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UNSW Art and Design
Professor, Research Leader, Contemporary Culture, Art and Politics, National Institute for Experimental Arts (NIEA)
Anna Munster has been at UNSW Art and Design since 2001 on a full-time tenured basis. She is an active researcher with two sole published books: An Aesthesia of Networks (MIT Press, 2013), and Materializing New Media (Dartmouth College Press 2006). She also edited Nerves of Perception (JISC and OHP Press 2011). Her current research interests are: statistical visuality and radical empiricism, the politics and aesthetics of machine learning, more-than-human perception, new pragmatist approaches to media and art, networked cultures, new media art environments and ecologies.
Anna regularly collaborates artistically with Michele Barker in UNSW Art and Design. Barker and Munster have been working in multi-channel audiovisual environments exploring the relations between perception, movement and media. In 2017, they were commissioned for a new multichannel audiovisual environment, pull, for Experimenta Media Arts: Make Sense, triennale, 2017–2020. They have been awarded New Work Grants, in 2012 and 2010 from the Australia Council for the Arts to realise this work. Recent collaborative projects include: évasion (2014), HokusPokus (2011). Duchenne’s smile (2-channel DV installation, 2009), Struck (3-channel DV installation, 2007).
She is the lead CI and partnered with Adrian Mackenzie (Lancaster University, UK) on a 3-year ARC Discovery Project: 'Re-imaging the empirical: statistical visualisation in art and science'. She is a partner in a large international project, Immediations, hosted by Concordia University, Montreal and funded by the Social Science and Humanities Research Council, Canada. She has held two ARC Discovery research grants in new media and art: 'The Body-Machine Interface in New Media Art from 1984 to the Present, 2003–5' and 'Dynamic Media: Innovative social and artistic uses of dynamic media in Australia, Britain, Canada and Scandinavia since 1990'. She was also an investigator on an ARC Linkage project, 'Australian Media Arts Database', which resulted in the Scanlines national media arts database
She is a founding member of the online peer-reviewed journal The Fibreculture Journal and has co-edited two special issues on Distributed Aesthetics and Web 2.0. and on the editorial advisory board of LeonardoBooks (MIT Press), Inflexions, CTheory, Convergence, Scan and Screen Bodies
Current students/topics supervised:
- Ally Bishop ( PhD practice-based, joint) Threshold Aesthetics (commenced 2012)
- Andrew Brooks (PhD theory, joint) Sonic Figures (commenced 2013)
- Rewa Wright (PhD practice-based) Software Assemblages: Augmented Reality (commenced 2014)
- Charu Maithani (PhD theory) Reframe: screens as a repositioning of 'postmedia'(commenced 2017)
- Monica Monin (PhD, practice-based) Coding Materialities (commenced 2014)
- Tom Smith (PhD, practice-based, joint) Networked consciousness: curating music and art (commenced 2014)
- Kynan Tan (PhD, practice-based) Relational structures: aesthetic recursion in the use of data and algorithm towards the creation of a digitally-synthesised, networked artwork. (commenced 2015)