Polarity at the National New Media Art Award 2012, Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, Photograph: Mark Sherwood, QAGOMA| © Courtesy: The artist

Emotional Technologies

Through my PhD research and teaching practice I interrogate the role of design in the development of therapeutic technologies, services and spaces. My projects are developed through a trans-disciplinary approach, which coalesces teams that traverse design, craft, electronic engineering, audiology, advanced textiles, healthcare and manufacturing. 

My PhD research has been undertaken through two large-scale, trans-disciplinary embedded projects – one in the public sector - with  RMIT Centre for Advanced Materials and Performance Textiles; and one in the private sector with Blamey Saunders hears. These projects are supported by a range of public engagement activities conducted in aged care environments, cancer hospitals and with hearing aid users. 

Exhibitions
Exhibitions are a critical part of my practice. They are the forum through which I user test my projects and invite visitors to interact with work and provide feedback. They are also an important forum for discussing the social implications of my work.

2016
CUSP: Designing into the Next Decade, Australian Design Centre, Sydney
2015
CUSP: Designing into the Next Decade, Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, Launceston, TAS, 06 June 2015 - 16 August 2015
A Fine Possession: Jewellery and Identity, Powerhouse Museum (cont.)
2014
A Fine Possession: Jewellery and Identity, Powerhouse Museum
The Future is Here, Design Hub, Melbourne
THISNESS, BUS Gallery, Melbourne
Women In Design, 45 Downstairs, Melbourne
2013
CUSP : Designing into the Next Decade Casula Powerhouse, Sydney then travelling to 6 other venues until 2015
2012
National New Media Art Award Queensland Art Gallery/GOMA
Embracing Innovation CraftACT
2011
First Show PinUp Melbourne
genart_sys, The Australia Council, Sydney
Signs of Change, FORM, Perth
2009
Super Human RMIT Gallery, Melbourne
showing off Bathurst Regional Gallery, Bathurst
convergence, Yarra Lane, Melbourne
levitas, Gallery fortyfive downstairs, Melbourne
2008
liminal, RMIT Gallery, Melbourne in.tangible.scape.s, Belgium
Refashioning the Fashion, Object, Sydney
FUSE The Jam Factory Adelaide
2007 
Strangely Familiar SASA Gallery, Adelaide
2006
Empathy + the Space Between, Brightspace Gallery, Melbourne
2005
Elastic Field West Space Gallery, Melbourne
Wearable Futures, University of Wales, Newport, UK
2004 
Architecture/Non-Architecture, Beijing, China
(IM)MATERIAL, First Site Gallery, Melbourne

Photograph by Narelle Sheean: Leah Heiss' Liminal Exhibition, RMIT Gallery 2008.