Deborah Tillman

Lecturer

Deborah Turnbull Tillman is a curator specialising in design, technology and new media. Her first curatorial project was Beta_space, an experimental gallery at the Powerhouse Museum focused on the audience’s role in interactive art. This fueled her interest in how technology augments traditional art practice and how the audience is becoming a necessary material for technology based art. She then joined the curatorial team at the Powerhouse Museum as Assistant Curator – Design & Technology, where she curated exhibitions such as ISEA2013, designTECH, Good Design and Game Masters.

Deborah's PhD was was awarded in September 2018 and is titled 'New Media Curation: a novel methodology and preliminary criteria for exhibiting new media and interactive art.' The three case studies that supported her contributions to the field include Denouement as part of Musift+Gamify for VIVIDMusic 2015; ISEA 2015: disruption; and Re/Pair for the Big Anxiety Festival at UNSW Art & Design in 2017. Her most recent exhibition was in Tin Sheds Gallery for TEI2020 and titled 'Never odd or Even.'

An editor and author as well as a curator, Deborah began sessional teaching at UNSW Art & Design in 2016 and was awarded a Tenure Track Lecturer position there in Media Arts and Curatorial in 2021.

Website | www.newmediacuration.com/new

Curatorial Outputs
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Tillman D; Cochrane K; Schiphorst T, 2020, Never odd or eveN - Co-Curator of the TEI2020 Arts Track Exhibition, exhibited at: Tin Sheds Gallery, University of Sydney, Sydney, 09 February 2020 - 12 February 2020, https://tei.acm.org/2020/participate/arts-track/
2020
Tillman D; Cochrane K; Schiphorst T, 2020, Never odd or eveN - TEI2020 Arts Track Catalogue, exhibited at: Tin Sheds Gallery, Sydney, 09 February 2020 - 12 February 2020, https://tei.acm.org/2020/participate/arts-track/
2020
Kiang R; Flanagan P; Tillman D, 2020, Digital Materiality Public Program, exhibited at: Lane Cove Gallery, Sydney, 28 March 2020 - 28 March 2020, https://www.gallerylanecove.com.au/digital-materiality-viewing-gallery
2020
Tillman D, 2019, Human Robot Friendship Ball, exhibited at: The Connection, Rhodes, Sydney, 24 May 2019 - 15 June 2019, https://www.vividsydney.com/event/ideas/human-robot-friendship-ball-0
2019
Tillman D, 2017, Re/Pair for The Big Anxiety Festival, exhibited at: Black Box, UNSW Art & Design, Sydney Australia, - , https://www.thebiganxiety.org/events/repair/
2017
Bown O; Loke L, 2015, Musify+Gamify, exhibited at: Vivid Festival, Seymour Centre, Sydney, 22 May 2015 - 08 June 2015, Musify+Gamify
2015
Tillman DJ, 2015, Denouement, exhibited at: Seymour Centre, 22 May 2015 - 06 July 2015, Denouement, https://www.seymourcentre.com/events/event/musify-gamify-concerts/
2015
Conference Papers
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Bown O; Fraietta A; Ferguson S; Tillman D, 2020, 'Rapid Composition for a Multi-Device Networked Music Platform', in Spagnol S (ed.), Proceedings of the 17th Sound and Music Computing Conference, Torino, June 24th – 26th 2020, Torino, Italy, pp. 399 - 406, presented at Sound and Music Computing Conference, Torino, Italy, 24 June 2020 - 26 June 2020, http://dx.doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.3903573
2020
Tillman DT; Forseck J; Velonaki M, 2017, 'An exploratory case study into curatorial intervention within the context of HCI', in Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics), Vancouver, BC, Canada, pp. 540 - 555, presented at 6th International Conference, DUXU 2017, Held as Part of HCI International 2017, Vancouver, BC, Canada, 09 July 2017 - 14 July 2017, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-58640-3_39
2017
Tillman DT; Velonaki M; Gemeinboeck P, 2015, 'Authenticating experience: Curating digital interactive art', in TEI 2015 - Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Tangible, Embedded, and Embodied Interaction, pp. 429 - 432, http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/2677199.2691602
2015
Tillman DJ; Velonaki M, 2015, 'Curating: a disruptive technique for disruptive technologies', in Proceedings of the 21st International Symposium on Electronic Art, ISEA 2015: disruption, Vancouver BC Canada, presented at ISEA 2015: disruption, Vancouver BC Canada, 14 August 2015 - 17 November 2015
2015
Tillman D; Edmonds E; Connell M, 2011, 'Prototyping Places: curating prototype interactive artworks in a museum context', in Re-Thinking Technologies in Museum 2011: Emerging Experience, Limerick, Ireland, presented at Re-Thinking Technologies in Museum 2011: Emerging Experience, Limerick, Ireland
2011
Bilda Z; Edmonds E; Turnbull D, 2007, 'Interactive experience in a public context', in Proceedings of the 6th ACM SIGCHI conference on Creativity & cognition - C&C '07, ACM Press, presented at the 6th ACM SIGCHI conference, 13 June 2007 - 15 June 2007, http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/1254960.1254994
2007
Creative Works (non-textual)
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Flanagan P; Tillman D, 2020, Digital Materiality : Coded Textiles, Digital Materiality: Coded Textiles, Gallery Lane Cove, 04 March 2020 - 28 March 2020, medium: multi media installation, at: https://www.gallerylanecove.com.au/past-exhibitions-2020-2?pgid=kcbdij72-ee988221-f537-450b-b919-9f6a2d1faaea
2020
Book Chapters
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Tillman DT, 2019, 'Past the Museum Floor: Criteria for Curating Experience', in Museums and Digital Culture, Springer International Publishing, pp. 115 - 145, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-97457-6_6
2019
Tillman D, 2019, 'Past the Museum Floor: Criteria for Curating Experience', in Giannini T; Bowen J (ed.), Museums and Digital Culture, Springer, May 2019, pp. 115 - 145, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-97457-6
2019
Turnbull Tillman D; Velonaki M, 2016, 'Disruption and Reflection: A Curatorial Case Study', in England D; Schiphorst T; BryanKinns N (ed.), Springer Series on Cultural Computing, edn. Springer Series on Cultural Computing, SPRINGER INT PUBLISHING AG, pp. 181 - 201, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-28722-5_12
2016
Tillman DJ; Turnbull Tillman, D ; Turnbull D; Connell M, 2014, 'Curating Digital Public Art', in Candy L; Ferguson S (ed.), Interactive Experience in the Digital Age., edn. 1, Springer International, Switzerland, pp. 221 - 242, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-04510-8_15
2014
Turnbull D; Connell M, 2011, 'Prototyping Places: the museum', in Candy L; Edmonds E (ed.), Interacting: Art, Research and the Creative Practitioner, Libri Publishing, United Kingdom
2011
Theses / Dissertations
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Tillman D, 2018, New Media Curation: a novel methodology with preliminary criteria for exhibiting new media and interactive art, UNSW Art & Design
2018
Turnbull D; Tillman DJ, 2006, Old Myths, New Meanings: Border Crossing and the Recontextualization of Space in Alladeen and Theft of Sita, University of Sydney, University of Sydney, NSW
2006
Creative Written Works
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Turnbull Tillman D, 2017, Ceci n'est pas: an essay on Wade Marynowsky's Algorithmic Paraedoilia, Algorithmic Paraedolia, Hard-Lawrie C, (ed.), Willoughby Council
2017
Edited Books
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Tillman D; Turnbull D, (ed.), 2010, Memory Flows @ Newington Armory, Centre for Media Arts Innovation, University of Technology, Sydney
2010
Tillman D, (ed.), 2009, Image Ecologies, DABdocs, University of Technology, Sydney, Sydney Australia
2009
Tillman D; Gwilt I, (ed.), 2008, Mundane Traces: Essays on Transitional Art Practices, DABdocs, University of Technology, Sydney, Sydney, Australia
2008
Edmonds E; Muller L; Tillman D, (eds.), 2006, Engage: Interaction, Art & Audience Experience, Creativity and Cognition Studios Press, Sydney, Australia, https://www.creativityandcognition.com/engage06/
2006

Awards | Australian Postgraduate Award (2014-18) | Postgraduate Research Scholarship Scheme
 

I teach across a broad range of subjects, namely around future-focused interactive technologies such as interactive art, but also professional practice across media arts and curatorial studies. Since 2016 I have supervised MDES, MCCL, and BMA Honours students in these areas and collaboratively advised PhD students in the Creative Robotics Lab either through protoyping, audience evaluation or exhibition. To this end I am the Leader of Culture and Technology across the Creative Robotics Lab and the National Facility for Human-Robot Interaction Research.