Dr Kristen Sharp Full Staff Profile

Dr Kristen Sharp

Dr Kristen Sharp is a Senior Lecturer in Art History and Theory in the School of Art, RMIT University.

Kristen is a researcher, writer and curator of contemporary art. Her research interests include contemporary art and urban space, contemporary Asian art, and collaborative art practices in transnational projects. Recent publications include Screen Ecologies: Art, Media and the Environment in the Asia-Pacific Region (with Hjorth, Pink and Williams, MIT Press, 2016) and Re-imagining the City (co-edited with Grierson, Intellect, 2013) and Sounds of Weather (with Musashino Art University, Tokyo 2013).

Kristen was a CI on an Australian Research Council Linkage grant, Spatial Dialogues: public art and climate change, researching public art and social media collaborations responding to climate change. The project was located across Melbourne Shanghai and Tokyo (with Williams, Hjorth, Samartzis, Perry and Redfern) 2010-2013. She co-curated (with Samartzis) The Sonic City for the 14th Liquid Architecture National Sound Art Festival 2013, involving established and emerging sound artists from Australia, Spain and Japan.

Kristen is currently the Coordinator of ART: History + Theory + Cultures in the School of Art. She has drawn together her research and curatorial interests and has recently developed curriculum for two new courses in the School of Art: Art and Global Cities and Contemporary Asian Art. In 2012 Kristen (with Clarke and Johal) was awarded an RMIT Learning and Teaching Investment Fund Project, Equal Local: future-proofing RMIT’s global reach by promoting equivalence in onshore and offshore learning, to research models for transnational delivery of courses in Art and Design education.

In addition to her publications, and collaborative research projects, Kristen is an invited speaker, writer and peer-reviewer on contemporary Asian art, transcultural art practices and urban-based artworks. She continues to develop art projects in the Asia-Pacific region with artists responding to the material, social and symbolic spaces of the city.