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Associate Professor Katherine Moline explores the cross-overs between avant-gardism in visual art and contemporary experimental design. Her focus is how experimental practice reformulates the social pacts of art and design. Since co-convening the symposium sds2k4: Experimental and Cross-Cultural Design (2004), a collaboration between the University of New South Wales, University of Technology Sydney and the University of Western Sydney, she curated the exhibition Connections: Experimental Design (2007) at Ivan Dougherty Gallery UNSW and introduced international leaders in experimental and critical design to Australian audiences. More recent projects she has curated, written for or exhibited in, include Feral Experimental at UNSW Galleries, Sydney (2014), Experimental Practice: Provocations In and Out of Design at RMIT Design Hub, Melbourne (2015), Experimental Thinking/Design Practices at Griffith University Art Gallery, Brisbane (2015). Her research has been published in numerous journal articles, conference papers, book chapters, and exhibition catalogues. As an exhibiting artist, Katherine’s work investigates how design processes and technologies can be diverted to the production of experiential and conceptual interactions. She is represented by Yuill Crowley Gallery.
Current research projects include a critical review of research methodologies in art and design, a series of experimental workshops on social practices with mobile telephones, and a number of ongoing systems artworks.
Current/ Completed students/ topics supervised:
Guy Keulemans (PhD, practice-based) Affect and the experimental design of domestic products (completed 2015)
Jesse O’Neill (PhD, practice based) The design and social meaning of Australian type specimen books, 1880-1901 (completed 2013)
Bettina Bruder (PhD, practice-based) Tools For Elastic Understanding
Lauren Vassallo, (M.Design, practice-based) Burlesque Fashion: Redefining the Representation of Women. An Analysis of Burlesque Subcultural Style and its Potential to Create Alternative Social Roles for Women (Completed 2015)
Jane Jang (MFA, practice-based) Hidden Alphabets: Finding New Typefaces and Letterforms in Daily Life (completed 2013)
Barbara Martusewicz (M.Design, practice-based) Graphic authorship, and the contextual specificity of letterforms: Every Typeface Tells a Story (completed 2011)
Lisa Zamberlan (M.Design) The Pleasure of Appearances: Decoration and Interior Architecture (completed 2008)
Carly Hush (M.Design, practice-based) A Proposal for Data Visualisation in Public Concerts of Classical Music (part-time)
Penny Craswell (M.Design) Authorship in Furniture and Object Design (part-time)
Chantelle Baistow (M.Design, practice-based) Testing evolutionary design models with 3D printed ceramics (commenced 2015)
Katherine was awarded the Dean’s Award for Outstanding Research Supervision, UNSW Art & Design in 2009 and is currently the Postgraduate Research Coordinator Stage 1 (Admission)