Dr Maggie McCormick is Adjunct Professor at RMIT University and Professor at Reutlingen University, Germany and was Program Manager, Master of Arts (Art in Public Space), School of Art, RMIT University until February 2018.
Dr McCormick is a practicing artist, independent curator, writer and researcher who has exhibited, curated and undertaken research projects, presentations and publications in Australia, Europe and Asia. Her key research focus is the relationship between urbanization, digitalization and perceptions of identity and how this is evidenced in contemporary art practice.
Dr McCormick is a core research member of the Centre for Art, Society and Transformation and a member of the Design Research Institute.
Current research projects
SkypeLab: Transcontinental Faces and Spaces researches the role of drawing, portraiture and artistic mapping in the public space of Skype to establish new knowledge in relation to perceptions of identity mediated by screens in an urbanized and digitalized world. The research asks: To what role does contemporary art practice play in mapping the emergence of a new urban consciousness that informs cultural readings of the urban phenomenon?
The research is undertaken with Professor Henning Eichinger as an inter-university project between the School of Art, RMIT University, the School of Textiles & Design, Reutlingen University, Germany and presented in co-operation with the Goethe-Institut Australia. 2012/2013 SkypeLabs were undertaken at Gertrude Street Projection Festival. Melbourne; the City Library, Melbourne; Project Space/Spare Room, RMIT University; City Hall, Reutlingen, Germany in association with a full colour, hard copy publication and on line at ARTE Creative TV (France/Germany) in association with art residencies at Reutlingen University and RMIT University. 2014/2015 SkypeLabs extended the research to a third continent by linking to East China Normal University and the Goethe Institute in Shanghai. A major exhibition was held in 2016 at the Staedtische Galerie Reutlingen in association with a second publication. In 2016/2017 the next continent to be linked was South America (Brazil and Colombia) following on from a SkypeLab presentation at the the International Cartographic Association Conference workshop on Ephemeral Mapping in Rio, August 2015. In 2017 an archival exhibition was held at the Salamanca Art Centre, Hobart and in 2018 the 22@ Barcelona Sympolab was held at RMIT Europe. Professor Henning Eichinger was awarded the prestigious Landeslehrpreis Baden-Württemberg in 2013 and Doctor Maggie McCormick was awarded Hon. Professor in Germany in 2017, both in recognition of the contribution and innovation of this research.
- Peter Burke. Pop Up Art: The creative disruption of everyday life.
- Kata Sangkhae. The Hybridity of Thai Identities in Contemporary Art.
- Riza Manalo. Transitory Encounters: Immersive Artistic Research to Understand Lived Experiences of Filipino Domestic Workers in Hong Kong.
- Chun Wai Yeung (Wilson). Curating the In-Between.
- Byron Dean. Sounding transformation three cities: Mapping sonic experiences of urban transformation in Melbourne, Kaifeng and Suzhou through field recording practice.
- Jennifer Lade. Parked Art: Retexturalising location and mapping unstable boundaries.
Awards and achievements
- Red Gate Gallery residency, Beijing 2006.
- Gunnery Studio residency, Sydney 1999.
- Awarded Third Prize, Dashanzi, Beijing: a tale of two tattoos in Sense of Place, Architecture, Building and Planning Essay Competition, The University of Melbourne 2006.
- Shortlisted Siemans Fine Art Scholarships Exhibition, RMIT Gallery at Storey Hall, Melbourne 2004.
Links to industry
- National Association for the Visual Arts
- Goethe-Institut, Australia (Skypetrait) 2012/2013
PhD, The University of Melbourne
MFA, RMIT University
B Ed, Melbourne
- McCormick, M. (2017). Carto-city revisited: Unmapping urbaness In: Transformations: Art and the City, Intellect, Bristol, United Kingdom
- McCormick, M. (2016). MelLingen and MelShangLingen In: SkypeLab Reutlingen, Germany
- McCormick, M. (2015). Visuelle Bibliothek In: A component of SkypeLab: Transcontinental faces and spaces Shanghai, China
- McCormick, M.,Eichinger, H. (2013). Skypetrait: Portraits of urbaness In: Skypetrait: Transcontinental Faces, Stat Reutlingen, Reutlingen, Germany
- McCormick, M.,Eichinger, H. (2013). Skypetrait: Transcontinental Faces In: Skypetrait: Transcontinental Faces Australia/Germany Germany
- McCormick, M.,Hogg, G. (2013). Stunning Landscape In: Victoria Harbour Public Mural Project Melbourne, Australia
- McCormick, M. (2013). The transient city: The city as urbaness In: Re-Imagining the City: Art, globalization and urban spaces, Intellect Books, Bristol, United Kingdom
- McCormick, M. (2012). Urban practice and the public turn In: Asia Pacific Journal of Arts and Cultural Management, 9, 3 - 13
- McCormick, M.,Hogg, G.,Bold, C.,Mix, P. (2012). Melbourne Sound Trace In: Tramway Hoarding Design Project Melbourne, Australia
- McCormick, M.,Hogg, G.,Bold, C.,Mix, P. (2012). The Water, The River, The Town In: Victoria Harbour Public Mural Project Melbourne, Australia
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