Josephine Starrs

Name  Josephine Starrs
Current Role(s)  Senior Lecturer, Film & Digital Art


Josephine Starrs has two decades of experience as an artist working working across video, photomedia and new media; researching, creating and exhibiting projects, and speaking at international conferences on the subject of new technologies and culture. In 2003 she curated a major international Dlux Media Arts event in Sydney, 'Plaything', which focused on current and future trends in the field of digital games and featured key Australian and international game designers, theorists and artists.

Her most recent project was 'Downstream', a media art installation that responds to the issues of climate change in ways that are mythical, biblical and chemical. 'Downstream' was created during a residency at Performance Space Carriageworks in 2009 and was later exhibited at the Australian Embassy Gallery in Washington DC as part of 'Impact By Degrees'.


Josephine Starrs has often used play in her artworks as a strategy for engaging with the social and political contradictions inherent in contemporary life. Her current practice is situated at the juncture of cinema, information visualisation and data mapping, playing off the tensions between the large and small screen, and between information and sublime landscape. A recent project, 'Seeker', was developed in collaboration with Leon Cmielewski during international residencies at the Waag Society for Old and New Media, Amsterdam and Sarai, New Delhi in 2005–06. 'Seeker' was first exhibited in 'Contemporary Commonwealth', at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image, the flagship exhibition for Festival Melbourne 2006.

'Land[sound]scape' is a video and interactive sound installation created for the third Guangzhou Triennial, Guangzhou, China in 2008. The work features panoramic images of the 'Walls of China' at Lake Mungo in outback Australia projected onto suspended screens. 'Land[sound]scape' was shown in February 2010 at the Chinese Garden of Friendship in Sydney as part of the Chinese New Year, and presented by the Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority.
Starrs has been invited to participate in several international residency programs, including Banff, Canada (1998), Sarai, New Delhi, India (2006) and the Future Lab, Linz, Austria (2009).

Starrs was also cofounder of the influential artist group VNS Matrix, whose impetus throughout the 1990s was to investigate and decipher the narratives of domination and control which surround technological culture and explore the construction of identity in social networked spaces.

Recent Exhibitions

Impact By Degrees, Australian Embassy Gallery, Washington DC, 2009

Guangzhou Triennial, Guanzhou, China, October–November, 2008

Seeker, Arts Electronica, Linz, Austria, September 2007

Seeker , Artspace, Sydney, 2007

Seeker, Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Sydney, 2006

Floating Territories,Beijing, China 2005

Trace, multimedia installation, Sydney Records Centre, 2002

Seoul New Media Biennale, Seoul, Korea , 2004

Experimenta: House of Tomorrow, Black Box, Melbourne, Black Box, Melbourne, 2003

European Media Arts Festival, Osnabruck, Germany, 2002

Sydney Film Festival, Opera Dendy Quays, Sydney, 2001


'Meaningful data: Seeker's slow technology approach'
Computers in Entertainment, vol. 7, no. 1, ACM, New York, USA, 2009
ISSN: 1544-3574

Research Supervision

Jack McGrath, MFA, 'Surrealism in Animation'

Katherine Berger, MFA, 'Composition/Decomposition'

Christopher Hanrahan, MFA, 'Untitled'

Awards & Grants

2009 Australia Council for the Arts/Ars Electronica Artist Residency, Linz, Austria
2008 Australia Council for the Arts: New Work Grant
2007 Ars Electronica Award of Distinction for Seeker
2005 Asialink Residency
2004 Australian Research Council Discovery Grant
1999 Australia Council for the Arts: New Media Fellowship
1998 Australia Council for the Arts: New Media Fellowship
1997 Australia Council Studio Residency, Kunstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin
1993 Australia Council Studio Residency, Greene St, New York

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