Art + Design

What is the impact of technology on the future?  Using practice-based research, this research developed experimental art and design approaches to test how art and design could take a more active and critical role in our understanding technological futures. 


The exhibition, Track and Trace, reflected on the history and the institution of the Woolstores as a type of transitional urban space, creative environment and site of consumption. Artists Caroline Austin, Franz Ehmann, Victoria Lawson, Ebony Secombe and Vincent Wozniak-O’Connor introduced work throughout the living and car parking spaces of the Ansonia Woolstore building to reflect on this history and question it.

The history of the Teneriffe Woolstore buildings highlights the colonial history of Brisbane, one that was built on the back of the sheep industry, as well as those of mining, logging and tourism. The gentrification of the Woolstores has occurred over close to half a century and highlights the mobilities of this urban space and domestic cultural tourism along the Brisbane River, close to the Powerhouse Museum, New Farm and Fortitude Valley. The exhibition featured an essay by Michael Allen Fox, resident of the Ansonia and Adjunct Professor, School of Humanities, University of New England, Australia, and Professor Emeritus of Philosophy, Queen’s University, Canada.


According to Harvey (1992, 5) 'the elaboration of place-bound identities has become more important, rather than less important, in a world of diminishing spatial barriers to exchange, movement and communication'. 

This sound piece includes collected community stories from my research, placed against an ambiguous backdrop, or non-space of a bus route (Route 66) within the urban space.  



This work explores the disruptive effects of technology on an individuals being, examining the limitations of language and imagery in the mediated space. 

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My sculpture and collage practice examines the notion of place in the context of contemporary ideas of mobility. This work uses tracing paper over the maps to capture the fleeting moments, simultaneously revealing and alluding, disguising and concealing the maps beneath.  The work is a comment on how experiences can lead to the discovery of myths about human nature. Text has been gathered from communities, whether as one word of significance related to their origin or destination.