Professor Edward (Ed) Scheer has joined Art & Design as Head of School from UNSW's Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences. Dr Scheer works across Performance Studies and Visual Culture and is the author of numerous books and texts on contemporary culture.
Professor Scheer joins UNSW Art & Design's senior academic leaders, Dean, Professor Ross Harley, and Deputy Dean, Professor Marie Sierra.
Dr Scheer's recent publications include, The Dumb Type Reader (2017) edited by Peter Eckersall and Fujii Shintarō, New Media Dramaturgy: Performance, Media and New-Materialism (2017) with Peter Eckersall and Helena Grehan.
Scheer’s study of Mike Parr's performance art, The Infinity Machine (Schwartz City Press, 2010) is the first comprehensive account of this aspect of this important artist’s practice.
He has published articles on performance art and aesthetics in TDR, PAJ, Parkett and Performance Research and has written numerous catalogue essays for the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Documenta (12), the Biennale of Sydney (2006) and the Auckland Triennial (2010) as well as pieces on arts and culture in The Sydney Morning Herald and The Monthly.
Dr Scheer is a founding editor of the journal Performance Paradigm and has edited a number of books including Antonin Artaud: A Critical Reader (Routledge 2004) and Technologies of Magic. A Cultural Study of Ghosts, Machines and the Uncanny with John Potts (Power 2006).
A former chairman of the board of directors of the Performance Space in Sydney, Professor Scheer was also President of Psi, Performance Studies international, the largest international professional association in the field of performance studies from 2007-2011. He is a member of the Australia Research Council College of Experts (2013-2015).