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Golda, Agnieszka Dr

Senior Lecturer in Contemporary Arts (Visual Arts)

  • Faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts
  • School of the Arts, English and Media

Overview


Dr Agnieszka Golda is a Senior Lecturer in Contemporary Arts at the School of the Arts, English and Media. Agnieszka teaches in the visual arts with a focus on textiles and installation art. Agnieszka migrated to Australia during the imposition of martial law in Poland, and this experienced informs her investigation into the relationship between power, feeling (the senses, affect and emotion), spirituality and nature. In the Visual Arts program, she heads a unique practice-based studio program committed to redefining the field of contemporary textiles, craft, fibre art and textile design through to e-textiles, installation and eco-art. Prior to joining University of Wollongong, Agnieszka was the Acting Head of Textiles studio specialisation and taught in both undergraduate and postgraduate courses at South Australian School of Art, University of South Australia.

Top Publications


Research Overview


  • I am an artist, researcher and academic working with textiles and installation in collaborative installation art practices. My research focuses on cultural politics of feeling in the contexts of feminism, migration, new materialism, and the Anthropocene. Through collaborative partnerships and projects, I investigate ways to generate spaces for exchanges that stimulate environmental awareness and transform attitudes towards the natural world. In particular, I am interested in how the communicative capacity of materials could be used for responding to dialogues on the Earth’s sixth mass extinction event. This orientation in my research has been shaped by my enduring interest in the imaginary, the supernatural, the mythical drawn from traditional Eastern European folklore, as well as Japanese popular culture of anime, manga and amigurumi, and more recently electronic textiles.

Selected Publications


  • Journal Article

    Year Title
    2020

    Published In
    Leonardo: Art Science and Technology
    2018

    Published In
    Textile: the journal of cloth and culture
    2015

    Published In
    Australian Feminist Studies
  • Book

    Year Title
    2011
  • Chapter

    Year Title
    2016

    Published In
    The Handbook of Textile Culture
    Publisher
    London
  • Conference Paper

    Year Title
    2020

    Published In
    Why Sentience? 26th International Symposium on Electronic Art ISEA 2020 Proceedings
  • Other Publications

    Year Title
    2019
    2016
    2016
    2009
    2008
    2008
    2018
    2018
    2015
    2014
    2013
    2012
    2011
    2010
    2008
    2007

Impact Story


  • <p>Agnieszka Golda and Jo Law created <em>Spinning World</em> for the Museum of Applied Arts & Science (MAAS) – Australia’s only museum of its kind, devoted to excellence and innovation in applied arts and sciences. <em>Spinning World</em> is the major creative outcome for Golda and Law’s joint 2017 Visiting Research Fellowship at the museum. MAAS President Professor Barney Glover and Acting Director Andrew Elliott reported “Dr Jo Law and Dr Agnieszka Golda from the University of Wollongong explored the exchanges between traditional and new textile technologies [...]. A major outcome of their research was discovering how lace and embroidery techniques can be combined with conductive materials, low energy devices, and energy harvesting technologies (photovoltaic cells) to invent new materials and sustainable methods of making. This was developed into an exhibition entitled <em>Spinning World</em> opening in July 2018, making MAAS research activities more visible to our audiences” (MAAS Annual Report 2017-2018, 57). A key but unforeseen impact of this exhibition for the cultural sector is how it provided new strategies for the museum to share its materials culture and new findings with the public.<br /><br /><em>Spinning World</em> was staged at the Powerhouse Museum, which drew a total of 659,340 visitations in 2017-18. During the 6-month exhibition period, it is estimated that the exhibition provided 26,992 visitors with the unique experience and insight into how contemporary art-science collaboration work to tackle urgent global issues such as environmental sustainability. Furthermore, as a multi-sensory immersive installation <em>Spinning World</em> was designed to deepen audience engagement with material knowledges embedded in Museum's collections in relation to advances made by climate and materials sciences through original artworks, novel applications of new materials, incorporation of climate data, museum objects, and multimedia content. Its success highlighted art's capacity to mediate and propose future focused sustainable thinking and making strategies to the museum sector and the broader public. <br /><br /><em>Spinning World</em> is also the key creative output of the Global Challenges Seed project <em>Materials Science, Slow Textiles and Ecological Futures</em> with Dr Sepidar Sayyar (AIIM, ANFF) and ARC Principal Research Fellow, Associate Professor Helen McGregor (SEALS, SMAH). This public exhibition showed how transdisciplinary collaboration at UOW can enhance the understanding of climate science and smart materials research through aesthetic experiences to a broad range of diverse audiences. The collaborative process was documented in the exhibition's multimedia content and further augmented the immersive learning experience for the visiting public. <br /><br />The project's range of outcomes not only have significant impact on artistic and scientific fields, but importantly facilitated knowledge exchanges with the public. Sayyar's success in developing alternative ecologically sustainable processes in graphene synthesis for the interactive artworks advanced methods for manufacturing new materials. The re-interpretation of McGregor's climate science research through artistic strategies into a visual narrative contributed to new strategies in science communication. Golda and Law developed new techniques using novel materials (screen-printed graphene and sewn programmable interactive electronics) to create new original artworks that exposed museum visitors to new knowledges in environmental making and thinking. </p>

Potential Supervision Topics


  • Areas of expertise and potential topics for HDR and Honours Supervision:

    art, textiles, sculpture, object, installation art, and;

    • nature, ecology, animism,
    • materials, process, sustainability
    • the senses, affect and emotion
    • migration, cultural displacement
    • narrative, storytelling
    • folklore, rituals
    • Japanese anime, manga, and textiles

Advisees


  • Graduate Advising Relationship

    Degree Research Title Advisee
    Master of Philosophy Contemporary Iranian Artists and Censorship Ghasri Khouzani, Nasibeh
    Doctor of Creative Arts Beyond Diasporic Trauma: Opening up an Intersection between Contemporary Art and Folkloric Practices in Vietnam Long, Mai Nguyen-Long
    Doctor of Philosophy Superfictions: Practices of Voyeurism and Surveillance and Notions of Art in the Everyday Mcleish, Jackie
    Doctor of Creative Arts THE BROKENNESS OF THINGS: Longing and Embodied gestures of repair in contemporary art Larkin, Anita

Keywords


  • contemporary art, textiles, installation art, materials, the senses, affect, emotion, migration, animism, storytelling, folklore.

Top Publications


Research Overview


  • I am an artist, researcher and academic working with textiles and installation in collaborative installation art practices. My research focuses on cultural politics of feeling in the contexts of feminism, migration, new materialism, and the Anthropocene. Through collaborative partnerships and projects, I investigate ways to generate spaces for exchanges that stimulate environmental awareness and transform attitudes towards the natural world. In particular, I am interested in how the communicative capacity of materials could be used for responding to dialogues on the Earth’s sixth mass extinction event. This orientation in my research has been shaped by my enduring interest in the imaginary, the supernatural, the mythical drawn from traditional Eastern European folklore, as well as Japanese popular culture of anime, manga and amigurumi, and more recently electronic textiles.

Selected Publications


  • Journal Article

    Year Title
    2020

    Published In
    Leonardo: Art Science and Technology
    2018

    Published In
    Textile: the journal of cloth and culture
    2015

    Published In
    Australian Feminist Studies
  • Book

    Year Title
    2011
  • Chapter

    Year Title
    2016

    Published In
    The Handbook of Textile Culture
    Publisher
    London
  • Conference Paper

    Year Title
    2020

    Published In
    Why Sentience? 26th International Symposium on Electronic Art ISEA 2020 Proceedings
  • Other Publications

    Year Title
    2019
    2016
    2016
    2009
    2008
    2008
    2018
    2018
    2015
    2014
    2013
    2012
    2011
    2010
    2008
    2007

Impact Story


  • <p>Agnieszka Golda and Jo Law created <em>Spinning World</em> for the Museum of Applied Arts & Science (MAAS) – Australia’s only museum of its kind, devoted to excellence and innovation in applied arts and sciences. <em>Spinning World</em> is the major creative outcome for Golda and Law’s joint 2017 Visiting Research Fellowship at the museum. MAAS President Professor Barney Glover and Acting Director Andrew Elliott reported “Dr Jo Law and Dr Agnieszka Golda from the University of Wollongong explored the exchanges between traditional and new textile technologies [...]. A major outcome of their research was discovering how lace and embroidery techniques can be combined with conductive materials, low energy devices, and energy harvesting technologies (photovoltaic cells) to invent new materials and sustainable methods of making. This was developed into an exhibition entitled <em>Spinning World</em> opening in July 2018, making MAAS research activities more visible to our audiences” (MAAS Annual Report 2017-2018, 57). A key but unforeseen impact of this exhibition for the cultural sector is how it provided new strategies for the museum to share its materials culture and new findings with the public.<br /><br /><em>Spinning World</em> was staged at the Powerhouse Museum, which drew a total of 659,340 visitations in 2017-18. During the 6-month exhibition period, it is estimated that the exhibition provided 26,992 visitors with the unique experience and insight into how contemporary art-science collaboration work to tackle urgent global issues such as environmental sustainability. Furthermore, as a multi-sensory immersive installation <em>Spinning World</em> was designed to deepen audience engagement with material knowledges embedded in Museum's collections in relation to advances made by climate and materials sciences through original artworks, novel applications of new materials, incorporation of climate data, museum objects, and multimedia content. Its success highlighted art's capacity to mediate and propose future focused sustainable thinking and making strategies to the museum sector and the broader public. <br /><br /><em>Spinning World</em> is also the key creative output of the Global Challenges Seed project <em>Materials Science, Slow Textiles and Ecological Futures</em> with Dr Sepidar Sayyar (AIIM, ANFF) and ARC Principal Research Fellow, Associate Professor Helen McGregor (SEALS, SMAH). This public exhibition showed how transdisciplinary collaboration at UOW can enhance the understanding of climate science and smart materials research through aesthetic experiences to a broad range of diverse audiences. The collaborative process was documented in the exhibition's multimedia content and further augmented the immersive learning experience for the visiting public. <br /><br />The project's range of outcomes not only have significant impact on artistic and scientific fields, but importantly facilitated knowledge exchanges with the public. Sayyar's success in developing alternative ecologically sustainable processes in graphene synthesis for the interactive artworks advanced methods for manufacturing new materials. The re-interpretation of McGregor's climate science research through artistic strategies into a visual narrative contributed to new strategies in science communication. Golda and Law developed new techniques using novel materials (screen-printed graphene and sewn programmable interactive electronics) to create new original artworks that exposed museum visitors to new knowledges in environmental making and thinking. </p>

Potential Supervision Topics


  • Areas of expertise and potential topics for HDR and Honours Supervision:

    art, textiles, sculpture, object, installation art, and;

    • nature, ecology, animism,
    • materials, process, sustainability
    • the senses, affect and emotion
    • migration, cultural displacement
    • narrative, storytelling
    • folklore, rituals
    • Japanese anime, manga, and textiles

Advisees


  • Graduate Advising Relationship

    Degree Research Title Advisee
    Master of Philosophy Contemporary Iranian Artists and Censorship Ghasri Khouzani, Nasibeh
    Doctor of Creative Arts Beyond Diasporic Trauma: Opening up an Intersection between Contemporary Art and Folkloric Practices in Vietnam Long, Mai Nguyen-Long
    Doctor of Philosophy Superfictions: Practices of Voyeurism and Surveillance and Notions of Art in the Everyday Mcleish, Jackie
    Doctor of Creative Arts THE BROKENNESS OF THINGS: Longing and Embodied gestures of repair in contemporary art Larkin, Anita

Keywords


  • contemporary art, textiles, installation art, materials, the senses, affect, emotion, migration, animism, storytelling, folklore.
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