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Founder and Director, National Institute for Experimental Arts (NIEA)
Jill Bennett is founding director of NIEA and previously founded the Centre for Contemporary Art and Politics at UNSW, where she also holds the position of Associate Dean Research, UNSW Art & Design. She has published widely on visual culture, contemporary art and new media.
Jill is currently completing a book titled Imagining Sydney (UNSW Press, 2014), based on her ARC Linkage project Curating Cities. Her book/ARC research project Practical Aesthetics: Events, Affect and Art after 9/11 (IB Tauris, 2012) foused on the application of creative thinking and practice to world events. A second ARC Linkage project, Construction, Connection, Community (with Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre and Zendai Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai), investigated the practical use of creativity in relation to cultural and urban development, focusing on the Asian region. Public events relating to this project include Extra/Ordinary Cities (Bachdang Restaurant, Canley Vale, 2008) and Under Construction (Zendai Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai 2008). In 2010 she initiated the HotHouse project, co-convening a symposium on art and ecology at the Sydney Opera House.
Jill's other books include Empathic Vision: Affect, Trauma and Contemporary Art (Cultural Memory in the Present) (Stanford UP, 2005), a study of art and traumatic events, and two new media monographs. She has curated a number of exhibitions including REAL Emergency (2009), which focused on the visual culture of emergency events, and Prepossession (2005) with Felicity Fenner on the politics of dispossession in South Africa, Indigenous Australia and Northern Ireland. Previous major research projects include Ethical Globalism, a study of contemporary art and politics in the context of globalisation.
Jill is a past member of the Australian Research Council’s College of Experts and recipient of the VC’s award for Excellence in Postgraduate Supervision.