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Ballard, Susan P. Dr.

Head of PostGraduate Studies

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

Top Publications


Research Overview


  • Dr. Susan Ballard is an art historian specialising in the ways in which art intersects with big ideas about the environment, technology, and cultural politics. She writes on contemporary art and media with a particular concern for the diverse ways that artists negotiate the ecological and social transformations of the twenty-first century. Recent publications have focused on artistic and other cultural manifestations of species extinctions, energy, natural disaster, geology and landscape in the Anthropocene, as realised at the intersection of the environmental humanities and cultural practices.

    Su is Head of Postgraduate Studies in the School of Arts, English and Media, Co-Director of the Centre for Critical Creative Practice (C3P), and Director of MECO: the Material Ecologies research network at the University of Wollongong, Australia. Su's research sits in the fields of art history and environmental humanities, and examines the histories of  nature in contemporary art with a particular focus on artists from Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand. Through collaborative partnerships and projects with artists, writers and geographers she facilitates discussions of the role of the arts and media in the age of the Anthropocene. Her previous research examined the histories and networks of sound and noise, feminist understandings of media, and new aesthetic media forms.

    With 12 other members of the MECO network she co-wrote the book "100 Atmospheres: Studies in Scale and Wonder" due out with Open Humanities Press in 2019. Su's book  (co-authored with geographer Christine Eriksen) "Alliances in the Anthropocene: Humans, Plants and Fire" will be published by Palgrave Pivot in 2019, and her monograph "Art and Nature in the Anthropocene: Planetary Aesthetics" will be published by Routledge in 2020.

Available as Research Supervisor

Available for Collaborative Projects

Selected Publications


  • Journal Article

    Year Title
    2019

    Published In
    The Anthropocene Review
    Volume
    6
    Pages
    142 - 161
    2018

    Published In
    Art and Australia
    Volume
    3
    Pages
    20 - 27
    ISSN
    0004-301X
    2018

    Published In
    Artlink: Australian contemporary art quarterly
    Volume
    38
    Pages
    24 - 31
    ISSN
    0727-1239
    2017

    Published In
    Environmental Humanities
    Volume
    9
    Pages
    255 - 279
    ISSN
    2201-1919
    2017

    Published In
    Eyeline
    Volume
    86
    Pages
    20 - 23
    ISSN
    0818-8734
    2017

    Published In
    Australian and New Zealand Journal of Art
    Volume
    17
    Pages
    2 - 16
    ISSN
    0314-6464
    2015

    Published In
    Australian Feminist Studies
    Volume
    30
    Pages
    199 - 210
    ISSN
    0816-4649
    2015

    Published In
    Reading Room: a journal of art and culture
    Volume
    7
    Pages
    70 - 95
    ISSN
    1177-2549
    2014

    Published In
    Convergence: the international journal of research into new media technologies
    Volume
    20
    Pages
    352 - 368
    ISSN
    1354-8565
    2013

    Published In
    Eyeline
    Volume
    78/79
    Pages
    30 - 34
    ISSN
    0818-8734
    2012

    Published In
    NJP Reader - Cyberneticus
    Volume
    3
    Pages
    76 - 87
    2012

    Published In
    Fibreculture Journal: internet theory criticism research
    Pages
    1 - 9
    ISSN
    1449-1443
    2011

    Published In
    Art New Zealand
    Volume
    138
    Pages
    34 - 37
    2010

    Published In
    Junctures: the journal for thematic dialogue
    Pages
    7 - 9
    ISSN
    1176-5119
    2010

    Published In
    Furtherfield
    2010

    Published In
    Eyeline
    Volume
    71
    ISSN
    0818-8734
    2008

    Published In
    Junctures: the journal for thematic dialogue
    Pages
    78 - 90
    ISSN
    1176-5119
    2008

    Published In
    Media Space
    2008

    Published In
    Eyeline
    Volume
    67
    Page
    p. 65
    ISSN
    0818-8734
    2007

    Published In
    Scope: Contemporary Research Topics (Art and Design)
    Volume
    2
    Pages
    26 - 37
    ISSN
    1177-5653
    2007

    Published In
    Digital Creativity
    Volume
    18
    Pages
    34 - 42
    ISSN
    1462-6268
    2007

    Published In
    M/C Journal
    Volume
    10
    Pages
    1 - 8
    ISSN
    1441-2616
  • Book

    Year Title
    2019

    Publisher
    Australia: http://uowvivo.uow.edu.au/individual/n129324
    ISBN
    9781785420634
    Pages
    416
    2013

    Publisher
    http://grass-killing24.rssing.com/browser.php?indx=12995627&item=15053: Dunedin Public Art Gallery
  • Chapter

    Year Title
    2019

    Published In
    Energies in the Arts
    Publisher
    Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press
    Pages
    309 - 330
    ISBN
    9780262039383
    2014

    Published In
    Interference Strategies
    Publisher
    San Francisco: Leonardo/ISAST
    Pages
    122 - 131
    ISBN
    9781906897321
    2014

    Published In
    Simon Ingram: Painting Machines 2005 - 2014
    Publisher
    Bielefeld, Germany: Kerber
    Pages
    132 - 137
    ISBN
    9783866788558
    2014

    Published In
    Deleuze and the Schizoanalysis of Visual Art
    Publisher
    London: Bloomsbury
    Pages
    125 - 148
    ISBN
    9781472524621
    2013

    Published In
    Relive Media Art Histories
    Publisher
    London: MIT Press
    Pages
    191 - 208
    ISBN
    9780262019422
    2012

    Published In
    Erewhon Calling: Experimental Sound in New Zealand
    Publisher
    Audio Foundation and CMR
    Pages
    54 - 59
    2012

    Published In
    Far Field: Digital Culture, Climate Change, and the Poles
    Publisher
    Intellect Books
    Pages
    165 - 186
    2011

    Published In
    Error: Glitch, Noise, and Jam in New Media Cultures
    Publisher
    New York : Continuum
    Pages
    59 - 79
    ISBN
    9781441121202
    Edition
    1
    2010

    Published In
    The Physics Room Annual 2008
    Publisher
    The Physics Room Trust
    Page
    p. unknown
    2008

    Published In
    The Aotearoa Digital Arts Reader
    Publisher
    Auckland, NZ: Aotearoa Digital Arts and Clouds
    Pages
    11 - 13
    ISBN
    9780958278997
    2008

    Published In
    The Aotearoa Digital Arts Reader
    Publisher
    Auckland, New Zealand: Aotearoa Digital Arts and Clouds
    Pages
    146 - 158
    ISBN
    9780958278997
  • Conference Paper

    Year Title
    2016

    Published In
    22nd International Symposium on Electronic Art ISEA 2016
    Pages
    386 - 390
    2013

    Published In
    Proceedings of the 19th International Symposium of Electronic Art
    Pages
    1 - 4
    2013

    Published In
    Proceedings of the 19th International Symposium of Electronic Art
    Pages
    1 - 4
    2012

    Published In
    Interference as a Strategy for Art: The Second International Conference on Transdisciplinary Imaging at the Intersections Between Art, Science and Culture, Conference Proceedings
    Pages
    48 - 58
    2012

    Published In
    Expanded Documentary Seminar @ ISTR
    2012

    Published In
    Telling Truths: Crime Fiction and National Allegory Conference
    2010

    Published In
    Proceedings of the 16th International Symposium on Electronic Art: ISEA2010 Ruhr
    Pages
    247 - 249
    2009

    Published In
    Re:live Media Art History 09: Third International Conference on the Histories of Media Art, Science and Technology Conference Proceedings
    Pages
    6 - 11
    2008

    Published In
    ISEA 14th International Symposium on Electronic Art Conference Proceedings
    Pages
    44 - 46
  • Curatorial Work

    Year Title
    2013

    Venue
    Dunedin Public Art Gallery
    Date of Exhibition
    6 July - 3 November 2013
    Publisher
    Dunedin Public Art Gallery
    2008

    Venue
    The Substation, Singapore
    Date of Exhibition
    24 July to 2 August
    Publisher
    The Substation and Aotearoa Digital Arts
  • Exhibition Catalogue Essay

    Year Title
    2013

    Published In
    Hayden Fowler New World Order
    Pages
    1 - 4
    Date of Exhibition
    6 August - 30 August 2013
    Publisher
    University of Canterbury
    2009

    Published In
    The Enlightenments
    Pages
    50 - 51
    ISBN
    9780980577877
    Date of Exhibition
    7 August to 26 September
    Publisher
    Edinburgh International Festival
    2009

    Pages
    1 - 2
    Date of Exhibition
    19 Nov - 12 Dec
    Publisher
    Su Ballard

Available as Research Supervisor

Potential Supervision Topics


  • - Art, media, the Anthropocene, climate change and species extinction

    - Ecology and nature in art

    - Geo-aesthetics

    - Media art histories

    - Feminist art histories

    - Environmental humanities

Advisees


  • Graduate Advising Relationship

    Degree Research Title Advisee
    Doctor of Philosophy Ecologies of Art: Collaboration, Social Engagement and the Environment Williams, Kim
    Doctor of Philosophy Remote Sensing : Scenes from a Vertical Geography Harris, John
    Doctor of Philosophy 'The plants may use the meter of eternity. We do not know': An Enquiry into Environment in Australian Science and Speculative Fiction. Barber, Tess
    Master of Philosophy -LHA Sick Planet Theory: A Crip Manifesto for an Imagined Future Lang, Sam
    Doctor of Philosophy The Marking of Sound: Excavating Tongan Indigeneity through a study of Tā, Vā and Faiva Hiva Lear, Adriana
    Doctor of Philosophy Essaying Illness: Beyond Misery, beyond memoir Strahan, Lucinda

Keywords


  • Environmental Humanities
    Contemporary Art
    Anthropocene

Full Name


  • Dr Susan Ballard

Top Publications


Research Overview


  • Dr. Susan Ballard is an art historian specialising in the ways in which art intersects with big ideas about the environment, technology, and cultural politics. She writes on contemporary art and media with a particular concern for the diverse ways that artists negotiate the ecological and social transformations of the twenty-first century. Recent publications have focused on artistic and other cultural manifestations of species extinctions, energy, natural disaster, geology and landscape in the Anthropocene, as realised at the intersection of the environmental humanities and cultural practices.

    Su is Head of Postgraduate Studies in the School of Arts, English and Media, Co-Director of the Centre for Critical Creative Practice (C3P), and Director of MECO: the Material Ecologies research network at the University of Wollongong, Australia. Su's research sits in the fields of art history and environmental humanities, and examines the histories of  nature in contemporary art with a particular focus on artists from Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand. Through collaborative partnerships and projects with artists, writers and geographers she facilitates discussions of the role of the arts and media in the age of the Anthropocene. Her previous research examined the histories and networks of sound and noise, feminist understandings of media, and new aesthetic media forms.

    With 12 other members of the MECO network she co-wrote the book "100 Atmospheres: Studies in Scale and Wonder" due out with Open Humanities Press in 2019. Su's book  (co-authored with geographer Christine Eriksen) "Alliances in the Anthropocene: Humans, Plants and Fire" will be published by Palgrave Pivot in 2019, and her monograph "Art and Nature in the Anthropocene: Planetary Aesthetics" will be published by Routledge in 2020.

Selected Publications


  • Journal Article

    Year Title
    2019

    Published In
    The Anthropocene Review
    Volume
    6
    Pages
    142 - 161
    2018

    Published In
    Art and Australia
    Volume
    3
    Pages
    20 - 27
    ISSN
    0004-301X
    2018

    Published In
    Artlink: Australian contemporary art quarterly
    Volume
    38
    Pages
    24 - 31
    ISSN
    0727-1239
    2017

    Published In
    Environmental Humanities
    Volume
    9
    Pages
    255 - 279
    ISSN
    2201-1919
    2017

    Published In
    Eyeline
    Volume
    86
    Pages
    20 - 23
    ISSN
    0818-8734
    2017

    Published In
    Australian and New Zealand Journal of Art
    Volume
    17
    Pages
    2 - 16
    ISSN
    0314-6464
    2015

    Published In
    Australian Feminist Studies
    Volume
    30
    Pages
    199 - 210
    ISSN
    0816-4649
    2015

    Published In
    Reading Room: a journal of art and culture
    Volume
    7
    Pages
    70 - 95
    ISSN
    1177-2549
    2014

    Published In
    Convergence: the international journal of research into new media technologies
    Volume
    20
    Pages
    352 - 368
    ISSN
    1354-8565
    2013

    Published In
    Eyeline
    Volume
    78/79
    Pages
    30 - 34
    ISSN
    0818-8734
    2012

    Published In
    NJP Reader - Cyberneticus
    Volume
    3
    Pages
    76 - 87
    2012

    Published In
    Fibreculture Journal: internet theory criticism research
    Pages
    1 - 9
    ISSN
    1449-1443
    2011

    Published In
    Art New Zealand
    Volume
    138
    Pages
    34 - 37
    2010

    Published In
    Junctures: the journal for thematic dialogue
    Pages
    7 - 9
    ISSN
    1176-5119
    2010

    Published In
    Furtherfield
    2010

    Published In
    Eyeline
    Volume
    71
    ISSN
    0818-8734
    2008

    Published In
    Junctures: the journal for thematic dialogue
    Pages
    78 - 90
    ISSN
    1176-5119
    2008

    Published In
    Media Space
    2008

    Published In
    Eyeline
    Volume
    67
    Page
    p. 65
    ISSN
    0818-8734
    2007

    Published In
    Scope: Contemporary Research Topics (Art and Design)
    Volume
    2
    Pages
    26 - 37
    ISSN
    1177-5653
    2007

    Published In
    Digital Creativity
    Volume
    18
    Pages
    34 - 42
    ISSN
    1462-6268
    2007

    Published In
    M/C Journal
    Volume
    10
    Pages
    1 - 8
    ISSN
    1441-2616
  • Book

    Year Title
    2019

    Publisher
    Australia: http://uowvivo.uow.edu.au/individual/n129324
    ISBN
    9781785420634
    Pages
    416
    2013

    Publisher
    http://grass-killing24.rssing.com/browser.php?indx=12995627&item=15053: Dunedin Public Art Gallery
  • Chapter

    Year Title
    2019

    Published In
    Energies in the Arts
    Publisher
    Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press
    Pages
    309 - 330
    ISBN
    9780262039383
    2014

    Published In
    Interference Strategies
    Publisher
    San Francisco: Leonardo/ISAST
    Pages
    122 - 131
    ISBN
    9781906897321
    2014

    Published In
    Simon Ingram: Painting Machines 2005 - 2014
    Publisher
    Bielefeld, Germany: Kerber
    Pages
    132 - 137
    ISBN
    9783866788558
    2014

    Published In
    Deleuze and the Schizoanalysis of Visual Art
    Publisher
    London: Bloomsbury
    Pages
    125 - 148
    ISBN
    9781472524621
    2013

    Published In
    Relive Media Art Histories
    Publisher
    London: MIT Press
    Pages
    191 - 208
    ISBN
    9780262019422
    2012

    Published In
    Erewhon Calling: Experimental Sound in New Zealand
    Publisher
    Audio Foundation and CMR
    Pages
    54 - 59
    2012

    Published In
    Far Field: Digital Culture, Climate Change, and the Poles
    Publisher
    Intellect Books
    Pages
    165 - 186
    2011

    Published In
    Error: Glitch, Noise, and Jam in New Media Cultures
    Publisher
    New York : Continuum
    Pages
    59 - 79
    ISBN
    9781441121202
    Edition
    1
    2010

    Published In
    The Physics Room Annual 2008
    Publisher
    The Physics Room Trust
    Page
    p. unknown
    2008

    Published In
    The Aotearoa Digital Arts Reader
    Publisher
    Auckland, NZ: Aotearoa Digital Arts and Clouds
    Pages
    11 - 13
    ISBN
    9780958278997
    2008

    Published In
    The Aotearoa Digital Arts Reader
    Publisher
    Auckland, New Zealand: Aotearoa Digital Arts and Clouds
    Pages
    146 - 158
    ISBN
    9780958278997
  • Conference Paper

    Year Title
    2016

    Published In
    22nd International Symposium on Electronic Art ISEA 2016
    Pages
    386 - 390
    2013

    Published In
    Proceedings of the 19th International Symposium of Electronic Art
    Pages
    1 - 4
    2013

    Published In
    Proceedings of the 19th International Symposium of Electronic Art
    Pages
    1 - 4
    2012

    Published In
    Interference as a Strategy for Art: The Second International Conference on Transdisciplinary Imaging at the Intersections Between Art, Science and Culture, Conference Proceedings
    Pages
    48 - 58
    2012

    Published In
    Expanded Documentary Seminar @ ISTR
    2012

    Published In
    Telling Truths: Crime Fiction and National Allegory Conference
    2010

    Published In
    Proceedings of the 16th International Symposium on Electronic Art: ISEA2010 Ruhr
    Pages
    247 - 249
    2009

    Published In
    Re:live Media Art History 09: Third International Conference on the Histories of Media Art, Science and Technology Conference Proceedings
    Pages
    6 - 11
    2008

    Published In
    ISEA 14th International Symposium on Electronic Art Conference Proceedings
    Pages
    44 - 46
  • Curatorial Work

    Year Title
    2013

    Venue
    Dunedin Public Art Gallery
    Date of Exhibition
    6 July - 3 November 2013
    Publisher
    Dunedin Public Art Gallery
    2008

    Venue
    The Substation, Singapore
    Date of Exhibition
    24 July to 2 August
    Publisher
    The Substation and Aotearoa Digital Arts
  • Exhibition Catalogue Essay

    Year Title
    2013

    Published In
    Hayden Fowler New World Order
    Pages
    1 - 4
    Date of Exhibition
    6 August - 30 August 2013
    Publisher
    University of Canterbury
    2009

    Published In
    The Enlightenments
    Pages
    50 - 51
    ISBN
    9780980577877
    Date of Exhibition
    7 August to 26 September
    Publisher
    Edinburgh International Festival
    2009

    Pages
    1 - 2
    Date of Exhibition
    19 Nov - 12 Dec
    Publisher
    Su Ballard

Potential Supervision Topics


  • - Art, media, the Anthropocene, climate change and species extinction

    - Ecology and nature in art

    - Geo-aesthetics

    - Media art histories

    - Feminist art histories

    - Environmental humanities

Advisees


  • Graduate Advising Relationship

    Degree Research Title Advisee
    Doctor of Philosophy Ecologies of Art: Collaboration, Social Engagement and the Environment Williams, Kim
    Doctor of Philosophy Remote Sensing : Scenes from a Vertical Geography Harris, John
    Doctor of Philosophy 'The plants may use the meter of eternity. We do not know': An Enquiry into Environment in Australian Science and Speculative Fiction. Barber, Tess
    Master of Philosophy -LHA Sick Planet Theory: A Crip Manifesto for an Imagined Future Lang, Sam
    Doctor of Philosophy The Marking of Sound: Excavating Tongan Indigeneity through a study of Tā, Vā and Faiva Hiva Lear, Adriana
    Doctor of Philosophy Essaying Illness: Beyond Misery, beyond memoir Strahan, Lucinda

Keywords


  • Environmental Humanities
    Contemporary Art
    Anthropocene

Full Name


  • Dr Susan Ballard