Michael Hornblow

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Michael Hornblow

Senior Lecturer, Digital Technologies in Design and Art
Architecture & Design

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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.


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.

Career summary



Thesis title



Date of award

PhD (Architecture)

Sponging the Chair: Diagramming Affect through Architecture and Performance




MA Thesis
(Media Production)

Special Affects: Compositing Images in the Bodies of Butoh

University of Technology, Sydney



BFA (Film)


University of Canterbury

New Zealand



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.


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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  • 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

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).


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

  • Design Innovation (120302)
  • Architecture (120199)
  • Built Environment and Design (129999)
  • Performing Arts and Creative Writing (190499)
  • Political Theory and Political Philosophy (160609)
  • Poststructuralism (220317)
  • Architectural History and Theory (120103)
  • Landscape Architecture (120107)
  • Film, Television and Digital Media (190299)
  • Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies (190404)
  • Experimental Economics (140206)
  • Performance and Installation Art (190504)
  • Electronic Media Art (190203)
  • Architectural Design (120101)

Research Objectives

  • Expanding Knowledge through Studies of the Creative Arts and Writing (970119)
  • Expanding Knowledge in Built Environment and Design (970112)
  • Environmentally Sustainable Manufacturing (869899)
  • Environmentally Sustainable Construction (879899)
  • Education and Training (939999)
  • Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society (970116)
  • Climate and Climate Change (960399)
  • Understanding Asia's Past (950502)
  • Expanding Knowledge in Economics (970114)
  • Learner and Learning Achievement (930101)
  • Religion and Ethics (950499)
  • Technological Ethics (950408)
  • Social Ethics (950407)
  • Pedagogy (930201)
  • Expanding Knowledge in Education (970113)


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


Journal Article

(5 outputs)
2019Mason JE, Hornblow M, vered ay, 'The Great Dividuation', New Centennial Review, 19, (1) pp. 85-104. ISSN 1532-687X (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.14321/crnewcentrevi.19.1.0085 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Web of Science - 1


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)
2019Hornblow 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

(13 outputs)
2019Hornblow 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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Co-authors: Norrie H


2018Hindrum S, Hornblow M, Power J, Yong A, 'Biofabrication with SCOBY: material innovation and independent learning in a summer research unit', Teaching Matters 2018, 21 November 2018, University of Tasmania, pp. 39. (2018) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Hindrum S; Power J; Yong A


2018Hornblow M, Power J, Binte Mohd Sham DS, Yip E, Hindrum S, 'Advanced design research and the teaching-research nexus', Teaching Matters 2018, 21 November 2018, University of Tasmania, pp. 39-40. (2018) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Power J; Hindrum S


2018Hornblow M, Power JJ, Chin C, Huang Q, Mathew JG, 'Advanced design research as rhizomatic learning', Teaching Matters 2018, 21 November 2018, University of Tasmania, pp. 40-41. (2018) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Power JJ; Mathew JG


2018Bissember A, Hindrum S, Hornblow M, Kilah N, Power J, et al., 'Growing and bio-fabricating SCOBY: a project developed in an extended cross-disciplinary research team', Proceedings of the 1st Annual Design Research Conference (ADR18), 27-28 September 2018, University of Sydney, pp. 581-595. ISBN 978-0-646-99249-5 (2018) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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Co-authors: Bissember A; Hindrum S; Kilah N; Power J; Thickett S; Yong A


2017Hornblow M, '5 foot way: cross-cultural collaboration and participatory process', CADPP presentation program, 13 January, Jakarta, Indonesia (2017) [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) [Non 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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Co-authors: Loo S

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

(3 outputs)
2018Hornblow M, Yamtree KP, Allen B, 'Vessel', Melaka Festival and Nang Loeng Community/Openspace, St Paul's Hill, Melaka; Nang Loeng temple areas (2018) [Performance]

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2017Hornblow M, 'Species Hotel: a Game Lab', Junction Arts Festival, The Wilderness Society, 2017 (2017) [Curated Exhibition]

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

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Other Creative Work

(1 outputs)
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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(2 outputs)
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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Other Public Output

(1 outputs)
2018Power JJ, Hornblow M, 'Food for thought: Student design shelter for project', The Examiner, Fairfax Media, Tasmania, 20 May (2018) [Newspaper Article]

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Co-authors: Power JJ


Grants & Funding

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

Funding Summary

Number of grants


Total funding



Biofabrication with Mycelium (2018)$4,080
Biofabrication is an emerging interdisciplinary research area that utilises biological growth processes in the development of materials, products and buildings. Dr Hornblow and Dr Power have been building research capacity in this field, extending collaboration across CoSE (STED and Chemistry) and CALE (SoCA). This grant will co-fund an international leader in the field of mycelium to speak at a festival in Adelaide and then to visit UTAS for further public talks, networking and consultation.
University of Tasmania ($4,080)
Grant-ERS Research Theme
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Hornblow M; Power J

Research Supervision

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.




PhDThe Changing Paradigms of Contemporary Consumerism: Sustainability, adaptation and spatial tactics for shopping scapes2018