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Law, Jo C. Dr

Head of School (Interim)

  • Faculty of the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities
  • 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 research investigates how the textual imprints of media and materials in artworks shape human experience. Her current research projects focus on the collaboration between scientific and creative disciplines in order to examine how art and technologies shape the way we make sense of our world and ourselves. 

Jo's pedagogical practice draws from my professional experience as an artist, filmmaker and media designer. She implements interdisciplinary curriculum designs that explore mediums and technologies to support challenge-based inquiry in ways that are relevant and accessible to all students. Jo 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 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. She also holds a Master of Fine Arts (by Research) from the University of Western Australia that focuses on Hong Kong cinema in relation to the cultural politics of disappearance. 

    Jo's creative works and scholarly publications contribute to Creative Arts and Writing FOR code 36. zIn exploring the nexus of art, science, and technology, Jo plays a leading role in promoting changes to the perception of the Creative Arts discipline by demonstrating how creative practice-based research has a transformative impact on all areas of culture and society. Her research leadership focuses on interdisciplinary collaboration.

Available as Research Supervisor

Selected Publications


  • Journal Article

    Year Title
    2022

    Published In
    Animation: an interdisciplinary journal
    2020

    Published In
    Leonardo: Art Science and Technology
     
    2012

    Published In
    Transformations
  • Book

    Year Title
    2019

    Publisher
    Australia: Open Humanities Press
  • Chapter

    Year Title
    2021

    Published In
    The Seasons Philosophical and Environmental Perspectives
    Publisher
    Suny Press
    2018

    Published In
    Craft Economies
    Publisher
    London
    2009

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

    Year Title
    2022

    Published In
    https://spectra.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/SPECTRAvision-Episode-6-postscript.pdf
    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
     
    2015
    2021
    2021
    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>

Available as Research Supervisor

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 Philosophy Remote Sensing : Scenes from a Vertical Geography
    Doctor of Philosophy Immersion, Affect and Memorability: Theorising Sound Design in Locative Audio for Transformative Experiences
    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 Art and Life: Personal Revolution in Contemporary Society Richardson, Mark
    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 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. She also holds a Master of Fine Arts (by Research) from the University of Western Australia that focuses on Hong Kong cinema in relation to the cultural politics of disappearance. 

    Jo's creative works and scholarly publications contribute to Creative Arts and Writing FOR code 36. zIn exploring the nexus of art, science, and technology, Jo plays a leading role in promoting changes to the perception of the Creative Arts discipline by demonstrating how creative practice-based research has a transformative impact on all areas of culture and society. Her research leadership focuses on interdisciplinary collaboration.

Selected Publications


  • Journal Article

    Year Title
    2022

    Published In
    Animation: an interdisciplinary journal
    2020

    Published In
    Leonardo: Art Science and Technology
     
    2012

    Published In
    Transformations
  • Book

    Year Title
    2019

    Publisher
    Australia: Open Humanities Press
  • Chapter

    Year Title
    2021

    Published In
    The Seasons Philosophical and Environmental Perspectives
    Publisher
    Suny Press
    2018

    Published In
    Craft Economies
    Publisher
    London
    2009

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

    Year Title
    2022

    Published In
    https://spectra.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/SPECTRAvision-Episode-6-postscript.pdf
    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
     
    2015
    2021
    2021
    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 Philosophy Remote Sensing : Scenes from a Vertical Geography
    Doctor of Philosophy Immersion, Affect and Memorability: Theorising Sound Design in Locative Audio for Transformative Experiences
    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 Art and Life: Personal Revolution in Contemporary Society Richardson, Mark
    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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