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Ihlein, Lucas M. Dr

Senior Lecturer

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

Top Publications


Research Overview


  • Dr Lucas Ihlein is Senior Lecturer in the School of The Arts, English and Media. He uses a creative-practice based research methodology (including blogging, printmaking, public events, and scholarly publication) to explore complex environmental management issues, with a particular focus on Australian agriculture. His current research project: Sugar vs the Reef – Socially Engaged Art and Urgent Environmental Problems has been the focus of his ARC DECRA Fellowship from 2016-19.

    Lucas is a member of the following research networks:

Geographic Focus


Available as Research Supervisor

Available for Collaborative Projects

Selected Publications


  • Journal Article

    Year Title
    2019

    Published In
    Cultural Geographies
    Volume
    online first
    Pages
    1 - 5
    ISSN
    1474-4740
    2018

    Published In
    Journal of Sustainability Education
    Pages
    1 - 17
    2016

    Published In
    The Conversation
    Volume
    3 November
    Pages
    1 - 4
    2016

    Published In
    Unlikely Journal
    Pages
    1 - 18
    2016

    Published In
    Artlink: Australian contemporary art quarterly
    Volume
    36
    ISSN
    0727-1239
    2016

    Published In
    NiTRO
    Volume
    4
    2015

    Published In
    Performance Matters
    Volume
    1
    Pages
    24 - 40
    2015

    Published In
    Axon: Creative Explorations
    Volume
    5
    Pages
    1 - 14
    ISSN
    1838-8973
    2014

    Published In
    The Conversation
    Pages
    1 - 7
    2013

    Published In
    Scan (Sydney): journal of media arts culture
    Volume
    10
    Pages
    1 - 26
    ISSN
    1449-1818
    2010

    Published In
    Artlink: Australian contemporary art quarterly
    Volume
    30
    Page
    p. 19
    ISSN
    0727-1239
    2010

    Published In
    127 Prince (Online journal)
    Volume
    14 May
    2009

    Published In
    Locksmith Project
    Volume
    1
    Pages
    12 - 17
    2007

    Published In
    The International Journal of the Arts in Society
    Volume
    1
    Pages
    53 - 62
    ISSN
    1833-1866
  • Book

    Year Title
    2019

    Publisher
    Australia: http://uowvivo.uow.edu.au/individual/n129324
    ISBN
    9781785420634
    Pages
    416
  • Chapter

    Year Title
    2018

    Published In
    Covert Plants: Vegetal Consciousness and Agency in an Anthropocentric World
    Publisher
    Santa Barbara: Brainstorm Books
    Pages
    197 - 212
    ISBN
    9781947447691
    2018

    Published In
    Offshoots : contemporary life writing methodologies and practice
    Publisher
    Crawley, Western Australia: UWA Publishing
    Page
    p. 209
    2018

    Published In
    Associations: Creative Practice and Research
    Publisher
    Melbourne: Melbourne University Publishing
    Pages
    83 - 103
    ISBN
    9780522869989
    2014

    Published In
    Material Inventions - Applying Creative Arts Research
    Publisher
    London: I.B. Taurus & Co.
    Pages
    38 - 49
    ISBN
    9781780769868
    2014

    Published In
    72 Assignments: The Foundation Course in Art and Design Today
    Publisher
    Paris College of Arts, France: PCA Press
    Pages
    1 - 26
    2013

    Published In
    Unsitely Aesthetics - Uncertain Practices in Contemporary Art
    Publisher
    Errant Bodies Press
    Pages
    266 - 294
    2012

    Published In
    Perform Repeat Record: Live Art in History
    Publisher
    Bristol, UK: Intellect
    Pages
    333 - 346
    ISBN
    9781841504896
    2011

    Published In
    The Live Art Almanac Vol. 2
    Publisher
    Live Art Development Agency
    Pages
    171 - 175
    2010

    Published In
    In the Balance: Art for a Changing World
    Publisher
    Museum of Contemporary Art
    Pages
    102 - 105
    2009

    Published In
    There Goes the Neighbourhood - Redfern and the Politics of Urban Space
    Publisher
    Book published in conjunction with the Performance Space exhibition "There Goes the Neighbourhood."
    Pages
    46 - 49
    2009

    Published In
    Harmonic Tremors: Aesthetic Interventions in the Public Sphere
    Publisher
    Gasworks
    Pages
    33 - 44
  • Conference Paper

    Year Title
    2016

    Published In
    Creek Walking Dialogue: Art and Environmental Activism
    2013

    Published In
    Proceedings of the 19th International Symposium of Electronic Art
    Pages
    1 - 2
  • Catalog

    Year Title
    2009

    Date of Exhibition
    28 July to 7 August
    Publisher
    George Paton Gallery
  • Cross-disciplinary Artwork

    Year Title
    2013 (Wo)man with Mirror
    2011

    Venue
    Art Gallery of NSW
    Date of Exhibition
    2011
    Publisher
    Yeomans Project
    2010

    Venue
    Ongoing experimental arts/garden project at Sydney College of the Arts
    Date of Exhibition
    From July
  • Curatorial Work

    Year Title
    2016

    Venue
    Kandos
    Date of Exhibition
    November 12-13, 2016
    Publisher
    Kandos School of Cultural Adaptation
    External URL
    2013

    Venue
    Artist residency program at Big Fag Press and exhibition at First Draft Depot
    Date of Exhibition
    2 February
    Publisher
    Big Fag Press
  • Exhibition Catalogue Essay

    Year Title
    2011

    Date of Exhibition
    15 January to 13 April
    Publisher
    League of Resonance / City of Melbourne
    2008

    Published In
    Catalogue essay for the exhibition "Bon Scott Project."
    Publisher
    Fremantle Arts Centre
    2008

    Published In
    Catalogue essay for the exhibition "New 08"
    Pages
    14 - 15
    ISBN
    9780977597789
    Publisher
    Australian Centre for Contemporary Art
  • Other

    Year Title
    2010 The Underground Radish
    2010

    Publisher
    Princeton Architectural Press
  • Visual Arts - Artwork In A Group Exhibition

    Year Title
    2015

    Venue
    Bundanon Trust
    Date of Exhibition
    September 26, 2015
    Publisher
    Bundanon Trust
    2013

    Published In
    Community & Context
    Venue
    Monash Art Design and Architecture Gallery
    Date of Exhibition
    6 February to 12 March
    Publisher
    Monash University
    2011

    Venue
    Exhibitions at First Draft Depot and The Cross Arts Projects accompanied by public programs including walks and a film night
    Date of Exhibition
    6 to 27 August
    2011

    Venue
    Collaborative artwork by Squatspace Collective exhibited in "The Right to the City" exhibition and arts project - Tin Sheds Gallery
    Date of Exhibition
    7 to 30 April
    2010

    Venue
    Museum of Contemporary Art
    Date of Exhibition
    21 August - 31 October
    2010

    Venue
    Artwork in the exhibition "Nowhere: Selections from the Files of the Hand Drawn Map Association" - Arcadia University Art Gallery
    Date of Exhibition
    23 September to 19 December
    2009

    Date of Exhibition
    21 March
    Publisher
    West Brunswick Sculpture Triennale
    2009

    Venue
    Art project exhibited at Locksmith Project Space in conjunction with the Performance Space exhibition "There Goes the Neighbourhood."
    Date of Exhibition
    28 May - 13 June
    2008

    Venue
    Artwork featured online and in the exhibition "Bon Scott Project" - Fremantle Arts Centre
    Date of Exhibition
    17 May to 29 June
  • Visual Arts - Body Of Work In A Group Exhibition

    Year Title
    2016

    Venue
    Observation Society
    Date of Exhibition
    June 1 to July 24, 2016
    Publisher
    Observation Society
    2015

    Venue
    VCA Margaret Lawrence Gallery
    Date of Exhibition
    9 October to 7 November 2015
    Publisher
    VCA Margaret Lawrence Gallery

Impact Story


  • <p><i>Sugar vs the Reef?</i> was a creative arts research project by Dr Lucas Ihlein and PhD student Ms Kim Williams. Funded through Ihlein’s ARC DECRA Research Fellowship (2016-19), the research asked how Socially Engaged Art (SEA) can contribute in situations of complex environmental management. The major case study investigated the Queensland sugarcane industry and its relationship with the health of the Great Barrier Reef. </p><p>As a research method, SEA operates in the public sphere beyond academia. <i>Sugar vs the Reef?</i> generated several key events, performances and exhibitions, including <i>Sunset Symphony in the Sunflowers</i> (2017) on a sugarcane farm in Mackay; <i>Watershed Land Art Project</i> (2018-19) at Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens; and <i>Sugar vs the Reef?</i> (2018) at Artspace Mackay.  </p><p>The impact of the project as a whole is demonstrated in the following ways: </p><ul><li><strong>DEVELOPING NEW COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS: </strong><br />The project drew together diverse communities that do not usually interact with each other, and created new partnerships between farming, environmental organisations, and cultural groups; </li><li><strong>DEMONSTRATING EFFICACY OF FARMING METHODS:</strong><br />The project strongly demonstrated the ecological benefits of soil health and regenerative agriculture, using novel modes of engagement on farms and at a botanic gardens site;</li><li><strong>ANALYSIS OF BARRIERS TO BEHAVIOUR CHANGE:</strong><br />The project critically appraised the environmental practices of sugarcane farmers in a high-profile public exhibition;</li><li><strong>MODELLING METHODS OF SLOW ENGAGEMENT IN ART PRACTICE:</strong><br />The project models a method of Socially-Engaged Art practice that engages slowly and respectfully with a set of communities and sites over several years. </li></ul><p><br />Creative arts-based research differs from research in science, agronomy, or sociology, by creating specific events, exhibitions or performances in response to the unfolding site-specific learning. In this case the research centred upon the sugarcane farming community in the city of Mackay, with a special focus on the members of <i>Central Queensland Soil Health Systems</i> - a collective of farmers attempting to transform their own practices for broad ecological benefit. The contribution of SEA research involves “non-specialists” (artists) engaging in a complex social/ecological situation, listening to diverse parties and “feeding back” what is learned using novel and performative approaches in the public sphere. </p><p>Central to the project’s impact beyond academia was the deployment of SEA to recognise the creative innovations of this community of farmers, by bringing their work to public attention at the Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens and at Artspace Mackay. As a result of these high-profile public events, the project created a framework for productive partnerships to develop between sugarcane farmers and the local Yuwibara Traditional Owners, the South Sea Islander community, and the non-farming public. </p><p>Outcomes of the project include invitations to the artists and the extended network of farmers involved in the project to present to state and federal MPs, agricultural extension officers, and parliament, as well as international land art specialists in the USA. The project also catalysed myriad related exhibitions, public forums and publications with diverse collaborators in regional NSW, Melbourne, and Queensland. </p>

Available as Research Supervisor

Potential Supervision Topics


  • Socially Engaged Art
    Culture and Environmental Management
    Art and social relations
    Media Arts
    Experimental Film and Video

Advisees


  • Graduate Advising Relationship

    Degree Research Title Advisee
    Doctor of Philosophy Merging asynchronous sounds into synchronous 'voices': Reimagining 'immersion' and 'gathering' in the time of forced isolation — The case of the Adow ne Domaget (Dumagat Day) 2020 KKK radio program-festival
    Doctor of Creative Arts Mystery of the Plinth
    Doctor of Philosophy Ecologies of Art: Collaboration, Social Engagement and the Environment Williams, Kim
    Doctor of Creative Arts A Very Long Echo: Cultural Grief and Embodied Archives Dalziel, Anne Maree
    Doctor of Creative Arts Time of Objects: Haptic perception and embodied film practice Crowe, Rowena

Education And Training


  • Ph.D. in Contemporary Arts, Deakin University, School of Communication and Creative Arts 2005 - 2010

Top Publications


Research Overview


  • Dr Lucas Ihlein is Senior Lecturer in the School of The Arts, English and Media. He uses a creative-practice based research methodology (including blogging, printmaking, public events, and scholarly publication) to explore complex environmental management issues, with a particular focus on Australian agriculture. His current research project: Sugar vs the Reef – Socially Engaged Art and Urgent Environmental Problems has been the focus of his ARC DECRA Fellowship from 2016-19.

    Lucas is a member of the following research networks:

Geographic Focus


Selected Publications


  • Journal Article

    Year Title
    2019

    Published In
    Cultural Geographies
    Volume
    online first
    Pages
    1 - 5
    ISSN
    1474-4740
    2018

    Published In
    Journal of Sustainability Education
    Pages
    1 - 17
    2016

    Published In
    The Conversation
    Volume
    3 November
    Pages
    1 - 4
    2016

    Published In
    Unlikely Journal
    Pages
    1 - 18
    2016

    Published In
    Artlink: Australian contemporary art quarterly
    Volume
    36
    ISSN
    0727-1239
    2016

    Published In
    NiTRO
    Volume
    4
    2015

    Published In
    Performance Matters
    Volume
    1
    Pages
    24 - 40
    2015

    Published In
    Axon: Creative Explorations
    Volume
    5
    Pages
    1 - 14
    ISSN
    1838-8973
    2014

    Published In
    The Conversation
    Pages
    1 - 7
    2013

    Published In
    Scan (Sydney): journal of media arts culture
    Volume
    10
    Pages
    1 - 26
    ISSN
    1449-1818
    2010

    Published In
    Artlink: Australian contemporary art quarterly
    Volume
    30
    Page
    p. 19
    ISSN
    0727-1239
    2010

    Published In
    127 Prince (Online journal)
    Volume
    14 May
    2009

    Published In
    Locksmith Project
    Volume
    1
    Pages
    12 - 17
    2007

    Published In
    The International Journal of the Arts in Society
    Volume
    1
    Pages
    53 - 62
    ISSN
    1833-1866
  • Book

    Year Title
    2019

    Publisher
    Australia: http://uowvivo.uow.edu.au/individual/n129324
    ISBN
    9781785420634
    Pages
    416
  • Chapter

    Year Title
    2018

    Published In
    Covert Plants: Vegetal Consciousness and Agency in an Anthropocentric World
    Publisher
    Santa Barbara: Brainstorm Books
    Pages
    197 - 212
    ISBN
    9781947447691
    2018

    Published In
    Offshoots : contemporary life writing methodologies and practice
    Publisher
    Crawley, Western Australia: UWA Publishing
    Page
    p. 209
    2018

    Published In
    Associations: Creative Practice and Research
    Publisher
    Melbourne: Melbourne University Publishing
    Pages
    83 - 103
    ISBN
    9780522869989
    2014

    Published In
    Material Inventions - Applying Creative Arts Research
    Publisher
    London: I.B. Taurus & Co.
    Pages
    38 - 49
    ISBN
    9781780769868
    2014

    Published In
    72 Assignments: The Foundation Course in Art and Design Today
    Publisher
    Paris College of Arts, France: PCA Press
    Pages
    1 - 26
    2013

    Published In
    Unsitely Aesthetics - Uncertain Practices in Contemporary Art
    Publisher
    Errant Bodies Press
    Pages
    266 - 294
    2012

    Published In
    Perform Repeat Record: Live Art in History
    Publisher
    Bristol, UK: Intellect
    Pages
    333 - 346
    ISBN
    9781841504896
    2011

    Published In
    The Live Art Almanac Vol. 2
    Publisher
    Live Art Development Agency
    Pages
    171 - 175
    2010

    Published In
    In the Balance: Art for a Changing World
    Publisher
    Museum of Contemporary Art
    Pages
    102 - 105
    2009

    Published In
    There Goes the Neighbourhood - Redfern and the Politics of Urban Space
    Publisher
    Book published in conjunction with the Performance Space exhibition "There Goes the Neighbourhood."
    Pages
    46 - 49
    2009

    Published In
    Harmonic Tremors: Aesthetic Interventions in the Public Sphere
    Publisher
    Gasworks
    Pages
    33 - 44
  • Conference Paper

    Year Title
    2016

    Published In
    Creek Walking Dialogue: Art and Environmental Activism
    2013

    Published In
    Proceedings of the 19th International Symposium of Electronic Art
    Pages
    1 - 2
  • Catalog

    Year Title
    2009

    Date of Exhibition
    28 July to 7 August
    Publisher
    George Paton Gallery
  • Cross-disciplinary Artwork

    Year Title
    2013 (Wo)man with Mirror
    2011

    Venue
    Art Gallery of NSW
    Date of Exhibition
    2011
    Publisher
    Yeomans Project
    2010

    Venue
    Ongoing experimental arts/garden project at Sydney College of the Arts
    Date of Exhibition
    From July
  • Curatorial Work

    Year Title
    2016

    Venue
    Kandos
    Date of Exhibition
    November 12-13, 2016
    Publisher
    Kandos School of Cultural Adaptation
    External URL
    2013

    Venue
    Artist residency program at Big Fag Press and exhibition at First Draft Depot
    Date of Exhibition
    2 February
    Publisher
    Big Fag Press
  • Exhibition Catalogue Essay

    Year Title
    2011

    Date of Exhibition
    15 January to 13 April
    Publisher
    League of Resonance / City of Melbourne
    2008

    Published In
    Catalogue essay for the exhibition "Bon Scott Project."
    Publisher
    Fremantle Arts Centre
    2008

    Published In
    Catalogue essay for the exhibition "New 08"
    Pages
    14 - 15
    ISBN
    9780977597789
    Publisher
    Australian Centre for Contemporary Art
  • Other

    Year Title
    2010 The Underground Radish
    2010

    Publisher
    Princeton Architectural Press
  • Visual Arts - Artwork In A Group Exhibition

    Year Title
    2015

    Venue
    Bundanon Trust
    Date of Exhibition
    September 26, 2015
    Publisher
    Bundanon Trust
    2013

    Published In
    Community & Context
    Venue
    Monash Art Design and Architecture Gallery
    Date of Exhibition
    6 February to 12 March
    Publisher
    Monash University
    2011

    Venue
    Exhibitions at First Draft Depot and The Cross Arts Projects accompanied by public programs including walks and a film night
    Date of Exhibition
    6 to 27 August
    2011

    Venue
    Collaborative artwork by Squatspace Collective exhibited in "The Right to the City" exhibition and arts project - Tin Sheds Gallery
    Date of Exhibition
    7 to 30 April
    2010

    Venue
    Museum of Contemporary Art
    Date of Exhibition
    21 August - 31 October
    2010

    Venue
    Artwork in the exhibition "Nowhere: Selections from the Files of the Hand Drawn Map Association" - Arcadia University Art Gallery
    Date of Exhibition
    23 September to 19 December
    2009

    Date of Exhibition
    21 March
    Publisher
    West Brunswick Sculpture Triennale
    2009

    Venue
    Art project exhibited at Locksmith Project Space in conjunction with the Performance Space exhibition "There Goes the Neighbourhood."
    Date of Exhibition
    28 May - 13 June
    2008

    Venue
    Artwork featured online and in the exhibition "Bon Scott Project" - Fremantle Arts Centre
    Date of Exhibition
    17 May to 29 June
  • Visual Arts - Body Of Work In A Group Exhibition

    Year Title
    2016

    Venue
    Observation Society
    Date of Exhibition
    June 1 to July 24, 2016
    Publisher
    Observation Society
    2015

    Venue
    VCA Margaret Lawrence Gallery
    Date of Exhibition
    9 October to 7 November 2015
    Publisher
    VCA Margaret Lawrence Gallery

Impact Story


  • <p><i>Sugar vs the Reef?</i> was a creative arts research project by Dr Lucas Ihlein and PhD student Ms Kim Williams. Funded through Ihlein’s ARC DECRA Research Fellowship (2016-19), the research asked how Socially Engaged Art (SEA) can contribute in situations of complex environmental management. The major case study investigated the Queensland sugarcane industry and its relationship with the health of the Great Barrier Reef. </p><p>As a research method, SEA operates in the public sphere beyond academia. <i>Sugar vs the Reef?</i> generated several key events, performances and exhibitions, including <i>Sunset Symphony in the Sunflowers</i> (2017) on a sugarcane farm in Mackay; <i>Watershed Land Art Project</i> (2018-19) at Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens; and <i>Sugar vs the Reef?</i> (2018) at Artspace Mackay.  </p><p>The impact of the project as a whole is demonstrated in the following ways: </p><ul><li><strong>DEVELOPING NEW COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS: </strong><br />The project drew together diverse communities that do not usually interact with each other, and created new partnerships between farming, environmental organisations, and cultural groups; </li><li><strong>DEMONSTRATING EFFICACY OF FARMING METHODS:</strong><br />The project strongly demonstrated the ecological benefits of soil health and regenerative agriculture, using novel modes of engagement on farms and at a botanic gardens site;</li><li><strong>ANALYSIS OF BARRIERS TO BEHAVIOUR CHANGE:</strong><br />The project critically appraised the environmental practices of sugarcane farmers in a high-profile public exhibition;</li><li><strong>MODELLING METHODS OF SLOW ENGAGEMENT IN ART PRACTICE:</strong><br />The project models a method of Socially-Engaged Art practice that engages slowly and respectfully with a set of communities and sites over several years. </li></ul><p><br />Creative arts-based research differs from research in science, agronomy, or sociology, by creating specific events, exhibitions or performances in response to the unfolding site-specific learning. In this case the research centred upon the sugarcane farming community in the city of Mackay, with a special focus on the members of <i>Central Queensland Soil Health Systems</i> - a collective of farmers attempting to transform their own practices for broad ecological benefit. The contribution of SEA research involves “non-specialists” (artists) engaging in a complex social/ecological situation, listening to diverse parties and “feeding back” what is learned using novel and performative approaches in the public sphere. </p><p>Central to the project’s impact beyond academia was the deployment of SEA to recognise the creative innovations of this community of farmers, by bringing their work to public attention at the Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens and at Artspace Mackay. As a result of these high-profile public events, the project created a framework for productive partnerships to develop between sugarcane farmers and the local Yuwibara Traditional Owners, the South Sea Islander community, and the non-farming public. </p><p>Outcomes of the project include invitations to the artists and the extended network of farmers involved in the project to present to state and federal MPs, agricultural extension officers, and parliament, as well as international land art specialists in the USA. The project also catalysed myriad related exhibitions, public forums and publications with diverse collaborators in regional NSW, Melbourne, and Queensland. </p>

Potential Supervision Topics


  • Socially Engaged Art
    Culture and Environmental Management
    Art and social relations
    Media Arts
    Experimental Film and Video

Advisees


  • Graduate Advising Relationship

    Degree Research Title Advisee
    Doctor of Philosophy Merging asynchronous sounds into synchronous 'voices': Reimagining 'immersion' and 'gathering' in the time of forced isolation — The case of the Adow ne Domaget (Dumagat Day) 2020 KKK radio program-festival
    Doctor of Creative Arts Mystery of the Plinth
    Doctor of Philosophy Ecologies of Art: Collaboration, Social Engagement and the Environment Williams, Kim
    Doctor of Creative Arts A Very Long Echo: Cultural Grief and Embodied Archives Dalziel, Anne Maree
    Doctor of Creative Arts Time of Objects: Haptic perception and embodied film practice Crowe, Rowena

Education And Training


  • Ph.D. in Contemporary Arts, Deakin University, School of Communication and Creative Arts 2005 - 2010
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Geographic Focus