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Associate Professor Philip Samartzis

Dr Philip Samartzis is an associate professor in Sculpture, Sound and Spatial Practice and teaches Sound Cultures in the Bachelor of Arts (Fine Art) program at RMIT.

Philip Samartzis is an academic, sound artist and curator who has performed and exhibited widely including presentations at The Cartier Foundation for Contemporary Art, Paris (2001); The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh (2002); The San Francisco MOMA (2002); The Mori Arts Centre, Tokyo (2003); The National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taichung (2007); The National Center for Contemporary Art, Moscow (2009); The South African National Museum, Cape Town (2010); The Art Gallery of South Australia (2012); and The National Gallery of Victoria (2013).

Philip is the recipient of two Australian Antarctic Division Arts Fellowships (2009 and 2015), which he used to document the effects of extreme climate and weather events in Eastern Antarctica, and Macquarie Island. Artworks produced from his fieldwork have been incorporated into the National Archives of Australia’s Australasian Antarctic Expedition Centenary Exhibition (2011-14); Polar South: Art in Antarctica, Muntref Museum, the National University of Tres de Febrero, Buenos Aires (2011); and the 11th International Symposium on Antarctic Earth Sciences, Edinburgh (2011).

In 2014 France Culture, INA-GRM and ABC Radio National commissioned a one-hour composition for radio titled Antarctica, An Absent Presence based on the book he produced for Thames & Hudson (2016). Philip researches in the areas of sound art, acoustic ecology and spatial sound practices, and was a chief investigator on two Australian Research Council funded projects, Designing Sound for Health and Wellbeing (2008-10), and Spatial Dialogues: Public Art and Climate Change (2011-13). Philip is the Co-Founder and Artistic Director of the Bogong Centre for Sound Culture and is currently Associate Professor in Sound at the School of Art.