MADA Artforum: Workaround: Women, Design, Action
Join us for a talk by Pia Ednie-Brown, Nicole Kalms, and Fleur Watson – practitioners taking part in Workaround: Women, Design, Action, an online broadcast and a program of live events at RMIT Design Hub. Naomi Stead, co-curator of Workaround, will convene the conversation.
Dr Pia Ednie-Brown is a theorist, educator and creative practitioner. She is currently an Associate Professor in the School of Architecture and Design at RMIT University where she has worked for over 20 years, and will take up a Professor of Architecture role at the University of Newcastle in 2019. She directs Onomatopoeia, a creative research practice that operates as a test-bed and driver of her research agenda as a whole. Her research has explored ethics, innovation, emergence, and emerging technologies, particularly in relation to creative practice research methodologies. Her writing and creative works have been published widely in international contexts, and she has edited two books: Plastic Green: designing for environmental transformation (RMIT Press, 2009) and The Innovation Imperative: Architectures of Vitality (AD, Wiley, 2013).
Dr Nicole Kalms is a Senior Lecturer in Monash University’s Department of Design and founding director of the XYX Lab which leads national research in Space, Gender and Communication. In this role, Dr Kalms is leading two significant research projects Urban Exposure: Interactively Mapping the Systems of Sexual Violence in the Spaces of Melbourne, Australia, and Women and Girls Only: Understanding the Spaces of Sexual Harassment in Australian Public Transport. These projects are set to establish key partnerships with state and national stakeholders. Dr Kalms’ recent contributions the monograph Hypersexual City (Routledge 2017) which examines sexualized representation and precincts in neoliberal cities.
Dr Naomi Stead is Professor of Architecture in the Department of Architecture at Monash University, Research Leader at Hayball and an Adjunct Professor in the School of Architecture at the University of Queensland. Her research interests lie broadly in the architectural humanities and the cultural studies of architecture: in its cultures of production, reproduction, mediation and reception. She holds a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of South Australia and a PhD from the University of Queensland. Her doctoral thesis, ‘On the Object of the Museum and its Architecture,’ examined the cultural politics of architecture in recent social history museums. Current research projects examine experimental writing practices in architecture, gender equity in architecture, oral history as a disruptive method in architectural research and the representation of architecture and architects in popular media.
Dr Fleur Watson is a curator and maker of exhibitions, programs and books. She is Executive Curator for the Lyon Housemuseum Galleries – a new public space for contemporary art, design and architecture that will open in early 2019. From 2013–2018, Fleur has curated the exhibition program at RMIT Design Hub – a project space dedicated to communicating design ideas through the lens of practice-based research. For Design Hub, she has also co-curated a diverse range of exhibitions including Las Vegas Studio (2014); The Future Is Here (2015), Occupied (2016), High Risk Dressing / Critical Fashion (2017), David Thomas: Colouring Impermanence (2017) and, most recently, Workaround (2018) in collaboration with Naomi Stead and Kate Rhodes. In 2013, Fleur was an invited architecture curator for the large-scale survey exhibition Melbourne Now at the National Gallery of Victoria. She was a Managing Editor of MONUMENT magazine (2001–2007), editor of the Edmond & Corrigan monograph Cities of Hope: Remembered / Rehearsed (2012) and co-editor of AD: Pavilions, Pop-ups and Parasols (2015). Fleur is currently working on a new publication on contemporary curatorial practice for the UK publisher Routledge and due for release in 2019.