With a predominantly photographic practice, artist David Wills works across photography, web, video and installation. His large-scale photo installations comprise thousands of images coupled with closing performances where the audience commences the de-installation process. In 2009, Wills completed his PhD at the Australian National University (ANU), Canberra where he also completed his Honours (First Class) and taught in the Photomedia department from 2005. Wills has lectured in the photography department of the National Art School in Sydney (2007-2010) and in Photomedia at Sydney College of the Arts, Sydney University (2007-2010), and contributes to This is Ikon's blog. David commences 2011 in a full-time lecturing position in the Photomedia department of the University of Newcastle. Wills grew up under Sydney’s flight path in suburban Banksia, where his lifelong obsession with music, images, magazines and Lego paved the way for a career in media on magazines which include Cosmopolitan, SHE, New Weekly, Woman's Day, Muse and Time Out. He has lived in Sydney, London, Amsterdam and Antwerp, undertaken a residency in Paris, attended international conferences, and continues to develop new work. He is interested in the search for similarity/difference in a world of similarity/difference. His website, Turnstile, has been archived by the National Library of Australia as part of the Pandora Australian web archive project
- PhD (Visual Arts), Australian National University, 09/12/2010
- visual art
David's research interests include the notion of image saturation in relation to contemporary photographic practice and collecting. His work looks at the ephemeral and unnoticed.
- Photography theory
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Creative Work (1 outputs)
|2013||Wills DJ, De Giraffe Reisde in een rugzak, Dordrecht, The Netherlands (2013) [J1]|
Grants and Funding
|Number of grants||1|
For project grants received where the lead institution is other than the University of Newcastle, details are shown in italics.
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2011 (1 grants)
New Work - Emerging$10,000
Funding Body: Australia Council for the Arts
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|Number of current supervisions||2|
|Total current UoN Masters EFTSL||0.8|
|Total current UoN PhD EFTSL||0.3|
For supervisions undertaken at an institution other that the University of Newcastle, details are shown in italics, and the institution name is listed below the program name.
|Program||Supervisor Type||Research Title|
|2013||2015||M Philosophy (Fine Art)||Principal Supervisor||Binge Culture: A Visual Anthropology|
|2008||2016||PhD (Fine Art)||Co-Supervisor||Material Poetry: an Investigation of Materiality in Contemporary Sculpture|