Deborah Turnbull Tillman is a curator specialising in design, technology and new media. Her first curatorial project was Beta_space, an experimental gallery at the Powerhouse Museum focused on the audience’s role in interactive art. This fueled her interest in how technology augments traditional art practice and how the audience is becoming a necessary material for technology based art. She then joined the curatorial team at the Powerhouse Museum as Assistant Curator – Design & Technology, where she curated exhibitions such as ISEA2013, designTECH, Good Design and Game Masters.
As an independent curator working across platforms in Sydney, at university galleries, public institutions, ARIs, appropriated public spaces and experimental spaces, she has spent the last few years building case studies for a PhD proposal. She was awarded an Australian Post-Graduate Award (APA Scholarship) and is now exploring how authenticity affects the experience of the audience in interactive art as a Doctoral Candidate at the Creative Robotics Lab in the National Institute of Experimental Arts at UNSW Art & Design. Her foundational work is captured in major contracts with corporate clients, Ausgrid, and industry experts, Australia Council for the Arts and Experimenta. Her new work has been supported by international brand ISEA and was the Exhibition Production Manager for ISEA2015: Disruption. In Vancouver, she work with collaborators such as the Vancouver Art Gallery, the Museum of Vancouver, Simon Fraser University, the Emily Carr University of Art & Design and the New Forms Media Society.
An editor and author as well as a curator, Deborah is a casual lecturer in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at UTS and in the Design Lab at the University of Sydney. She recently began sessional teaching at UNSW Art & Design.
Awards | Australian Postgraduate Award (2014-17) | Postgraduate Research Scholarship Scheme
PUBLICATIONS | a full list and most downloads can be found here.
Turnbull Tillman, Deborah and Mari Velonaki (2016). ‘Disruption and Reflection: a curatorial case study.’ Chapter 12 in England, David, et al. (Eds.). Curating the Digital: Space for Art and Interaction. Springer Series on Cultural Computing. Springer International: 2016. P. 181-201.
Turnbull, D. and Connell, M. (April 2014). Curating Digital Public Art. Book chapter in Interactive Experience in the Digital Age. (Eds) Linda Candy and Sam Ferguson. Springer Publications, UK: 2014. p . 221-241.
Turnbull D. and Connell, M. (November 2011) Prototyping Places: the museum. Book chapter in Interacting: Art, Research and the Creative Practitioner. (Eds) Linda Candy and Ernest Edmonds. Libri Publications, UK: 2011.
Turnbull Tillman, D. and Velonaki, M. (2015) Curating: a disruptive technique for disruptive technologies. Proceedings of the 21st International Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA 2015). ISSN: 2451-8611 | ISBN: 978-1-910172-00-1. Vancouver, BC, Canada: 2015.
Turnbull Tillman, D., Mari Velonaki and Petra Gemeinboeck. Authenticating Experience: curating digital interactive art. TEI ’15, January 16 – 19 2015, Stanford, CA, USA. p. 429-432.
Turnbull, D., Connell, C., and Edmonds, E. (2011) Prototyping Places: curating prototype interactive artworks in a museum context. In the proceedings of Re-Thinking Technologies in Museum 2011: Emerging Experience. May 2011, Limerick: Ireland.
Bilda, Z., Edmonds, E., and Turnbull, D. Interactive Experience in a Public Context. Proceedings of the 6th ACM SIGCHI conference on Creativity & Cognition, Washington, DC, USA, 13-15 June 2007. ACM Press, NY, USA: pp. 243-244.
Turnbull, Deborah. Curating Cacophony. Organised Cacophony Catalogue. Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning. University of Sydney. December 2012. p. 6
ATTRACT::RELATE::SUSTAIN – Bachelor of Design Computing and Master of Interaction Design and Electronic Arts Graduate Catalogue – Introduction by Dr. Andy Dong – Edited by Andy Dong and Deborah Turnbull – Produced by Amy Common of SAI Designs – Published by the University of Sydney: 2011.
Turnbull, D. (ed.). Memory Flows @ Newington Armory. With essay contributions from Norie Neumark, Tally Palmer, Sophia Kouyoumidjian and Deborah Turnbull. Foreward by Judith Blackall. Focus Press, copyright CMAI @ UTS: 2010. ISBN: 978-0-9808082-0-9. Copies available from the Centre for Media Arts Innovation.
Turnbull, D. (ed.) Image Ecologies. With essay contributions from Deborah Turnbull, Matthew Connell, Ian Gwilt, Norie Neumark, Maria Miranda, Sarah Gibson, Ernest Edmonds, and Brigid Costello. DABdoc . 25 June 2009. UTS, Sydney: 2009. Copies available from DABPublications.
Gwilt, I., and Turnbull, D. (eds.). Mundane Traces: essays on transitional art practises. With essay contributions by Kees Dorst, Deborah Turnbull, Ian Gwilt, and Melinda Rackham. DABdoc . 25 November 2008. UTS, Sydney: 2008. Copies available from DABPublications.
Select d*hub and Powerhouse Museum Blogs
Turnbull, D. Miroir de Mer. D*hub – Unpacking Design. Powerhouse Museum, Sydney. March 2014.
Turnbull, D. This Week in Game Masters, Part II… .Inside the Collection. Powerhouse Museum, Sydney. 5 March 2014.
Turnbull, Deborah. What’s in the Box – Fashion Edition. D*hub – Unpacking Design. Powerhouse Museum, Sydney. December 2013.
Turnbull, Deborah. Make It. D*hub – Unpacking Design. Powerhouse Museum, Sydney. November 2013.
Turnbull, Deborah. The Automaton: early robot or uber-puppet? Inside the Collection. Powerhouse Museum, Sydney. 22 July 2013.
Turnbull, Deborah & Matthew Connell. Old New Media: techniques of the Old Masters re-visted through electronic art, ISEA2013. Inside the Collection. Powerhouse Museum, Sydney. 3 July 2013.
Turnbull, Deborah. ISEA2013: a history behind the symposium. D*hub – Unpacking Design. Powerhouse Museum, Sydney. May 2013.
Turnbull, Deborah and Matthew Connell. Electronic Dreams: ISEA2013. D*hub – Unpacking Design. Powerhouse Museum, Sydney. May 2013.
Turnbull, Deborah. Digital Archiving: developing a critical language for experience designers and curators. Open House. Powerhouse Museum, Sydney. January 2013.