Dr Lizzie Muller is a curator and writer specialising in interaction, audience experience and interdisciplinary collaboration. Her current research explores the relationship between curatorial practice and shifts in contemporary knowledge formations.
Lizzie’s research draws together curatorial practice with theories and methods from participatory design and interaction design. Her work with audience experience extends to the fields of preservation and archiving, particularly experiential documentation and oral histories of media art.
Lizzie is Co-Investigator (with Prof. Jill Bennett and Prof. Lynn Froggett) of the ARC Linkage project Curating Third Space: The Value of ArtScience Collaboration. Industry partners in the project are The Australia Council, The Museum of Applied Arts and Science, The Royal Institution Australia, Foundation for Art and Creative Technology, Liverpool, UK and The ArtScience Museum, Singapore.
Lizzie is Co-Investigator (with Dr Caroline Langill, OCAD University) on two Canadian SSHRC funded research projects: The Living Effect, investigating the notion of “aliveness” in media art objects, and Curating Lively Objects: Postdisciplinary Perspectives on Media Art Exhibition, in partnership with The Banff Centre.
In 2017 Lizzie is curating (with Holly Williams) A Working Model of the World – an exhibition exploring the role of models in creating and sharing knowledge across all disciplines. The exhibition will be in the UNSW Galleries (May-July 2017) and the Sheila C Johnson Design Centre, Parsons, The New School, New York (Sep-Dec 2017).
Lizzie’s previous curatorial projects include Lively Objects at the Museum of Vancouver with Caroline Langill (2015); Awfully Wonderful: Science Fiction in Contemporary Art with Bec Dean at Sydney’s Performance Space (2011); The Art of Participatory Design, with Lian Loke, a programme of creative research projects that accompanied the 2010 International Conference of Participatory Design for which she was Art Chair; Mirror States, a major exhibition of interactive installations, with Kathy Cleland, Campbelltown Art Centre, Sydney and MIC Toi Rerehiko, Auckland, 2008).
In 2008 Lizzie was curator and co-director (with George Khut) of the year-long interdisciplinary research project Thinking Through the Body funded by the Australia Council’s ArtLab. Between 2004-2006 Lizzie was founding curator of Beta_space; a dedicated venue for exhibiting “prototypes” of interactive artworks at the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney. In 2013 Lizzie was Visiting Fellow at the University of Westminster, London and in 2009 she was Visiting Fellow at the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Media.Art.Research, Linz. In 2007 she was researcher in residence at the Daniel Langlois Foundation in Montreal.
Post Graduate Supervision
Lizzie specialises in supervising curatorial practice-based post-graduate research. She particularly welcomes proposals from candidates working in interdisciplinary and/or participatory contexts.
Current students include:
Vanessa Bartlett (PhD) - Psychologies Of Interaction: Digital Art and Mental Health
Bec Dean (PhD) - The Artist is Patient: Collaborative Biomedical Art and Curatorial Care
Kimberley Warren (MPhil) – A Creative Industries Entrepreneurship Toolkit: Producing participatory media arts platforms
Abigail Moncrief (MPhil) – New Conversations: Socially engaged art in regional Australian communities