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Toby Juliff

Toby Juliff

Lecturer in Critical Practices
Acting coordinator of the BFA Honours and MFAD program
Art | School of Creative Arts and Media

Room 1.6Hobart CBD Campuses

+61 3 6226 4300 (phone)

toby.juliff@utas.edu.au

Toby is a Lecturer at the School of Creative Arts and Media (CAM), Hunter Street. An art historian, curator, writer, and sometimes artist Toby has worked across the interface of history, theory, and practice for over a decade. Publishing widely on subjects such as British and Australian sculpture, participatory art, and performance, Toby continues to examine the relationship between history and practice through teaching and research.

Biography

Previously coordinator of the BFA (Hons) program and lecturer in Critical and Theoretical Studies at the University of Melbourne (2012-17), Toby joined the University of Tasmania in 2017 working across a range of research divisions. From 2006-2012 Toby was Lecturer in Contextual Practices at Leeds College of Art (now Leeds Art University) where he taught across fine art, fashion, architecture, and interdisciplinary design. From 2008-2013 Toby was lecturer in the MA Art History program at the Open University (UK) where he specialised in teaching international cohorts.

With a background in literature and music, Toby continues to supervise projects that traverse disciplinary boundaries. Toby undertook graduate studies in the history and theory of sculpture at the University of Leeds, with scholarships from the Henry Moore Foundation (MA) and the Arts Humanities Research Council (PhD). He has presented his research and work at over 30 international conferences and served on the executive committee of the Art Association of Australia and New Zealand (2013) and the Australian Council of University Art and Design Schools (2014). He was selected as a peer-review in Art History and Theory (1901) for the 2015 ERA-exercise.

Toby is an active curator and writer. Recent A-rated publications sit alongside catalogue essays for Heide Museum of Art, Bus Projects, and Neon Parc. His most recent exhibition – Pandemic (March 2019) – was supported by competitive awards from Contemporary Art Tasmania and the Gordon Darling Foundation.

Career summary

Qualifications

Degree

Thesis title

University

Country

Awarded

PhD

About October

University of Leeds

UK

2012

MA (with Distinction)

The Moses of Michelangelo

University of Leeds

UK

2004

BA (Hons)

The Northern Irish Protestant Imagination in Poetry

University of Leeds

UK

2000

Postgraduate Certificate in Secondary Education

N/A – professional graduate teaching qualification

University of Leeds

UK

2002

Memberships

Professional practice

AAANZ, ACUADS, Contemporary Art Tasmania

Administrative expertise

Executive organising committee of several large-scale international conferences (IPAD 2012- Leeds, AAANZ 2013 & ACUADS 2014 – both University of Melbourne).

Teaching

History, theory, sculpture, painting, affect, participation, coding, historiography, digital humanities, Australian Art, British Art.

Teaching expertise

Toby has supervised over 100 Honours to completion (across Leeds College of Art and University of Melbourne). Toby has further supervised to timely completion 3 MFA and 5 MA (by research) and 5 PhDs (across Open University and University of Melbourne).

Teaching responsibility

Toby is coordinator of Critical Practices 3A (FSA311) and (2018) acting coordinator of the BFA Honours and MFAD programs.

Research Appointments

Toby served as external evaluator in Art History & Theory for the ERA 2015 exercise.

Research Invitations

Toby has recently served as external examiner for PhDs in Art History and Fine Art (UNSW, UNE), MFA (Monash), and Art History Honours (UNSW, ACU). He has examined whole degrees (UniSA) and served on the consultative committee of several research projects related to the design of new art curricula.

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Expertise

British Sculpture; Australian Art; History of Modern Art; Contemporary Art; Art History; Art Theory; Participatory art; Cultural heritage; Art-science collaboration; Painting; Latin American Art; Curatorial Studies

Research Themes

Toby’s work stretches across several University research themes that reflect his interdisciplinary interests in participation, emotion, interaction, and history.

His most recent work Pandemic engages with the Better Health, by exploring shared histories and languages of public health through the creative arts.

Toby’s work on the exchange of ideas and practices between Australia, the US, and the UK (ANZJA) argues for a more nuanced and critical understanding of the history of Modernist and Contemporary art in a global context that stresses exchange and transmission. Sitting in the theme of Creativity, Culture and Society Toby explores the rich history of cultural exchange and how we might better understand the global transmission of ideas.

With publications in Human Computer Interaction (HCI) Toby has a longstanding interest and profile in the digital humanities, in particular looking at how artists reframe the ways in which we experience data that move beyond traditional interfaces. Working alongside Data, Knowledge and Decisions, Toby continues to work alongside post-internet artists in exploring how code functions as a critical subject in and for contemporary art.

Awards

2019 – Gordon Darling Foundation Award; 2019 – Regional Arts Funding (Tasmania); 2018 – Contemporary Art Tasmania EDF; Arts Humanities Research Council PhD Doctoral Award; Henry Moore Foundation Postgraduate Award

Current projects

Toby is following up recent publications in cultural heritage and contemporary through an edited book (with Dr Antonio Gonzalez, Deaking), currently being prepared for 2021.

Toby is also preparing a follow-up article on the reception of British and Australian work in London and the US in the 1960s, as part of his wider historiographic interest in global histories of art.

Fields of Research

  • Visual Cultures (190104)
  • Fine Arts (incl. Sculpture and Painting) (190502)
  • Crafts (190501)
  • Art Criticism (190101)
  • Performance and Installation Art (190504)

Research Objectives

  • The Creative Arts (incl. Graphics and Craft) (950104)
  • Expanding Knowledge through Studies of the Creative Arts and Writing (970119)
  • Behaviour and Health (920401)
  • Disease Distribution and Transmission (incl. Surveillance and Response) (920404)

Publications

Toby has published across a broad range of platforms, including A-rated journals, chapters in established book series, and numerous catalogue essay for spaces of national importance (Heide Moma, NGV). He has several journal articles in review and accepted for publication in 2019 across contemporary visual art, Latin American sculpture, and cultural theory.

Total publications

13

Journal Article

(4 outputs)
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2019Juliff T, 'The self-design of contemporary confessional art', Journal of Visual Art Practice pp. 1-23. ISSN 1758-9185 (In Press) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/14702029.2019.1676994 [eCite] [Details]

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2018Juliff T, 'A new generation of British art: A problem of provincialism', Australian and New Zealand Journal of Art, 18, (1) pp. 125-145. ISSN 1443-4318 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/14434318.2018.1481335 [eCite] [Details]

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2015Juliff T, Cox T, 'The Post-display Condition of Contemporary Computer Art', Electronic Melbourne Art Journal, (8) pp. 1-16. ISSN 1835-6656 (2015) [Refereed Article]

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2013Juliff T, 'Livingstone-heritage and the interstitial spectres of Trafalgar Square', International Journal of Tourism Anthropology, 3, (2) pp. 200-209. ISSN 1759-0442 (2013) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1504/IJTA.2013.058627 [eCite] [Details]

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Chapter in Book

(1 outputs)
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2018Juliff T, 'The Battle of Orgreave (1984)', Emotion, Affective Practices, and the Past in the Present, Routledge, L Smith, M Wetherell, and G Campbell (ed), New York, NY, pp. 85-101. ISBN 9780815370024 (2018) [Research Book Chapter]

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Review

(1 outputs)
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2019Juliff T, 'Octopus 19: Ventriloquy: Review', Art + Australia, July (2019) [Review Single Work]

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Conference Publication

(2 outputs)
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2017Haddon N, Juliff T, Fountain W, Kunda M, 'After you have gone: un-disciplined knowledge and new value/s, one year on', ACUADS Conference Program, 28-29 September 2017, Canberra, ACT, pp. 1-11. (2017) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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Co-authors: Haddon N; Fountain W; Kunda M

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2017Juliff T, Keating MJ, Norrie H, Veness Z, Kratz SJ, 'Praxis now: Frayling's 'Research in Art and Design' 24 years on', ACUADS Conference Program, 28-29 September 2017, Canberra, ACT, pp. 1-14. (2017) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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Co-authors: Keating MJ; Norrie H; Veness Z; Kratz SJ

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Major Creative Work

(1 outputs)
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2016Juliff TD, 'Translating Michelle Nikou's objects', Heide Museum of Modern Art, Heide Museum of Modern Art, Benella Art Gallery, Cairns Art Gallery, Anne and Gordon Samstag Gallery of Museum of Art University of South Australia, Coloundra Art Gallery, Western Plains Cultural Centre, 1, pp. 74 (2016) [Published Creative Work]

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Other Creative Work

(2 outputs)
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2019Juliff T, 'Pandemic: Gothic pathologies, quarantines, and creative explorations of fear and transmission', Plimsoll Gallery, Hobart, Tasmania, pp. 6 (2019) [Representation of Original Art]

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2017Juliff T, 'Death Mask', Dark Lab / TMAG, Hobart, pp. 8 (2017) [Catalogue]

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Other Public Output

(2 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2019Juliff T, 'Pandemic: Panel discussion with Dr Toby Juliff, Ravi Avasti and Helen Shield', Afternoons with Helen Shield, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Hobart, Tasmania, 22 March (2019) [Media Interview]

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2019Juliff T, 'Tintin and antisemitism within children's literature: Interview with Ryk Goddard', Breakfast, ABC Hobart, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Hobart, Tasmania (2019) [Media Interview]

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Grants & Funding

Funding Summary

Number of grants

4

Total funding

$63,252

Projects

Ten Days 2019 (2019)$7,590
Description
A tripartite exhibition and public program schedule to support and engage with the biennial Ten Days on the Island festival of culture. Hosted by Makers Workshop (Burnie), the Academy Gallery (Inveresk), and the Plimsoll Gallery (Hobart), three exhibitions explore contemporary place-based making strategies incorporating the very best local Aboriginal Tasmanian artists (Burnie), nationally touring cultures of ritual (Inveresk), and the art-science collision (Plimsoll). These three are programmed in conjunction with Ten Days and have benefited from partnerships with Contemporary Art Tasmania, University of Southern Queensland, and Australia Council.
Funding
Gordon Darling Foundation ($7,590)
Scheme
Grant
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Juliff TD; Bywaters MC; Gair J; Barlow JD
Year
2019
Okto-Lab: a gallery of octopus aesthetics (2019)$9,734
Description
Okto-lab is an exhibition project focusing on the octopus. Conceived as a laboratory for studying and reevaluating animals, it also tests the contribution of curatorial practices and exhibitions to such a reevaluation. The octopus acts as both primary subject-matter andmodel for interdisciplinary research, responding to the alien complexity and physiology of the animal in manifold ways. In its entirety, the exhibition thus also represents a laboratory for the visitors to explore octopuses from different perspectives and positions that disturb the clear demarcation of scientific, artistic and cultural approaches while also questioningour understanding of the nonhuman world.
Funding
Regional Arts Australia ($9,734)
Scheme
Grant-Community
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Watt YM; Juliff TD
Year
2019
OktoLab 19 (2019)$28,688
Description
Okto-Lab is an exhibition project focusing on the octopus. Conceived as a laboratory for studying and re-evaluating animals, the exhibition allows visitors to explore octopuses from different perspectives and positions that disturb the clear demarcation of scientific, artistic and cultural approaches. Visitors are prompted to question our understanding of the nonhuman world. Meanwhile the laboratory format tests the contribution of curatorial practices and exhibitions to such a re-evaluation. The octopus acts as both primary subject-matter and model for interdisciplinary research, responding to the alien complexity and physiology of the animal in manifold ways.
Funding
Australia Council for the Arts ($28,688)
Scheme
Arts Projects for Individuals and Groups
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Watt YM; Juliff TD; Krebber A; Hoelck A
Year
2019
Octopus Aesthetics: a multi-armed investigation of a curious animal (2018 - 2019)$17,240
Description
The project focuses on the Octopus; both the animal itself as a tentacled, multi-brained creature, and the use of its form as a model for an interdisciplinary project with multiple partners and multiple outcomes.
Funding
Universities Australia / Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (German Academic Exchange Service) ($17,240)
Scheme
Grant
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Watt YM; Juliff TD; Krebber A; Riedinger M
Period
2018 - 2019

Research Supervision

Toby has completed supervision of 5 PhDs (Practice-led), 3 MFA (Practice-led), 5 MA (by Research) and over 100 Honours. He is currently supervising 3 candidates in the MFA and PhD program.

Current

3

Current

DegreeTitleCommenced
MastersWaves, Thoughts and a Player Piano2019
PhDFields of Force: connecting ethics and empathy for the more than human in the age of the Anthropocene, through fieldwork, technology and participatory installation2019
PhDEmbracing Opposites: Conflict and cohesion in contemporary curatorial practice in Australian particpatory art projects2019