Lizzie is a curator and writer specialising in audience experience, interaction and interdisciplinary collaboration. She is Senior Lecturer and Director of the Masters in Curating and Cultural Leadership at UNSW Faculty of Art and Design, Australia.
Lizzie’s research draws together curatorial practice based research with theories and methods from participatory design. Her work with audience experience extends to the fields of preservation and archiving, particularly experiential documentation and oral histories of media art. Her current research explores the relationship between curatorial practice and shifts in contemporary disciplinary structures. She is Chief Investigator (with Prof. Jill Bennett and Prof. Lynn Frogett) on the Australian Research Council Funded Project Curating Third Space: The Value of Art-Science Collaboration. She is Co-Investigator (with Dr Caroline Langill, OCAD University) on The Living Effect, a research project funded by the SSHRC (Canada) investigating the notion of “aliveness” in media arts objects.
Lizzie’s curatorial projects include Human Non Human, co-curated with Katie Dyer at the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney (launches August 2018), A Working Model of the World, co-curated with Holly Williams (Dundee, New York and Sydney 2017-2018), Lively Objects, co-curated with Caroline Langill at the Museum of Vancouver, 2015, Awfully Wonderful: Science Fiction in Contemporary Art curated 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, curated with Kathy Cleland (Campbelltown Art Gallery, Sydney and MIC Toi Rerehiko, Auckland, 2008). In 2008 she was curator and co-convener (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.
From 2009 – 2013 Lizzie was Senior Lecturer at the University of Technology, Sydney. As Head of Interdisciplinary Design between 2011 and 2013 she launched innovative new teaching initiatives including the Interdisciplinary Design Labs and the Design Thinking Camp on Cockatoo Island.
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.