Art and performance research

Art and performance research at Deakin is recognised for its innovative and experimental character.

Our researchers work in the fields of dance, drama, visual art, public and installation art and photography.

Our research

Our leading creative researchers work across art and performance in three key areas:

  • material and visual cultures
  • embodied performativities
  • contemporary publics.

Research initiatives range from publicly activated inflatable artworks to dramatic interventions in the city, from the science and aesthetics of dance and movement to the military body, from theoretically inflected experimental writing to curatorial interventions in museum collections, from the politics of representation to community sector arts research.

As a strongly interdisciplinary area, art and performance provides a laboratory-style research environment. It investigates creative thinking and practices of representation, utilising theoretical frameworks that expand understanding of creative arts practice. Art and performance research is driven by engagement, impact and esteem, and seeks to align both non-traditional and traditional research outcomes with equal rigour. The research also engages in partnerships for mutual advantage and real-world creative outcomes.

Members of this group generate knowledge through creative, critical and theoretical inquiries, which are conceptualised through ideas about embodied cognition, material logics, curatorial rethinking, and by thinking through making.


Innovative collaboration

Our researchers ​work across many disciplines in the tertiary sector, and have established long-running industry partnerships and projects with organisations like the NGV, Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne Water, Wyndham City, City of Greater Geelong, Centre for Contemporary Photography, the Immigration Museum, Scienceworks and many others. It is through our collaborative creative projects that we bring value to the communities in which we work.

From high-profile museum exhibitions and public art projects, to local government cultural policy, experimental performance and technologies, our researchers generate creative and critical outcomes for both the communities with which we engage, and fellow researchers and HDR candidates through industry scholarships and other opportunities.

In the intersection of our three research areas, a dynamic and critical culture is created, which is alive to the impact our digital practices have on the world. Through practice-led, creative research, we discover new ways of relating to the world and each other in critical, innovative and ethical practices.

Our researchers

  • Dr Anne Wilson
  • Dr Cameron Bishop
  • Daniel Armstrong
  • Professor David Cross
  • Dr Glenn D'Cruz
  • Dr Jondi Keane
  • Associate Professor Katya Johanson
  • Dr Patrick Pound
  • Dr Rea Dennis
  • Torika Bolatagici
  • Simon Grennan
  • Dr Kate Hunter
  • Annika Koops
  • Dr Sean Loughrey
  • Dr Shaun McLeod
  • Dr Olivia Millard
  • Louise Morris
  • Dr Yoni Prior
  • Dr Jen Rae
  • Linda Tegg
  • Dr Jordan Vincent

Contact us

SCCA research enquiries
Dr Emily Potter
+61 3 9244 6842
Email Dr Potter