Justine is a researcher and designer interested in human relationships to place, culture, objects, and others.
Over a career spanning more than 20 years, she has collaborated on projects for live performance, museums, hospitals, film, new media, print and online publishing, in cities in Australia, Europe, the UK, North America, and SE Asia. Drawing on a background in dance and performance, her work highlights sensory experience and the creative labour involved in even the most ordinary of everyday things.
Trained originally in theatre design at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, my design practice has become increasingly interdisciplinary and operates across multiple media – I’ve used binaural sound recording to create journeys through history and place; bubble wrap to make costumes for contemporary theatre; and in my spare time I read everything I can about clever small-space living and kyosho jutaku. The key elements of my practice are space and movement; whether applied to how fabric interfaces with a contemporary dancer or how a city organises its people. I often work closely with choreographers and artists innovating traditional cultural practices.
I write and edit regularly for journals and magazines, as an arts reviewer and cultural commentator. I carry out interdisciplinary research into the meanings of kinaesthetic, spatial, and sensory experience, operating between knowledge from the creative industries and everyday social life. My aim is to shed light on the ways we construct and inhabit our world/s by studying how we do the stuff that we do, in the real world.
I have assumed leadership positions curating programs for arts organisations, public talks, development opportunities for artists, residency programs, and developing organisational strategy. I work closely with independent artists in particular, supporting critical discourse around practice. I was acting director of choreographic research centre Critical Path (2012-2013; 2015); producer of interdisciplinary festival ReelDance (2007-2009); and am currently chair of artist-run organisation Readymade Works. I am a peer on the register of the Australia Council. I hold an MA (New York University) and PhD (University of Sydney) in performance studies, and am currently an Honorary Associate in the Department of Theatre and Performance Studies, the School of Literature, Art and Media, the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, the University of Sydney.