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Dr Maggie McCormick

Maggie McCormick is Head of the Master of Arts (Art in Public Space) program and a key researcher in the Centre for Art Society and Transformation (CAST) at RMIT University and Professor at Reutlingen University, Germany.

Maggie supervises several PhD candidates. As academic, artist and curator she works between Australia, Asia, Europe and Latin America with a research focus is on the changing nature of urban consciousness and its evidence in contemporary art practice.

Her PhD: ‘The Transient City: Mapping urban consciousness through contemporary art practice’ was awarded by the University of Melbourne 2009.

Her current research is being undertaken through a joint German/Australian initiative titled SkypeLab that investigates perceptions of cultural identity through Skype screens and the impact of digital tools and social networks on art and design in an urbanised and digitalised environment. The research asks: To what extent does contemporary art practice, mediated by screens, map the emergence of a new urban consciousness that informs cultural readings of the urban phenomenon?

Maggie McCormick’s recent research outcomes related to SkypeLab include ‘MelLingen’ and ‘MelShangLingen’ in the SkypeLab exhibition, Stadtische Galerie, Germany 2016; ‘SkypeLab: The Invisible City’ in SkypeLab: transcontinental faces and spaces, Kerber Publishing 2015; ‘Skypetrait: Portraits of urbaness’ in Skypetrait: transcontinental faces, City of Reutlingen 2013. 

Other publications and presentations include:

Forthcoming 2017: ‘Carto-City Revisited: unmapping urbaness’ in Transformations: Art and the City, Intellect Publishing; ‘Eco Revisited: How to ‘write’ an art thesis’ in Doctoral Research in Art, Scholarly Press; ‘The City as Urbaness’ paper presented at IAFOR conference City2017, Barcelona. Other publications include ‘The Transient City: The city as urbaness’ in Re-Imagining the City, Intellect Publishing 2013 and ‘Urban Practice and the Public Turn’ in Asia Pacific Journal of Arts and Cultural Management 2012.