of the species, I think therefore I'm not sure.., Chatterbox (various works)', Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery, Queensland Ce, Launceston (2006) [Published Creative Work]

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2000Major Creative WorkHart W, 'Sleeper', Linden Gallery, Melbourne, 1, pp. 1 (2000) [Other Exhibition]

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2000Major Creative WorkHart W, 'Cracow International Print Triennial 'Bridge to the Future'', International Print Triennial Society, Cracow, Cracow (2000) [Recorded Creative Work]

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1998Major Creative WorkHart W, 'Sapporo 4th International Print Biennale', Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art, Sapporo, Japan, pp. 64 (1998) [Recorded Creative Work]

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Conference Publication

(7 outputs)
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2018Wise K, MacDonald A, Holmstrom N, Brown N, Hart B, et al., 'STEAM horizons: Boundary conditions and transitions', 2018 ACUADS Conference Program, 27-28 September 2018, Perth, WA, Australia, pp. 22. (2018) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Wise K; MacDonald A; Holmstrom N; Brown N; Kratz S; Polley J; Fountain W

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2017Hart B, Kratz S, Horsley A, 'An autonomous writing machine', Proceedings of the 2017 ACM SIGCHI Conference on Creativity and Cognition, 27-30 June 2017, Singapore, pp. 469-470. ISBN 978-145034403-6 (2017) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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Co-authors: Kratz S; Horsley A

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2011Hart W, 'Idols And Art: The Cognitive Fetish', ISEA 2011 conference proceedings, 14-21 September 2011, Istanbul (2011) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]

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2011Hart W, 'The Neuro-Logic of Software Art', Proceedings of the 17th International Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA2011), 14-21 September 2011, Istanbul, pp. 1-5. ISSN 1071-4391 (2011) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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2011Hart W, 'Idols and Art: The Cognitive Fetish', ISEA2011 Istanbul Conference Proceedings, Leonardo Electronic Almanac, 14-21 September 2011, Istanbul, pp. 1-3. ISSN 1071-4391 (2011) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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2011Hart W, 'Constructing Experience: Art and Digital Literacy', ACUADS 2011 Conference Proceedings, 21-23 September 2011, Canberra, pp. 1-6. ISBN 978-0-9758360-7-1 (2011) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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2009Hart W, 'Software and Expression ', Australian Council of University Art and Design Schools Research 09/10: Interventions in the Public Domain, September 2009, Brisbane, Queensland, pp. 60-63. ISBN 9781921291739 (2009) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]

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Contract Report, Consultant's Report

(1 outputs)
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1995Hart W, Petterd R, 'CSIRO Division of Oceanography Public Web Interface', CSIRO Division of Oceanography (1995) [Contract Report]

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Co-authors: Petterd R

Major Creative Work

(20 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2014Hart W, 'Parallel Lines', Plimsoll Gallery (Tasmanian College of the Arts, Hunter Street, Hobart, Tasmania) & UPSI Gallery (Tanjong Malim, Malaysia). (2014) [Other Exhibition]

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2013Hart W, 'Tools My Father Gave Me', Penny Contemporary Gallery, Penny Contemporary Gallery, 187 Liverpool Street, Hobart, Tasmania, 15th Feb - 11th March, 2013 (2013) [Other Exhibition]

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2013Hart W, 'Conversations in the Dark', Dark Mofo festival 2013, MONA, Rosny Barn, Rosny Park, Tasmania, 2013 (2013) [Published Creative Work]

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2012Hart W, 'Tautologous', Bill Hart, S.P.A.C.E. Gallery Scotch Oakburn College Performing Arts Centre, Penquite St, Newstead, Tasmania. 7250, 1st edition , pp. 1-2 (2012) [Published Creative Work]

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2011Hart W, 'In the guise of thought', CAST Gallery, CAST Gallery, North Hobart (2011) [Published Creative Work]

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2010Hart W, 'Seeing Red: Seeing Double', Plimsoll Gallery & UPSI, Malaysia, Plimsoll Gallery, UTAS; Art Gallery,UPSI, Malaysia, 1, pp. 1 (2010) [Published Creative Work]

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2009Hart W, 'Gloss', Criterion Gallery, Hobart, Hobart, 5, pp. 9 works (2009) [Published Creative Work]

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2006Hart W, 'Origin of the species, I think therefore I'm not sure.., Chatterbox (various works)', Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery, Queensland Ce, Launceston (2006) [Published Creative Work]

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2006Hart W, 'Memetic variations', Long Gallery, Salamanca Art Centre, Hobart, Hobart, pp. 1 (2006) [Published Creative Work]

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2005Hart W, 'Occular coincidence', Long Gallery, Long Gallery, Salamanca Art Centre, Hobart (2005) [Published Creative Work]

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2000Hart W, 'Sleeper', Linden Gallery, Melbourne, 1, pp. 1 (2000) [Other Exhibition]

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2000Hart W, 'Cracow International Print Triennial 'Bridge to the Future'', International Print Triennial Society, Cracow, Cracow (2000) [Recorded Creative Work]

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1998Hart W, 'Sapporo 4th International Print Biennale', Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art, Sapporo, Japan, pp. 64 (1998) [Recorded Creative Work]

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1998Hart W, 'Geelong Gallery Print Award', Geelong City Art Gallery, Geelong, pp. 4 (1998) [Recorded Creative Work]

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1998Hart W, 'Fremantle Print Prize', Fremantle Art Centre, Fremantle, pp. 14 (1998) [Recorded Creative Work]

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1997Hart W, 'Arcade II International Exhibition of Electronic Art', University of Brighton, UK, pp. Braoadsheet (1997) [Recorded Creative Work]

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1997Hart W, 'Fremantle Art Prize', Fremantle Art Centre, Fremantle, pp. 24 (1997) [Recorded Creative Work]

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1997Parr GG, Brassington P, Milojevic MA, Scott MD, Hart W, et al., 'Nought plus One', CAST and Plimsoll Gallery, University of Tasmania, Hobart, pp. 4 (1997) [Recorded Creative Work]

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Co-authors: Parr GG; Brassington P; Milojevic MA; Scott MD; Ruffels TD

1996Parr GG, Milojevic MA, Hart W, 'ArCade II', University of Brighton, Brighton, UK, pp. 1 (1996) [Recorded Creative Work]

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1996Parr GG, Milojevic MA, Hart W, 'ISEA '96', International Symposium of Electronic Arts, Rotterdam, pp. 1 (1996) [Recorded Creative Work]

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Co-authors: Parr GG; Milojevic MA

Other Creative Work

(1 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2002Hart W, ''ChatterBox II', 'Origin of the Species', 'I think about thinking, therefore I am not sure if I am...','Felt before Thought' in JET: Fine Art Digital Prints', Carnegie Gallery, Hobart, pp. 4 (2002) [Representation of Original Art]

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Thesis

(1 outputs)
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2008Hart W, 'Knowledge, Knowing and Being: An Investigation of Software Art as Vehicle for the Exploration of Emerging Concepts in Language and Cognition' (2008) [PhD]

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Grants & Funding

Funding Summary

Number of grants

13

Total funding

$226,732

Projects

STEAM HORIZONS: Engagement and Alignment through Interdisciplinary Education (2018)$11,148
Description
Tasmania has significant socio-economic challenges, with the lowest level of educational attainment in Australia. Tasmania has experienced persistent underperformance in the transition to Year 10 and subsequent retention rates to Year 12 (Stratford, Field, Oliver and Ambrose, 2016, p. 4). It is estimated that Tasmania is 10,000 tertiary enrolments behind the next lowest performing state, with significant challenges in encouraging students to complete Years 11 and 12 (in 2011 the retention rate for Year 12 was 78.2%, compared with 84.1% nationally [http://www.dpac.tas.gov.au/divisions/csr/]). At the same time, Tasmania is host to arguably the most vibrant interdisciplinary creative community in the country, as exemplified by exhibition, festival and community projects supported through MONA (including 24 Carrot Gardens) and other island-based creative and education industries (such as Bitlink); and, outstanding examples of secondary school STEAM education across the state (Newstead College, Launceston; Rosny College, Hobart). These resonate with UTAS initiatives such as the Collab Lab (Makers Workshop, Burnie); A Lab (Melville Street, Hobart); the major new infrastructure development represented by the Hedberg (Hobart); the Creative Exchange Institute (CXI); and, the overarching goals of the Peter Underwood Centre.STEAM can be broadly defined as including the arts, here creative arts, in the delivery of traditional STEM disciplines. STEAM Horizons: Engagement and attainment through interdisciplinary education will explore models for STEAM education in secondary education in Tasmania, and resulting pathways into tertiary education. It will address the questions: what forms of educational design supportsuccessful (interdisciplinary) STEAM education; and, how can educational attainment be enabled through STEAM pathways?The project will directly build upon the successful Office of Learning & Teaching Innovation & Development grant Benchmarking quality assessment tasks to facilitate interdisciplinary learning in the creative arts and humanities (2014-6; AUS$199,000) on which Wise was a CI (previously Lead Researcher), supported by Dr Wendy Fountain, to extend the application of those findings into secondary education, wider disciplinary networks, as well as the specific interdisciplinary field of STEAM education.
Funding
University of Tasmania ($11,148)
Scheme
Grant - CALE Hothouse Alignment Scheme
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Wise CJE; Brown NK; MacDonald AJ; Hart W; Kratz SJ; Fountain WG
Year
2018
ISEA 2011 (International Symposium of Electronic Arts) 14 to 21 September 2011, Turkey (June 2011) (2011)$1,200
Funding
University of Tasmania ($1,200)
Scheme
Grant-Conference Support Scheme
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Hart W
Year
2011
Attend and Participate in ISEA 2004 Symposium (Helsinki) (2004)$5,400
Funding
Australia Council ($5,400)
Scheme
Professional Development Grant
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Hart William
Year
2004
Prototype Imaging Software and Methodologies for Rendering Images with Lithographic Marks (2003)$13,500
Funding
University of Tasmania ($13,500)
Scheme
Grant-Institutional Research Scheme
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Milojevic MA; Hart W
Year
2003
Non-linear Temporal Imagery - Development of New Modes of Visual Image Construction and Representation through Interactive Digital Displays (2002)$17,000
Funding
University of Tasmania ($17,000)
Scheme
Grant-Institutional Research Scheme
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Hart W; Stephenson DM
Year
2002
Supplementary Funding (1998)$10,000
Funding
University of Tasmania ($10,000)
Scheme
Grant-Supplementary
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Milojevic MA; Scott MG; Hart W
Year
1998
The application of traditional painting and printmaking layering techniques to digital printing technologies. (1997 - 1998)$24,000
Funding
Australian Research Council ($24,000)
Scheme
Grant-Small
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Milojevic MA; Scott MG; Hart W
Period
1997 - 1998
Characterisation of formal digital mesostructures in computer generated images. (1997 - 1999)$92,404
Funding
Australian Research Council ($92,404)
Scheme
Grant-Large
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Parr GG; Hart W; Scott MG
Period
1997 - 1999
Grant Reference
A59702165
Characterisation of digital mesostructures in computer generated images (1996)$10,000
Funding
Australian Research Council ($10,000)
Scheme
Grant-Small
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Parr GG; Hart W
Year
1996
The application of traditional painting and printmaking layering techniques to digital printing technologies (1996)$11,000
Funding
Australian Research Council ($11,000)
Scheme
Grant-Small
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Scott MG; Milojevic MA; Hart W
Year
1996
The application of Fine Art formal analysis to pictorial and symbolic representations used in computer aided visualisation (1995)$12,000
Funding
Australian Research Council ($12,000)
Scheme
Grant-Small
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Hart W
Year
1995
Process as imprint in the digital image (1995)$16,000
Funding
University of Tasmania ($16,000)
Scheme
Grant-Supplementary
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Parr GG; Hart W
Year
1995
Digital Painting (1995)$3,080
Funding
University of Tasmania ($3,080)
Scheme
Grant-collaborative:industry
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Parr GG; Hart W
Year
1995

Research Supervision

Current

2

Completed

8

Current

DegreeTitleCommenced
MastersTowards Poetic Visual Communication: Negotiating a Balance between Historical Practice and Contemporary Methodologies2010
MastersClimactic Embodiment: A visual exploration of climate change as expressed by the human body2018

Completed

DegreeTitleCompleted
PhDThe Ever Present Eye; a studio exploration of the moment and the everyday lived experience
Candidate: Greer Honeywill
2015
PhDThe Performance of Code and Aesthetics of Transmission in Contemporary Art through Practice-Orientated Research
Candidate: Marcia Nancy Mauro Flude
2014
PhDSubjective response to place through convergent strategies in digital imaging and print processes
Candidate: Troy Daniel Ruffels
2003
PhDA Visual Investigation of Theatrical Ambiguity and Lenticular Imaging Techniques
Candidate: Sarah Louise Ryan
2003
PhDLiquid sensations
Candidate: Robin Andrew Petterd
2002
PhDSurface and tactility
Candidate: Mary Gale Scott
2001
PhDConnecting forms and patterns in the Australian landscape and the internal patterns in the human body
Candidate: Anne Morrison
1999
MastersPhotographic and digital landscapes as metaphorical representations
Candidate: Rebecca Greenwood
1997