Born in New Zealand and based in Australia, Grayson Cooke is an interdisciplinary scholar and media artist, Associate Professor of Media in the School of Arts and Social Sciences at Southern Cross University. Grayson has presented media art and live audio-visual performance works in Australia and internationally, and he has exhibited and performed in major international festivals such as the Japan Media Arts Festival, the WRO Media Art Biennale, the Imagine Science Film Festival in New York, VIDEOFORMES in France, TIVA in Taipei, and the FILE Festival in Sao Paulo. As a scholar he has published widely in academic journals, and he is also an associate editor for the scholarly journal Transformations. He holds an interdisciplinary PhD from Concordia University in Montreal.
Stephen Garrett is Senior Lecturer and Course Coordinator of Art and Design at Southern Cross University. His research works across a range of discursive practices commenting on cultural and historic perceptions of the Australian landscape. Stephen uses sculpture, video, photography and drawing to realise the conditions of his work. He has long been a supporter of community based projects working with emerging artists through education, and is also as Chair of Platform, the longest running Artist-Run-Initiative and gallery in Australia.
His work has been exhibited, curated and collected internationally and nationally. Recent exhibitions have included The Wandering I, Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne 2016; Piscina, [MARS] 2015; The Poverty Gully Project, Margaret Lawrence Gallery 2012; The Missing, Conical 2011; Structure for Brooklyn, Columbia Place New York 2012; After The Gold Rush, Melbourne International Arts Festival 2009 and Gold Rush (with Marie Jeanne Hoffner), Espace Art Contemporain, France 2009. Stephen’s research and other texts on art have been published in national and international journals and galleries.
Dr Moya Costello is a writer and lecturer in creative writing, School of Arts and Social Sciences, and School of Business and Tourism, Southern Cross University. She has four books published: two collections of short creative prose (Kites in Jakarta and Small Ecstasies) and two novellas (The Office as a Boat: A Chronicle and Harriet Chandler) and many short pieces published in literary and scholarly journals. She has been the recipient of Australian federal and state government writing grants and fellowships, and a writer-in-residency at Monash University. Wine, food, plants, textiles, and the Gothic in subtropical Australia are current creative writing/research projects that relate to the environment.
Fiona Fell is a practicing artist and academic, her commitment is positioned within the industry of ceramics and 3D creative arts. Fiona has had over 20 solo shows, received several international grants and is part of many public and private collections both National and International. These include the National Gallery of Australia; Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane; FLICAM- Australasian Museum; Fuping, China; Cera-Techno, Toki City Japan; Power House Museum, Sydney, NSW; Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taiwan; and numerous Nation wide Regional galleries and University collections. Fiona is represented by Watters Gallery in Sydney, NSW, and currently lectures into 3D studies, Visual Arts, within the School of Arts and Social Sciences at Southern Cross University, currently completing PhD studies at QCA, Griffith University, QLD. Her recent work and research engages collaborative practices of an inter-disciplinary nature concentrating on new materiality in dialogue with media-based art forms.
Adele Wessell is Associate Professor of History and School Director of Community Engagement in the School of Arts and Social Sciences, Southern Cross University. She is co-convenor of the Australasian Food Studies Network and the Regional Food Network, which brings scholars and food practitioners together and co-editor of Locale: The Pacific Journal of Regional Food Studies. Adele has published broadly in food studies, with a particular focus on agriculture, working with food producers. She still longs to work in a museum and gets to spend some time translating her work through objects and radio shows.
Rob Garbutt is a place-based researcher which could take him anywhere but he seems to be stuck in Lismore, NSW. Seems to be because no place is confined in scale, nor disconnected from places networked near and far. His work, with words, sound and images, considers ways of belonging through a cultural studies and environmental humanities lens. Rob’s first book, The Locals, was published in 2011 and he was co-author of Inside Australian Culture, published in 2014. Other research has been published in journals such as Cultural Studies Review, Continuum, History and Anthropology, Coolabah and Transformations. Rob is a Senior Lecturer at Southern Cross University, Lismore.
Sandy Darab is a sociologist and researcher at Southern Cross University, Lismore, Australia, working in the School of Arts and Social Sciences. In a personal capacity, I have engaged with activists in the regions to produce socially just outcomes and help protect the environment. Examples include active participation in the anti-CSG movement in the Northern Rivers and working with local residents to change the location of the Optus tower at Clunes to a safer site. As an academic, I have been engaged in a major project researching the housing situations and needs of single, older women in this region. Currently, I am working on a study on living in the flood zone in Lismore.
Yvonne Hartman is a Senior Lecturer working in the School of Arts and Social Science at Southern Cross University. Her research interests and community engagement activities centre on issues of social and environmental justice that affect the Northern Rivers Region in particular and the world in general, reflecting the inextricable interconnectedness between the local and the global. She has conducted research in the areas of neoliberalism, welfare policy, the corporatisation of universities and housing for older non-home owning women. Most recently she has turned her attention to what appears to be a looming and seemingly unavoidable worldwide ecological crisis. Her latest work centres on community activism and the ways in which sense of place and direct democracy can produce better outcomes for people and planet at both local and broader levels.
Dr Lynda Hawryluk is a Senior Lecturer in Writing at Southern Cross University where she is the Course Coordinator of the Associate Degree of Creative Writing. Lynda lectures in Writing units and supervises Honours, Masters and PhD students. An experienced writing workshop facilitator, Lynda has presented workshops for community and writing groups in Queensland, NSW and Canada. Lynda’s writing is informed by reactions and responses to coastal landscapes, and she is inspired by the environment of her home in the sub-tropical Northern Rivers. Lynda is a keen amateur photographer who is intent on capturing the textual and imagery of an emerging literary genre, Australian coastal gothic writing, in words and photographs. This work has been displayed in a digital format, projected onto two-storey high walls, and published in TEXT and Meniscus. Lynda is the immediate past President/Chair of the Australasian Association of Writing Programs, and is the SCU representative on the Committee of the Byron Writers Festival. Lynda’s writing and photographs have been published in a variety of academic and creative publications.
Jeanti St Clair is a media lecturer at Southern Cross University and a PhD candidate at Wollongong University. She has a background in audio-based journalism and documentary. Her current PhD practice-led research explores immersive and affective sound design in locative audio walks. She produced two locative audio walks in 2016 on the Soundtrails locative platform including an extended audio walk through Nimbin, site of the 1973 alternative cultural Aquarius Festival. She is interested in the impact of noise pollution on listening practices, sonic extinctions from environmental degradation and species loss, and the loss of analogue sounds as digital culture expands.
Dr Barry Hill has spent 25 years performing and teaching music; and building experimental Audio installations at music festivals and events all over the world. Band credits include instrumental electro artists amphibian, Australian drum n bass pioneers The Bird, Indian Fusion band Dha, Bobby Flynn, Neil Murray to name a few as well as his own project Cyberbass; that performed at Splendour 2005.
Not content to just be a musician, Barry realized that music and music festivals are important inspirational spaces to demonstrate ways that new technology can work to achieve positive sustainable social change. His PhD Project Human Machine Music was awarded an APA Scholarship and investigated the way that musicians are early creative adopters of new technology.
Currently teaching at Southern Cross University’s innovative and pioneering Contemporary Music Program located in Lismore NSW, Dr Barry Hill has led the Sunflower Mobile Solar Powered Audio Project and developed a prototype mobile solar generator that has been designed to replace diesel generators at Music festivals.
An eclectic musician and technology experimenter, Barry is fast becoming one of Australia’s most innovative Arts and Science Communicators, at the same time as continuing to perform and record with instrumental music trio amphibian.