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Prof David Cross

STAFF PROFILE

Position

Professor Of Visual Arts

Faculty

Faculty of Arts and Education

Department

SCCA Arts & Ed

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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2016

Level playing field

D Cross

(2016), Lille, France, J2

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Melbourne biennial lab

D Cross, C Doherty

(2016), Melbourne, Vic., J2

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2015

Bounce, Pump, Lean and Pause

D Cross

(2015), Hobart, Tas., J1

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Pump

D Cross

(2015), Hobart, Tas., J1

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Lean

D Cross

(2015), Hobart, Tas., J1

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Pause

D Cross

(2015), Hobart, Tas., J1

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Stroll

D Cross

(2015), Praque, Czech Republic, J1

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Finders keepers

D Cross

(2015), Calgary, Alb., J1

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Treatment: 6 Public Artworks at Western Treatment Plant

D Cross, C Bishop

(2015), Werribee, J1

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2014

Skyball

D Cross

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

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2013

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

D Cross

(2013), [Christchurch, N. Z.], J1-1

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Transitivity

D Cross

(2013), Adelaide, S. Aust., J2-1

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LifeX4: on iterating public art

D Cross

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

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Tactual

D Cross

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

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2012

Tactical pragmatism : the elasticity of performance

D Cross

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

chapter

Hold

D Cross

(2012), Melbourne, Vic., J2-1

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Lean

D Cross

(2012), Wellington, N.Z., J2-1

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2011

Drift

D Cross

(2011), Sydney, N.S.W., J2-1

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Pause : performance/installation

D Cross

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

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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, Tas., J1-1

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Portfolio : One Day Sculpture, New Zealand 2008-09

D Cross, C Doherty

(2011), Wellington, N.Z., J1-1

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2010

Just enough and no more : the careful art of modification

D Cross

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

chapter

Hold

D Cross

(2010), Sydney, N.S.W., J2-1

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2009

Karaoke theory : Andy Thomson

D Cross

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

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

chapter

Pump

D Cross

(2009), Zagreb, Croatia, J2-1

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One day sculpture: a curatorial overview

D Cross, C Doherty

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

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2008

Receding plane

D Cross

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

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Grants

Other Public Sector Funding

Treatment: 6 Public Artworks at Western Treatment Plant

Dr Cameron Bishop, Prof David Cross

  • 2016: $10,000
  • 2015: $10,000

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

Prof David Cross, Dr Cameron Bishop

  • 2016: $3,563

Metro Tunnel Cultural Strategy

Prof David Cross, Dr Cameron Bishop

  • 2017: $67,680
  • 2016: $16,920

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

Dr Cameron Bishop, Prof David Cross

  • 2017: $20,000

Treatment 2: 10 Public Artworks at Western Treatment Plant

Prof David Cross, Dr Cameron Bishop

  • 2017: $15,000

Industry and Other Funding

Treatment: 6 Public Artworks at Western Treatment Plant

Dr Cameron Bishop, Prof David Cross

  • 2015: $6,000

On the Outer

Dr Cameron Bishop, Prof David Cross, Mr Shane Mcgrath

  • 2016: $4,686

Supervisions

Associate Supervisor
2016

Stephanie Elise Hutchison

Thesis entitled: META: Discourses from Dancers Inside Action Machines

Doctor of Philosophy, School of Communication & Creative Arts