Katie Lee

Revealing how complexity is embedded within ordinary objects


Dr Katie Lee

Lecturer in Creative Arts and Expanded Performance, Deakin Motion Lab Research Fellow

Research and Experience
Dr Katie Lee is a lecturer in Creative Arts and Expanded Performance at Deakin University. Lee’s  research explores how meaning is constructed and becomes embedded within forms, habits and social constructs.  Her research spans anthropological, psychological, kinaesthetic and embodied knowledge practices that she applies to her spatiotemporal arts practice. This practice-based research has outcomes that include sculptural installation, video, performance and sound. In her work, Lee begins from the premise that everything is active and ‘in motion’, however due to a complex range of social, biological and psychological factors, humans often perceive the world as stable or static.  Lee has focused on both sides of this phenomenon, considering on one hand how and why humans seek stability (along with the social and political implications of this) and on the other; the different methodologies and triggers that might encourage an ‘active’ perception of the world, that accepts environments, objects and events as in flux.  In her recent performance-installation Set Elements exhibited at the Magdalen Laundry Space at the Abbotsford Convent in Temporal Proximities (2019), Lee used the concept of a set to reveal how objects have constantly changing affordances and capacities when elements within the set are rearranged.


installation art, performance, live-art, sculpture, embodied cognition, perception, time-based arts practice, cross-disciplinary arts practice