Associate Professor Jess Berry

Associate Professor Jess Berry

Associate Professor Jess Berry

Senior Lecturer, Design Theory

Department of Design

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Graduate research supervisor

Dr Jess Berry is Associate Professor, Design History and Theory. Her research primarily centres around the visual culture of fashion and dress and its interdisciplinary intersections with interior design, architecture, art, new media and film.

Berry’s recent publications include Cinematic Style: Fashion, Architecture and Interior Design on Film, of Fashion: Haute Couture and the Modern Interior; and the co-edited volume Contentious Cities: Design and the Gendered Production of Space

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House of Fashion

An interdisciplinary study examining relationship between fashion, the interior and architecture.

HyperSext City

Drawing attention to the experiences of women, girls and LGBTQI+ communities by presenting data and intersectional narratives of gender.

Merri Creek, Coburg Safety Audit

Women’s Safety Audits: A transformative approach to safety in the city.

Contentious Cities: Design and the Gendered Production of Space

Unique interdisciplinary approaches to understanding gendered spatial equity in the urban environment.

Keep Running

Keep Running is a call to action for communities to develop an understanding of safety and risk in our city and an opportunity for audiences to consider their own lived experience and/or to develop understanding and empathy.

Greater Cities Commission: Women’s Safety Charter Workshop

The Commission engaged the Monash University XYX Lab to deliver an impact workshop as part of the June 2022 Community of Practice.

HyperSext City 2

Re-designed to amplify the experiences of women*, girls and LGBTQI+ communities through new mediums revealing existing data sources globally and locally to spectacular effect both inside the gallery and on the streets of Fremantle.

Built Upon By Design Symposium

A three-day intensive symposium to engage with issues of gendered spatial equity in the urban environment.

Graduate research opportunities

Art in public space

Monash Art Projects (MAP) is seeking PhD and MFA proposals that critically engage art in public space. The research proposals should explore engagement with various forms of public media, communication, and information in the contemporary world that animate how urban spaces are created, experienced, valued and understood. MAP welcomes applications in fields of Fine Art, Curatorial Practice, Art History and Theory, Architecture and Design.

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Architectural media, representations and photography

We have a group of academics within MADA who are investigating roles for photography in shaping how we understand the built environment and are seeking PhD candidates interested in pursuing related topics. There is broad scope for PhD research in this area which can be defined in dialogue with supervisors.

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