2016 iDARE Conference keynotes

iDARE is pleased to announce the keynote speakers for the conference in September.

iDARE 2016: Creative Arts Research and the Ethics of Innovation
Conference Dates: 27th – 28th September, 2016
Venue: University of Melbourne, VCA, Southbank Campus

RendellJaneProfessor Jane Rendell (BAHons, DipArch, MSc, PhD) 
The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL

Professor Rendell is a leading UK researcher concerned with research ethics and building ethical know-how in Architecture and the creative disciplines. In June 2015, she initiated “Practising Ethics in Built Environment Research,” a conference that brought together scholars from throughout the UK to discuss ethics and the creative disciplines. Rendell is Professor of Architecture and Art, and Vice Dean of Research at the Bartlett UCL. In 2011 she received the RIBA President’s Awards for Outstanding University-located Research.  She was a member of the AHRC Peer Review College (2004–2008) and chair of the RIBA President’s Awards for Research (2005–2007). Her authored publications include Site-Writing (2010), Art and Architecture (2006), and The Pursuit of Pleasure (2002). She is co-editor of Pattern (2007), Critical Architecture (2007), Spatial Imagination (2005), The Unknown City (2001), Intersections (2000), Gender, Space, Architecture (1999) and Strangely Familiar (1995).

This is the version of the presentation with link for ‘with Q&A’ version.


flash mob 550Mr Richard Frankland  MA, Associate Dean Inclusion & Diversity
Head of Curriculum and Programs, Wilin Centre for Indigenous Arts and Cultural Development, Faculty of VCA and MCM, University of Melbourne.


Richard Frankland is Gunditjmara man from Portland in south-west Victoria, Mr Frankland has an extensive background as a writer, filmmaker and musician. He has also worked as a soldier, fisherman and Field Officer during the 1988 Royal Commission on Aboriginal Deaths in Custody. Richard has written, directed and produced over 50 film projects including the documentary No Way To Forget for which he became the first Indigenous director to win an AFI Award in 1996. His 2014 stage production at the Malthouse Theatre, Walking into the Bigness, was nominated for three Green Room Awards for production, writing/adaptation and ensemble work. He is also an acclaimed musician—his music features on the soundtracks to many of his films and in 1991 his first band Djaambi supported Prince on his Australian Tour.


Richard Franklin’s opening iDARE keynote.


oc-jpgOron Catts

Oron Catts is the Director of SymbioticA, The Centre of Excellence in Biological Arts, School of Anatomy, Physiology and Human Biology, The University of Western Australia and a Professor of Contestable Design at The Royal College of Arts, London.

Oron Catts is an artist, designer, researcher and curator whose pioneering work with the Tissue Culture and Art Project which he established in 1996 is considered a leading biological art project. In 2000 he co-founded SymbioticA, an artistic research centre housed within the School of Anatomy, Physiology and Human Biology, The University of Western Australia. Under Catts’ leadership SymbioticA has gone on to win the Prix Ars Electronica Golden Nica in Hybrid Art (2007) the WA Premier Science Award (2008) and became a Centre for Excellence in 2008.

In 2009 Catts was recognised by Thames & Hudson’s “60 Innovators Shaping our Creative Future” book in the category “Beyond Design”, and by Icon Magazine (UK) as one of the top 20 Designers, “making the future and transforming the way we work”.

Catts interest is Life; more specifically the shifting relations and perceptions of life in the light of new knowledge and it applications. Often working in collaboration with other artists (mainly Dr. Ionat Zurr) and scientists, Catts have developed a body of work that speaks volumes about the need for new cultural articulation of evolving concepts of life.

Catts was a Research Fellow in Harvard Medical School, a visiting Scholar at the Department of Art and Art History, Stanford University, and a Visiting Professor of Design Interaction, Royal College of Arts, London. In 2012-2013 he set up a biological art lab called Biofilia – Base for Biological Art and Design, at the School of Art, Design and Architecture, Aalto University, Helsinki, where he was a Visiting Professor.

Catts’ ideas and projects reach beyond the confines of art; his work is often cited as inspiration to diverse areas such as new materials, textiles, design, architecture, ethics, fiction, and food.

Oran Catt’s iDARE keynote.

Steve Loo

Professor Stephen Loo (B.Arch.St, B.Arch (Hons), PhD, RAIA)
Creative Exchange Institute
School of Architecture & Design, University of Tasmania


Prof Stephen Loo is Professor of Architecture and Director of University of Tasmania’s Creative Exchange Institute (CxI). CxI responds to the big Anthropocentric questions of the 21st Century through transdisciplinary research, teaching and practice at the crossroads of art, design, performance, environment, history and philosophy; alongside social entrepreneurship and community participation.

Stephen has published widely on architecture and design theory, biophilosophy, posthumanist ethics, ecological humanities and experimental digital thinking. He is a co-editor of Deleuze and Architecture (2012) and Poetic Biopolitics (2016) and is currently working on Insects and their Vicissitudes: Instincts, Ethics and the Entomological Imagination (2017) with Dr Undine Sellbach.

Stephen has a performance-philosophy based art practice and has shown internationally in Paris, Berlin, London, Sydney and Adelaide. He is part of an international collective, The Food Project.

He is a founding partner of award-winning architectural and exhibition practice Mulloway Studio, Chair of the National Education Committee of the Australian Institute of Architects (2010 – 2015) and President of the Australian Deans of Built Environment and Design (2013 – 2016).

Stephen Loo’s iDARE keynote.