Dr. Deborah Turnbull Tillman is a curator specialising in design, technology and new media. Her first curatorial project was Beta_space, an experimental gallery at the Powerhouse Museum focused on the audience’s role in interactive art. This fueled her interest in how technology augments traditional art practice and how the audience is becoming a necessary material for technology based art. She then joined the curatorial team at the Powerhouse Museum as Assistant Curator – Design & Technology, where she curated exhibitions such as ISEA2013, designTECH, Good Design and Game Masters.
Deborah was recently awarded a PhD in Art, Media and Design from UNSW Art & Design titled New Media Curation: a novel methodology and preliminary criteria for exhibiting new media and interactive art. Her three main projects within the PhD were in consultation with artists, curators and audiences and include Musify+Gamify for VIVID2015 with Ollie Bown and Lian Loke, ISEA205:disruption with Kate Armstrong and Malcolm Levy, and Re/Pair through the Big Anxiety Festival with Jill Bennett.
An editor and author as well as a curator, Deborah has been a casual lecturer in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at UTS and in the Design Lab at the University of Sydney. She began sessional teaching at UNSW Art & Design in 2016 and contractual research work in 2019.
Awards | Australian Postgraduate Award (2014-17) | Postgraduate Research Scholarship Scheme (2015-17).