Dr Kristen Sharp is a Senior Lecturer in Art History and Theory in the School of Art, RMIT University.
Kristen’s contribution to the field of interdisciplinary research and transnational studies is exemplified through curatorial projects, research grants and publications.
Kristen has drawn together her research, curatorial and teaching interests, and has recently developed curriculum for two new courses in the School of Art: 'Art and Global Cities' and 'Contemporary Asian Art'. In 2012, Kristen (with A Clarke and T Johal) was awarded an RMIT Learning and Teaching Investment Fund Project (LTIF) for a project examining onshore/offshore equivalence in the delivery of courses in the Schools of Art and Media & Communication: 'Equal Local: future-proofing RMIT’s global reach by promoting equivalence in onshore and offshore learning'. This project allows Kristen to draw on her expertise in transcultural art to examine issues related to teaching and learning.
Web: spatialdialogues.net Spatial Dialogues, 2014, RMIT Project Space. 18 July – 14 August.
Kristen's research includes contemporary art and urban space, collaborative practices in transnational art projects, and contemporary Asian art. Kristen is currently a Chief Investigator on an Australian Research Council Linkage Project grant Spatial Dialogues: Public Art and Climate Change (2010-2014) researching transnational methods of collaboration. In 2013 she co-curated (with P. Samartzis) 'The Sonic City' for the Liquid Architecture national sound art festival (www.liquidarchitecture.org.au) involving artists from Japan, Spain and Australia creating sonic interventions in the urban environment. Kristen was an International Visiting Researcher at Musashino Art University, Tokyo (June 2012) participating in an Australia/Japan collaborative project 'The Representation of Weather in a Synthesized Material Space' involving sound/video artworks recording the effects of weather on the built and natural environment.
2010–2014 ARC Linkage Project 2010–2013 Spatial Dialogues: Public Art and Climate Change (ID: 100200088) (with L. Williams; P. Samartzis; L. Hjorth; S. Perry and D. Redfern).
This is an interdisciplinary investigation of how urban media art can best respond to global climate change.Spatial Dialogues identifies ways artists and cultural theorists can collaborate with relevant industry partners to redefine public art as a trans-national and interactive process. In particular, the artworks will participate in civic dialogues on the significance of water as a precious global resource. By extending the use of urban screens with public artworks engaged in a creative use of sound and social network systems, this research pioneers ways in which the arts can play a significant role in the adaptation to climate change.
2013 The Sonic City, Liquid Architecture National Sound Art Festival
Kristen co-curated (with P. Samartzs) ’The Sonic City’ (www.liquidarchitecture.org.au), involving established and emerging artists from Japan, Spain and Australia. For the festival the artists created site-specific sonic interventions in the urban environment. The festival was supported by Australia Council for the Arts, Arts Victoria, City of Melbourne, RMIT Design Hub, West Space Gallery and the Spanish Consulate. It is part of the Mediated City program of the RMIT Design Research Institute.
2012 RMIT Learning and Teaching Investment Fund Project (LTIF), Equal Local: future-proofing RMIT’s global reach by promoting equivalence in onshore and offshore learning. (with A. Clarke and T. Johal)
Equal Local addresses pressing issues of equivalence and quality between onshore and offshore programs, which are delivered across a range of cultural contexts with diverse student cohorts. Achieving equivalence in these contexts is extremely complex if the student experience is to be meaningfully transformed. This project aims to address these complexities by building on the work of Palaskas and Gopal (2011) and applying their model for achieving equivalence and comparability in transnational education at RMIT. The focus of the project will be eight course offerings from the schools of Art and Media & Communication, which are delivered across a range of programs, geo-cultural contexts and delivery modes. These will function as exemplary case studies for the evaluation and augmentation of the Palaskas and Gopal model.
- RMIT Global Cities Research Institute (Globalization and Culture program).
- RMIT Design Research Institute (Mediated Cities)
- Digital Ethnography Research Centre, RMIT University
Registered Category 1 supervisor.
Areas of research supervision
Contemporary Art, Asian Art (esp. Japan and China), Collaboration, Public Art, Art and Urban Space, Environmental Art, Globalisation and Art and Sound Art.
Current postgraduate supervision
Peter Burke, PhD POP UP ART: the creative disruption of everyday life. Senior Supervisor.
Susie Lachal, PhD Responding to the Anthropocene: An enquiry into sculptural methods of production and communication addressing the need for a change in current anthropocentric values. Senior Supervisor.
Fleur Summers, PhD Making Connections: The Sculptural Encounter as a Neurocognitive Experience. Senior Supervisor.
Elizabeth Wallace, PhD Absence and the City: A study of absence as a structural principle in city aesthetics and creative practice (Associate Supervisor)
Samara Adamson-Pinczewski, PhD. Reflecting on Pictorial Spaces: An investigation into ambiguous spatial effects created through the use of fragmented abstract form, reflective materials and oblique linear structures (Associate Supervisor)
Tintin Wulia, PhD ALEATORIC GEOPOLITICS: art, chance and critical play on the border (Senior Supervisor)
- BFA Auckland
- DipT (Secondary) Auckland
- PhD RMIT
RMIT Early Career Researcher International Travel Award 2012
In June 2012, Dr Kristen Sharp was an International Visiting Researcher at Musashino Art University, Tokyo in the Department of Imaging Arts and Sciences. As a visiting researcher, Kristen will be working on a publication for an international collaborative project 'The Representation of Weather in a Synthesized Material Space'. This project is led by Professor Christophe Charles (Musashino) and Dr Philip Samartzis (RMIT), and involves sound and video recordings of the effects of weather on the built and natural environment conducted during fieldwork in Japan and Australia. The project is funded by Musashino University and the RMIT Foundation.
- Clarke, A.,Johal, S.,Sharp, K.,Quinn, S. (2016). (In Press) Achieving equivalence: a transnational curriculum design framework In: International Journal for Academic Development, , 1 - 14
- Hjorth, L.,Pink, S.,Sharp, K.,Williams, L. (2016). Screen Ecologies: Art, media, and the environment in the Asia-Pacific region, MIT Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
- Hjorth, L.,Sharp, K.,Williams, L. (2014). Screen ecologies: A discussion of art, screen cultures and the environment in the region In: Art in the Asia-Pacific region: Intimate Publics (Routledge Advances in Art and Visual Studies Series), Routledge, New York, United States
- Hjorth, L.,Sharp, K. (2014). The art of ethnography: the aesthetics or ethics of participation? In: Visual Studies, 29, 128 - 135
- Sharp, K. (2014). Engaging the social, the aesthetic and the political In: Edge of Elsewhere, Campbelltown Arts Centre, Cambelltown, Australia
- Grierson, E.,Sharp, K. (2013). Situating art, urban space and globalization In: Re-Imagining the City: Art, globalization and urban spaces, Intellect Books, Bristol, United Kingdom
- Sharp, K. (2013). Driving the sonic city In: Re-Imagining the City: Art, Globalization and Urban Spaces, Intellect, Bristol, UK
- Samartzis, P.,Sharp, K. (2013). Sonic City In: Sonic City Melbourne, Australia
- Sharp, K. (2012). The Crystal Set In: Sounds of Weather Melbourne, Australia
- Sharp, K. (2011). Global Fissures: Intercultural Dialogues in Contemporary Art In: Cultures and/of Globalization, Oxford, UK, September 2008
- Spatial dialogues: public art and climate change. Funded by: ARC Linkage Project Grant 2010 Round 2 from (2010 to 2013)
1 Prof Doc Completions and 3 PhD Completions4 PhD Current Supervisions