bio and statement

bio :
Born: Los Angeles, USA; 1979.
Raised: Christchurch, New Zealand.
Currently living in Melbourne, Australia.

statement :
My practice engages in the relationship between our bodies and the spaces we inhabit and move through. Specifically, in how our bodies make unique and personal measures of space and time, and the effects this has on how we experience the world. I use the notion of atmosphere to think and talk about the idea of experienced emotive space. A continual exploration of atmospheric conditions forms the common thread that links my audio, video, installation, design and teaching practices.

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education and awards

education :
2012–    PhD Candidate. RMIT, Melbourne, Australia.
Working title Approaching Atmospheres : the affective micro-climates of art and architecture. Supervised by Pia Ednie–Brown and Malte Wagenfeld.

2008–9    Master of Arts with Distinction.
Art, Space & Nature programme, Edinburgh College of Art, Scotland.

2003–4    Bachelor of Architecture with first class honours.
University of Auckland, New Zealand.

1998–2000    Bachelor of Architectural Studies.
University of Auckland, New Zealand.

awards :
Australian Postgraduate Award 2013–2015 (value au$27 000/pa)
Wild Creations Residency 2010 (value nz$7 000)
Anne Reid Memorial Trust Scholarship 2009 (value nz$20 000)
William Chick Masters Scholarship 2008 (value nz$12 000)

Senior Scholar of Architecture 2004 — Graduated as top student in a class of 75 students.
Head of School Special Award 2004 — For contribution to the school.
Mountain Design Prize 2004
Senior Prize in Architecture 2004 — BArch part two.

Senior Prize in Architecture 2003 — BArch part one.
Senior Prize in Architecture 2000 — BAS part three.

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exhibition history

Cloud Sound shown in Cloudy Sensoria, Bundoora Homestead, Melbourne (upcoming October).
Critical Animals, This Is Not Art, Newcastle, Australia (upcoming September).
Proposal accepted for “Drawing Knowledge” conference to be held in Loughborough, England and organised by the Drawing Research Network.
Kitset 2.0 shown at City Art Centre, as part of the Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Wild Creations Artist–in–Residence, Fox Glacier, New Zealand.
Several audio works selected for La Ira Sónica, a sonic/new media arts festival in Coyoacán, Mexico City.
Kitset 2.0 shown in Infinite Fondness a two–person show, Wolfson College, Oxford.
Ward Hill featured on Registered in Art, an artists’ video youtube channel.
Perceptions of Greenland, t e n t  Gallery, Edinburgh.
Ward Hill and Stromness Harbour videos selected for Bloom, Bury Museum, Greater Manchester.
Kitset 2.0 at Phylogeny Weekend, John Hope Gateway, Royal Botanic Gardens, Edinburgh.
Closing Credits featured in Location Location, an online exhibition of sound work. Stramash Space, Glasgow.

Kitset 1.5 at Architecture/Ecology conference, University of Sheffield.
Kitset and Light Masonry Construction exhibited at Evolution House, Edinburgh.
Cloud Light, Patriot Hall Gallery, Edinburgh.
Piran Spregovori/Piran Speaks, exhibited at Piran Town Hall, Slovenia.
Video works shown at As We Speak, an experimental film event at Stereo, Glasgow.
Cumbernauld Receiving, Town Centre, Cumbernauld.
Rule 110, at Inverleith House, Royal Botanic Gardens, Edinburgh.
Ward Hill, Sleeper Gallery, Edinburgh.

Orkney Blast, Pier Arts Centre, Stromness, Orkney Islands.
Orkney Blast, t e n t  Gallery, Edinburgh.
Field Work, Orkney Islands.
Drawing Cycle, shown at Lolapalooza Gallery, Oxford.
Alleyways, a series of urban performance events, Oxford.
Slideshow Sideshow, audio visual environment at Truck festival, Oxfordshire.
Audio work on Hearing Music, a compilation cd released by Compact Listen.

Enchanting Drawing, Drawing Enchantment, Catalogue essay for Fiona Connor’s exhibition Inner City Real Estate.
Short–listed for the Wild Creations residency programme.
Invited contributor to Free Range, an interdisciplinary magazine project.

Auroral Anomaly, solo audio–visual performance as part of the Ascension Cinema Festival, Auckland.
Work shown in National Drawing Award exhibition at Artspace, Auckland and Physics Room, Christchurch.
Abbreviated Particulars, Group exhibition at rm103 gallery, Auckland.
Design and production of Ascending Scale publication.
“fountain” cd-r, released on the label Compact Listen.
Regular guest DJ on Fleet FM, a non-commercial radio station in central Auckland.
Ascending Scale, Group exhibition at High Street Project, Christchurch.
Solo showing of video work in Viewfinder, Auckland City Library.
Max/MSP one week programming intensive with Robin Fox.
Performance piece and continuing curation of Platform, Wine Cellar, Auckland.
Performance in the Audio Pocket series at rm103 gallery, Auckland.
Small group electronic improvisation, featuring Auckland based sound–artists & a visiting artist from Slovenia.

Initiator of Platform, a monthly performance night at the Wine Cellar, Auckland.
Video works in the Canary Gallery’s Artists Film Festival.
data_cloud shown in Are we there yet? a group exhibition at Phatspace, Sydney.
Audio Pocket, radio show with Tim Coster on Fleet FM, Auckland.
Volunteer at the Auckland Museum.

Performed 10n as part of version, at the Kenneth Myers Centre, Auckland.
Audio work on Spoken & Field compilation, released on the label Compact Listen.
Design and production of the 2004 Architecture School t-shirt.
white out, an architectural installation. Solo show at Canary Gallery.
Digital work on student show reel at Fuse 2004, Dunedin.
Mountain Design, field work intensive.
Video work presented by Jules Moloney at Processing Novelty, an interdisciplinary symposium, Auckland.

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work experience

Associate Lecturer, Interior Design, RMIT, Melbourne, Australia. Full-time academic role including first year studio teaching and supervision of final year students.

Studio Leader, MArch programme, University of Melbourne, Australia. I co-developed and co-taught a studio course which included a one-week intensive in rural Victoria.

Research Assistant, School of Architecture, RMIT, Melbourne, Australia. I assisted with an upcoming journal issue that Associate Professor Pia Ednie–Brown was co–editing. I collated images, wrote captions and completed various copyright agreements while liaising with contributors and the production manager.

GPS Drawing workshop, Fox Glacier Primary School, Westland, New Zealand
. I developed a teaching plan in consultation with the class’ regular teacher for a multi–session drawing workshop. Over three days, I introduced 12 students aged eight to 12 to the technological and practical basis for using GPS devices as a drawing tool. Precedents from historical and contemporary art practices supported this. A final practical session allowed students to create their own GPS drawings.

Lecturer, Edinburgh College of Art . I taught with Dr Chris Speed to third year landscape architecture students. I prepared and delivered lectures on representation in a wirelessly connected digital world, and developed and taught workshops on digital image processing and video editing.

Committee Member, ASCUS : Art Science Collaborative (voluntary). Joined founding members James Howie and Paul Parrish, while a post–graduate student at the Edinburgh College of Art. I have helped strengthened institutional connections between ECA and Edinburgh University, contributed to long–term planning and a public talks and exhibiton programme.

Architectural Assistant, Woodfield Brady Architects, East Hendred, Oxfordshire, England. I worked for a small architecture practice that specialises in adapting listed buildings in a sensitive yet contemporary manner, as well as undertaking a number of new build commissions. I was involved at all levels of the projects; from initial feasibility studies and design development through to the production of working drawings and detailing.

Lecturer, School of Design, Unitec, Auckland, New Zealand.
 At Unitec I taught drawing, studio and technical papers to first, second and third year students. I was responsible for developing the course content and structure and delivering the material. Teaching occurred in a number of contexts; from lecturing groups of 35, to small group and individual student tutorials, to teaching software in computing labs. In 2006, the programme leader and I co-initiated a lunchtime lecture series featuring guest speakers from outside the school. For this series I was responsible for organizing speakers and the design and printing of promotional posters.

Technician, Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland.
 I worked as a technician for the Printmaking department, offering workshops, maintaining equipment and ordering supplies.

Architectural Graduate, Cheshire Architects, Auckland. 
I worked at Cheshire Architects for just over a year. In my time there I was involved in all facets of the practice from presentation design, producing working drawings, computer visualizations in 2D and 3D software, model-making, updating and expanding their website and designing and assembling furniture for the office.

Teaching Fellow, Second year studio, School of Architecture, University of Auckland. 
In this role I was responsible for the development of a 12–week studio brief and the tuition of 16 students. As part of the brief I organized video screenings and a gallery visit  as well as inviting guest critics to presentations.

Senior Tutor, First year studio, School of Architecture, University of Auckland.

Editor, modos 2004 : flotsam and jetsam.
 modos is the final year student publication at the University of Auckland School of Architecture. It was printed in an edition of 400 copies and is approximately 100 full colour pages with an accompanying cd–rom. I was asked to co-edit the publication in my final year of study. My roles included the development of the thematic, writing, graphic design, fundraising of $12 000 to cover printing costs, liaison with advertisers and printers.

Tutor, Second year drawing, School of Architecture, University of Auckland.

Student representative, Staff–Student Liason Committee, School of Architecture, University of Auckland.

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