Ross Gibson

Name Ross Gibson
BA (Hons) UQ, AKC King's College, London, Postgrad Dip Film Studies U Central London, PhD King's College, London
Current Role Professor of Contemporary Arts


Ross Gibson is Professor of Contemporary Arts at the University of Sydney. As part of his research he makes books, films and art installations investigating the use of narrative and private ritual in the comprehension of everyday experience. His recent works include the books 'Seven Versions of an Australian Badland' (2002) and 'The Summer Exercises' (2009), the video installation 'Street X-Rays' (2005), the interactive audiovisual environment 'BYSTANDER' (a collaboration with Kate Richards) (2007), and the durational work 'Conversations II' for the 2008 Biennale of Sydney.


In his research Gibson investigates the role of ritual, narrative and memory in placemaking and imaginative planning in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region. He currently runs Australian Research Council (ARC) research projects investigating: (a) the role of narrative in scenario planning; and (b) the mapping of cultural assets and feelings of emotional attachment in regional Australia. He is also Chief Investigator on ARC-funded projects investigating: (c) new pedagogical practices for indigenous schooling; and (d) the role of large public screens in the evolution of new understandings of the 'public sphere' in transnational contexts, particularly in the relationship between Australia and South Korea.

Recent Exhibitions

Conversations II, Biennale of Sydney, March - June 2008

Bystander (with Kate Richards), Performance Space, Sydney,
August - September 2007

Storylines, Muesum of Sydney, 2006

Birdsong (with Janet Laurence), Object Gallery, Sydney, September 2006

Street X-Rays, ACMI, Melbourne, December 2004 - January 2005

Persistence of Vision (curator), ACMI, Melbourne, March - June 2003

Reverberation, ACMI, Melbourne, July - August 2003

Darkness Loiters (with Kate Richards), Olympic Arts Program, Museum of Sydney, June–September 2000

Crime Scene (with Kate Richards), Justice & Police Museum, Sydney, 1999 - 2000

Something Strange Disturbing Us Every Day, Spanish Festival of Experimental Cinema, Madrid, September 1998


'VOICE (co-editor)', MIT Press, 2010

'The Summer Exercises' , UWAP, 2009, ISBN: 9781921401206

'Remembrance and the Moving Image (editor)', ACMI Publications, 2003, ISBN: 192080501X

'Seven Versions of an Australian Badland', UQP, 2002, ISBN: 0702233498

'The Bond Store Tales', HHT Publications, 1996, ISBN: 0949753610

'Exchanges: cross-cultural encounters in Australia and the Pacific', HHT Publications, 1996, ISBN: 0949753653

'WILD', Australian Film Commission, 1993, 54 mins, Documentary film

'South of the West: postcolonialism and the narrative construction of Australia', Indiana University Press, 1992, ISBN: 025332582X

'Camera Natura', Australian Film Commission, 1986, 33 mins, Documentary film

'The diminishing paradise: changing literary perceptions of Australia', Angus & Robertson, 1984, ISBN: 0207149267

Research Supervision

Maria-Fernanda Cardoso, PhD, 'Zoology and Art'

Kerry Macaulay, PhD, 'Murray River Landscapes'

Jessica Tyrell, PhD, 'Archives'

Awards & Grants

2013 - 2009 ARC: Linkage, Cultural asset mapping for planning and development in regional Australia
2013 - 2009 ARC: Linkage, Large screens and the transnational public sphere
2010 - 2008 ARC: Linkage, Outside the box: Australian television 2016
2010 - 2008 ARC: Linkage, New ways of doing school: Mixing story and technology to generate innovative learning, social and cultural communities
2006 ARC: Infrastructure, Multimedia computing, production, management and distribution for HDTV and its applications
2005 - 2003 ARC: Linkage, BYSTANDER: immersive feedback environments for exhibiting and dramatically interacting with semiotic, aesthetic and emotional patterns in archived imagery
2004 - 2000 ARC: Discovery, The reformulation of narrative within digital cinema as the integration of three models of interactivity
1999 - 1998 Australia Council: Senior Fellowship, New media

Professional Membership

Lucy Guerin Dance Company, Board member
Informationad and Cultural Exchange, Board member, Chair
Screen NSW, Board member
Australian Humanities Academy, Fellow

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