Dr Xavier Ho
Dr Xavier Ho
Xavier is an award-winning design researcher focusing on the queer independent games community, Lecturer in Interaction Design at Monash Art, Design and Architecture (MADA), and Visiting Fellow to the inaugural Hunt-Simes Institute in Sexuality Studies at the Sydney Social Sciences and Humanities Advanced Research Centre. He runs a creative videography studio, Jump to Glide.
Professional accolades include the initiation and curation of the Designers Australia Award Nominee, Pride at Play, and designing and implementing front-end of the Victoria Premier's Design Award Finalist, Early Algal Warning System. Xavier received the inaugural CSIRO Medal for Diversity and Inclusion for raising awareness of LGBTQIA+ communities in the organisation. In 2023, the Australian Broadcast Corporation selected him as part of the ABC TOP 5 Arts media residency program.
He has exhibited at the Sydney College of the Arts, Sydney Footbridge Gallery, Queen Victoria Market, Carlisle Street Arts Space, Victorian Pride Centre, and Tin Sheds Gallery. Published essays in Public Books titled "Queer Lives Are Not Side Quests" with Dr Cody Mejeur, The Conversation AU, and Bloomsbury Handbook on Games and Sex/Sexuality (in press). Media coverage includes ABC Arts, ABC Radio National, Kotaku Australia, GamesHub, Checkpoint Gaming, Triple J Hack, Triple R, What Happens Next, Monash Lens, and Concrete Playground.
The wide-range gamut of public art, games research, and written essays in the portfolio and researcher profile demonstrates an ongoing desire for making queer games visible and accessible to the public. Xavier is specifically interested in examining how videogames and tabletop games are becoming means of individual expression in the Asia Pacific region. In his free time, he trains with a musical theatre vocalist, bakes delicious sourdoughs, and practises barebow archery with his boyfriend.