- Dr Keith Armstrong
- Senior Research Fellow
Creative Industries Faculty,
School of Design Office,
Interactive and Visual Design
- Discipline *
- Film, Television and Digital Media, Performing Arts and Creative Writing, Visual Arts and Crafts
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PhD (Queensland University of Technology)
Background Keith Armstrong is currently a part-time Senior Research Fellow at QUT and an actively practising freelance new media artist. His archive of creative works can be found here. Research interests Keith has specialised for 18 years in practice-led collaborative, hybrid, new media art with an emphasis on:
- innovative performance forms
- site-specific electronic arts
- networked interactive installations
- alternative interfaces
- public arts practices
- art-science collaborations.
His ongoing research focuses on how scientific and philosophical ecologies can both influence and direct the design and conception of networked, interactive media artworks. Keith’s artworks have been shown and profiled extensively both in Australia and internationally, and he has been the recipient of numerous grants from the public and private sectors. He was formerly:
- Australia Council New Media Arts Fellow
- Doctoral and Postdoctoral New Media Fellow at QUT’s Creative Industries Faculty
- lead researcher at the ACID Australasian CRC for Interaction Design.
- has papers featured in numerous publications and books
- is a regularly invited peer assessor on state and national arts boards.
Research highlights 2005 Keith’s interdisciplinary work, Intimate Transactions, now in the permanent collection of ZKM, Germany, received an Honorary Mention in the 2005 Prix Ars Electronica and featured in the 2005 Ars Electronica Festival in Austria. It was also shown at major venues and festivals in:
- Doncaster UK
- UCSB (Santa Barbara, USA)
- Performance Space
- the Brisbane Festival.
2006 Keith’s interactive installation, Shifting Intimacies – developed during an Arts Council England residency in London – was premiered at the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA), London in March 2006. 2008 Intimate Transactions represented Australia at Media Art China (Synthetic Times) during the 2008 Olympics Cultural Festival and toured Australia with Visions of Australia support. Shifting Intimacies was premiered in Australia in late 2008 in Australia (including the Brisbane Festival and KickArts, Cairns). In 2008 his electronic artwork The Last Generation toured regional Queensland in an art-design survey show called Blurred Boundaries. 2009 His major new interactive installation work, Knowmore (House of Commons), premiered in early 2009 at the State Library of Queensland before travelling to the Elektra Festival in Montreal, Canada. He collaborated with aboriginal collective Colorise Productions on a new interactive installation artwork, Website and GPS Tour called Sight/Site/Cite based upon ideas drawn from traditional aboriginal law and understandings of place. 2010 Keith developed and directed the Remnant Emergency Artlab – a three year project funded by the Australia council engaging with environment, cultural change and the creation of images of refuturing. 2011 His major new interactive installation work, Finitude premiered at the Mildura Palimpsest Biennial and his interactive work The Remnant was launched in Brisbane and Cairns. Intimate Transactions was acquired by ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany for their permanent collection. 2012 He was awarded Australia Council Visual Arts funding for his Bat-Human Continuum project and an ANAT Synapse Art Science residency with the Australian Wildlife Conservancy. Keith is currently developing several new works for 2012-13.
Selected Invited Keynote/Lead Artist Presentations
Invited Keynote Speaker, Bioscience Lecture, Forthcoming Collaborations with the Australian Wildlife Conservancy, Mad Scientist Tea Party, June 12, 6pm- 7:30pm at The Edge, State Library Qld, Australia
Invited Keynote Speaker and Artistic Mentor for ‘Siteworks’, Bundanon, Nr. Sydney, NSW, 25th-26th September, “Evolving practices in a time of crisis: ARTLAB 2010-11. URL: http://www.bundanon.com.au/category/25/149, accessed 29/09/2010)
2009 Invited Keynote Speaker (and book chapter), ‘‘Conversations Before The End of Time’, A New Media Art Praxis of “Re-Futuring”’, for Material Inventions: Applying Creative Research Conference, Deakin University, Burwood/Melbourne, VIC, Australia, Monday November 30 2007
Invited Keynote Speaker, Ecology, Performance and Collaboration - Embodying Intimate Transactions’. At Electronic Information, the Visual Arts and Beyond (EVA) Conference, (co-hosted by the British Computer Arts Society (CAS)), 10 July, Birkbeck College, University of London, 43 Gordon Sq, London, England. (URL http://www.eva-conferences.com/eva_london/2007/cas_event_at_birkbeck accessed 17/7/07) Other Invited Conference Presentations
2011 ‘Botanical Gardens Networks’ (The Remnant Emergency Artlab), Conference Presentation for Scanz 2011:Eco Sapienz Hui/Symposium, Owae Marae, Waitara, New Zealand, Jan 14-16, 2011.
2010 Invited Speaker, 11th International Participatory Design Conference, PDC 2010 Conference, ‘Take Part Workshop’, a research discussion for artists and designers involved in participatory Nov 30th, 2010. Convened by Lizzie Muller and Lian Loke, University of Technology Sydney, Australia
2005 ‘Artistic Biofeedback Environments For Health and Physical Activity’, at HCSNet 2005. Workshop on Interactive Systems in Performance, 15-16th Dec. 2005, Macquarie University, Sydney. Screening of Intimate Transactions, e-Performance and Plug-ins, A Mediatised Performance Conference, 1st-2nd Dec, University of New South Wales, Sydney.
Major Public Seminars & Presentations
2011 Invited Speaker, James Cook University, ‘Art, Artist Environment’ Symposium, 7th April,
Invited Speaker, Maroochy Art & Ecology Symposium, ‘Beyond the Biophysical – Some Recent Ecosophical Projects’, Maroochy Bushland Botanical Gardens, August 5th.
2010 Invited Speaker, To Members of ‘Dorkbot’, Canberra Chapter, 26th October, Canberra Contemporary Artspace, ACT, Australia
Invited Speaker, ‘The Art of Practice Led Research’, University of Western Sydney, School of Communication Arts, University of Western Sydney, Penrith, NSW, Australia, Feb 9th
2009 Invited Speaker, Ideas Festival, 2009, Artscience@TheInterface, Public Event, State Library of Qld Auditorium 2, Fri. 27thh, 3.30-8pm.
Invited Speaker, Queensland Academy of Arts and Sciences, A Critical Space, The Arts Science Nexus, Public Event, QUT Art Museum, Wed. 18th March, 6-8pm.
- Armstrong KM, (2008) 'Grounded media': expanding the scope of ecological art practices within new media arts culture, Fibreculture Journal: internet theory criticism research (previously media-space journal) p1-14
- Armstrong KM, (2007) Grounded Media: Expanding the Scope of Ecological Art Practices Within New Media Arts Culture, Proceedings of perthDAC 2007: The 7th International Digital Arts and Culture Conference p21-31
- Sade GJ, Armstrong KM, (2005) Intimate Transactions Stage 3 (audio interaction design), The National Review of Live Art/ New Territories Festival
- Armstrong KM, (2006) SubCon Warrior 1 (visual direction), Milton Special School, Zen Zen Zo Theatre production
- Armstrong KM, Vincent C, Webster G, (2006) Shifting Intimacies, Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, UK, Brisbane International Arts Festival, Australia; On Edge Festival, Cairns, Australia, Northern Stage (Stage Three), Newcastle, England
- Armstrong KM, (2005) Intimate Transactions, 15 Venues including NSW, QLD, Victoria, South Australia, United Kingdom, Beijng, USA, Greece
- Armstrong KM, (2005) Lie of the Land, Nishi Ogi Machi Media Festival, Lion TV monitor at Nishi Ogikubo Station
- Armstrong KM, (2006) Process and presentation: the dual site interactive installation - intimate transactions, Proceedings of the Speculation And Innovation: Applying Practice Led Research In The Creative Industries Conference p1
- Armstrong KM, (2006) Towards a Connective and Ecosophical New Media Art Practice, Intimate Transactions: Art, Exhibition and Interaction Within Distributed Network Environments p12-35
For more publications by this staff member, visit QUT ePrints, the University's research repository.