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The Australian National University

Dr Tim Brook

MSc PhD DipEd
Adjunct Lecturer
ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science and ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences

Areas of expertise

  • Language, Communication And Culture Not Elsewhere Classified 209999
  • Information And Computing Sciences Not Elsewhere Classified 089999
  • Category Theory, K Theory, Homological Algebra 010103

Research interests

  • Code art
  • Multimedia art
  • Web communication

Biography

Tim Brook is a multimedia artist, teacher, curator and writer. He describes himself as a ‘lapsed mathematician’. Currently, he is Visiting Fellow at the School of Art and Adjunct Lecturer in the School of Engineering and Computer Science.

For more than thirty years, Tim has worked on multimedia projects, both as a solo artist and in collaborations. The resulting works have been performed in Australia and internationally.

Tim has participated in multimedia collaborations with composers, performers, theatrical directors and visual artists. For one piece, he worked with a Reggae band; for another, he worked with a Nigerian Rastafarian and four drummers. More recently, he produced an image sequence for a dance theatre production at the National Gallery. He claims to enjoy both the excitement and the risks of collaboration. He appreciates the depth and richness that collaboration can bring to a work—‘there’s always something unexpected’—but he also admits to ‘one or two disasters’.

Tim combines his photographs with recorded sound and commissioned music.
He projects colour slides onto surfaces, blending them one after another to produce a sequence of slowly changing images. He describes each work as ‘an invitation to make connections’—an audience is invited to observe not things but relationships between things. Meaning appears in the space between the images.

Tim has undertaken researched into online and onscreen communication.  He has identified features of a new form of language for education online,  a language growing out of spoken and written language but going beyond them. Some of these developments involved word usage but many more involved the use of non-verbal elements to make meaning, for example the systematic layering of information in metaphoric learning environments.

 

Researcher's projects

Residencies

2012–13    Canberra Fire Museum, ACT
2007    Academy of Fine Arts, University of Montenegro, Cetinje, Montenegro
2002    Haefliger Cottage, Hill End NSW (through Bathurst Regional Art Gallery)
1994    Goldfields Arts Centre, Kalgoorlie WA

 

Conferences

2014    Making art with a Markov chain (and a metaphor from physics)
           The Art of Physics, Australian Institute of Physics, Canberra ACT
2013    An artist in the archive 
          Shaping Canberra, Humanities Research Centre, CASS
2001    Applying Instructional Design Principles to the Online Medium 
          Training World Congress, Sydney NSW

 

Solo exhibitions

2012    Observations, curated by Ruth Hingston
           The Photography Room, Queanbeyan  NSW
2003    Reflections on Haefliger’s Cottage
           Bathurst Regional Art Gallery, Bathurst  NSW
2002    Hill End Reflections
           Artholes Gallery, Fitzroy  Vic

Joint exhibitions

2014    Fire Station
           Huw Davies Gallery, PhotoAccess, Griffith  ACT
2012    Untitled Moments 
           CraftACT gallery, Canberra  ACT
2011    Noise
           Huw Davies Gallery, PhotoAccess, Griffith  ACT
2008    „Nije Crna
           Huw Davies Gallery, PhotoAccess, Griffith  ACT
2007    Not Black
           „Velika Sala”, Academy of Fine Art, Cetinje   Montenegro
2006    Traces d’un Passage
           « Genette », St-Roman-de-Codières  France
2001    On the Line
           The Booking Office Gallery, Bungendore  NSW

Selected group exhibitions

2014    The Third Wave, curated by Sarah Gurich
           Bathurst Regional Art Gallery, Bathurst  NSW
2013    Shaping Canberra, curated by Ruth Hingston
           ANU School of Art Gallery, ACT
2013    100 Views of Canberra, curated by Barbie Robinson
           Huw Davies Gallery, PhotoAccess, Griffith  ACT
2011    Art Machine, curated by Christopher Fulham
           ANU School of Art Gallery,  ACT
2011    Embracing Innovation, curated by Craft ACT
          Craft ACT: Craft and Design Gallery, ACT
2009    25th Anniversary Portfolio, curated by David Chalker
           Huw Davies Gallery, PhotoAccess, Griffith  ACT
2006    Hill End in Camera, curated by Gavin Wilson
           Hill End Art Gallery, Hill End  NSW
2005    Frames of Reference, curated by Alison Bennett
           Bathurst Regional Art Gallery, Bathurst  NSW
1994    Disparately Seeking Illusion, curated by Beverly Hall
           School of Applied Arts and Design, Watson  ACT

Exhibition curated

2004–2006    Composition & Context: 50 years of photography by John N. Crossley
                    CEMA Gallery, Monash University, Clayton Vic
                    Montereé Studio and Gallery, Olinda Vic
                    Barr Smith Library, University of Adelaide SA
                    Monash Museum of Computing History, Caulfield Vic

 

Solo screenings

1999    Small Change, a concert of visual music
           National Film and Sound Archive, ACT
1994    Beware Dogs Bite
           Goldfields Arts Centre, Kalgoorlie WA
1984    Child’s Play
           TAU Community Theatre, Braddon ACT

Other screenings

2008    digital projections for Enduring Intimacy, correographed by Meg Millband,
           National Gallery of Australia, Canberra ACT
2005    jointly with Arne Hanna Works in Progress, a slide-tape piece,
           Bathurst Regional Art Gallery, NSW
2000    jointly with Arne Hanna Canberra Dreaming, a multimedia performance work,
           Old Bus Depot Markets, Kingston ACT
1998    jointly with Arne Hanna Lines, a slide-tape piece,
           Australian Centre for the Arts and Technology, ACT
1987    jointly with Len Richards, Ghost of a Chance,
           Images, Dickson ACT
1985    projections in Fat Gods, Skinny Gods, a play by Domenic Mico,
           TAU Community Theatre, Braddon ACT
1984    jointly with Andrew Fyfe, Ade Taiwo et al, Forest of Gods,
           TAU Community Theatre, Braddon ACT

1983    jointly with Dan Senn, Goyboys,
         
Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, Urbana, USA
1981    jointly with Adrian Keenan, About Time!,
          
Seymour Centre, Sydney NSW
Other multimedia works have been screened in Australia and overseas.

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