Lisa Stefanoff

Honorary Senior Lecturer

Dr. Lisa Stefanoff holds M.A., M.Phil and Ph.D degrees from the New York University Department of Anthropology Graduate Program in Cultural Anthropology / Culture and Media where she was a McCracken Fellow. She is also a screen culture curator and filmmaker with qualifications in Documentary Film Production and History from the Department of Cinema Studies and the Film Department, NYU Tisch School of the Arts.

Lisa’s research and her professional media production and curatorial work explore contemporary forms of Indigenous cultural survival globally and their intercultural and intergenerational dynamics, with a special focus on media and art from central Australia. Since 2002, Lisa has been based in Alice Springs and Darwin where she has undertaken a range of field research and professional projects with a wide variety of Indigenous and community media and art organisations for national and international broadcasters and art events.

Lisa’s doctoral research focused on the history of film, radio and music production at the Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association (CAAMA), where she worked on award-winning documentary films as the Production Manager and Distribution Manager in the Film and Television Productions division (2002-2006). As Editor and Coordinating Editor at National Indigenous Publisher IAD Press (2007-2010), Lisa played key roles in the publication of award-winning art, biography, children’s, traditional knowledge and history books, as well as Aboriginal language dictionaries and picture dictionaries. As Post-doctoral Research Fellow on the CRC-Remote Economic Participation Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Economies project (UniSA, 2011-2012) Lisa investigated the sustainability of remote Aboriginal community artist participation in the global art market with a special focus on the livelihoods of desert artists working outside of the community art centre model.

Lisa has served as a member of the NT Arts Grants Board, the Alice Springs Town Council Public Art Advisory Committee, InCite Youth Arts [Chair], and the Watch This Space ARI Organising Committee. In Alice Springs she produced and presented a weekly arts radio program, co-produced the Art~Land~Culture Ideas Incubator, created and presented the Lens Flair Central Australian Short Film Workshops and Competition for ScreenNT (Northern Territory Film Office), and curated the annual Alice Springs Cinema in the River, as well as other national screen events.

Dr Stefanoff’s DECRA project Moving Stories: Emerging Documentary Desert Painting and Interactive New Media will investigate the interactive digital possibilities for artworks created by central Australian Aboriginal women, including paintings produced in some of the most disadvantaged and marginal zones of Alice Springs.  She will be working with artists, Aboriginal media-makers and other researchers in the new NIEA labs to design interactive animations out of still ‘documentary paintings’ in order to build new audiences for these crucial cultural narratives beyond the Indigenous art-commodity market. Documentation and analysis of the paintings will trace the emergence of these desert ‘insider’ social narratives as key intercultural mediators in post-colonial public culture.

Lisa joins colleagues in the Visual Anthropology program at NIEA focused on developing long-term practice-led community capacity building research partnerships in fields of Indigenous knowledge, art and culture. Her DECRA project articulates with research she has been developing since 2012 as part of the multi-arts initiative Same but Different: Innovation and Experimentation in Desert Artsa partnership with NIEA ARC Future Fellow Dr Jennifer Biddle and the Central Australian Aboriginal Art Centres peak body Desart Inc. UNSW Galleries will host the Same but Different lll forum and exhibition May 15- August 15, 2015.

Lisa also holds an Honorary Associate position in the School of Creative Arts and Humanities at Charles Darwin University and is an Associate of the ANU Centre for Visual Anthropology

publications

Curatorial Outputs
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Stefanoff L; Lewis M; Lewis K; Povinelli B; Yarowin L; Gordon C, 2019, Day in the Life, exhibited at: Watch This Space Artists Run Initiative, Alice Springs, 16 August 2019 - 20 September 2019, https://www.wts.org.au/day-in-the-life
2019
Stefanoff L; O'Reilly R, 2019, Investment : Capture : Divestment - Channelling power otherwise, exhibited at: Watch This Space Artist Run Initiative, 31 August 2019 - 31 August 2019, https://www.wts.org.au/investment-capture-divestment
2019
Stefanoff L; Deger J, 2019, Curatorium, exhibited at: Australian National University, Canberra, 03 December 2019 - 03 December 2019
2019
Stefanoff L, 2019, The Cry of the Burro, listening and seeing otherwise., exhibited at: Watch This Space Artists Run Initiative, Alice Springs, 14 February 2019 - 16 February 2019, https://www.wts.org.au/mick-taussig
2019
Stefanoff L, 2019, The Inheritance - an illustrated public preview performance of unpublished work, exhibited at: Watch This Space Artists Run Initiative, Alice Springs, 14 August 2019 - 14 August 2019, https://www.wts.org.au/elizabeth-povinelli-talk
2019
Stefanoff L, 2017, art::anthropology::art - a symposium on new directions in creating and curating contemporary Indigenous art and culture in Australia, exhibited at: Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, 12 December 2017 - 12 December 2017, art::anthropology::art - a symposium on new directions in creating and curating contemporary Indigenous art and culture in Australia, https://nomadit.co.uk/shiftingstates/conferencesuite.php/panels/5969
2017
Stefanoff L; Offler N, 2017, Film, photography and new digital media in anthropology today, exhibited at: University of Adelaide, Adelaide, 13 December 2017 - 15 December 2017, Film, photography and new digital media in anthropology today, https://nomadit.co.uk/shiftingstates/conferencesuite.php/panels/5963
2017
Stefanoff L, 2017, Dialogues in sound and listening: acoustemology and acoustic ecology, exhibited at: Madley Studio, University of Adelaide, Adelaide, 14 December 2017 - 14 December 2017, Dialogues in sound and listening: acoustemology and acoustic ecology, https://nomadit.co.uk/shiftingstates/conferencesuite.php/panels/5964
2017
Stefanoff L, 2016, Anthropocene Transitions, Activist Methods: New challenges for Anthropology, Media and Art in a Warming, Speeding, World, exhibited at: University of Sydney, Sydney, 13 December 2016 - 15 December 2016, Anthropocene Transitions, Activist Methods: New challenges for Anthropology, Media and Art in a Warming, Speeding, World, http://sydney.edu.au/arts/conference/aas2016/methods6.shtml
2016
Watkins P; Biddle J; Stefanoff L, 2015, We are in Wonder LAND: New Experimental Art from Central Australia, exhibited at: UNSW Galleries, 15 May 2015 - 15 August 2015, We are in Wonder LAND: New Experimental Art from Central Australia, http://www.niea.unsw.edu.au/events/we-are-wonder-land-new-experimental-art-central-australia-exhibition
2015
Biddle J; Stefanoff L; Desarts , 2013, Desert Animations, exhibited at: 4 April, 2013: COFA UNSW; Oct 16, 2013: University of Queensland Anthropology Museum, Brisbane; 9 Dec 2015: American Anthropological Association Annual Meetings, Washington, DC, 04 April 2013 - 09 December 2015, http://www.niea.unsw.edu.au/events/screening-desert-animations
2013
Book Chapters
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Stefanoff L; Myers F, 2019, '‘We never had any photos of my family’: archival return, film, and a personal history', in Barwick L; Green J; Vaarzon-Morel P (ed.), Archival Returns Central Australia and Beyond, University of Hawai'i Press, co-published with Sydney University Press, Honolulu and Sydney, pp. 217 - 238, https://nflrc.hawaii.edu/ldc/sp-18/
2019
Stefanoff L, 2019, 'Coda: Instauring Artful Anthropology', in Hughes H; Homewood D; Macchiavello C; Marambio C (ed.), Discipline No.5 - Más allá del fin No. 3, Ensayos, Melbourne, pp. 49 - 49
2019
Stefanoff L, 2018, 'CAAMA and the art of mediating desert cultural survivance', in Duthie A (ed.), Kin An Extraordinary Australian Filmmaking Family, Wakefield Press, Adelaide, pp. 109 - 129, https://www.wakefieldpress.com.au/product.php?productid=1486
2018
Other
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Stefanoff L; Deger J, 2019, Curatorium
2019
Stefanoff L; O'Connor S, 2018, Telling stories and painting life, brightly, Central Land Council, Alice Springs, https://issuu.com/clcmedia/docs/land-rights-news-may-2018-web?e=3813208/60517323
2018
Creative Works (non-textual)
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Bennett J; Kuchelmeister V; Stefanoff L; Barclay L; Dean R; Kulitja RW; Lewis PI; Miller D; McKenzie PU; Kantjurinyi N; Ken IU; Burton N; Smith M; Nipper T; Carroll TA; Lewis N; Yaltjanki R; Jingo J, 2019, Waumananyi: The Song on the Wind, The Big Anxiety - festival of people + arts + science, UNSW Galleries, Sydney 27Sept-9Nov 2019; AGNSW 16Oct2019; DAX Centre https://www.thebiganxiety.org/events/uti-kulintjaku-initiative-dax/, Melbourne 10Oct-8Nov 2019; UNSW Library, Sydney 28-31Oct 2019; VRST 25th ACM Symposium on Virtual Reality Software and Technology, WSU 12-15Nov 2019; Siggraph Asia, Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre 17-20Nov 2019; Winda Film Festival, UTS Sydney 21-24Nov 2019, https://windafilmfest.com/films/vr-waumananyi-the-song-on-the-wind/ ;, 27 September 2019 - 09 November 2019, medium: Virtual Reality, at: https://www.artgallery.nsw.gov.au/calendar/big-anxiety-virtual-reality-station/
2019
Bennett J; Kuchelmeister V; Stefanoff L; Barclay L; Dean R; Kulitja RW; Lewis PI; Miller D; McKenzie PU; Kantjurinyi N; Ken IU; Burton N; Smith M; Nipper T; Carroll TA; Lewis N; Yaltjanki R; Jingo J, 2019, Uti Kulintjaku meditation VR, Art Gallery of NSW Art after Hours, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 16 October 2019 - 16 October 2019, medium: Virtual Reality, at: https://www.artgallery.nsw.gov.au/calendar/big-anxiety-virtual-reality-station/
2019
Journal articles
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Stefanoff L, 2018, 'Corrigendum moving painting', Visual Anthropology Review, vol. 34, pp. 173 - 173, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/var.12163
2018
Stefanoff L; Taylor C, 2018, 'Martu mediations keeping VR real', Axon: Creative Explorations, vol. 8, https://www.axonjournal.com.au/issue-15/martu-mediations-keeping-vr-real
2018
Biddle JL; Stefanoff L, 2015, 'What is Same but Different and why does it matter?', CULTURAL STUDIES REVIEW, vol. 21, pp. 97 - 120, http://dx.doi.org/10.5130/csr.v21i1.4418
2015
Biddle J; Stefanoff L, 2015, 'What is 'Same but Different': Why experimentation in desert art matters', Cultural Studies Review, vol. 21, pp. 97 - 120
2015
Stefanoff L, 1992, 'REVIEW', Oceania, vol. 62, pp. 236 - 239, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/j.1834-4461.1992.tb02405.x
1992
Conference Presentations
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Stefanoff L, 2017, 'art::anthropology::art - new directions in creating and curating contemporary Indigenous art and culture in Australia', presented at 2017 Australian Anthropological Society conference, Adelaide, 11 December 2017 - 15 December 2017, https://nomadit.co.uk/shiftingstates/conferencesuite.php/panels/5969
2017
Biddle J; Stefanoff L; Croft B; Watkins P, 2015, '[Convened Symposium]', presented at We are in Wonderland: New Experimental art from Central Australia: Exhibition,, UNSW Galleries, - , http://www.niea.unsw.edu.au/events/we-are-wonder-land-new-experimental-art-central-australia-exhibition
2015
Reports
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Stefanoff L; Acker T, 2016, Artists outside art centres, Ninti One Ltd, Alice Springs, CRC-REP Art Economies Project publications series, CR014, https://nintione.com.au/resource/CR014_ArtistsOutsideArtCentres.pdf
2016