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Prof David Cross

STAFF PROFILE

Position

Professor of Visual Arts

Faculty

Faculty of Arts and Education

Department

SCCA Arts & Education

Campus

Melbourne Burwood Campus

Biography

David Cross is Professor of Visual Arts at Deakin. Working as an artist, curator and writer, his practice extends across performance, installation, sculpture, public art and video.  Known for his examination of risk, pleasure and participation, Cross often utilises inflatable structures to negotiate inter-personal exchange. He has performed in international live art festivals in Poland and Croatia and was selected as a New Zealand representative at the 2011 Prague Quadrennial. Cross was commissioned by National Institute of Experimental Art/City of Sydney to develop Drift, a large-scale public art commission for Taylors Square in Sydney (2011) and his installation Lean was included in The Aberrant Object at Wellington City Art Gallery (2012). His work Hold was selected for inclusion in Liveworks at Performance Space, Sydney in 2010 and featured as part of the Arts House season in the Melbourne International Festival in October 2012. More recently he was commissioned by Scape Public Art 7 curator Blair French to develop Level Playing Field, a temporary intervention that fused sport, performance and sculpture in Christchurch. 

As a curator and public art facilitator he developed with Claire Doherty the One Day Sculpture project across New Zealand in 2008/9 featuring 30 international artists including Thomas Hirschhorn, Superflex, Rirkrit Tiravanija and Paula Pivi. In 2011 he was CAST Tasmania's international curatorial resident. From this project he curated Iteration:Again 13 Public Art Projects Across Tasmania examing the idea of repetition and transformation in temporary public art and featuring 20 local and international artists. He has edited internationally published books on the aforementioned projects and writes regularly on contemporary art for international publications.

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Publications

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2020

De-limit

David Cross, Alison Currie

(2020), Dancehouse and Carriageworks, J2

Non-Traditional Research Output

Snuggle (Pink)

David Cross

(2020), Five Walls Gallery, J2

Non-Traditional Research Output
2019

Double negative

D Cross

(2019), Melbourne, Vic., J2

Non-Traditional Research Output

Stacks

D Cross

(2019), Footscray, Vic., J2

Non-Traditional Research Output

Six Moments in Kingston Town

David Cross, C Bishop

(2019), City of Kingston, J1

Non-Traditional Research Output
2018

The social spaces of craft

D Cross

(2018), pp. 24-31, Craftivism: dissident objects and subversive forms, Melbourne, Vic., B1

book chapter

Red follow

D Cross

(2018), Logan Central, Qld., J2

Non-Traditional Research Output
2017

The difficult second record: participatory art after The Zeitgeist

D Cross

(2017), pp. 150-155, Civic actions: artists' practices beyond the museum, Sydney, N.S.W., B1

book chapter

Treatment: 6 public artworks at Melbourne Water

D Cross

(2017), pp. 81-94, Treatment : six public artworks at the Western Treatment Plant, Melbourne, Vic., B1

book chapter

Contexts of generosity: making resilient public art

D Cross

(2017), AAANZ 2017 : Art and the changing nature of place : Proceedings of the Art Association of Australia and New Zealand Annual Conference 2017, Perth, W.A., E1

conference

Public art and resilience

C Bishop, D Cross

(2017), pp. 1-10, ACUADS 2017 : Value : Proceedings of the ACUADS 2017 Conference, Acton, A.C.T., E1

conference

Trio (Red, yellow and blue)

D Cross

(2017), Adelaide, Sth Aust., J1

Non-Traditional Research Output

Inflatable monochrome

D Cross, D Thomas

(2017), Melbourne, Vic., J1

Non-Traditional Research Output
2016

Level playing field

D Cross

(2016), Lille, France, J2

Non-Traditional Research Output

Melbourne biennial lab

D Cross, C Doherty

(2016), Queen Victoria Market, Melbourne, J2

Non-Traditional Research Output

Air supplied

D Cross

(2016), Brooklyn, N.Y., J2

Non-Traditional Research Output
2015

Bounce, Pump, Lean and Pause

D Cross

(2015), Hobart, Tas., J1

Non-Traditional Research Output

Pump

D Cross

(2015), Hobart, Tas., J1

Non-Traditional Research Output

Lean

D Cross

(2015), Hobart, Tas., J1

Non-Traditional Research Output

Pause

D Cross

(2015), Hobart, Tas., J1

Non-Traditional Research Output

Stroll

D Cross

(2015), Praque, Czech Republic, J1

Non-Traditional Research Output

Finders keepers

D Cross

(2015), Calgary, Alb., J1

Non-Traditional Research Output

Treatment: 6 Public Artworks at Western Treatment Plant

D Cross, C Bishop

(2015), Western Treatment Plant, Werribee, J1

Non-Traditional Research Output

TREATED

C Bishop

(2015), Wyndham Art Gallery, J1

Non-Traditional Research Output
2014

Skyball

D Cross

(2014), Campbelltown, N.S.W., J2-1

Non-Traditional Research Output
2013

Level playing field : , temporary public art commission for Scape 7

D Cross

(2013), Christchurch, New Zealand, J1-1

Non-Traditional Research Output

Transitivity

D Cross

(2013), Adelaide, South Australia, J2-1

Non-Traditional Research Output

LifeX4: on iterating public art

D Cross

(2013), pp. 11-24, Iteration: again : 13 public art projects across Tasmania, Brooklyn, New York, J1-1

Non-Traditional Research Output

Tactual

D Cross

(2013), Melbourne, Vic., J2-1

Non-Traditional Research Output
2012

Tactical pragmatism : the elasticity of performance

D Cross

(2012), pp. 24-35, Made active : the Chartwell Show, Auckland, N.Z., B1-1

book chapter

Hold

D Cross

(2012), Melbourne, Victoria, J2-1

Non-Traditional Research Output

Lean

D Cross

(2012), Wellington, New Zealand, J2-1

Non-Traditional Research Output
2011

Drift

D Cross

(2011), Sydney, New South Wales, J2-1

Non-Traditional Research Output

Pause : performance/installation

D Cross

(2011), Prague, Czech Republic, J2-1

Non-Traditional Research Output

Portfolio : Iteration : Again 13 Public Art Projects Across Tasmania

D Cross, F do Campo, N Durling, S Jones, F Lee, D Quilliam, P Silva, J Stewart

(2011), Hobart, Tasmania, J1-1

Non-Traditional Research Output

Portfolio : One Day Sculpture, New Zealand 2008-09

D Cross, C Doherty

(2011), Wellington, New Zealand, J1-1

Non-Traditional Research Output
2010

Just enough and no more : the careful art of modification

D Cross

(2010), pp. 27-31, Shifting continuities, Bulleen, Vic., B1-1

book chapter

Hold

D Cross

(2010), Sydney, New South Wales, J2-1

Non-Traditional Research Output
2009

Karaoke theory : Andy Thomson

D Cross

(2009), pp. 86-89, Show, Auckland, N.Z., B1-1

book chapter

Days like these : temporality, place and social engagement

D Cross

(2009), pp. 85-92, Spaces of art : institutional and post-institutional practices in contemporary art, Wooloomooloo, N.S.W., B1-1

book chapter

Pump

D Cross

(2009), Zagreb, Croatia, J2-1

Non-Traditional Research Output

One day sculpture: a curatorial overview

D Cross, C Doherty

(2009), pp. 7-16, One day sculpture, Bielefeld, Germany, J1-1

Non-Traditional Research Output
2008

Receding plane

D Cross

(2008), Hamilton, New Zealand, J2-1

Non-Traditional Research Output
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Venetian Blind

David Cross, Cameron Bishop

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Non-Traditional Research Output

Funded Projects at Deakin

Other Public Sector Funding

Treatment: 6 Public Artworks at Western Treatment Plant

Prof David Cross, A/Prof Cameron Bishop

  • 2016: $10,000
  • 2015: $10,000

University Square- City of Melbourne Curatorial Proposal- Professor David Cross

Prof David Cross, A/Prof Cameron Bishop

  • 2016: $3,563

Metro Tunnel Cultural Strategy

Prof David Cross, A/Prof Cameron Bishop

  • 2017: $67,680
  • 2016: $16,920

Treatment '17 - Contemporary Art Installation and Interpretation of the Western Treatment Plant

A/Prof Cameron Bishop, Prof David Cross

  • 2017: $20,000

Treatment 2: 10 Public Artworks at Western Treatment Plant

Prof David Cross, A/Prof Cameron Bishop

  • 2017: $15,000

Citizen Act (in three parts: colour, movement and consciousness)

A/Prof Cameron Bishop, Prof David Cross

  • 2017: $3,000

Seven Moments in Kingston Town.

A/Prof Cameron Bishop, Prof David Cross

  • 2018: $6,300

Six Moments in Kingston.

Prof David Cross, A/Prof Cameron Bishop

  • 2019: $23,400

Industry and Other Funding

Treatment: 6 Public Artworks at Western Treatment Plant

Prof David Cross, A/Prof Cameron Bishop

  • 2015: $6,000

On the Outer

A/Prof Cameron Bishop, Prof David Cross, Mr Shane Mcgrath

  • 2016: $4,686

Supervisions

Principal Supervisor
2021

Jeremy Howard Noble

Thesis entitled: Anthrotopology: Thirdness, Complexity, and the Poetics of Individualism

Doctor of Philosophy, School of Communication & Creative Arts

2020

Monique Redmond

Thesis entitled: The Event within Temporary Practices and the Public Social

Doctor of Philosophy, School of Communication & Creative Arts

2018

Jan Nelson

Thesis entitled: Lasagne Composting: Strategies for Painting in a Digital Age

Doctor of Philosophy, School of Communication & Creative Arts

Associate Supervisor
2021

Bindi Chocka

Thesis entitled: LAST YEAR¿S ARTIST: Contemporary Art, the Christian Conversion and Cancel Culture

Doctor of Philosophy, School of Communication & Creative Arts

2020

Kirsten Lyttle

Thesis entitled: Digital Mana: Transforming the Photograph into a Site for Making Maori Customary Art

Doctor of Philosophy, School of Communication & Creative Arts

2019

Simon Grennan

Thesis entitled: Landscape, Painting, and Consciousness

Doctor of Philosophy, School of Communication & Creative Arts

2016

Stephanie Elise Hutchison

Thesis entitled: META: Discourses from Dancers Inside Action Machines

Doctor of Philosophy, School of Communication & Creative Arts