Dr Susanne Julia Thurow
Post-Doc Res Fellow (UNSW)

Dr Susanne Julia Thurow

Doctor of Philosophy (English Philology) - Feb 2017, Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel (Germany)

First State Examination in the Career of Teachers at the Secondary School (English + German) - Jun 2009, Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel (Germany)

Arts,Design & Architecture
Centre for Interactive Cinema

Dr Thurow is an ARC Laureate Postdoctoral Research Fellow at iCinema Centre for Interactive Cinema Research as well as one of its Deputy Directors and Research Program Leader in Immersive Design Modelling. Her interdisciplinary research encompasses the fields of Performing Arts, Digital Media, Literary-, Cultural-, as well as Indigenous Australian Studies, with a primary focus on contemporary theatre and interactive aesthetics. Her research spans the arts and humanities, as well as technology, undertaken in programmatic collaboration with iCinema’s key collaboration partners, such as for example the Institute for Visual Media at ZKM (Germany). 

She is a named Investigator on the ARC Linkage Projects LP170100471 (2018-21), LP180100126 (2019-21) and LP190100563 (2021-23), exploring the capability of advanced interactive visualisation and AI to improve design processes in the performing arts and museum sector, with Sydney Theatre Company, NIDA, MAAS and Opera Australia as collaboration partners. 


Her current work builds on her post-graduate studies exploring representations of contemporary Indigenous Australian identity in two acclaimed theatre productions, contextualising the plays in their culturally specific production contexts and evaluating the aesthetic configuration of Indigenous and Western theatrical languages in regards to their decolonising capabilities. The project was supervised by Prof Peter Eckersall (CUNY, New York, USA) and Prof A.-M. Horatschek (CAU Kiel, Germany) and subsequently published as a monograph by Routledge (2020). 


In addition to her academic work at iCinema (since 2014), Dr Thurow also worked for UNSW’s Nura Gili Indigenous Programs Unit, the University of Melbourne’s Indigenous Studies Program and Christian-Albrecht-Universität's English Department, as well as having conducted research into Indigenous petitions to the Government for the University of Sydney. Moreover, she supported the arts and social change company Big hART Inc. as Associated Arts Manager on their ‘Namatjira’ and ‘Yijala Yala’ projects from 2011 to 2013, with her professional background further consolidated by work in education, print media, public broadcasting and marketing, for –among others- the ABC, Goethe Institut and Hamburg-based Thalia Theater, where she assisted in the company’s 2009 rebranding and supported the curation of the 2017 Theater der Welt festival.

Location
iCinema Centre Room 601, Level 6 Civil Engineering Bldg. (H20) Gate 11 via Botany Street UNSW Kensington

Publications

  • Book Chapters | 2021
    Dr Susanne Julia Thurow
    Del Favero D; Thurow S; Frohe U, 2021, 'Artificial Intelligence as a Conduit for a New Dialogical Commons?', in Jauernik C; Tshapeller W (ed.), INTRA INTRA. Towards an INTRA SPACE, Sternberg Press, Berlin, pp. 254 - 265, https://www.amazon.com/INTRA-Towards-Sternberg-Publication-Academy/dp/395679589X
    Book Chapters | 2021
    Dr Susanne Julia Thurow
    Del Favero D; Thurow S, 2021, 'On Human-Machine Co-Agency in Art', in Jauernik C; Tschapeller W (ed.), INTRA INTRA. Towards an INTRA SPACE, Sternberg Press, Berlin, pp. 200 - 215, https://www.amazon.com/INTRA-Towards-Sternberg-Publication-Academy/dp/395679589X
    Book Chapters | 2020
    Dr Susanne Julia Thurow
    Thurow S; Del Favero D; Wake C, 2020, 'Dialogical Aesthetics', in Technologien des Performativen, transcript Verlag, pp. 357 - 366, http://dx.doi.org/10.14361/9783839453797-030
    Books | 2020
    Dr Susanne Julia Thurow
    Thurow SJ, 2020, Performing Indigenous Identities on the Contemporary Australian Stage. Land, People, Culture, Routledge, Abingdon/New York, https://www.routledge.com/Performing-Indigenous-Identities-on-the-Contemporary-Australian-Stage/Thurow/p/book/9780367242725
  • Journal articles | 2021
    Dr Susanne Julia Thurow
    Thurow S; Del Favero D; Wallen L, 2021, 'The iDesign platform – immersive intelligent aesthetics for scenographic modelling', Theatre and Performance Design, vol. 7, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/23322551.2021.1919488
    Journal articles | 2021
    Dr Susanne Julia Thurow
    Thurow S, 2021, 'A Dramaturgy of Feeling: Exploring Indigenous concepts of knowing through multimodal aesthetics', Performance Research, vol. 26, pp. tbc - tbc
    Journal articles | 2020
    Dr Susanne Julia Thurow
    Thurow S; Frohne U; Del Favero D, 2020, 'Immersive Intelligent Aesthetics as Conduit for Digital and Public Humanities Research', magazén – International Journal for Digital & Public Humanities, pp. 1 - 18, http://dx.doi.org/10.30687/mag//2020/01/001
    Journal articles | 2018
    Dr Susanne Julia Thurow
    Thurow S, 2018, '‘Namatjira’: Beyond the Script – Visual and Performative Aesthetics as Conduits for the Communication of Western Arrernte Ontologies', Australasian Drama Studies, pp. 130 - 159, https://www.adsa.edu.au/ADSjournal
    Journal articles | 2017
    Dr Susanne Julia Thurow
    Thurow SJ, 2017, 'Response to the Metamaterial Turn: Performative Digital Methodologies for Creative Practice and Analytical Documentation in the Arts', Australian and New Zealand Journal of Art, vol. 17, pp. 238 - 250, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14434318.2017.1450071
  • Conference Presentations | 2021
    Dr Susanne Julia Thurow
    Thurow S; Del Favero D; Wake C, 2021, 'iDesign's Zero-Waste Bauprobe: Full-Scale Collaboration in Virtual Space', presented at Theatre Ecologies: Environments, Sustainability & Politics (IFTR 2020), National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland, - , https://www.iftr.org/conference
    Conference Presentations | 2020
    Dr Susanne Julia Thurow
    Thurow S; Del Favero D; Wallen L, 2020, 'Digitally Transforming Theatrical Design Practice', presented at Acts of Gathering. Performing Futures. Roaring Change, Australasian Drama Studies Association, UNSW, 01 December 2020 - 04 December 2020, http://actsofgathering.org/
    Conference Presentations | 2020
    Dr Susanne Julia Thurow
    Thurow S, 2020, 'Multimodal Aesthetics - Rendering Complexity through Integrated Performative Storytelling', presented at 11th Annual International Conference on Visual & Performing Arts, Athens Institute for Education & Research, Athens, Greece, 08 June 2020 - 11 June 2020, https://www.atiner.gr/arts
    Conference Presentations | 2019
    Dr Susanne Julia Thurow
    Thurow S; Del Favero D; Wake C; Pagnucco M; Scott-Mitchell M; Schostakowski B; Williams K; Wallen L, 2019, 'iDesign – New Capabilities for Set Design', presented at Prague Quadrennial, Prague, Czech Republic, 06 June 2019 - 16 June 2019, https://www.pq.cz/
    Conference Presentations | 2019
    Dr Susanne Julia Thurow
    Del Favero D; Thurow S; Pagnucco M; Wake C; Scott-Mitchell M; Williams K; Wallen L; Schostakowski B, 2019, 'Immersive Interactive Aesthetics for Set Modelling - the iBauprobe Platform', presented at PQ Talks @ Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design & Space, Prague (Czech Republic), 06 June 2019 - 16 June 2019, https://www.pq.cz/
    Conference Presentations | 2019
    Dr Susanne Julia Thurow
    Thurow S, 2019, 'Capabilities and Limitations of Collaboration in the Artistic Process', presented at Performance Studies International 25, University of Calgary, 04 July 2019 - 07 July 2019
    Conference Presentations | 2019
    Dr Susanne Julia Thurow
    Thurow S, 2019, 'Digital Technologies as Conduit for the Communication of Indigenous Australian Heritage', presented at Body of Knowledge: Art and Embodied Cognition, Deakin University, Burwood, 27 June 2019 - 29 June 2019
    Conference Abstracts | 2019
    Dr Susanne Julia Thurow
    Thurow S, 2019, 'Expanding the Performance Frame - Festivals as Platforms for Exploring Concepts of Theatre', in Festivals and Performance Conference, University of Tasmania, Launceston, presented at Festivals and Performance Conference, University of Tasmania, Launceston
    Conference Presentations | 2018
    Dr Susanne Julia Thurow
    Thurow S; Yip A; Ong A, 2018, 'iDesign: New Paradigms for Collaborative and Immersive Theatre Design', presented at OzViz2018, UNSW, Sydney, 22 November 2018 - 22 November 2018, https://sites.google.com/site/ozvizworkshop/ozviz-2018
    Conference Papers | 2018
    Dr Susanne Julia Thurow
    Thurow S; Del Favero D; Wake C, 2018, 'Dialogical Aesthetics – Reconfiguring Theatrical Spaces Through Digital Technology', in Butte M; Vomberg EK; Dreckmann K (eds.), Technologies des Performativen / Performative Technologies, Transcript, Düsseldorf, Germany, presented at Theater & Technik / Theatre & Technology, Düsseldorf, Germany, 08 November 2018 - 11 November 2018
    Conference Presentations | 2018
    Dr Susanne Julia Thurow
    Thurow S; Wake C; Del Favero D, 2018, 'Dialogical Aesthetics – Reconfiguring Theatrical Spaces Through Digital Technology', presented at Theatre and Technology Conference, Heinrich-Heine-Universität, Düsseldorf, Germany, 08 November 2018 - 11 November 2018, http://theaterundtechnik.de/english/
    Conference Presentations | 2018
    Dr Susanne Julia Thurow
    Thurow S; Wake C; Del Favero D, 2018, 'Dialogical Aesthetics – Reconfiguring Theatrical Spaces Through Digital Technology', presented at Research Seminar Series, The University of Sydney, 12 October 2018 - 12 October 2018
    Conference Presentations | 2018
    Dr Susanne Julia Thurow
    Thurow SJ; Del Favero D, 2018, 'Intra_Space – Interrogating the Actor through Artificial Intelligence', presented at ADSA 2018: Actors and Acting in the Twenty-First Century, Victorian College of the Arts, 26 June 2018 - 29 June 2018, https://www.adsa.edu.au/dbpage.php?pg=view&dbase=events&id=53095
    Conference Presentations | 2018
    Dr Susanne Julia Thurow
    Thurow S, 2018, 'Big hART – Processes of Care in Art-Making', presented at Aesthetics, Politics & Histories. The Social Context of Art, RMIT Melbourne, 05 December 2018 - 08 December 2018, http://aaanz.info/aaanz-home/conferences/2018-conference/
    Conference Presentations | 2017
    Dr Susanne Julia Thurow
    Thurow SJ, 2017, '‘I Am Eora’: Nation-Building on the Postcolonial Stage', presented at Performing Belonging in the 21st Century Conference, Auckland University of Technology, Auckland, New Zealand, 27 June 2017 - 30 June 2017, http://www.adsaconference2017.co.nz/
    Theses / Dissertations | 2017
    Dr Susanne Julia Thurow
    Thurow S, 2017, Performing Indigenous Identities on the Contemporary Australian Stage, Christian-Albrechts-Universitaet zu Kiel (Germany)
    Conference Abstracts | 2016
    Dr Susanne Julia Thurow
    Thurow SJ, 2016, '‘I AM EORA’: Imagining Aboriginal Sovereignty on the Contemporary Theatre Stage', in ‘I AM EORA’: Imagining Aboriginal Sovereignty on the Contemporary Theatre Stage, Re-Imagining Australia: Encounter, Recognition, Responsibility Conference, Curtin University, Perth, presented at Re-Imagining Australia: Encounter, Recognition, Responsibility Conference, Curtin University, Perth, 07 December 2016 - 09 December 2016, http://humanrights.curtin.edu.au/events/past-conferences/inasa-conference-2016/
    Conference Presentations | 2016
    Dr Susanne Julia Thurow
    Thurow SJ, 2016, 'Performed Resilience!? Identity Construction in Contemporary Australian Intercultural Theatre Practice', presented at Resilience: Revive, Restore, Reconnect Conference, University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba, 21 June 2016 - 24 June 2016, https://www.adsa.edu.au/dbpage.php?pg=album&Category=1
    Conference Abstracts | 2013
    Dr Susanne Julia Thurow
    Thurow S; Joseph D, 2013, 'Hybrid Philosophies: Exploring Multiple Epistemologies in Contemporary Indigenous Australian Theatre', in Theater, Performance, Philosophy: Crossings and Transfers in Contemporary Anglo-American Thought Conference, International Theatre/Drama and Education Association, University of Paris IV, Sorbonne, Paris, France, presented at Theater, Performance, Philosophy: Crossings and Transfers in Contemporary Anglo-American Thought Conference, University of Paris IV, Sorbonne, Paris, France, 26 June 2013 - 28 June 2013
    Conference Presentations | 2013
    Dr Susanne Julia Thurow
    Thurow S, 2013, 'Theatre as Strategic Intervention into Racist Discourses Affecting Australian Cultural Relations -- Big hART Inc.'s 'Namatjira'', presented at Reconfiguring Anti-Racism: Tolerance, Harmony, Inclusion or Justice Conference, Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia
    Conference Presentations | 2013
    Dr Susanne Julia Thurow
    Thurow S, 2013, 'Indigeneity and Transcultural Communities: Big hART Inc.'s 'Namatjira'', presented at In the Balance: Indigeneity, Performance, Globalization Conference, Royal Holloway University, London, United Kingdom
    Conference Presentations | 2013
    Dr Susanne Julia Thurow
    Thurow S, 2013, 'Indigeneity and Transcultural Communities: Big hART Inc.'s 'Namatjira'', presented at Challenging Boundaries: Postcolonial Narratives and Notions of the Global Conference, Georg-August Universitat, Gottingen, Germany

Awards

ASAL's Alvie Egan Book Award – Best 1st Book of Literary Scholarship by an ECR on an Australian Subject (2021)

UNSW Art & Design Dean’s Award for Research Excellence – Best Monograph (2019)

Grants

iModel: Transforming rehearsal design using an interactive spatial aesthetic

Dennis Del Favero, Maurice Pagnucco, Michael Scott-Mitchell, Tomasz Bednarz, Susanne Thurow, Andrew Yip, Lyndon Terracini, Georgia Rivers

ARC Linkage Project LP190100563

2020

Total: $562,000

The Project aims to investigate an interactive spatial aesthetic that facilitates modelling of operatic rehearsal design. It will do this through application of an experimental artistic system that reshapes concepts of spatial design through collaborative interaction between creative teams and digital systems. It demonstrates how creatives can immersively design a rehearsal in real time at up to 1:1 scale, assisted by an evolving database. It transforms our understanding of rehearsal design and the way it can be aesthetically explored, with outcomes that optimise and streamline design processes in the performing arts industry.

 

iDesign: Reformulating set design aesthetics via a dialogical model of interactivity

Dennis Del Favero, Maurice Pagnucco, Caroline Wake, Susanne Thurow, Lawrence Wallen,  Kip Williams, Michael Scott-Mitchell, Benjamin Schostakowski

ARC Linkage Project LP170100471

2018

Total: $542,916

The Project investigates the emergence of novel forms of interactive aesthetics in contemporary performance design. It does this through experimental application of an artistic system that reshapes concepts of set design by integrating developments that usher in new types of collaborative interaction. It demonstrates how users can immersively model sets in real-time using their body at a 1:1 scale assisted by responsive databases.By doing so, it transforms understanding of modelling and the way it can be aesthetically explored, with outcomes that impact the scope and scale of design processes in the performing and creative arts.

 

netARCHIVE: Redefining museum experience as an immersive networked narrative.

Dennis Del Favero, Claude Sammut, Fabri Blacklock, Carol Oliver, Susanne Thurow, Matthew Connell, Arul Baskaran

ARC Linkage Project LP180100126

2019

Total: $463,634

The Project aims to investigate the contemporary emergence of novel forms of immersive and networked narrative in museum settings. It expects to reformulate our understanding and experience of a multi-located collection and the ways in which it can be aesthetically explored. To do so, it will experimentally apply an artistic system that transforms the display, engagement and organisation of the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences' collection across its venues. Anticipated is a demonstration of how users can explore this distributed collection in concert with a database system, with benefits that impact the aesthetic scope and scale of museum experiences.

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