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Associate 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). Her current research interests are: networked experience, media arts and theory, data and radical empiricism, nonhuman and perception, new pragmatist approaches to media and art.
Anna regularly collaborates artistically with Michele Barker in the School of Media Arts, COFA. Barker and Munster are working on a large-scale multi-channel interactive work, HocusPocus, which explores the relations between perception, magic and the brain. They have been awarded a New Work Grant, 2010, from the Australia Council for the Arts to realise this work. Recent collaborative projects include: Duchenne’s smile (2-channel DV installation, 2009), The Love Machine II (photomedia installation, 2008–1¬0), Struck (3-channel DV installation, 2007).
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 is also an investigator on an ARC Linkage project, 'Australian Media Arts Database', which will utilise innovative user-lead and open source databases to create a history of Australian media arts in an international context.
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, and Scan
Current students/topics supervised:
- Grant Corbishley (PhD, practice-based) Stewardship: an ethical aesthetic response to an uncertain and unsustainable future in local communities (commenced 2009)
- Kate Richards (PhD, practice based, joint, SAM, UNSW. Grove: an immersive and affective light driven installation
- Guy Keulmans (PhD, practice-based, joint) Affect and the design of domestic products (under examination)
- Ally Bishop ( PhD practice-based, joint) Threshold Aesthetics (commenced 2012)
- Rewa Wright (PhD practice-based) Software Assemblages: Augmented Reality (commenced 2014)
- Monica Monin (PhD, practice-based) Coding Materialities (commenced 2014)
- Tom Smith (PhD, practice-based, joint) networked consciousness: curating music and art (commenced 2014)