Mittelheuser Scholar-in-Residence

Photograph of Tess Maunder

The 2017 Mittelheuser Scholar-in-Residence has been awarded to Tess Maunder for her project Curating ’Digital Futures’.

Curating ‘Digital Futures’ is a selection of International case-studies examining the relationship between ‘Digital Futures’ and contemporary curatorial practice. It will engage with the question as to how an expanded role of the curatorial can help in understanding to the growing digital climate and its future.

In the last twenty years, the curatorial field has expanded beyond a traditional art-historical or museological approach to practice. Contemporary Curating is now considered a new field with many courses, publications and public programs dedicated to the field. Today, curatorial labour can include exhibitions, public programs, discursive platforms, online engagements, residencies, editorial projects and critical writing. Historically, the basis for this recent shift in contemporary curatorial practice was derived from the practices emerging out of New Institutionalism; such the practices of Maria Lind and Charles Esche, alongside the rise in prominence of the international biennale curator; through figures such as Okwui Enwezor and Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev. Theorists and scholars in the field such as Paul O’Neill, Terry Smith, Irit Rogoff and Tirdad Zolghadr, to name a few, have each explored their own notions of this new idea of curating. But what is the relationship between contemporary curating and ‘digital futures’? This research project aims to explore the relationship between the two, using international case-studies as examples for how professionals working in the Gallery, Libraries, Archives and Museums (GLAM) sector may better be able to conceptualise and integrate digital methodologies into their every day practices. Through the exposure of these international case-studies, professionals working in the Queensland based GLAM sector may be able to apply the same concepts, systems and methodologies for use within a localised Queensland context.


The Mittelheuser Scholar-in-Residence (MSiR), supported by Dr Cathryn Mittelheuser AM through the Queensland Library Foundation, is awarded annually. The aim of the MSiR is to attract leading thinkers who will stimulate intellectual debate and give rise to innovative new services and strategies both within SLQ and more broadly throughout the GLAM (galleries, libraries, archives and museums) sector.

Enquiries or requests for further information should be directed to the Fellowships Coordinator, State Library of Queensland on 07 3840 7887 or email Fellowships@slq.qld.gov.au.

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