Helen Grace

Professor Helen Grace, 葛海崙
Associate, Department of Gender & Cultural Studies
University of Sydney

Founding Director
MA Programme in Visual Culture Studies
Chinese University of Hong Kong

Books, Sole-authored
  • 2014 Culture, Aesthetics and Affect in Ubiquitous Media: The Prosaic Image (Routledge, 2014)
Books Jointly Authored
  • 1997 Grace H,, Hage G.,Johnson L., Langsworth J., Symonds M., Home/World: Space, Community & Marginality in Sydney’s West (Pluto Press, 1997) ISBN 1 86403 036
Books Edited
  • 2015
    Experiencing Wonder: Technovisuality and Cultural Reenchantment. (Co editors, Chan, Kit Sze and Wong Kin Yuen Forthcoming: I.B. Tauris
  • 1997
    Planet Diana: Cultural Studies and Global Mourning (Research Centre in Intercommunal Studies, 1997) ISBN 1 86341 506 8 (Co-edited with group, ‘Re:Public’)
  • 1996 Aesthesia and the Economy of the Senses (University of Western Sydney, Nepean, 1996) ISBN 1 86341 268 9
Published Catalogue
  • 2009:
    IPO: Helen Grace Catalogue essays by Yang Yeung, Margaret Morgan, Helen Grace, (Laiyan Projects, Hong Kong, May 2009, ISBN 978 988 17635 2 5 to accompany exhibition, IPO: Emotional Economies
CD-ROM – sole authored
  • 2000
    Before Utopia: A Non-official Prehistory of the Present - Documents, images, fragments, interviews on contemporary art in Australia 1967-1987 (UWS - Research project with funding from Writer’s Fellowship, Australia Council) (Pluto Press/UWS, 2000)
Articles in Refereed Journals
  • 2015
    ‘Spectral monumentality and ‘spectral messianicity’: The technical invention of historical memory’ Continuum, Special Issue on New Media and Memory in Asia, 29:4, 561-578
  • 2014
    ‘Biorhythmanography and the Imagination of Space in Urban Transformations,’ Situations: Cultural Studies in the Asian Context (7.2 Summer 2014, 57-87
  • ‘‘Coming home’ with a vengeance!’: Images of/for Stuart Hall’, Inter Asia Cultural Studies Vol 15, No 2, 2014, 194-201
  • 2013
    Responsive Eyes and Crossing Lines: Forty Years of Looking and Reading’, Lola, Issue 4, September 2013,
  • 2012
    ‘The Image and the Intimate Screen: Mobility and the Everyday in Camera Phone Pictures’ Communication & Society, 21, 79-104, July (in Chinese) <圖像和親密屏幕:流動性與手機照片的日常性>。《傳播 與社會學刊》,第21 期,頁79–104
  • Aesthetic Risk and Deficit Thinking: Some Profit and Loss Statements about Cinema and Thought’, Lola, Issue 2, July, 2012
  • 设计与视觉文化: 问题研究与文化故事 ‘Design and Visual Culture: Research Questions and Stories’ in Li Yanzu 李砚祖 (ed) 艺术与科学 (Art & Science), Vol 12, Jun, 2012, Tsinghua University Press, Beijing
  • 2010
    ‘‘General Aesthesia’: Mutations of Value and Cognition in New Media Practices’ The Information Society An International Journal, Issue 3, Jul/Aug 2010, Vol. 26 Issue 4, p256-265 ISSN: 1087-6537 (electronic) 0197-2243
  • ‘為影像賦與聲音:傳意在視覺和口述之間 ‘Sounding the Image: Between Visuality and Orality’ (with Au-Yeung Shing) Communication & Society 14, 191-206 (In Chinese)
  • 2008
    ‘Small-fry: Suburban Decline and Redemptive Space in Recent Asian Australian Cinema’, Studies in Australasian Cinema 2008 v. 2 no. 3 (2008) p. 195-212 ISSN 1750-3175
  • 2007
    ‘Monuments and the Face of Time: Distortions of Scale and Asynchrony in Postcolonial Hong Kong’ Postcolonial Studies, 10.4 (December 2007)
  • 2006:
    Train of Thought: Movement, Contingency and the Imagination of Change’ Ephemera, Theory & Politics in Organisation Vol 6, No 4, November 2006
  • 2005
    ‘The life of fantasy and cinema: Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring’ in Australian Screen Education 39 (Summer 2005) p30(6) 143-148 ISSN: 1449 857X
Chapters in Books/Catalogue Essays
  • 2015
    ‘E/motion: Mobility and Intimacy’ in Larissa Hjorth and Olivia Khoo (eds) Handbook of New Media in Asia (Routledge, 2015)
  • 2013
    ‘iPhone Girl: Assembly, Assemblages and Affect in the Life of an Image in Berry, Chris, Harbord Janet and Moore, Rachel, (eds) Public Space, Media Space, Palgrave, 2013
  • 2012
    "General Aesthesia": Mutations of Value and Cognition in New Media Practices in Herold, David Kurt, Sawhney Harmeet and Fortunati, Leopoldina (eds) Understanding Creative Users of ICTs: Users as Social Actors, Routledge, 2012
  • ‘To the lighthouse once more …’ in Afterimage: Narelle Jubelin, Catalogue essay in English and Spanish, La Casa Encendida, Madrid, February 14 – April 8, 2012
  • 2011
    ‘A Paleontology of the Present: The Appearance and Disappearance of Hong Kong Video Art’, in Lo, Venus and Peckhan, Robin (eds) Slow Burn: Media Hong Kong Asia One /Videotage, 2011
  • 2007
    ‘Waiting for me’ – catalogue essay in Hjorth, Larissa, Waiting for Immediacy (in English and Korean) Australia Council for the Arts / Yonsei University, Seoul, 2007
  • 2006
    La Presencia del Negro’: Narelle Jubelin y Reconcilation Major Essay (in English and Spanish) in Exhibition catalogue Narelle Jubelin: Paisaje agramatical (Ungrammatical Landscape) Centro José Guerrero, Granada, Spain) ISBN 84-7807419-8
  • 2005
    Debra Dawes: The Dynamism of Equilibrium Catalogue Essay, Debra Dawes Everydaynow, Drill Hall Canberra (Curated by Ross Gibson) ) ISBN 0 9581560 1 8
  • Evidence Shrouded: Photography and the Chamberlain Case in Adrian Howe (ed) Lindy Chamberlain Revisited: A 25th Anniversary Retrospective, (LHR Press, 2005) ISBN: 0-9577766-0
Reviews/Review Articles/Interviews, Commissions
  • 2014
    ‘‘A Sentimental Bond with the Product’: The Veneer of Time’, Sturgeon, Issue 2, June 2014
  • ‘Sochi’s closing ceremony: the art, the circus and the spectacle’, The Conversation, February 25, 2014, https://theconversation.com/sochis-closing-ceremony-the-art-the-circus-and-the-spectacle-23522
  • 2013
    Book Review: Claire Roberts, Photography and China, Artlink, Vol 33, No 4, Dec, 2013
  • 2012
    Europe/Asia: Re-orienting Circuits of Influence’, Review of Russia’s Unknown Orient, Groningen Museum, Dec 2010-May 2011, International Association of Art Critics, Hong Kong, February
  • Review of Lu, Sheldon & Mi Jiayan (ed) Chinese Ecocinema: In the age of environmental (Hong Kong University Press, 2009) Chinese Journal of Communication, Vol 5, No 1, March
  • ‘The Noise and Feeling of Thought’: Review of Wonderland: New Contemporary Art from Australia, Taipei Museum of Contemporary Art, Real Time, June 2012, Sydney, http://realtimearts.net/info
  • 2009
    B for Business in CforCulture, July 2009 (Review of Louis Vuitton collection exhibition, Hong Kong Art Museum)
  • 2006
    Review of Morris M, Li, S-L, Chan S C-K (eds) Hong Kong Connections: Transnational Imagination and Action Cinema (Duke University Press/Hong Kong University Press, 2005) Metro, No 150, 2006, ISSN 0312-2654 p221-222
Filmography/Video/New Media
  • MAP OF SPIRITS (2015, 5 channel video installation for Android tablet, 7m 30sec)
  • AUTO-SIGHT: RAW DATA SAMPLES (2014, single-screen video installation, 16m 4 sec)
  • TRAIN OF THOUGHT (2006, DVD, 10mins)
  • THE IMMORTALS (2005, animation of still photographs, DVD 3.5mins)
  • SOME PEOPLE CALL THIS A WAR: (2005, DVD 2.5mins)
  • LOUNGE (2004, Mini-DV, 17.5mins) – Collaboration with Ian Hobbs & Cheryle Yin-Lo Lewers Bequest & Penrith Regional Gallery Dec 11th 2004 – Feb 4th, 2005
  • DOG (2004, mini-DV, 5mins)
  • OST OFFIC (2004, DVD, 30sec) Segment of ARTV Project, Australian Centre for the Moving Image/SBS Television, as part of 2004: Australian Culture Now (National Gallery of Victoria/Australian Centre for the Moving Image, June 8-Sept 12
  • TOPS ARE EASIER THAN JEANS (2004, Hi8, 5mins) – a Proustian saga
  • SPECTRES OF PLACE (1995, Hi8 video, 5mins) Segment of Interventions Project, choreographer Russell Dumas. Exhibited as part of And Yet ... a collaborative project with a group of artists, co-ordinated by Dumas and shown at Artspace Sydney. Broadcast on Eat Carpet SBS Television
  • "THE ANSWER, MY FRIEND..." (Video 8, 27 mins. 1988) (A tape produced to commemorate the twentieth anniversary of May '68.)
  • SHORTSIGHTED - A BRIEF MELODRAMA (1984, 35mm, Colour/Optical Sound, 43 secs.) Made in collaboration with Independent Film & Video Action & students at the Australian Film & Television School & Starring Penny Cook. World Premiere, Sydney Film Festival, 1984.
  • IF LOOKS COULD KILL (1983, Super 8, Black & White/Magnetic Sound, 12mins) Made in collaboration with students in Womens Studies Course, Sydney College of the Arts.
  • SERIOUS UNDERTAKINGS (1983,16mm, Black & White/Colour/ Optical Sound, 28mins.) Release Script published in Framework, U.K.No.24, Spring 1984; Distributors: Ronin (Australia); Centre Audiovisuel Simone de Beauvoir (France); Circles /Cinenova (UK)
Solo Exhibitions
  • 2014
    Out of Sight, Articulate Project Space, Leichhardt, August 28th – Sept 14, 2014
  • 2013
    Imitation of Life, Arthere Gallery, 126 Regent St, Redfern, Jul 24th – Aug 3rd
  • 2012
    Speculation: The October Series – new paintings, Articulate Project Space, Sydney, June 29- Jul 13th, 2012
  • 2009
    IPO: Emotional Economies, John Batten Gallery, Hong Kong, May 15th – June 15th, 2009
  • 2005
    The Immortals (Mori Gallery, 2005)
Group exhibitions
  • 2016:
    Photography Meets Feminism: Australian women photographers 1970s–80s, Grafton Regional Gallery, February 3 - March 13, 2016
  • 2015
    Map of Spirits in Tell Me My Truth (MASS GROUP INCIDENT), Gallery 4A, Sydney, March 27th – May 16th, 2015
  • Notes Towards a Future Feminist Archive, Affiliated Text, Cross Art Books, Kings Cross Sydney, February 28 – March 21, 2015
    Map of Spirits in Tell Me My Truth (MASS GROUP INCIDENT), Gallery 4A, Sydney, March 27th – May 16th, 2015
  • 2014
    Photography Meets Feminism: Australian women photographers 1970s–80s, Monash Art Gallery, October 17 – December 7th, 2014
  • 2013
    Art Turning Left: How Values Changed Making Art, (as member of Hackney Flashers collective), Tate Liverpool, 8 Nov 2013 – 2 Feb 2014
  • Lost in Place, Damien Minto Gallery, Sydney, November 5-10
  • Mix Tape 1980s: Appropriation, Subculture and Critical Style, Ian Potter Centre, National Gallery of Victoria, 11 April – 1 Sept, 2013
  • 2012
    ‘Who’s Holding the Baby?’ Hackney Flashers, Room 104.07, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sof'a, Madrid, Spain (as member of collective)
  • Look, Look Again! Cruthers Collection of Women's Art, Lawrence Wilson Gallery, University of Western Australia, October,
  • Re Work: Australian women artists of the 1970s and 1980s’, Queensland Art Gallery, Gallery 6, 17 March-24 June 2012
  • 2011
    A Different Temporality: Aspects of Australian Feminist Art Practice, 1975-1985’, Monash University Art Museum, Oct 13 – Dec 17, 2011
  • 2010
    14K show at Parasite …
  • 2006:
    Capturing the Moving Mind, Kiasma Museum, Helsinki, Finland
Exhibition Curatorship
  • 2013
    Sounding the Image: 聊影像, ACO Bookshop, 1/F, Foo Tak Building, 365 Hennessey Road, Wan Chai
  • 2004 Calligraphy as Source and Resource: Chinese Contemporary Art (Gallery 4A, Sydney, Jan 22-Feb 22
Competitive Research Grants
  • Pervasive Imagery & Ephemeral Value: Camera Phone Practices Hong Kong – Principal Investigator (April 1, 2007-Mar 31st, 2008) – Chinese University of Hong Kong Direct Grant for Research, 2006-7 -$66,003
  • Everyday Aesthetics in Hong Kong Camera Phone Use – Principal Investigator (September 2008 – August 2010 ) Hong Kong Research Grants Council, General Fund for Research 2008 - $762,600
  • Technical Image: Machinic Aesthetics and ‘Future’ Memory in Hong Kong Vernacular Photography Practices – Hong Kong Research Grants Council, General Fund for Research, 2010-2012, $600,000
  • Measuring Community Benefit in Public Space Transformation in Older Urban Districts: A Case Study of Sheung Wan & Sai Ying Pun" - Hong Kong Research Grants Council, General Fund for Research, 2012-2014, $600,000
Consultancy and Advice
  • 2014 - Member, Film Advisory Panel, Sydney International Film Festival
  • 2009 - Manpower Planning in the Arts and Culture, Central Policy Unit, Hong Kong Government – Consultancy Project led by Professor Desmond Hui, Centre for Culture and Development, Chinese University of Hong Kong ($1.3m) – baseline study
  • 2008 -11 External Academic Advisory Board, Hong Kong School of Art;
    Chair of Advisory Board, Visual Studies Programme, Lingnan University
    External Review Committee, BA Programme in Cultural Studies, Lingnan University
  • 2007-11 Board Member, Microwave International New Media Festival, Hong Kong
Other Writings

Guest Lectures, Panels, Forums, Conferences

2015 Keynote Presentations
  • ‘Image Trafficking and Containerization’, Trafficking images: histories and theories of photographic transmission International Symposium, Art Gallery of New South Wales, April 18, 2015
  • ‘Downsizing: Nanotechnology and the Limits of Representation’ for Between Monumentalism and Miniaturization: Thinking Big and Small in Contemporary Culture International conference, Chinese University of Hong Kong 11 – 12 June 2015
  • Seminar Presentation
    ‘The Just Image – or ‘just an image’’, Department of Gender and Cultural Studies, University of Sydney, April 22nd, 2015
  • Convened Forum
    Roundtable: Re-imagining Collectivities in Inter Asia for Inter-Asia Cultural Studies Society International Conference, Surabaya, Indonesia, August 7-9, 2015
  • Artist Talk
    Newcastle Art Gallery, in conjunction with Photography Meets Feminism: Australian women photographers 1970s–80s exhibition, February 21st, 2015
    Artists Discussion, Verge Gallery, University of Sydney, in conjunction with Girls at the Tin Sheds exhibition, Mar 21, 2015
2014 Conference/Symposium Presentation
  • ‘’Experiments in Living’, Frontiers of TransQueer Studies, University of Sydney, February 13-14th
  • ‘The Past Now: Teaching Feminism and Art Courses’, Transgressive Teaching: Feminism in the Art + Art History Class, Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney, Mar 29th

Guest Lectures

  • ‘Ubiquitous Media and Everyday Life’, Department of Cultural & Religious Studies, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Jan 6th
  • ‘The Prosaic Image: Cultural Patterns in Ubiquitous Media Use’, Screen Cultures and the Digital Ethnography Research Centre, School of Media & Communication, RMIT, April 17th
  • ’Scanning: Ubiquitous Media, Image Processing and Automatons’, Photography and Media Arts, ANU School of Art, October 4th,

2013 Keynote Presentation

  • ‘Envisioning in the Space of Blind Visibility’, International Conference on Visual Culture, 2013, National Central University, Taiwan
    Symposium Presentations:
    ‘How to Create Sustainable Communities in Hong Kong? Inherent Problems of Recent Urban Layouts for Microeconomic Opportunities and Quality of Living’ at Urban Density and Sustainability: Sustainable Building 2013 Regional Conference, Hong Kong, Sep 12-13; (Paper authors: Hendrik Tieben, Essy Baniassad, Sujata Govada, Helen Grace; presenter, Hendrik Tieben. (Paper voted as one of top ten)
  • ‘Biorhythmanography: Self-reflection and Public space Projection’, Mediating Cityscapes International Symposium, Den Haag, The Netherlands, September 24-26
  • Panel
    Film Screening, Huli, Taipei
    ‘Experiments in Living’, Huli Community Discussions, Taipei, Nov 30th

Guest Lectures

‘Moving Community & Moving Image’ - Graduate Institute of Building and Planning, National Taiwan University, Sept 17th

College of Mass Communication, University of The Philippines, Manilla, Nov 19th

From Small Narrative to Big Picture in Ubiquitous Media, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Dec 6th

2012 Keynote Presentation
  • 'Moving Word and Image: Between Thought and Screen’, Screenwriting Research Network International Conference, Macquarie University/ UTS, Sydney, September 15th, 2012

Conference/Symposium Papers Presented

  • ’Popular Cinematic Form as Critical Space in the Work of Ann Hui’, Asian Cinema Studies Society Conference, University of Hong Kong, Mar 18-20, 2012
  • ‘Technical Image, ‘Non-event’ and Survival: Narrating the Present for the Future’, International Conference on New Media, Memories and Histories, Wee Kim School of Communication & Information / Centre for Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, Nanyang Technological University, October 5-6, 2012
  • ‘Measuring community benefit in public space transformation: A case study of Centre Street, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong’: Research Team: Hendrik Tieben, Essy Baniassad, Sujata Govada, and Helen Grace, 19th International Seminar on Urban Form (ISUF): New Urban Configurations at TU Delft, The Netherlands, 16-19 October 2012
  • International Conference on Visual Culture, National Central University, Taiwan, 10-11 November, 2012
2011 Keynote Presentations:
  • ‘Everyday Innovation: Experimental Usability Outside the Lab’, Central China International Art and Design Forum, Jingdezhen Ceramic Institute, China, June 20th-22nd, 2011
  • ‘Design and Visual Culture: Research Questions and Stories’, Western China International Art Design Forum, Chongqing University, China, June 24-25, 2011

Conference/Symposium Papers Presented

  • ‘Between Worlds, Texts and Criticism: Popular Cinema as Critical Practice’, Women Filmmakers Between Worlds: Women Directors in 21st Century Film Cultures & Feminist Theory, Workshop, Film and Television Studies, Monash University, Nov 7-8, 2011

Guest Lectures

  • ‘Technovisusality: The Avalanche of Images and the Intimate Screen’, Centre for Creative Arts, La Trobe University, August 18, 2011
  • ‘User Creation: The Aesthetics of Ubiquitous Media’, Central Academy of Fine Art, Beijing, May 16th, 2011
2010 Conference/Symposium Papers Presented
  • Image, Hyper-production, Value, Event: Researching Mobile Images and Everyday Experience, - international symposium, Chinese University of Hong Kong, May 15th, 2010
  • Crossroads in Cultural Studies International Conference, Lingnan University, Hong Kong, June 17-21, 2010
  • Psychoanalysis, Money and the Economy - a conference convened for the London Freud Museum, London, July 1-4, 2010
  • Thinking, Doing and Publishing Visual Research: The State of the Field; International Visual Sociology Association Annual Conference, Bologna, Italy, July 20-22, 2010
  • 'Mediatizing Public Space' Goldsmiths Leverhulme Media Research Centre, University of London, November 27th, 2010
  • International Conference on Visuality and Cultural Literacy; National Central University, Taiwan, November 19-20, 2010

Guest Lectures

  • Understanding Contemporary Art, Travel to Learn in the City programme, 1a space, Hong Kong, May 22nd, 2010
  • ‘Visual Thought & Emotion Capture’, School of Art, Design and Media, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, September, 2nd, 2010
  • ‘Technovisuality, the Avalanche of Images and the Intimate Screen’, College of Humanities, Arts, & Social Sciences, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, September 3rd, 2010
2009 Conference/Symposium Papers Presented
  • Documentary Cinema Conference, Hong Kong Baptist University, May 2009
  • Asian Digital Cultures II Conference, Taipei, July 2009
  • Re:Live - Third International Conference on the Histories of Media Art, Science and Technology, Victoria College of the Arts, University of Melbourne 26-29 November 2009
  • Asian Art Forum: Micro-climates, Taichung, Taiwan, December 2009
2008 Conference/Symposium Papers Presented
  • 1001 nights symposium, Performance Space @ Carriageworks, Sydney, March 16th,2008
  • The Use(r)s of Art : Authority and Anaesthesia in the Information Economy Seminar University of Sydney, March 18th, 2008
  • Provisional Insight: Siegfried Kracauer in the 21st Century: a colloquium (Monash University/UTS, Melbourne, July 18-19, 2008)
  • The Role of New Technologies in Global Societies: Theoretical Reflections, Practical Concerns, and Its Implications for China Department of Applied Social Sciences, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, July 30-31st, 2008
  • Technovisuality and cultural Re-enchantment conference, CUHK & Shue Yan University, Hong Kong, Nov 20-22, 2008

Guest Lectures

  • The Visual and the Post-visual, Centre for Media & Communication Research, Hong Kong Baptist University Jan 25th, 2008

2007: Conference Papers Presented

  • Ephemeral Value: Aesthetics and Affect in Camera Phone Imagery Media Culture and Industry in Asia Conference, Korea Broadcasting Institute, Seoul/Institute for Communication Arts and Technology, Hallym University, Chuncheon, Korea
  • General Aesthesia: Mutations of Value in Camera Phone Imagery,Mobile Media 2007 Conference, University of Sydney, Sydney

Guest Lectures

  • The Fear of Sound, Music Dept, University of Hong Kong
    The Visual and the Post-visual, Department of Cultural & Religious Studies, Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • Monumentality and the Face of Time Department of Anthropology, Chinese University of Hong Kong
2006: Conference Papers Presented
  • The Cultural and Human Property Market: International Conference, Human Rights & Cultural Rights in Inter-Asia, Department of Cultural & Religious Studies, Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • Trans/Field – Symposium, Biennale of Sydney, held at College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales, August 2006
  • ‘“Small-fry”:Suburban Despair and Redemptive Space in Recent Asian-Australian Cinema Paper presented at Asia Culture Forum: Whither the Orient, Gwangju, Korea
  • ‘Ungrammatical Landscapes:‘The Presence of Black’ and the Impropriety of Geometry’. Paper presented at Rethinking the Past: Experimental Histories in the Arts Conference, University of Technology, July 28-9, 2006

Guest Lectures

  • Humanism and Superhumanism, University of Melbourne, April, 2006