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Law, Jo C. Dr

Senior Lecturer, New Media

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

Overview


Born in Hong Kong and migrated to Australia via Britain, Jo is interested in creative practice’s relationship with changing sociocultural and political environments. Her research masters investigates Hong Kong cultural politics through film media while her doctoral dissertation premised on art as the technical organisation of experience extends the philosophies of Walter Benjamin and Theodor Adorno to critique materialist aesthetics and processes.

Jo’s award-winning works have been screened nationally and internationally including No References: A Revisit of Hong Kong Video and Media Art from 1985 in Videotage, Hong Kong. Her artworks have participated in exhibitions such as A Working Model of the World at The Parsons School of Design in New York and Awfully Wonderful: Science Fiction in Contemporary Art at Sydney’s Performance Space.

Previously, Jo lectured in multimedia design at Curtin University of Technology, where she drew on her professional experience as a multimedia developer and screen producer to contribute to curriculum development. Jo continues to advocate for an interdisciplinary approach to creative media practice in her teaching. She teaches a range of media that include experimental film and video, creative coding, interactive electronic arts and fine arts animation.

Top Publications


Research Overview


  • Jo holds an MFA (by Research) from the University of Western Australia that focuses on Hong Kong cinema in relation to the cultural politics of disappearance. She was awarded a PhD for her thesis  ‘Constellations: Walter Benjamin’s Allegories and Montage, and the Contingent Assemblies of Fragments in Art Practice’ by Murdoch University. 

    Working at the interface of art, science, craft, design, and technology, her research ranges from traditional publications, research and development projects, artworks and public exhibitions. Jo co-leads the Global Challenges Project ‘Next Generation Sustainable Crafting’ and recently joins the ‘Future Makers’ keystone project.  

    Jo’s critical writings have been published in 100 Atmospheres: Studies in Scale and Wonder (Open Humanities Press, 2019), Craft Economies, (Bloomsbury Academic, 2018), and Walter Benjamin and the architecture of modernity (re.press, 2009). Her artworks haven exhibited both nationally in Australia and internationally at venues including the Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, Sydney, Sheila C Johnson Design Centre, New York, and the Life Space Science Art Research Gallery, Dundee. 

Selected Publications


  • Journal Article

    Year Title
    2020

    Published In
    Leonardo: Art Science and Technology
    2013

    Published In
    O-Zone: A Journal of Object-Oriented Studies
    2012

    Published In
    Transformations
  • Book

    Year Title
    2019

    Publisher
    Australia: Open Humanities Press
  • Chapter

    Year Title
    2018

    Published In
    Craft Economies
    Publisher
    London
    2009

    Published In
    Walter Benjamin and the architecture of modernity
    Publisher
    Melbourne, Australia
  • Conference Paper

    Year Title
    2020

    Published In
    Why Sentience? 26th International Symposium on Electronic Art ISEA 2020 Proceedings
    2016

    Published In
    22nd International Symposium on Electronic Art ISEA 2016
    2014

    Published In
    SPECTRA: images and data in art/science. Proceedings from the symposium SPECTRA 2012. Australian Network for Art and Technology (ANAT)
    2007

    Published In
    International Conference on Automated Deduction
  • Other Publications

    Year Title
    2017
    2016
    2016
    2015
    2013
    2012
    2011
    2007
    2015
    2014
    2014
    2018
    2017
    2012

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


  • Art science

    Art, science and technology

    Experimental screen arts

    Electronic and interactive media

    Intermedia and post-medium art practices

    Political economies and aesthetic engagement 

    Post-colonial politics and aesthetics

Advisees


  • Graduate Advising Relationship

    Degree Research Title Advisee
    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 Remote Sensing : Scenes from a Vertical Geography Harris, John
    Doctor of Philosophy Art and Life: Personal Revolution in Contemporary Society Richardson, Mark
    Doctor of Philosophy Immersion, Affect and Memorability: Theorising Sound Design in Locative Audio for Transformative Experiences St Clair, Jeanti
    Doctor of Philosophy Superfictions: Practices of Voyeurism and Surveillance and Notions of Art in the Everyday Mcleish, Jackie
    Master of Philosophy -LHA Feminist Surrealist Pornography: Constructing the Relationship Between the Female Body and the Gaze in Contemporary Film. Balabay, Deniz
    Doctor of Creative Arts Time of Objects: Haptic perception and embodied film practice Crowe, Rowena
    Master of Philosophy -LHA Exploring Intercultural Experiences and Contemporary Geopolitics in Digital Media Arts De Filippo, Daniel

Top Publications


Research Overview


  • Jo holds an MFA (by Research) from the University of Western Australia that focuses on Hong Kong cinema in relation to the cultural politics of disappearance. She was awarded a PhD for her thesis  ‘Constellations: Walter Benjamin’s Allegories and Montage, and the Contingent Assemblies of Fragments in Art Practice’ by Murdoch University. 

    Working at the interface of art, science, craft, design, and technology, her research ranges from traditional publications, research and development projects, artworks and public exhibitions. Jo co-leads the Global Challenges Project ‘Next Generation Sustainable Crafting’ and recently joins the ‘Future Makers’ keystone project.  

    Jo’s critical writings have been published in 100 Atmospheres: Studies in Scale and Wonder (Open Humanities Press, 2019), Craft Economies, (Bloomsbury Academic, 2018), and Walter Benjamin and the architecture of modernity (re.press, 2009). Her artworks haven exhibited both nationally in Australia and internationally at venues including the Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, Sydney, Sheila C Johnson Design Centre, New York, and the Life Space Science Art Research Gallery, Dundee. 

Selected Publications


  • Journal Article

    Year Title
    2020

    Published In
    Leonardo: Art Science and Technology
    2013

    Published In
    O-Zone: A Journal of Object-Oriented Studies
    2012

    Published In
    Transformations
  • Book

    Year Title
    2019

    Publisher
    Australia: Open Humanities Press
  • Chapter

    Year Title
    2018

    Published In
    Craft Economies
    Publisher
    London
    2009

    Published In
    Walter Benjamin and the architecture of modernity
    Publisher
    Melbourne, Australia
  • Conference Paper

    Year Title
    2020

    Published In
    Why Sentience? 26th International Symposium on Electronic Art ISEA 2020 Proceedings
    2016

    Published In
    22nd International Symposium on Electronic Art ISEA 2016
    2014

    Published In
    SPECTRA: images and data in art/science. Proceedings from the symposium SPECTRA 2012. Australian Network for Art and Technology (ANAT)
    2007

    Published In
    International Conference on Automated Deduction
  • Other Publications

    Year Title
    2017
    2016
    2016
    2015
    2013
    2012
    2011
    2007
    2015
    2014
    2014
    2018
    2017
    2012

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


  • Art science

    Art, science and technology

    Experimental screen arts

    Electronic and interactive media

    Intermedia and post-medium art practices

    Political economies and aesthetic engagement 

    Post-colonial politics and aesthetics

Advisees


  • Graduate Advising Relationship

    Degree Research Title Advisee
    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 Remote Sensing : Scenes from a Vertical Geography Harris, John
    Doctor of Philosophy Art and Life: Personal Revolution in Contemporary Society Richardson, Mark
    Doctor of Philosophy Immersion, Affect and Memorability: Theorising Sound Design in Locative Audio for Transformative Experiences St Clair, Jeanti
    Doctor of Philosophy Superfictions: Practices of Voyeurism and Surveillance and Notions of Art in the Everyday Mcleish, Jackie
    Master of Philosophy -LHA Feminist Surrealist Pornography: Constructing the Relationship Between the Female Body and the Gaze in Contemporary Film. Balabay, Deniz
    Doctor of Creative Arts Time of Objects: Haptic perception and embodied film practice Crowe, Rowena
    Master of Philosophy -LHA Exploring Intercultural Experiences and Contemporary Geopolitics in Digital Media Arts De Filippo, Daniel
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