Lizzie Muller

Associate Professor

Lizzie Muller is a curator and researcher specialising in audience experience and interdisciplinary collaboration. She researches the future of museums as sites of knowledge production, and the relationship between curatorial practice and changing disciplinary structures. Her international exhibitions celebrate the intersection of art, science and technology. Lizzie is Chair of the Sydney Culture Network Education, Research and Innovation committee, and co-convener with Keir Winesmith of the bi-monthly Sydney Culture Data Salon.

Lizzie’s research draws together curatorial practice with theories and methods from participatory design and interaction design. She has developed audience-centred curatorial methodologies and innovative approaches to audience research. Her work with audience experience extends to the fields of preservation and archiving, particularly experiential documentation and oral histories of media art.

Major exhibitions

In 2018/19 Lizzie co-curated the exhibition Human Non Human with Katie Dyer at the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney. The show includes four commissions that speculate on human futures through the themes of food, work, sex and belief. Each work explores the entanglement of humans with non human agents and actors, including bees, jelly, data and buildings. The exhibition includes an experimental interactive digital catalogue that maps the interconnection of themes and ideas in the show: http://human-non-human.info/

In 2017/18 Lizzie co-curated (with Holly Williams) A Working Model of the World – an exhibition exploring the role of models in creating and sharing knowledge across all disciplines. The exhibition was staged in UNSW Galleries (May-July 2017), the Sheila C Johnson Design Centre, Parsons, The New School, New York (Sep-Dec 2017) and LifeSpace at the University of Dundee (June-Sep 2018).

Lizzie’s previous curatorial projects include Lively Objects at the Museum of Vancouver with Caroline Langill (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 Lizzie was curator and co-director (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.

Fellowships

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.

Conference Abstracts
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Murray A; Muller L, (ed.), 2019, 'Under the dust and dirt : a discussion about architectural models with Allan Wexler', in Frascari Symposium IV: The Secret Lives of Architectural Drawings and Models; From Translating to Archiving, Collecting and Displaying, Department of Architecture and Landscape, Kingston School of Art (KSA) Kingston University - Knights Park Campus - Grange Road - Kingston upon Thames - KT1 2QJ, presented at Frascari Symposium IV: The Secret Lives of Architectural Drawings and Models; From Translating to Archiving, Collecting and Displaying, Department of Architecture and Landscape, Kingston School of Art (KSA) Kingston University - Knights Park Campus - Grange Road - Kingston upon Thames - KT1 2QJ, 27 June 2019 - 29 June 2019
2019
Journal articles
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Bennett J; Froggett L; Muller L, 2019, 'Psycho-social aesthetics and the art of lived experience', The Journal of Psychosocial Studies, vol. 12, pp. 185 - 201, http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/147867319X15608718111023
2019
Bennett J; Froggett L; Kenning G; Manley J; Muller L, 2019, 'Memory Loss and Scenic Experience: An Arts Based Investigation', Forum: Qualitative Social Research/Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung, vol. 20, http://dx.doi.org/10.17169/fqs-20.1.3126
2019
Froggett L; Muller L; Bennett J, 2019, 'The work of the audience: visual matrix methodology in museums', Cultural Trends, vol. 28, pp. 162 - 176, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09548963.2019.1617939
2019
Muller L; Froggett L; Bennett J, 2018, 'Emergent Knowledge in the Third Space of Art-Science', Leonardo, vol. 53, pp. 321 - 326, http://dx.doi.org/10.1162/leon_a_01690
2018
Muller L, 2018, '‘The Museum of Today’: Harald Szeemann’s Science Fiction', The Journal of Curatorial Studies, vol. 7, pp. 76 - 95, http://dx.doi.org/10.1386/jcs.7.1.76_1
2018
Muller L, 2016, 'Book Review. Talking Contemporary Curating, Terry Smith. New York: Independent Curators International (2015).', Journal of Curatorial Studies, vol. 5, pp. 419 - 422, http://dx.doi.org/10.1386/jcs.5.3.419_5
2016
Muller L, 2015, 'The Return of the Wonderful: Monanisms and the undisciplined objects of media art', Studies in Material Thinking, vol. 12, https://www.materialthinking.org/papers/185
2015
Muller L; Dovey KA, 2011, 'Dangerous learning in edgy contexts: creativity and innovation in the South African arts domain', Internal Journal of Life Long Learning, vol. 30, pp. 613 - 629, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02601370.2011.611907
2011
Edmonds E; Bilda Z; Muller L, 2009, 'Artist, evaluator and curator: three viewpoints on interactive art, evaluation and audience experience', Digital Creativity, vol. 20, pp. 141 - 151, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14626260903083579
2009
Muller L; Jones C, 2008, 'Between real and ideal: documenting media art', Leonardo: Art Science and Technology, vol. 41, pp. 418 - 419, http://www.leonardo.info/isast/journal/toc414.html
2008
Muller L; Edmonds E; Connell M, 2006, 'Living laboratories for interactive art', CoDesign, vol. 2, pp. 195 - 207, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/15710880601008109
2006
Curatorial Outputs
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Muller L; Dyer K, 2018, Human Non Human, exhibited at: Powerhouse Museum, Sydney, 07 August 2018 - 20 January 2019, https://maas.museum/event/human-non-human/
2018
Muller L; Williams, H , 2017, A Working Model of the World, exhibited at: UNSW Galleries, Sydney, Sheila C Johnson Design Centre, The New School, New York, LifeSpace Dundee, 04 May 2017 - 22 September 2018, A Working Model of the World, http://www.workingmodeloftheworld.com/
2017
Muller L; Muller L; Seck Langill C, 2015, Lively Objects: Enchantment and Disruption at the Museum of Vancouver, exhibited at: Vancouver, 16 August 2015 - 12 October 2015, Lively Objects: Enchantment and Disruption at the Museum of Vancouver, https://museumofvancouver.ca/exhibitions/exhibit/lively-objects
2015
Muller L; Dean B, 2011, Awfully Wonderful: Science fiction in Contemporary Art, exhibited at: Performance Space, Sydney, 15 April 2011 - 14 May 2011, Awfully Wonderful: Science fiction in Contemporary Art, http://www.realtimearts.net/article/issue103/10352
2011
Muller L; Loke L, 2010, The art of Participatory Design, exhibited at: UTS, Sydney, 30 November 2010 - 10 December 2010, The art of Participatory Design, http://architectureinsights.com.au/events/the-art-of-participatory-design/
2010
Muller L; Cleland K, 2008, Mirror States, exhibited at: Campbelltown Art Centre, 16 May 2008 - 05 July 2008, Mirror States, http://www.realtimearts.net/article/issue87/9179
2008
Creative Works (non-textual)
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Dunn K, 2018, ENDLESS SUMMER, A WORKING MODEL OF THE WORLD, Life Space Science Art Research Gallery, University of Dundee, 29 September 2018 - 22 September 2018, medium: 3D printed polylactic acid filament, acrylic and Laser etched Perspex, at: http://workingmodeloftheworld.com/About%20http://lifespace.dundee.ac.uk/exhibition/working-model-world
2018
Kelley L; Leggett K, 2018, Ballistic Bundts, Human Non Human, Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences Powerhouse Museum, 07 August 2018 - 20 January 2019, medium: ballistic gel, expended ammunition, video, performance, at: https://maas.museum/event/human-non-human/
2018
Dunn K, 2017, Sydney Heatwaves, A working Model of the World, Sheila C Johnson Design Centre Parsons, The New School, New York 28 September - 13 December 2017, 28 September 2017 - 22 September 2018, at: https://workingmodeloftheworld.com/About
2017
Velonaki M; Rye D; Sheding S, 2008, Circle D: Fragile Balances, Mirror States, Moving Image Centre Toi Rerehiko, Aukland New Zealand, 16 May 2008 - 28 June 2008, medium: interactive installation with two autonomous objects
2008
Creative Written Works
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Muller L, 2017, A tree falls, Sounding the Future Exhibition Catalogue, Priest G, (ed.), UTS Gallery, http://www.soundingthefuture.com/epub/SoundingtheFuture_catalogue.pdf
2017
Muller L, 2013, Experiencing Anish Kapoor, Anish Kapoor "Living Catalogue", McGregor EA, (ed.), Museum of Contemporary Art
2013
Muller L; Dean B, 2011, Awfully wonderful: science fiction in contemporary art, Awfully wonderful: science fiction in contemporary art, Muller L; Dean B, (ed.), Performance Space
2011
Muller L, 2010, Data flow, Column 5, Keehan R, (ed.), Artspace Visual Arts Centre
2010
Muller L, 2010, An interview with Raquel Ormella, Raquel Ormella: she went that way, Keehan R, (ed.), Artspace Visual Arts Centre
2010
Muller L, 2010, The aesthetics of data flow, In the balance: art for a changing world, Kent R, (ed.), Museum of Contemporary Art
2010
Muller L; Jones C, 2010, An indeterminate archive for David Rokeby’s Very Nervous System, An indeterminate archive for David Rokeby’s Very Nervous System, Daniel Langlois Foundation, http://www.fondation-langlois.org/html/e/page.php?NumPage=2186
2010
Muller L; Cleland K, 2008, Mirror states, Mirror states, Muller L; Cleland K, (ed.), Campbelltown Arts Centre; MIC Toi Rerehiko
2008
Muller L; Jones C, 2008, David Rokeby, The Giver of Names documentary collection, David Rokeby, The Giver of Names documentary collection, Daniel Langlois Foundation, http://www.fondation-langlois.org/html/e/page.php?NumPage=2121
2008
Muller L, 2008, Towards an oral history of new media art, Towards an oral history of new media art, Daniel Langlois Foundation, http://www.fondation-langlois.org/html/e/page.php?NumPage=2096
2008
Conference Papers
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Bartlett VC; Muller L, 2017, 'Curating/Containing: Exhibiting Digital Art About Mental Health', in Arango JJ; Bubarno A; Londoño F; Mauricio Mejía G (eds.), BIO-CREATION AND PEACE Proceedings, Department of Visual Design, Universidad de Caldas, Manizales, Colombia, pp. 279 - 288, presented at 23rd International Symposium on Electronic Art, Manizales, Colombia, 11 June 2017 - 18 June 2017, http://www.isea-archives.org/docs/2017/proceedings/ISEA2017_Proceedings.pdf
2017
Muller L; Bennett J; Froggett L; Bartlett V, 2015, 'Understanding Third Space: Evaluating Art-Science Collaboration', in Shiphorst T; Pasquier P (ed.), Proceedings of the 21st International Symposium of Electronic Arts, ISEA 2015: Disruption, Simon Fraser University, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, presented at ISEA 2015: Disruption, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, 14 August 2015 - 19 August 2015, http://isea2015.org/publications/proceedings-of-the-21st-international-symposium-on-electronic-art/
2015
Muller L, 2013, 'Speculative Objects: materialising science fiction', in Cleland K; Fisher L; Harley R (eds.), Proceedings of the 19th International Sympsoium on Electronic Art, ISEA International, the Australian Network for Art & Technology and the University of Sydney, Sydney, presented at ISEA 2013, Sydney, 07 June 2013 - 16 June 2013, http://ses.library.usyd.edu.au/handle/2123/9475
2013
Muller L, 2012, 'Speculative Objects: Visual Arts and Science Fiction Futures', in Rosengren M; Kennedy C (ed.), SPECTRA: Images and Data in Art/Science the currency of Images in the studio and the laboratory : Proceedings from the symposium SPECTRA 2012, Adelaide : Australian Network for Art and Technology (ANAT), CSIRO Discovery Centre, presented at SPECTRA 2012, CSIRO Discovery Centre, 02 October 2012 - 06 October 2012, http://www.anat.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/SPECTRA-book-FINAL-low-res.pdf
2012
Muller L; Bawa M, 2010, 'Evaluating first year experiences in design education using "first Year attributes"', in Thomas J (ed.), 13th Pacific Rim First Year in Higher Education Conference Proceedings, QUT Publishing, Adelaide, pp. 1 - 5, presented at 13th Pacific Rim First Year in Higher Education Conference, Adelaide, 27 June 2010 - 30 June 2010, http://fyhe.com.au/conference/past-papers/
2010
Muller L; Ride P; Stern N; Kwastek K; Salter C, 2010, 'A-X: audience experience in media art research', in Funke J; Riekeles S; Broeckmann A; Hartware MediaKunstverein (eds.), Proceedings of the 16th International Symposium on Electronic Art, Revolver Publishing, Ruhr, pp. 310 - 315, presented at ISEA 2010, Ruhr, 20 August 2010 - 29 August 2010, http://www.isea2010ruhr.org/publications
2010
Muller L; Jones C, 2010, 'Take part: participatory methods in art and design', in Robertson T; Bodker K; Bratteteig T; Loi D (eds.), Proceedings of the 11th Biennial Participatory Design Conference, ACM New York, Sydney, pp. 283 - 284, presented at 11th Biennial Participatory Design Conference, Sydney, 29 November 2010 - 03 December 2010, http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/1900441.1900509
2010
Muller L; Jones C, 2009, 'An indeterminate archive for David Rokeby's Giver of Names', in Thomas P; Cubitt S (ed.), Re: Live 3rd International Conference on Media Arts Histories, Re: Live 2009, Melbourne, pp. 114 - 119, presented at Re: Live 2009, Melbourne, 27 November 2009 - 29 November 2009
2009
Muller L; Edmonds EA; Bilda Z, 2009, 'Artist, evaluator and curator: three viewpoints on interactive art, evaluation and audience experience', in Boyd Davis S; Nuhn R (ed.), Completing the Circle Symposium: Creative Evaluation and the Digital, Completing the Circle Symposium, British Computer Society, The Davidson Building, London, presented at Completing the Circle Symposium, British Computer Society, The Davidson Building, London, 19 January 2009 - 19 January 2009
2009
Book Chapters
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Muller L, 2016, 'Brook Andrew - In This Case', in Matthews, Hannah (ed.), The Biography of Things, Australian Centre for Contemporary Arts, Melbourne
2016
Muller L; Langill C, 2016, 'Curating Lively Objects: Post-disciplinary Affordances for Media Art Exhibition', in England D; Schiphorst T; Bryan-Kinns N (ed.), Curating the Digital: Space for art and interaction, edn. Cultural Computing, Springer International Publishing, Switzerland, pp. 31 - 49, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-28722-5
2016
Muller L, 2014, 'Collecting experience: the multiple incarnations of Very Nervous System', in Graham B (ed.), New Collecting: Exhibiting and Audiences after New Media Art, Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., pp. 183 - 202, http://virtueelplatform.nl/english/news/archive-2020-sustainable-archiving-of-born-digital-cultural-content/
2014
Muller L, 2012, 'Learning from experience: a reflective curatorial practice', in Candy L; Edmonds E (ed.), Interacting: art, research and the creative practitioner, Libri Publishing, Faringdon, Oxfordshire, pp. 94 - 106, http://www.amazon.com/Interacting-Art-Research-Creative-Practitioner/dp/1907471480
2012
Muller L, 2010, 'Oral history and the media art audience', in Dekker A (ed.), Archive2020: Sustainable archiving of born-digital cultural content, VBrtueel-Platform, Amsterdam, Netherlands, pp. 69 - 81, http://virtueelplatform.nl/english/news/archive-2020-sustainable-archiving-of-born-digital-cultural-content/
2010
Conference Presentations
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Muller L, 2014, 'Exiting the Spacecraft: Szeemann’s Science Fiction and the White Cube', presented at Conquest of Space, Sydney, 14 June 2014 - 14 June 2014
2014
Recorded / Rendered Creative Works
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Del Favero D; Sewell S; Pagnucco M; Shaw J; Benford S; Goebel J, 2013, Scenario, ISEA2013: 19th International Symposium on Electronic Art, iCinema Scienita Facility, John Niland Scientia Building, UNSW, Sydney, Editor(s): Cleland K; Harley R; r e a ; Muller L; Cavallaro A; Mizuik J; Morelos T; Wah E; Scully J, 3D video installation, Published: 07 June 2013, Recorded / Rendered Creative Works
2013
Books
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Frost A, 2011, Awfully Wonderful: Science Fiction in Contemporary Art, Dean B; Muller L, (ed.), Performance Space Pty Ltd
2011
Edited Books
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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

Lizzie is Co-Investigator (with Prof. Jill Bennett and Prof. Lynn Froggett) of the ARC Linkage project Curating Third Space: The Value of ArtScience Collaboration. Industry partners in the project are The Australia Council; The Museum of Applied Arts and Science, Sydney; Australia’s Science Channel; Foundation for Art and Creative Technology, UK and The ArtScience Museum, Singapore.

Lizzie is Co-Investigator (with Dr Caroline Langill, OCAD University) on two SSHRC funded research projects: The Living Effect, investigating the notion of “aliveness” in media art objects, and Curating Lively Objects: Postdisciplinary Perspectives on Media Art Exhibition, in partnership with The Banff Centre, Canada. Together they are editing the forthcoming anthology Curating Lively Objects for Routledge. 

Lizzie was the inaugural Program Director of the Master of Curating and Cultural Leadership at UNSW Art and Design (2015-2017). Her teaching focuses on contemporary curatorial practice, interdisciplinary approaches to material culture, museum futures and new modes of participatory leadership in the cultural sector. She was co-leader, with Ainslie Murray on the Scientia Education Investment Fund Grant Modelling Worlds exploring the role of models and modelling in teaching and learning in art, architecture and design (2017/2018).