BiographyI am a Post Doctoral Research Fellow at iCinema Centre for Interactive Cinema Research at the University of New South Wales (UNSW, Kensington). My interdisciplinary research encompasses the fields of Performing Arts, Media Art, Digital Media, Literary-, Cultural-, as well as Indigenous Australian Studies. It is primarily focused on contemporary theatre, narrative and interactive aesthetics. My research spans the arts and humanities, as well as technology, undertaken in programmatic collaboration with iCinema’s key collaboration partners, such as the Sydney Theatre Company.
My current work builds on my bi-national post-graduate studies exploring representations of contemporary Indigenous Australian identity in two acclaimed theatre productions, contextualising the plays in their culturally specific production contexts and evaluating the aesthetic configuration of Indigenous and Western theatrical languages in regards to their decolonising capabilities. The project was supervised by Prof P. Eckersall (CUNY, New York, USA) and Prof A.-M. Horatschek (CAU Kiel, Germany) and has been published as a monograph by Routledge in 2019.
In addition to my academic work at iCinema (since 2014), I have also worked for UNSW’s Nura Gili Indigenous Programs Unit, the University of Melbourne’s Indigenous Studies Program and Christian-Albrecht-Universität's English Department, having also conducted research into Indigenous petitions to the Government for the University of Sydney. Moreover, I have supported the arts and social change company Big hART Inc. as Associated Arts Manager on their ‘Namatjira’ and ‘Yijala Yala’ projects from 2011 to 2013. My professional background is further consolidated by work in education, print media, public broadcasting and marketing, for -among others- the ABC, Goethe Institut and Hamburg-based Thalia Theater, where I assisted in the company’s 2009 rebranding and supported the curation of the 2017 Theater der Welt festival.
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
Indigenous Performing Arts
Response to the Metamaterial Turn: Performative Digital Methodologies for Creative Practice and Analytical Documentation in the Arts
Published: Sep 10, 2019 by Australian and New Zealand Journal of Art
Authors: Susanne Thurow
Subjects: Art & Visual Culture
The article traces the history of technological impact on scenographic practices by drawing on select case studies, focusing especially on the increasing adoption of digital tools in Australian mainstage theatre.