Research

We are a community of researchers with backgrounds in Screen and Design, Art and Performance, Communication, and Writing and Literature based in the School of Communication and Creative Arts at Deakin University.

We have four main research themes:

IMMERSIVE REALITIES, led by Stefan Greuter and Luke Heemsbergen   
Positioned at the border of two worlds, the physical and the virtual world, Immersive Realities researches interfaces that enrich human interactions between the digital and the physical that are intuitive and playful and put the active human body at the centre of the experience. Our designs result in practical applications that are used to train, educate, and entertain diverse end-users and explore new ways of interacting with and through technology.   

PEOPLE AND OBJECTS, led by Patrick Pound   
Centred around the object and the place of material culture in the creative arts, our research engages with the world by thinking through things. Our research lens is distinct but inclusive and adaptable. We remain open to things. We examine everything from how things can be made to hold and express ideas to how things might generate new ways of thinking and behaving. From the internet of things to theatrical props, from things in stories to objects in a museum display, we set out to rethink things.  

WORD AND PERFORMANCE, led by Lyn Mc Credden  
This research theme considers how to bring language together with new modes of communication for new audiences. Through audio and visual capture, the research teams and projects growing from this theme will explore how most powerfully to disseminate storytelling, poetic and dramatic performance, improvisation, words-on-the-page from contemporary and historical periods across different kinds of audiences. We will ask how languages in different cultural contexts – Indigenous and non-Indigenous, multicultural and multi-ethnic, from different age themes, diverse classes, differently-gendered – might communicate more fully and richly beyond enclaves or ghettos. We will seek partnerships with learning and teaching partners to produce artefacts that bring words into active, engaging, communicative, affective forms, thus producing living archives of word and performance that create strong cultural, educative impact for change. At the same time, the theme will investigate what different forms of technology are most compelling for such transformational dissemination. 

PARTICIPATORY SCREENS, led by Sean Redmond and Sian Mitchell 
This research theme explores the interactive, dialogical and participatory nature of the screen. Its researchers start from the premise that film, the documentary, animation, television, video installation, archiving, streaming and exhibition practices should all act as vehicles for understanding everyday life, cultures and sensorial experience; for challenging convention; and for advancing social inclusion. Its members undertake empirical research, develop participatory, co-creative community projects, and produce intelligent screen works that seek to participate in understanding the poetics and politics of contemporary Australia.