Professor Mario Minichiello

Professor Mario Minichiello

Professor - Design

School of Creative Industries

The creative link between research and impact

Professor Mario Minichiello is a world-renowned designer, illustrator, artist and academic. With a focus on cross-industry collaboration, his work is helping to find creative solutions to real-world problems.

Mario Minichiello

Research is critical in developing solving the world’s biggest problems—from helping us deliver better patient care, to informing new environmental and societal interventions.

But uncovering new research findings is just one step in a much larger process. Once we have the research, how can we communicate it to the community? How can we develop the human interface to be able to use the technologies? And how can we use the research to change people’s behaviour?

As co-leader of research at SOCI FASTLAB, Professor Mario Minichiello is working to ensure new research discoveries become part of peoples everyday lives, their personal stories, implemented creatively and have real impact within society.

Mario and his team use visual communication tools and processes such as visualisation, design, animation, film, VX, UI gamification to develop a range of interventions such as children’s books, animations, user interface designs apps and more—to gather research data and deliver evidence-based solutions in a way that helps people engage, understand and respond.

This might include using clever infographics to share notable research data with the community. Or creating short films to support teenagers’ positive mental health.

By thinking outside the box, Mario is helping new research drive real change.

“While STEM (science, technology, engineering and medicine) makes the discoveries, the creative industries enculturates these discoveries into everyday human behaviour. We socialise new ideas through creative acts to ensure maximum impact.” (Minichiello:2011)

In the media

Mario has a strong international profile in the creative industries.

Over the years, he’s worked as a reportage illustrator for the BBC’s Newsnight and as an artist during the many conflicts around the world. He has created work for the Guardian, The FT, Amnesty International, the Terence Higgins Trust, Longmans, The Times and ITN News.

“The chance to influence how people in any society think and behave, even for a brief moment, is a positive intervention in a world that is increasingly concerned with mindless celebrity, consumerism and self-interest."

With a global following, Mario has received acclaim from many in the creative industry and beyond.

"Mario Minichiello's work grabs your eyes, your brain, your whole self," said BBC Worldwide Publishing Director Martin Mulloy.

"Some drawings impress with their emotion and humanity, others impress with their technique; Mario's do both and, what is even better, because of the nature of their questioning, they make even this most cynical old hack want to go out and draw the world afresh," said cartoonist Steve Bell.

Mario’s work is widely recognised for its influence in the cultural, political and academic domains. Using the power of creativity, Mario is also helping to take new research and ideas to the world.

“Due to its visual nature, my work can be disseminated much wider and further than most journal articles.

“One highly researched series of illustrations in the Guardian Newspaper could be seen worldwide by over 9 million readers—more than double the impact of many academic papers.”

Interdisciplinary partnerships

Mario’s interdisciplinary research often acts as a linchpin between industry, community and researchers. His work encourages collaboration, bringing the best minds together to tackle community and global challenges.

“We need genuine interdisciplinary research that uses the dynamic and impactful nature of the creative industries. All disciplines must work as equal partners to enhance Australian research and its global impact.”

This includes a real shift in the mindset of how we deeply think about our social services, moving from clinical thinking to empathic design thinking and co-design, a collaboration between the health services and those they serve. Teaming up with clinical teams from Birmingham children’s hospitals, Mario worked with children’s book illustrator Liz Anelli to help hospital staff gain children’s consent for liver transplant operations using visual design.

“Using illustrations, our research and development project helped the hospital discuss an important issue with children in a non-threatening way, bringing about higher rates of recovery and survival.”

Among other achievements, Mario’s work is also helping to develop the first interdisciplinary researched and developed stroke app, which has been clinically tested and revised.

“The app has the potential to improve both the survival and quality of life for people suffering from one of the most debilitating diseases in Australia.”

From ‘me to we’

There’s no doubt that Mario’s work is contributing to the promotion and dissemination of learning in Australia and worldwide.

Whether in research or education, Mario’s creativity and communications expertise are creating innovative and collaborative solutions for society. The changes he has made with his team in the content delivery of programs is helping to define the creative industries work future workforce.

“As a professor in the creative industries, I am committed to moving society from ‘an existing situation to a preferred one’ (Simon H, 1959).

“My role as a leader is to bring positive change and help us move our thinking from ‘me to we’.”

The creative link between research and impact

Professor Mario Minichiello is a world-renowned designer, illustrator, artist and academic. With a focus on cross-industry collaboration, his work is helping to find creative solutions to real-world problems.

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A design coup

In 2012, world-renowned designer, illustrator, artist and academic Professor Mario Minichiello joined the University of Newcastle to help foster national and international collaboration.

Mario Minichiello Officially appointed as the Head of the discipline of Design, Professor Minichiello has a reputation for innovation, taking risks and developing different ways of thinking.

Although born in Italy, Professor Minichiello started his professional career in the United Kingdom. He worked for seven years for BBC Newsnight as a reportage illustrator making drawings for events such as the Spycatcher Trials, and pre-television coverage of the House of Commons, including the Guildford Four appeals and Beirut Hostage releases.

During his 15 year career he has also worked for the Guardian, The FT, Amnesty International, the Terence Higgins Trust, BBC Enterprises, Longmans, The Times and ITN News.

Professor Minichiello's most brazen post was when he worked as an artist during the Afghanistan War. During this time be created the book, The Art Of Conflict?, which is a record of reportage drawings of the war.

Professor Minichiello also covered the 2007 APEC Summit in Sydney with a range of drawings published in the Sun Herald.

In research, Professor Minichiello is focused on the role of design and visual communication in the areas of climate change, economic betterment and human behaviour.

"I went to art school to explore an irrepressible instinct to explain the world visually," he says. "I studied graphic design because I wanted to help change that world for the better."

Professor Minichiello says design and visual communication provides solutions to problems, promotes clarity of thinking and encourages creative ideas.

"In this way we are developing the human capacity to meet the challenges of our future. The chance to influence how people in any society think and behave, even for a brief moment, is a positive intervention in a world that is increasingly concerned with mindless celebrity, consumerism and self-interest."

Professor Minichiello has received acclaim from many in his industry and beyond.

"Mario Minichiello's work grabs your eyes, your brain, your whole self," said BBC Worldwide Publishing Director Martin Mulloy.

"Some drawings impress with their emotion and humanity, others impress with their technique; Mario's do both and, what is even better, because of the nature of their questioning, they make even this most cynical old hack want to go out and draw the world afresh," said cartoonist Steve Bell.

"The [Spycatcher Trials] case generated a flood of witty political cartoons, but one of the most memorable contributions were the sketches by Mario Minichiello of the court room drama. Mario Minichiello's work vividly recalls important happenings that are beyond the gaze of most members of the public in a world in which the camera continues to be excluded from the courtroom," said Law Lord Anthony Lester QC.

Professor Minichiello's current role is to lead the team of design staff to deliver world class research, as well as prepare the next generation of visual communications students for enriching and successful careers.

Since joining the University it hasn't taken Professor Minichiello long to make a name for himself. Minichiello is the man behind the striking range of illustrations for strategic documents such as The Innovator and NeW Directions Strategic Plan 2013-2015. Professor Minichiello is also the Head of the  newly formed Hunter Centre for Creative Industries and Technology, a research cluster that brings together representatives from a industry, business, government and the university to develop research breakthroughs and new ways of thinking.

See more of Professor Minichiello's work

My War – Northern Stories (Hurricane films) - featuring some of Mario's illustrations.

More examples can be found at:

Mario Minichiello

A design coup

In 2012, world-renowned designer, illustrator, artist and academic Professor Mario Minichiello joined the University of Newcastle to help foster national and in

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Career Summary

Biography

My role at the University of Newcastle in Visual Communication Design is to ensure that we continue to be the leading Design school in Australia for graduate employment. And that we develop novel research that impacts positively on human behaviour, health, the environment and provides a competitive advantage to business and industry. 

Research Expertise

My research is drawn from more than 20 years as a leading practitioner in the visual communication design industry and as a senior academic in four top-ranked international universities.  Through my research activities I am able to better understand future trends, this is informed both by the current academic literature and the lived experience of practice in the industry, including working with health care providers.

Over the past 20 years, I have formed a number of research centres, which have attracted over five million pounds in external funding. My current research team are exploring a range of interdisciplinary problems related to aspects of human behaviour and societal challenge. Humans are increasingly influenced through their exposure to images and visual messages. A large part of my career in a range of industries has involved, developing, visualising and seeing ideas through to implementation, these activities impact society and help shape a better future.   By nature, we are visual learners, visual cognition has become an interdisciplinary focus because it can be used to prompt behaviour modification. For example, neuroscientist Prof Vilayanur S. Ramachandranin his Reith Lecture ‘ Neuro-aesthetics’ described the impact of the 30 visual centres on how this drives human behaviour.

My research into this field has also been informed by the tacit knowledge used by industry to impact human behaviour often for purely commercial gain. However, this process can also be used as an effective way of encouraging behaviours that are desirable, have a positive impact on society, health, the economy and our environment. The focus of my research team over the past 3 years has been on the development and use of Smart Avatar design. Smart Avatar will be designed as co-creation entities that can mirror the users own emotional intelligence. They will be able to locate themselves using existing technologies that sense the nature of their environments and start learning from bio and other sensory feedback using emerging technology and design. The future use of carbon-based technology will allow the development of embodied cognition that services human-centred needs and the challenges of environmental changes.

To achieve this, we are taking an interdisciplinary approach using cutting edge science, physics, technology and design methodologies. In this way, we are working with international partners in health, economy and technology. To facilitate these relationships, we have formed the FASTLAB research centre at UON. This centre will draw on cutting edge science, design and technology in the areas of; Biomimicry, Biomechanics, bio reading sensors, co-design and design thinking and visualization, gamification, service and UX design and animation, empathy brain mapping, augmented reality and VR devices for healthcare.

 http://fastlab.soci.org.au/

Administrative Expertise

- Head of School (Birmingham City Uni UK) - Academic Director (Loughborough University UK) - Member of University Governing body (Academic Director University School of Art & Design Loughborough University ) - Research review board (Common Ground Publishing) - Quality assurance in HE learning and teaching (Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education UK)

Collaborations

My approach: Visual Communication Design is an agent of change (1); it’s the true impact on human behaviour can be revealed using a range of practice-based and lead qualitative and quantitative analytical methods. In undertaking this kind of research I wish to reveal new insights that would enable us to advance the understanding of design from the perspective of social responsibility and business efficiency. In investigating visual communication design as an innovative and creative practice it is possible to quantify its potential to transform societies and enhance human well-being. Inspired by Victor Papanek’s critical and cross-cultural approach to design culture, this inclusive approach to design challenges the purely commercial imperative of product culture. As designer and educator Victor Papanek stated, ‘the only important thing about design is how it relates to people I work with Prof Kelly and the clinical team where I am visiting Professor in Design at Birmingham Children’s Hospital UK, this started in 2008 when I helped to develop the first design interventions to ensure informed consent for very young children facing large scale surgery. I have published a number of peer-reviewed papers in this new field. In the UK I have been award two ARB/C grants - As the Academic Director at Loughborough I set up and helped gain funding from the EC for the Animation academy and the online drawing journal 'Tracy'. As Head of School at BIAD BCU I lead the applications for funding and research for practice lead and based research projects with industry through the Knowledge Transfer Partnership scheme. BIAD become the leader in KTP applications over my period as HOS. I oversaw the work of the school spinout company 'Open Advantage' which developed Design and IT for a Range of SME's in the UK using open-source software. This work resulted in the 'Birmingham made me' standing conference with the British manufacturing industry, this had a profoundly positive impact on industry and business in Birmingham and in the midlands.  In summary: my research approach has been to investigate Visual communication in: • Examining the mechanisms underlying human vision and visual language-and the impact on individuals learning abilities • Studying the cultural evolution of visual languages under the influence of cognitive constraints • Investigating through design the human ability to cooperate with one another • Probing the psychological design and visual communications mechanisms underlying disorders related to body image • Developing art and graphics in environments as part of recovery and pre-medical preparations. • Understanding how different behavioural norms emerge in different social contexts through co-design and wayfinding. Understanding disruption and provocation through practice and by understanding advertising and lifestyle communication has constructed the social environment. • Understanding the impact of practice and the repositioning of Art and Design into wider social and intellectual paradigms. • Developing symmetry in Visual Communication Design • The application of cutting edge design and information technology to disrupt anti-social groups (child exploitation, abuse of women, racism and conflict management). • Developing impactful Reportage art that has political intent, such as the  'Art of conflict' work and the investigations for BBC and Guardian news services. 

Teaching and PhD Supervision

I have taught all aspects of Visual Communication design, drawing, visualisation, filmmaking, animation, moving image, service and UX design, Design thinking and co-design.  I have supervised over 90 RHD students (too many to list) and completed both MA and PhD candidates in the UK and AU.


Qualifications

  • PhD, Loughborough University - UK
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours), Leicester Polytechnic - England

Keywords

  • Advertising and Branding
  • Animation and moving image, including filmmaking
  • Biomimicry
  • Children’s Book Illustration
  • Co-Design
  • Creative business development (start-ups/upstarts)
  • Creativity through practice ‘doing’
  • Critical thinking
  • Design and art as provocation
  • Design for effective human centre behaviour change
  • Design thinking
  • Designing for Gamification,applying game-design thinking to non-game applications
  • Designing for behaviour change through New Media
  • Drawing and visualisation
  • Knowledge Transfer
  • Practice based action research and phenomenology
  • SME's
  • Spin in entities
  • Spin outs
  • Ux and service design
  • Visual Communication Design
  • Visual Narrative development
  • Visualisation and Prototyping
  • Wayfinding
  • sensing design

Languages

  • English (Mother)

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
330316 Visual communication design (incl. graphic design) 100

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Professor - Design University of Newcastle
School of Creative Industries
Australia

Academic appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/1/2011 - 31/12/2018 Fellow - Birmingham Children's Hospital Visiting Professor in Design Communication Birmingham Children's Hospital visiting Professor in Design communication
Australia
1/1/2011 -  Editor - The Arts in Society The Arts in Society
United States
1/1/2010 - 31/12/2016 Membership - Vroom Lab Association of Illustrator UK Vroom Lab Association of Illustrator UK
United Kingdom
1/1/2010 - 31/12/2016 Fellow - DeMontfort University Visiting Professor in Design DeMontfort University Visiting Professor in Design
United Kingdom
1/7/2007 - 1/7/2010 Research Fellow The University of Sydney
Australia
1/1/2007 - 31/12/2009 Membership - Lunar Society Executive Committee Lunar Society Executive Committee
Australia
1/1/2007 - 1/3/2011 Head of School/Chair of Visual Communication Birmingham City University
Institute of Art and Design
United Kingdom
1/1/2005 - 31/12/2020 Membership - Common Ground International Arts and Design Conferences Executive Common Ground International Arts and Design Conferences Executive
Australia
1/1/2005 -  Editor - Common Ground Publishing Common Ground Publishing
United States
1/1/2002 - 1/1/2007 Academic Director Loughborough University
Loughborough College of Art and Design
United Kingdom
1/1/1999 - 31/12/2003 Membership - The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (UK) The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (UK)
United Kingdom
1/1/1998 - 1/1/2002 Head of Department Loughborough University
Visual Communication School
United Kingdom
1/1/1998 - 1/1/2002 QAA reviewer and National Subject Group Chair Loughborough University
United Kingdom
1/1/1993 - 1/1/1998 Head of Department Loughborough University
Loughborough College of Art and Design
United Kingdom

Professional appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/1/1987 - 1/1/1989 Reportage Artist - BBC Newsnight BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation)
United Kingdom

Invitations

Participant

Year Title / Rationale
2008 Making Design That Sells
Organisation: The Second International Conference on Design Principles and Practices Description: .

Speaker

Year Title / Rationale
2012 Thinking Through Drawing: In STEAM
Organisation: London College of the Arts Description: .
2011 Drawing as Visual Communication
Organisation: 6th UNIDCOM/IADE International Conference Description: .
2010 The Future World
Organisation: The Lunar Society Description: .
2010 Employability conference
Organisation: Birmingham City University and Regional Universities Group Description: .
2010 Shadow Play: Alchemy, Redolence and Enchantment
Organisation: University of Wales Description: .
2008 'War and Conflict' The Annual Debate
Organisation: Northampton University Description: .
2008 Master of the Universe
Organisation: Royal College of Art Description: .
1998 Informed consent and the role of visual materials
Organisation: Birmingham Children’s hospital Description: .

Prestigious works / other achievements

Year Commenced Year Finished Prestigious work / other achievement Role
2015 2020 Editor of the The Journal of Communication and Media Studies. http://commongroundpublishing.com/news/mario-minichiello-appointed-editor-of-the-journal-of-communication-and-media-studies Chair
2011 2011 http://www.queenstreetstudios.net/shock-and-awe-contemporary-artists-at-war-and-peace/ book and online Illustrator
1987 1988 BBC Spy catcher BBC News UK Illustrator
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Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.


Book (7 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2021 Hight C, Minichiello M, The Elephant's Leg Adventures in the Creative Industries, 424 (2021)
2018 Embury G, Minichiello M, Reportage Illustration Visual Journalism, Bloomsbury Visual Arts, 184 (2018) [A1]
2003 Minichiello MA, Minichiello L, Klimowski A, Willis J, The art of conflict Afghanistan, European Illustration Gallery, Hull, United Kingdom, 30 (2003) [A1]
2001 Minichiello M, Minichiello M, Mario Minichiello Debating the line 095383804, European Illustration Gallery, UK, 40 (2001)
2001 Minichiello MA, Mario Minichiello: Drawing and prints, 1996-1999 : with an essay by Colin Rhodes, European Illustration collection Hull, Hull UK, 21 (2001)
1999 Minichiello MA, Rhodes C, Mario Minichiello : drawing and prints 1996-1999, Loughborough University, Loughborough, United Kingdom, 26 (1999) [A1]
1999 McLean P, Minichiello MA, Morris D, Peter McLean : drawings, Loughborough University, Loughborough, United Kingdom (1999) [A1]
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Chapter (18 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2021 O'Callaghan S, 'The Shock of the New (Baby): The art of balancing creative practice, academia and motherhood', The Elephant's Leg: Adventures in the Creative Industries, Common Ground, Champaign, IL 108-123 (2021) [B1]
DOI 10.18848/978-1-86335-244-4/CGP
Co-authors Simone Ocallaghan
2021 Drabsch B, 'Artefacts and Insights: A reflective account of an archaeological illustrator', The Elephant's Leg: Adventures in the Creative Industries, Common Ground, Champaign, IL 144-165 (2021) [B1]
Co-authors Bernadette Drabsch
2021 Hight C, 'Fake news, synthetic media, misinformation, disinformation and a collapse in trust in everything: now what?', The Elephant s Leg : Adventures in the Creative Industries, Common Ground, Champaign, IL 241-255 (2021)
DOI 10.18848/978-1-86335-244-4/CGP
Co-authors Craig Hight
2021 Roxburgh M, 'I developed an interest in photography', The Elephant's Leg: Adventures in the Creative Industries, Common Ground, Champaign, Il 256-275 (2021) [B1]
DOI 10.18848/978-1-86335-244-4/CGP
Co-authors Mark Roxburgh
2021 Matthews B, 'Future Creative Industries: media work in the Orgnet', The Elephant's Leg: Adventures in the Creative Industries, Common Ground, Champaign, IL 67-88 (2021)
Co-authors Ben Matthews
2021 Meany M, 'The Making and the Made: The Intersection of Theory and Practice in the Creative Industries', The Elephant's Leg Adventures in the Creative Industries, Common Ground Publishing, Champaign, Illinois 345-359 (2021) [B1]
Co-authors Michael Meany
2021 English H, 'Possible Technology Selves: The conflicts for female students in considering music careers', The Elephant's Leg Adventures in the Creative Industries, Common Ground, Champaign, Ill. (2021)
Co-authors Helen English
2021 Biggins F, 'Journalism, A Love Story', The Elephant s Leg: Adventures in the Creative Industries, Common Ground, Champaign, IL 276-289 (2021) [B1]
Co-authors Felicity Biggins
2021 Egglestone P, 'Imagine Better', The Elephant's Leg: Adventures in the Creative Industries, Common Ground, Champaign, Illinois 27-48 (2021) [B1]
Co-authors Paul Egglestone
2021 Carson S, 'Doctoral Research of a female professional crossover singer - the journey to somatic processes', The Elephant's Leg: Adventures in the Creative Industries, Common Ground Publishing, Champaign, Illinois 305-322 (2021)
Co-authors Susan Carson
2019 Minichiello M, 'Putting Theory into Practice', A Companion to Illustration Art and Theory, Wiley-Blackwell, USA 250-275 (2019) [B1]
2017 Minichiello M, Jelinek H, 'Monitoring patients during neurorehabilitation following central or peripheral nervous system injury: dynamic difficulty adaptation', ECG Time Series Variability Analysis Engineering and Medicine, CRC Press, Boca Raton, Florida 281-297 (2017)
Citations Scopus - 1
2015 Minichiello MA, 'We support business start-ups', Graphic design for the curious: Why study graphic design?, The Curious Academic Publishing, - --- (2015) [B2]
2015 Minichiello M, 'Making business and a Career', Graphic Design for the Curious Why Study Graphic Design?, The Curious Academic Publishing; 1st edition (January 27, 2015), Australia 4-142 (2015)
2014 Minichiello MA, 'My arguments with the world', Recto Verso: Redefining the Sketchbook, Ashgate, Farnham, Surrey 177-189 (2014) [B1]
2012 Anelli L, Minichiello MA, 'Why do designers draw?', Design and Designing: A Critical Introduction, Berg Publishers, New York 82-96 (2012) [B1]
2006 Minichiello MA, 'Art', World fascism : a historical encyclopedia, ABC-CLIO, Santa Barbara, United States 58-60 (2006) [B1]
2006 Minichiello MA, 'Narrative Drawing', Fundamentals of Animation, AVA Publishing, Lausanne, Switzerland 26-27 (2006) [B1]
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Journal article (19 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2020 McBratney S, Minichiello M, Roxburgh M, ' Don t Read This on a Plane : a case study in microbudget feature filmmaking', Studies in Australasian Cinema, 14 144-159 (2020) [C1]

This paper presents demonstrable insights from the creation of a microbudget feature-length narrative drama film with high production values. As a case study, I am using a feature... [more]

This paper presents demonstrable insights from the creation of a microbudget feature-length narrative drama film with high production values. As a case study, I am using a feature film I have written and directed titled ¿Don't Read This on a Plane¿, which was filmed in 10 countries, produced on a budget of A$125,000 including all post-production, fees, and deliverables, and has been acquired for international distribution. I argue that by practicing pragmatism and bricolage, and by utilising a small professional crew who handle multiple roles, a microbudget filmmaker is able to transcend financial limitations. To support my argument, I detail my lived experience as a filmmaker from the project's conception in 2016 to its completion in 2020. In additional to describing my roles as the film's writer, co-financer, co-producer, director, editor, composer, and sound mixer, I also outline the involvement of key crew members. ¿Don't Read This on a Plane¿ embodies my tacit understanding of pragmatism and bricolage, and this paper shares my demonstrable approach to microbudget filmmaking.

DOI 10.1080/17503175.2020.1834517
Co-authors Mark Roxburgh
2020 Minichiello M, TERRIS DAVID, FORD PETER, MEADWELL JAMES, 'Adaptable, Flexible Approaches to Integrating Vertically with SME s in New Product Development', dmi:ADMC 2020 impact the future of design Academic design management conference, 22 20-1097 (2020)
2020 Ford P, Fisher J, Paxman-Clarke L, Minichiello M, 'Effective wayfinding adaptation in an older National Health Service hospital in the United Kingdom: insights from mobile eye-tracking', Design for Health, 4 105-121 (2020) [C1]
DOI 10.1080/24735132.2020.1729000
2019 Tucker H, Minichiello M, Roxburgh M, 'Media and Hybrid Media', The International Journal of New Media, Technology and the Arts, 14 11-27 (2019) [C1]
DOI 10.18848/2326-9987/cgp/v14i04/11-27
Co-authors Mark Roxburgh
2019 Noorbergen TJ, Adam M, Attia JR, Cornforth D, Minichiello M, 'Exploring the design of mHealth systems for health behavior change using mobile biosensors', Communications of the Association for Information Systems, 44 944-981 (2019) [C1]
DOI 10.17705/1CAIS.04444
Citations Scopus - 8Web of Science - 7
Co-authors John Attia, Marc Adam
2018 Minichiello MA, Tucker H, Roxburgh M, 'The Motion Comic: Neither something nor nothing', The Journal of Communication and Media Studies, 3 13-24 (2018) [C1]
DOI 10.18848/2470-9247/CGP/v03i01/13-24
Co-authors Mark Roxburgh
2015 Minichiello MA, Gale C, 'Beauty, Emotion, and Globalization: How Images Came to be Ruled by Words', The International Journal of Arts Theory and History, 10 7-17 (2015) [C1]
2014 Minichiello MA, Anelli L, Kelly D, 'Drawing to aid recovery and survival', Tracey Special Issue: Drawing in STEAM, 1-15 (2014) [C1]
2012 Minichiello MA, 'Political illustration and propaganda in a mass mediated world', VaroomLab, 71-94 (2012) [C1]
2012 Minichiello MA, 'Drawing as a means of stimulating memory and aiding recovery', The International Journal of the Image, 2 179-193 (2012) [C1]
2009 Minichiello MA, 'I fought the law and the draw won', Varoom: the journal of illustration and made image, Dec 09 70-71 (2009) [C2]
2007 Minichiello MA, Minichiello L, 'The Changing Faces of Typographic Fonts', The International Journal of the Arts in Society, 2 65-72 (2007) [C1]
2006 Selby A, Minichiello MA, 'Animation Workshops: eLearning for Animation Studies', International Journal of Knowledge Culture and Change Management, 6 171-180 (2006) [C1]
2006 Minichiello MA, 'Human Rights, Diversity and Social Justice? Sure, But Only if it Sells!', International Journal of Diversity in Organisations Communities and Nations, 6 49-56 (2006) [C1]
2006 Minichiello MA, 'The Art of Conflict (Making Art about Ourselves).', The International Journal of the Arts in Society, 1 141-162 (2006) [C1]
2005 Minichiello MA, Selby A, 'Developing Independent Learning Styles', The International Journal of Learning, 12 267-280 (2005) [C1]
2005 Minichiello MA, 'Head, Heart and Hand: Narrative Drawing is the First Language of the World', International Journal of Diversity in Organisations Communities and Nations, 5 23-52 (2005) [C1]
2002 Minichiello MA, ''and then they left...' From Students To Professionals', Association of Illustrators. Journal, 2002/2003 (2002) [C1]
2002 Minichiello MA, 'The Practice Of Drawing', Association of Illustrators. Journal, 2002/2003 (2002) [C2]
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Conference (11 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2022 Chand A, Howells A, Male A, Minichiello M, 'Illustration Research : Exploring the Role of Non-traditional Research Outcomes and Exhibition', University of Newcastle (2022)
Co-authors Ari Chand, Andrew Howells
2021 Kenke R, Trefz E, Roxburgh M, Minichiello M, 'The Art of Data Portraiture: Enabling a Public Debate on Self-surveillance', Art Machines 2: International Symposium on Machine Learning and Art 2021 Proceedings, Hong Kong (2021) [E1]
Co-authors Ralph Kenke, Mark Roxburgh
2018 Kenke R, Roxburgh M, Minichiello M, 'Documenting a participatory installation', University of California at Berkeley, USA. (2018)
Co-authors Ralph Kenke, Mark Roxburgh
2017 Aljaroodi HM, Adam MTP, Chiong R, Cornforth DJ, Minichiello M, 'Empathic avatars in stroke rehabilitation: A co-designed mHealth artifact for stroke survivors', Designing the Digital Transformation. 12th International Conference, DESRIST 2017, Karlsruhe, Germany (2017) [E1]
DOI 10.1007/978-3-319-59144-5_5
Citations Scopus - 5Web of Science - 3
Co-authors Marc Adam, Raymond Chiong
2014 Simon, Cook B, Minichiello M, Lawrence C, 'Academic integrity: differences between design assessments and essays', Proceedings of DRS 2014: Design s Big Debates, Umeå, Sweden (2014) [E1]
Co-authors Chris Lawrence, Simon
2014 Simon, Cook B, Sheard J, Carbone A, Johnson C, Lawrence C, Minichiello M, 'How well do academic integrity policies and procedures apply to non-text assessments?', Proceedings of the 6th International Integrity and Plagiarism Conference, Gateshead, UK (2014) [E1]
Co-authors Simon
2012 Minichiello MA, 'Drawing for visual communication', Design Research Society (DRS) 2012, Bangkok (2012) [E3]
2012 Minichiello MA, 'On drawing in mass media contexts', Conference Proceedings: Design Research Society 2012: Bangkok, Bangkok, Thailand (2012) [E1]
2011 Minichiello MA, 'My arguments with the world', RECTO - VERSO - Redefining the Sketchbook Conference Proceedings, Lincoln University (2011) [E3]
Citations Scopus - 1
2005 Minichiello MA, 'The language of type and image in newsprint', Temporary Type: Proceedings of the Fourth annual Friends of St Bride Library conference, St Brides Museum of Type, London (2005) [E2]
2004 Minichiello MA, 'The Art of Conflict Afghanistan: Things Unseen and the End of the World as we know it', International Journal of Diversity in Organisations, Communities and Nations, California, LA (2004) [E1]
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Creative Work (31 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2020 Minichiello M, Morgan C, MELOMANIA Exhibition of Artists using music to help to make artwork - the work presented here was commissioned by Sydney Morning Herald Weekend Newspaper for: 'Artists response to Lockdown'. in my case using the music and lyrics of Nick Cave's ' Into my Arms" as the means of making this work about the loss of my Father to Covid19 during this period., WATT space gallery, Newcastle and Sydney Morning Herald, ABC Art Blog and WATT SPACE (2020)
2020 Kenke R, Anelli L, Wright R, Minichiello M, Drummond J, O'Donnell L, et al., The House We Build, Newcastle City Councity and GPT delevopers Au (2020)
Co-authors Rewa Wright, Ralph Kenke, Nathan Scott, Jack Mcgrath, Jon Drummond, Paul Egglestone, Zisiang See
2020 Minichiello M, Egglestone P, Cuneo M, FASTlab online site, online; https://fastlab.soci.org.au/, https://fastlab.soci.org.au/ (2020)
Co-authors Paul Egglestone
2020 Wright R, Minichiello M, Minski K, Egglestone P, FASTlab Performance Experiment Newcastle, https://www.keplersgardens.info/project/5c1fa39a-b2d2-44f9-bc03-0b3f897a4cca, https://www.keplersgardens.info/project/5c1fa39a-b2d2-44f9-bc03-0b3f897a4cca (2020)
Co-authors Paul Egglestone, Rewa Wright
2020 Minichiello M, Egglestone P, Cuneo M, FASTlab online site, online; https://fastlab.soci.org.au/, https://fastlab.soci.org.au/ (2020)
Co-authors Paul Egglestone
2019 Minichiello M, The Spring in An Alma Maters Step- one of the images in this book, Book Illustration in A Companion to illustration, New York USA (2019)
2019 Minichiello M, Cider with Rosie - one artwork in a series for this book, A Companion to Illustration: Art and Theory, USA (2019)
2019 Minichiello M, The Political Class- one in a number of artworks for this book, Book Illustration in A Companion to illustration, USA (2019)
2019 Minichiello M, State Hired Killers - one in a number of Illustrations for this book, A Companion to Illustration: Art and Theory, USA (2019)
2018 Dickinson M, Minichiello M, O'Donnell L, Hildebrandt C, Bavinton N, Citizen Science; Back Yard Detectives, Newcastle Council Library public workshop (2018)
Co-authors Michael Dickinson
2018 Dickinson M, Minichiello M, O'Donnell L, Hildebrandt C, Bavinton N, Citizen Science; Back Yard Detectives, Newcastle Council Library public workshop (2018)
Co-authors Michael Dickinson
2016 Kellett, Horbach E, New Futures film for UON with HeadJam and UON marketing office, Unversity of Newcastle, Newcastle (2016)
2015 Brooker CJ, Cross K, Minichiello M, Roxburgh M, Howells A, Atkins D, et al., Making it Known, Curve Gallery, http://www.making-it-known.com/catalogue/ (2015) [J2]
Co-authors Andrew Howells, Ari Chand, Michael Dickinson, Ralph Kenke, Mark Roxburgh, Caelli Brooker, Jane Shadbolt, Bettina Hodgson
2015 Brooker C, Cross K, Making It Known (2015) [J2]
Co-authors Michael Dickinson, Mark Roxburgh, Jane Shadbolt, Bettina Hodgson, Ari Chand, Andrew Howells, Caelli Brooker
2014 Minichiello MA, The Sleep of Reason, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol, UK (2014) [J2]
2014 Minichiello MA, Reportage, London (2014) [J2]
2013 Minichiello MA, minichiello M, Reportage, London (2013) [J3]
2013 Minichiello MA, Brazell D, Davies J, Becoming a Successful Illustrator, London (2013) [J3]
2012 Minichiello MA, My War Northern Stories, UK (2012)
2010 Minichiello MA, Gough [Curator] P, 'Vortex': official war artists, Website, Bristol, United Kingdom (2010) [J2]
2007 Bartle R, Bennett T, Crowe N, Cowie N, Dejardin R, Dowling J, et al., Conflict, Scunthorpe, United Kingdom (2007) [J1]
2006 Minichiello MA, Hardlines, Leicester, United Kingdom (2006) [J1]
2005 Minichiello MA, Spicer [Curator] G, 'ILL-US-TRA-SHUN' the art of contemporary illustration, Leicester, United Kingdom (2005) [J1]
2003 Minichiello MA, 'The Art of Conflict', Hull, United Kingdom (2003) [J1]
2001 Minichiello MA, Bell S, Gerrell S, Mario Minichiello, Steve Bell and Spike Gerrell, Suffolk, United Kingdom (2001) [J1]
2001 Minichiello MA, Minichiello's Sex, Lies and Drawings, London, United Kingdom (2001) [J1]
2000 Minichiello MA, Mario Minichiello:commissions, personal journals, reportage, Hull, United Kingdom (2000) [J1]
1999 Minichiello MA, Visual Language, Leicester, United Kingdom (1999) [J1]
1999 Minichiello MA, Read in Truth and Claw: The Guardian Newspaper Gallery Folio Show, London, United Kingdom (1999) [J1]
1995 Minichiello MA, Festival of Illustration, Suffolk, United Kingdom (1995) [J1]
1993 Minichiello MA, Printmaker's Council, London, United Kingdom (1993) [J1]
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Other (6 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2020 Minichiello M, Gibbon J, EMBURY GARY, 'Reportage drawing conference Royal college London', (2020) [O1]
2020 Minichiello M, Minichiello M, 'HARDLINES', HARDLINES ( pp.1-8). Richard Attenborough Centre UK: Richard Attenborough University of Leicester (2020)
2020 Minichiello M, Minichiello M, 'HARDLINES', HARDLINES ( pp.1-8). Richard Attenborough Centre UK: Richard Attenborough University of Leicester (2020)
2017 Minichiello MA, Thorpe J, Bieloh D, Lee Y, Roberts E, Jennings J, Fontaine L, 'Graphic Design for the Curious: Why Study Graphic Design?', (2017) [O1]
2013 Tucker CC, Minichiello M, 'City Evolutions: Presentation', (2013) [O1]
Co-authors Chris Tucker
2012 Minichiello M, 'NeW Directions Strategic Plan 2012-2015', NeW Directions Strategic Plan 2012-2015 ( pp.1-19). Callaghan, NSW: University of Newcastle (2012)
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Report (2 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2020 Minichiello M, Sobel-Read K, Connor C, Morgan C, Stewart L, Sansom J, 'Revolution 4.0; Hunter Water, the Workforce of the Future', Hunter Water, 40 (2020)
Co-authors Kevin Sobel-Read
2016 Simon, Cook B, Sheard J, Johnson C, Carbone A, Lawrence C, Minichiello M, 'Plagiarism and related issues in assessments not involving text', Office for Learning & Teaching, 36 (2016)
Co-authors Chris Lawrence, Simon
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 20
Total funding $10,583,635

Click on a grant title below to expand the full details for that specific grant.


20213 grants / $5,173,000

ARC Research Hub for Connected Sensors for Health$5,000,000

This Hub aims to develop, manufacture and deploy high-tech, cyber-secure, medically-certified IoT sensors to global health markets by integrating disparate Australian capabilities into a productive end-to-end value chain. This Hub expects to position Australia at the forefront of connected health by integrating sensor science with cyber-secure data analytics, regulatory approval and certified manufacturing capabilities. Expected outcomes of this Hub include advanced manufacturing capacity for connected sensors, strategic partnerships and commercialisation skills to translate sensors research to create economic benefits such as jobs and locally-made products for domestic and export markets, as well as improving the health of Australians.

Research Investigator list:

Professor Chun Wang; Professor Nigel Lovell; Professor John Gooding; Professor Madhu Bhaskaran; Associate Professor Kim Delbaere; Professor Wenlong Cheng; Professor Yuantong Gu; Professor Jiangtao Xi; Professor Mario Minichiello; Dr Shuying Wu; Associate Professor Dewei Chu; Professor Branko Celler; Professor Sharath Sriram; Professor Tom Wu; Dr Binghao Li; Dr Liangzhi Kou; Dr Shuhua Peng; Dr Jin Zhang; Dr Thanh Nho Do; Professor Lynne Bilston; Dr Michael Stevens; Dr Rewa Wright; Professor Paul Egglestone; Associate Professor Guozhen Liu; Professor Guangzhao Mao; Dr Ahmadreza Argha; Associate Professor Raad Raad; Dr Zhaojun Han; Dr Andrew Brodie; Dr Damia Mawad; Dr Raymond Neff; Professor Stephen Lord; Professor Guan Yeoh; Dr Nicole Carroll; Professor Sridevan Parameswaran; Professor David Hill; Dr Vahid Mohabbati; Dr Mark Flynn; Mr Bill Dimopoulos; Dr David Penn; Professor Javad Foroughi; Dr Henry Gong; Mr Wei Huang; Dr Lim Wei Yap; Mr Jun He; Mr Matthew Howard; Dr Jason Hayes; Dr Sze-Yuan Ooi; Mr Peter Vranes; Associate Professor Ravi Chandra Bakaraju; Mr Davide Vigano; Dr David Lester; Mr Edmond Sorich; Adjunct Professor Robert Flower; Mr Hugues DE CARVALHO; Mr Antony Overstead; Professor Jane Butler; Mr Stuart Ross; Professor Mike Calford; Dr Dale Chapman; Professor Simon Gandevia; Ms Grace Lethlean; Mr Geoffrey Sizer; Ms Jane Evans; Mr Ross Richmond; Dr Auda Eltahla; Dr Ke Yan

Funding body: Arts and Humanities Research Council

Funding body Arts and Humanities Research Council
Project Team

Prof Mario Minichiello (UON lead CI), Prof Paul Egglestone (UON Co-Inv), Dr Nicole Carroll (UON Co-Inv), Dr Rewa Wright (UON Co-Inv), Prof Chun Wang (External lead CI), Prof Nigel Lovell, Prof John Gooding, Prof Madhu Bhaskaran, Assoc Prof Kim Delbaere

Scheme Industrial Transformation Research Hubs 2021
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2021
Funding Finish 2023
GNo
Type Of Funding C1200 - Aust Competitive - ARC
Category 1200
UON N

Newcastle City Night-Space Activation$168,000

Funding body: Newcastle City Council

Funding body Newcastle City Council
Project Team Professor Paul Egglestone, Associate Professor Craig Hight, Associate Professor Susan Kerrigan, Doctor Simone O'Callaghan, Associate Professor Jon Drummond, Professor Mario Minichiello, Doctor Clare Irvine, Dr Bavinton Nathaniel
Scheme Research Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2021
Funding Finish 2021
GNo G2100573
Type Of Funding C2400 – Aust StateTerritoryLocal – Other
Category 2400
UON Y

Transdisciplinary Research Network in Art and Interface Technology (TRAIT)$5,000

Funding body: Faculty of Education and Arts, University of Newcastle

Funding body Faculty of Education and Arts, University of Newcastle
Project Team

Dr Rewa Wright (Lead); Dr Andrea Cassin; A/Prof Jon Drummond; Dr Ralph Kenke; Prof Mario Minichiello; Dr Nicole Carroll; Dr Clinton Warkins (Auckland Uni of TEchnology); Dr Alison Bennett (RMIT)

Scheme Strategic Network and Pilot Project Grants Scheme
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2021
Funding Finish 2021
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

20202 grants / $176,750

Singleton Laneways Activation$140,000

Funding body: Singleton Council

Funding body Singleton Council
Project Team Professor Paul Egglestone, Professor Mario Minichiello, Doctor Andrew Howells, Doctor Kristefan Minski, Associate Professor Jon Drummond, Doctor Nicole Carroll, Doctor Jane Shadbolt, Doctor Ralph Kenke, Doctor Zi Siang See, Doctor Ari Chand
Scheme Research Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2020
Funding Finish 2021
GNo G2001494
Type Of Funding C2300 – Aust StateTerritoryLocal – Own Purpose
Category 2300
UON Y

Future of Work at Hunter Water Scope Market and Literature review$36,750

Funding body: Hunter Water Corporation

Funding body Hunter Water Corporation
Project Team Professor Mario Minichiello, Doctor Kevin Sobel-Read, Mrs Cassie Connor
Scheme Research Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2020
Funding Finish 2020
GNo G2001262
Type Of Funding C2400 – Aust StateTerritoryLocal – Other
Category 2400
UON Y

20191 grants / $6,000

2019 International Research Collaboration Scheme$6,000

International Visitor Professor Peter Ford

Funding body: Faculty of Education and Arts, University of Newcastle

Funding body Faculty of Education and Arts, University of Newcastle
Scheme FEDUA IRCS
Role Lead
Funding Start 2019
Funding Finish 2019
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

20173 grants / $80,455

Uncertainty, Insight and Creativity Research Project$45,455

Funding body: nib Health Funds

Funding body nib Health Funds
Project Team Professor Mario Minichiello, Associate Professor Mark Roxburgh
Scheme Research Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2017
Funding Finish 2017
GNo G1701046
Type Of Funding C3100 – Aust For Profit
Category 3100
UON Y

Addressing societal problems in health $20,000

Honours research scholarships 

Funding body: Nib Health Care

Funding body Nib Health Care
Project Team

Mario Minichiello, Mark Roxburgh, David Cornforth, Marc Adam, Paul Dastoor, John Attia, Michael Nilsson,

Scheme Nib funding
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2017
Funding Finish 2018
GNo
Type Of Funding Contract - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFC
UON N

SMARTDESIGN Interdisciplinary Research Network$15,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts

Funding body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts
Project Team

Prof Mario Minichiello, Dr Mark Roxburgh, Prof Chris Levi, Prof John Attia, Dr David Cornforth, Dr Marc Adam

Scheme FEDUA Strategic Networks and Pilot Projects (SNaPP)
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2017
Funding Finish 2017
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

20151 grants / $10,000

Pilot Mobile App for Stroke - a mobile health device for the self-management of chronic disease$10,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Professor Mario Minichiello, Doctor David Cornforth
Scheme Linkage Pilot Research Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2015
Funding Finish 2015
GNo G1501195
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20141 grants / $20,000

Matters directly relating to crucial networking associated with the planned EU grant application.$20,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Science & IT

Funding body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Science & IT
Project Team Professor Mario Minichiello
Scheme Strategic Initiative Research Fund (SIRF)
Role Lead
Funding Start 2014
Funding Finish 2014
GNo G1401041
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20132 grants / $272,430

City Evolutions Project - Watt Street$262,430

Funding body: Newcastle City Council

Funding body Newcastle City Council
Project Team Doctor Chris Tucker, Conjoint Professor Mark Balnaves, Dr NING Gu, Mr Ramsey Awad, Professor Mario Minichiello, Associate Professor Stephan Chalup, Doctor Keith Nesbitt
Scheme Research Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2013
Funding Finish 2013
GNo G1201004
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - Local
Category 2OPL
UON Y

Digital Public Space: new architectures and finance models for public service media$10,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Conjoint Professor Mark Balnaves, Professor Mario Minichiello
Scheme Linkage Pilot Research Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2013
Funding Finish 2013
GNo G1300806
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20121 grants / $201,000

Plagiarism and related issues in assessments not involving text$201,000

Funding body: Office for Learning and Teaching

Funding body Office for Learning and Teaching
Project Team Doctor .. Simon, Professor Mario Minichiello, Mr Roger Quinn, Mr Chris Lawrence
Scheme Commissioned Strategic Projects
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2012
Funding Finish 2013
GNo G1200799
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y

20072 grants / $3,860,000

Open Advantage spinout company $3,000,000

As Head of school I directed the work of design and technology spinout company open advantage - in the period of its existence it help many SME start up in the UK by designing platforms around open source software.

Funding body: DEPARTMENT OF TRADE AND INDUSTRY

Funding body DEPARTMENT OF TRADE AND INDUSTRY
Project Team

five

Scheme DTI regional business aid scheme UK
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2007
Funding Finish 2009
GNo
Type Of Funding Not Known
Category UNKN
UON N

Knowledge transfer partnerships with Industries $860,000

A Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) is a UK wide strategic graduate scheme, part-funded by Government business grants. A KTP graduate scheme can harnesses university knowledge and expertise to drive innovation, profitability and new business ideas for your company. My team at Birmingham City University helped   business achieve its goals through a strategic partnership with our university specialists, academic research and talented graduates.

Funding body: KTP UK

Funding body KTP UK
Project Team

Shane Wilson- Mario Minichiello - various industries and businesses in the UK

Scheme Department of trade and industry knowledge transfer scheme UK
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2007
Funding Finish 2010
GNo
Type Of Funding Not Known
Category UNKN
UON N

20021 grants / $12,000

Conflict Drawing - Reporting the war$12,000

Investigation of War Artist role in conflict zones

Funding body: AHRC

Funding body AHRC
Project Team

mario minichiello

Scheme AHRC
Role Lead
Funding Start 2002
Funding Finish 2003
GNo
Type Of Funding Grant - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFG
UON N

20011 grants / $12,000

Reportage drawing and investigation$12,000

Using Drawing as Reportage in complex social settings.

Funding body: ARB/C Great Britain

Funding body ARB/C Great Britain
Project Team

Mario Minichiello

Scheme ARC
Role Lead
Funding Start 2001
Funding Finish 2001
GNo
Type Of Funding International - Competitive
Category 3IFA
UON N

19971 grants / $700,000

Academy of Animation Loughborough University$700,000

Animation Academy was set up with EU and UK  funding to conduct research and training. It is now lead by Professor Paul Wells.

Funding body: Arts and Humanities Research Council

Funding body Arts and Humanities Research Council
Project Team

John Grace, Mario Minichiello

Scheme Unknown
Role Investigator
Funding Start 1997
Funding Finish 2004
GNo
Type Of Funding Not Known
Category UNKN
UON N

19951 grants / $60,000

informed consent in young children for major surgery $60,000

Birmingham hospital Liver Unit is the UK's premier paediatric liver unit and one of the busiest in the world. Over the last 25 years over 900 paediatric liver transplants have been carried out and the team was the first to pioneer infant liver transplantation in the UK. The team noticed issues in recovery in young children related to their mental state. Liz Anelli and I designed and Illustrated preparation materials to gain informed consent in very young children.

Funding body: TLRP, EPSRC and ERSC

Funding body TLRP, EPSRC and ERSC
Project Team

Prof D Kelly - Birmingham Clinical Team -Liz Anelli - M Minichiello

Scheme TLRP TEL
Role Investigator
Funding Start 1995
Funding Finish 1995
GNo
Type Of Funding Not Known
Category UNKN
UON N
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Research Supervision

Number of supervisions

Completed17
Current1

Current Supervision

Commenced Level of Study Research Title Program Supervisor Type
2019 PhD 'Ecstatic Truth’ & the Everyday 9-5: Elucidating ‘the Ecstatic Truth’ in the Everyday Pursuits of People to Make a Life Not a Living PhD (Design), College of Human and Social Futures, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor

Past Supervision

Year Level of Study Research Title Program Supervisor Type
2021 PhD Designing mHealth Systems for Behaviour Change PhD (Information Systems), College of Engineering, Science and Environment, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2020 Masters Can the Principles of Entropy, with a Focus on Climate Change, be explored through Art? M Philosophy (Fine Art), College of Human and Social Futures, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
2020 PhD Exploring the Panel: Producing a Feature Length, Horror-Themed Motion Comic Based on a Comic and Screenplay PhD (Design), College of Human and Social Futures, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
2020 PhD A Creative Study on Data Portraits: The Visualisation Process of Self-Surveillance as an Indicator of Datafication of Social Life PhD (Design), College of Human and Social Futures, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2020 PhD The ROVA Project PhD (Design), College of Human and Social Futures, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
2018 PhD Habitus, Tacit Knowledge and Design Practice: The Context of the Designer as Illustrator PhD (Design), College of Human and Social Futures, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2018 PhD Shoestring Theory: Pragmatism and Bricolage in Microbudget Feature Filmmaking PhD (Design), College of Human and Social Futures, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
2015 Masters Hand Rendering in Contemporary Visual Communication M Philosophy (Design), College of Human and Social Futures, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
2008 PhD The in-betweeners: Irish animation as a postcolonial discourse
<span style="color:#333333;font-family:Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;font-size:15px;background-color:#ffffff;">The in-betweeners: Irish animation as a postcolonial discourse</span>
Graphic and Design Studies, Loughborough University Co-Supervisor
2003 Honours Children literature an color in Illustration
<p>http://www.stephenwaterhouse.com</p><p><span style="color:#0099ff;font-family:Verdana, sans-serif;font-size:11px;background-color:#f2f2f2;">written and illustrated my own series of books for Bloomsbury children&rsquo;s books called &lsquo;Get Busy This Christmas!&rsquo;, &lsquo;Get Busy This Summer!&rsquo; and &lsquo;Get Busy, Dad&rsquo;s Back!&rsquo; These books are about the adventures of a family of penguins.</span></p>
Graphic and Design Studies, Loughborough University Sole Supervisor
2002 Honours Fashion Illustration
<p>developing commercial forms of fashion Illustration</p><p>http://www.lucytruman.com/portfolio</p>
Graphic and Design Studies, Loughborough University Principal Supervisor
2001 Honours Children Story, narrative structures
<p>http://www.childs-play.com/illustrator/johnson_richard.html</p><p style="margin-bottom:0px;padding-right:0px;padding-bottom:1em;padding-left:0px;border:0px;line-height:1.4em;color:#333333;font-family:Verdana, Arial, sans-serif;">After some painful years of leading the life of a struggling 'fine art' student, which can be quite depressing, I realised what I really wanted to do was simply to design and draw and I discovered the Visual Communication department. A few enjoyable years later and I'd graduated from Loughborough University School of Art and Design with a first in illustration. My tutor was Mario Minichiello, who made a big impression on my rationale as a wannabe illustrator, as he does with many of his students.</p><p style="margin-bottom:0px;padding-right:0px;padding-bottom:1em;padding-left:0px;border:0px;line-height:1.4em;color:#333333;font-family:Verdana, Arial, sans-serif;">So I left with a little talent and a lot of determination and was thrust into the sink or swim world of the ASDA produce section, which nearly undid all Mario&rsquo;s good work. Fortunately my determination pulled me through, and very slowly illustrative commissions started to come my way.</p><p style="margin-bottom:0px;padding-right:0px;padding-bottom:1em;padding-left:0px;border:0px;line-height:1.4em;color:#333333;font-family:Verdana, Arial, sans-serif;">Now I am almost all grown up and I&rsquo;m lucky enough to be able to do what I always wanted to do for a living - make pictures!</p><p style="margin-bottom:0px;padding-right:0px;padding-bottom:1em;padding-left:0px;border:0px;line-height:1.4em;color:#333333;font-family:Verdana, Arial, sans-serif;">I like to try and work in as many areas of printed illustration that clients will allow me to, from ideas-based commissions with a quick turnaround to larger projects, sequential imagery and character development. Previous jobs have included creating imagery for advertising, packaging, posters, cards, magazines, newspapers and children&rsquo;s publishing.</p><p style="margin-bottom:0px;padding-right:0px;padding-bottom:1em;padding-left:0px;border:0px;line-height:1.4em;color:#333333;font-family:Verdana, Arial, sans-serif;">After a few years as a practising illustrator I slowly developed my visual language into this area and my first children&rsquo;s picture book won a Silver Medal in the Best of British Illustration exhibition, presented to me by the Association of Illustrators. Since then I have worked on lots of other books for children.</p><p style="margin-bottom:0px;padding-right:0px;padding-bottom:1em;padding-left:0px;border:0px;line-height:1.4em;color:#333333;font-family:Verdana, Arial, sans-serif;">Recently I have turned my attention to developing my own stories. My first self-written book, My Grandpa&rsquo;s Amazing Inventions is to be published by Templar later this year, while the next one is waiting to be set free from the confines of my sketchbook!</p><p style="margin-bottom:0px;padding-right:0px;padding-bottom:1em;padding-left:0px;border:0px;line-height:1.4em;color:#333333;font-family:Verdana, Arial, sans-serif;">I currently live in Lincolnshire with my partner who is a jewellery designer.&nbsp;</p><p style="margin-bottom:0px;padding-right:0px;padding-bottom:1em;padding-left:0px;border:0px;line-height:1.4em;color:#333333;font-family:Verdana, Arial, sans-serif;">When I&rsquo;m not making pictures I like to fly my kites or explore the woods where I live; there are plenty of stories waiting to be found just around the next tree. I also like a drink or two with my pals and enjoy looking after my partner&rsquo;s grandparents garden, but probably not in that order. I am also fond of collecting things, I like strange and old toys, and hunting down interesting imagery on my travels.</p><p></p>
Graphic and Design Studies, Loughborough University Principal Supervisor
1997 Honours Drawing methods and approaches
<p>Drawing, Illustration and Animation Project that led to book publication on drawing:</p><p>http://www.lboro.ac.uk/departments/aed/undergraduate/graphic-communication-illustration/</p>
Graphic Arts & Design Studies, Loughborough University UK Principal Supervisor
1997 Honours Exploring expression in drawing
<p><span style="color:#7a7a7a;font-family:Georgia, Times, serif;font-size:14px;background-color:#ffffff;">In 1993, after being disillusioned with my American art school experience, I decided to leave it all behind and go to England. I went to&nbsp;</span><em style="margin:0px;padding:0px;border:0px;outline:0px;font-size:14px;vertical-align:baseline;color:#7a7a7a;font-family:Georgia, Times, serif;">Loughborough College of Art Design</em><span style="color:#7a7a7a;font-family:Georgia, Times, serif;font-size:14px;background-color:#ffffff;">&nbsp;and threw myself into a new illustration program conceived by the mad genius Mario Minichiello. After learning the value of drawing on location, I developed a drawing language that is the closest, most personal, and most direct expression of what I want to say. This has been the basis of all my work. In fact, many of the characters that populate my drawings are people I have seen and covertly documented. Since 1997 I have been illustrating for magazines, books, interactive presentations and for the web.</span></p><p>https://corruptioncomics.com/about-2/</p><p>https://lifestooshortfornuance.com/httpwww-louisnetter-combook-html/</p><p></p><p><span style="color:#7a7a7a;font-family:Georgia, Times, serif;font-size:14px;background-color:#ffffff;"></span></p>
Graphic and Design Studies, Loughborough University Principal Supervisor
1991 Honours Commercial Illustration
&lt;p style="color:#333333;font-size:15px;font-family:Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;"&gt;now an internationally recognised illustrator, Andrew's work has appeared in newspapers, on billboards and on the covers of major corporate reports for nearly two decades, including campaigns for Nike, Accenture, British Gas and Eurostar. His iconic and thought-provoking illustrations have consistently been selected by&amp;nbsp;&lt;em&gt;3x3: The Journal of Contemporary Illustration, Society of Illustrators&amp;rsquo; of New York, Society of Illustrators&amp;rsquo; of Los Angeles&lt;/em&gt;,&amp;nbsp;&lt;em&gt;American Illustration&amp;nbsp;&lt;/em&gt;and the&amp;nbsp;&lt;em&gt;Association of Illustrators&amp;rsquo; Images&lt;/em&gt;&amp;nbsp;juried exhibitions and annuals. His work is held in public and private collections in the United States, Australia, Japan, New Zealand and Saudi Arabia. Andrew was commissioned to illustrate the influential covers for&amp;nbsp;&lt;em&gt;The Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology Journal&lt;/em&gt;&amp;nbsp;(Amsterdam: Elsevier) in 2015 and has recently illustrated a deluxe World Atlas as part of the&amp;nbsp;&lt;em&gt;Lonely Planet Adventures&amp;nbsp;&lt;/em&gt;series for children.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;p style="color:#333333;font-size:15px;font-family:Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;"&gt;As Associate Dean for Enterprise, Andrew works with agencies and organizations to commercialise research undertaken in the School and to facilitate networks with partners who share cultural and creative expertise. These partners include not for profit organizations, commercial companies, international HE institutions and individuals. We are always interested in working with like-minded partners who value and recognize the global communication possibilities of the creative and cultural industries.&lt;/p&gt;
Graphic Arts & Design Studies, De Montfort University Leicester UK Sole Supervisor
1991 Honours Reportage and human visual studies
This student has progressed after his studies to become a Leader in portraiture and chair pf the Royal Portent society UK- among many others, he recently painted Tony Blair official portrait.
Graphic Arts & Design Studies, DeMontfort University Visiting Professor in Design Sole Supervisor
1990 Honours commercial illustration folio
<p>developing commercial Illustration visual language&nbsp;</p><p>http://www.debutart.com/artist/frazer-hudson</p>
Graphic and Design Studies, De Montfort University Leicester UK Co-Supervisor
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Research Projects

Mobile health systems: REGAIN Trails - multi disciplinary research through FASTlab https://fastlab.soci.org.au 2016 - 2020

Hospital trials and first stage Beta Prototype has been developed and tested - second stage is the UX and design/ visual assets.

The Regain app. will apply knowledge from data science and human factors in computing to offer an ergonomic solution to stroke rehabilitation, and will enhance medical processes currently in place. Regain will develop seamless and simple design strategies that will assist with connecting users to their data ( in the form of rehabilitation videos interactions between the app. and its potential users).

The role of the Regain app. is to provide medical professionals with a better system than what is currently available, to support them in assisting patients toward a robust and sustainable recovery.


Playable Livable Cities 2021

This transformation of city locations into playful spaces is part of a broader urban design and civic engagement agenda being pursued by a number of cities globally (see https://www.playablecity.com/). Our approach draws on civic agency to aid the design of localised spaces, enhance both a sense of place and the liveability of the inner-city environment, and explore how citizens define ‘play’ within this context. The data generated by citizens’ engagement in specific digital experiences (‘playing’ with the pieces of infrastructure we design), together with feedback and input from the local community, will generate new knowledge around civic engagement and the localised design of spaces within Newcastle. ASTLab is working with the City of Newcastle its industry partners at Design Anthology and NewIe Ventures to develop prototype Lightboxes (or ‘henges’) that'll create interactive digital experiences in three locations across Newcastle's CBD.  We're developing opt-in playful interactions that foster wellbeing in the community and also have the potential collect anonymised data that can be used for further development of smart technologies. The three target sites will be used to assess if the innovative infrastructure-based, design-led strategy for creating interactive engagement aids in community accessibility, usage and re-imagining of the possibilities of these spaces. Insights gained through these elicitation methods, together with data generated by the interactions themselves, will inform design iterations of the Lightboxes for placement including in other Newcastle locations.

The project will also contribute more broadly to new knowledge in the field of ‘playful’ cities.

The team are interested in the transferability of these results, and the project has been set up to ensure that the research is highly reproducible and transferable. The design-led innovations can be replicated, the civic-centred research approach to generate rich levels of engagement and feedback from local communities, can be commercialised and/or offered to other smart city regions (in Newcastle and the Hunter region and throughout Australia).


Citizen Scientist: BackYard Detectives 2019 - 2020

Airborne particulate matter is a known health risk. Coal dust has been found at the level of human cell wall permeation and is considered particularly damaging to biological processes. The coal dust is being blown off the top of uncovered coal wagons during transportation, and from the mountainous slopes of open-air storage sites. Despite health warnings, it is unclear at this stage what potential and future health issues citizens living in the vicinity of these transport routes and stores are experiencing, because it is undetermined how much coal dust is affecting these residential areas. It’s well understood that breathing in PM2.5 particles can affect your health. PM2.5 particles are small enough to breath them deeply into your lungs. They're actually about 30 times smaller than the diameter of a single human hair. Coal dust has been found at the level of human cell wall permeation and is considered particularly damaging to biological processes.  The coal dust is being blown off the top of uncovered coal wagons during transportation, and from the mountainous slopes of open-air storage sites.  Despite health warnings, it is unclear at this stage what potential and future health issues citizens living in the vicinity of these transport routes and stores are experiencing, because it is undetermined how much coal dust is affecting these residential areas.Our practical objective for this project is to develop a fine grain sensor-based DIY kit that can read how much coal dust is dispersed into the atmosphere from uncovered coal train loads. The project will design and deploy Internet of Things (IoT) sensor-based technologies to enable crowd-sourced data as a citizen science project. The IoT core sensor kit will be so simple that a 5 year old can assemble it, and be designed to be supplemented by everyday household items (toilet rolls, coat hangers, pvc pipe etc).  The DIY and tech hardware components will be supported by an online dashboard where participants can log in their home coal dust kit and monitor the aggregated data as the project progresses. The dashboard will be designed utilising 'gamification' design principles to encourage repeat visitation, ongoing participation, and ultimately an educative process. The project will engage families via school-age children who are able to assemble kits during workshops and according to open source instructions, to create a particulate matter sensor for measuring coal dust. Citizens' will install the kits across the region to crowdsource the desired data


Hunter water Future of work Literature Review and action research plan 2020

Review of academic and business literature - Workshops with lego smart play as a research tool- action research and scope of works for setting up further research and ARC linkage


The House we built 2020 - 2021

Game based research using Animation, Sound and Games design with Housing developers and Newcastle Council.

Australia is changing and so is Newcastle with new industries, business and a growing vibrant community. But where are these people going to live? And how can we plan to accommodate them? After all they could be our grown up children, our grandchildren, or people who will bring their skills and ambitions to Newcastle. The question is, how do we make the choices that enable all this to happen without losing what we love about the place we live?

To address this, FASTlab worked as an R and D team with the Council of Newcastle to deliver an online exhibition to engage the public in the process. The FASTlab team designed an animation with a voice over and music, a game and soundscape. The game has defined goals where players create virtual homes, parks and other assets in the live-able environment. In this way members of the public experience having to balance all the challenges and joys of building a city one home at a time.

https://thehousewebuild.soci.org.au/


Living Laneways 2020 - 2021

The Living Laneways project is funded by the NSW Government Streets as Shared Spaces grant. The laneway activations are powered by the University of Newcastle’s Future Art, Science and Technology Lab (FASTlab) in partnership with Art Thinking Australia and Ars Electronica.

Designed to use public art as a means of community engagement, over the course of 2021, residents will be painting a new picture of Singleton, using the streets and laneways in the town centre as their canvas. From interactive displays with shadows and thought-boxes, to video projections, murals and sound devices, the Singleton Living Laneways project brings spaces to life through a suite of engaging, high-impact activations that celebrate creative life and identity.

The activations are:

Shadowgram Singleton

Burkes Arcade, Singleton, 15 March – 29 March 2021

Inspired by 19th century photogenic drawings, Shadowgram brings a unique image making process to the digital age. Audiences generate their own shadowgram portraits and display them with a connected statement. Shadowgram seeks for audiences to respond to a provocation through igniting ideas in text and image, discussion, and new enquiry.

Singleton community members will have the opportunity to join the social brainstorming. Using Shadowgram, they will be able to create a silhouette image of themselves and paste it on a landscape painting of Singleton, providing engaging insights into how they see the Singleton of tomorrow.

Vision Alley

Burns Lane, Singleton, 12 April – 2 July 2021

FASTlab researcher and German-born Media Artist, Ralph Kenke (DE/AU), is developing a new work specifically for Singleton that will be the highlight activation of Burns Lane. Ralph recently was awarded a national portraiture prize for his work Selfie Factory - a joint project with colleague, Elmar Trefz.

Vision Alley is a process-driven artistic research project that will be updated with further details shortly.

Beehive

Evidence Lane, Singleton, 22 June 2021

In 2013, FASTlab researcher and industry partner, Kristefan Minski, developed the Bienenstock (Beehive) project for the Ars Electronica Festival. The original intention sought to create a unique, crowd-sourced video tool for capturing large events through the lens of the event community. Bienenstock has since had many other iterations, most prominently becoming a powerful and playful tool for citizen engagement in different cities. It was recently a feature activation for the EU culture capital of Mons and as part of the Maltese EU Presidency programs.

The Singleton Beehive is a process-driven artistic research project that will be updated with further details shortly.

Acoustic Alley

Tre Bella Laneway, 26 July – 18 August 2021

FASTlab researchers and audio ecology and experimental sound experts, Jon Drummond (AU) and Nicole Carroll (US), are developing a bespoke sonic feast for the residents of Singleton. Jon is a leading figure in the field of computational music spanning more than two decades and Nicole is an instrument inventor that has toured extensively across the US and Europe.

Acoustic Alley is a process driven artistic research project that will be updated with further details shortly.

CREDITS

Produced and presented by the University of Newcastle’s Future Art Science and Technology FASTLab in partnership with Singleton Council, Art Thinking Australia and Ars Electronica

SINGLETON LANEWAYS

  • FASTlab Chief Investigators: Professor Paul Egglestone, Professor Mario
  • Minichiello and Dr Kristefan Minski
  • FASTlab Project Manager: Zoe Carlton
  • FASTlab Media and PR: Christy Hay
  • FASTlab Technical Production Support: Luke O’Donnell, Danielo Pati & Neale Davy
  • FASTlab Special Thanks: Adrienne Lindsay

SHADOWGRAM SINGLETON

  • Producer: Dr Kristefan Minski
  • Wall Artwork: Dr Ari Chand
  • Singleton Shadowgram Chief Investigators (FASTlab): Dr Ari Chand and Dr Kristefan Minski

SHADOWGRAM BACKGROUND IP CREDITS

  • Shadowgram Original Idea and Concept:
  • Ars Electronica Futurelab / Roland Haring, Matthew Gardiner, Christopher Lindinger, Hide Ogawa
  • Shadowgram Original R&D Team:
  • Ars Electronica Futurelab / Roland Haring, Hideaki Ogawa, Christopher Lindinger, Emiko
  • Ogawa, Matthew Gardiner, David Stolarsky, Martina Mara
  • Shadowgram Australia Fabrication Design and Production: davisthomas


HARDLINES touring global exhibtion 2021 - 2022

It showcases aspects of his career as a political as well as a reportage documentary artist. His award-winning work for Guardian newspaper, BBC, Al Jazeera (among many others) as well as book and new media work is in collections around the world.  This work is both beautiful and challenging, (Molly BBC Director 1999).   Building on a Dadaist approach his work explores the questions; “How can traditional art forms be used to develop pictorial narratives that enable new ideas and ways of thinking and seeing the world’. Building on his solo show HARDLINES at the Duckrabbit Studio in Sydney,  this new exhibition; ‘The Quick and the Dead’,  explores our shared struggling with the unfolding challenges in our world.  Mario’s work strives to be vigilant and questioning our assumptions about the everyday things we see around us.  This exhibition explores art-making as the conscious extension of Dadaism’s line of cultural questioning. By looking more carefully at the things that we accept as normal and often take for granted.

In this way, Mario uses his skills as an artist to question a range of subjects, from the commodification of humans; activities as such love, conflict, The assumptions of normality: industry’s impact on the city our ecology, landscapes, and the human relationship to machine intelligence. 

This is peer-reviewed by Common Ground international and curated Clyde street studios-  All artwork is for sale for the first time in Newcastle, with 10% of all sales going to landmine clearance – critics have said : 

 

“Some drawings impress with their emotion and humanity, others impress with their technique; Mario's do both and, what is even better, because of the nature of their questioning, they make even this most cynical old hack want to go out and draw the world afresh." Steve Bell Political cartoonist Guardian.

 

“LIKE THE BERLIN of Grosz, Mario Minichello's Amsterdam shows the hardness, the human pain and the ugliness of the red light zone. A world of weary whores and lap dancers, customers and clients with stricken faces, and malevolent pimps. It shows their places of work — crowded clubs full of contorted male faces, bare rooms with a crumpled bed and billowing net curtains and streets full of garish menace. Mario Minichello's work grabs your eyes, your brain, your whole self”. Martin Mulloy Director BBC WorldWide

 

“Minichiello makes powerful historically significant work”. Prof Pat Kirkham Brad Graduate Centre NY.


The Quick and the dead- Beautiful things 2021 - 2022

Beautiful things.

 

For the past thirty years, Liz Anelli and I have made pictures together. It started at art school where we met and has continued throughout our professional careers.  We have worked in different places around the world. We are naturally curious people so when we were invited by Muswellbrook council to work as artists in residence we jumped at the chance. 

 

When we arrived in Muswellbrook, we were surprised by a landscape that looked like it had come from the film Lord of the Rings, ‘Mordor’. We looked deeper and beyond the mines that seemed to dominate every view.  

 

PIC 1 

As artists, we bring our enthusiasm for what the visual arts can bring to everyday life. We have all seen through the recent lockdowns that all forms of art are essential for humanities well-being and happiness. The impact of art has been researched by scholars from every discipline throughout history as Scientist John Lubbock states. 

 

“Art is unquestionably one of the purest and highest elements in human happiness. It trains the mind through the eye, and the eye through the mind. As the sun colours flowers, so does art colour life.” (John Lubbock scientist, 1864)

 

Furthermore, the research suggests that creativity is a natural part of being human. It can be compared to preparing and consuming food. We all want to eat food that tastes good and is healthy. Being good at cooking does not make you a chief, for that you need the training to develop your talents. The same is true for Artists. Art Schools offer a specialist education process, the results can be seen online, in picture books, graphic novels, games, newspapers and in Art galleries. Art galleries are still important to communities as they allow people to encounter and connect to the imagination of others. The ability to imagine seems to be a uniquely human trait, to think about something that does not exist and then make it real: 

 

“Everything you can imagine is real.” ― Pablo Picasso.

 

Art communicates to the brain’s emotional centres, it makes things understandable without recourse to words, it is a language of practised simplicity:

 

“An intellectual says a simple thing in a hard way. An artist says a hard thing in a simple way.”  (Charles Bukowski poet, novelist, 1967)

 

Pic 2

 

An artist can be seen as a translator of both the inner (the self) and outer (observed) world. In this way artists create novel things, the common starting point of this is drawing. Drawing is a form of kinesthetic-tactile learning, it also builds our visual memory. So, if you write a shopping list by hand and forget to take it to the shops with you the chances are you will still remember most of it. 

  

Drawing is also a means of questioning what you see. Questioning and trying to find answers through your work is an ever-changing process.  For example, as John Carey states in his book; “What good are the Arts’, that the question, ‘What is a work of art?  “Could not have been asked before the late 18th century, because prior to this time no works of art existed.

I do not mean that objects we now regard as works of art did not exist, but they were not regarded as works of art in our sense. Most pre-industrial societies did not even have a word for art as an independent concept, and the term ‘work of art ‘as we use it would have been baffling to all previous cultures, including the civilizations of Greece and Rome and of western Europe in the medieval period”. (Carey 2006)

The idea of elevating “makers” (artists and designers as they are now known) into superstars would have been unthinkable at that time. “Instead, beautiful things were created by groups of craftspeople spread throughout the wider community. There was a greater “universal artistic practice”, which centred on making beautiful artefacts” (Carey). 

 

Even the term “aesthetics” which is believed to have been used first by Alexander in 1750, was only really discussed in a formal academic sense by Kant, in his ‘Critique of Judgement (1781). Kant developed the terms that would come to underpin the ideas of creative thinking in the West for the next two hundred years. Creative thinking and in particular notions of ‘beauty and the aesthetically pleasing’ has had an enormous influence on global trade and industry and is why the creative industries are essential to our economy. Beauty has been and is a driver of trade and industry around the world. This is not a new trend, although the creative industries seem to have been recently ‘discovered by the Australian government’ (as their net worth is more than mining) these industries are as old as the world trade routes themselves.  Creativity seems to be built into our brains, as John Berger notes: “We know that it is the right hemisphere of the human brain ‘reads’ and stores our visual experience. This is significant because the areas and centres where this takes place are strictly identical with those in the left hemisphere, which process our experience of words. The apparatus with which we deal with appearances is identical with that with which we deal verbal language- And this again prompts one to conclude that appearances possess some of the qualities of a code” (Berger 1972). In other words, art is a language and can be learnt, visual cognition can be developed. This then is the role of the art school systems and explains why, at some point in history, some far-sighted government built Art Schools and conservatoriums of music in most towns in regional Australia. Just as humans have a natural thirst for knowledge, so we have a natural in-built connection to connecting to the world through meaningful images.  In his 2003 Reith Lectures ‘The emerging mind’, Vilayanur S Ramachandran, Director of the Centre for Brain research at Cambridge University, spoke about the minds need to ‘find meaning’. This might explain our innate fascination with pictures and their components of colour, line, texture, and all forms of hand-drawn images. These seem to hold experiences and stories that connect to use in ways that words cannot and become part of our memories and help to define who we are as people.


Horizon 2020 - European Commission application 2014 - 2015

Horizon 2020was the largest ever European funding programme for research and innovation. It has a budget of 79 billion euros and will run throughout 2020. Horizon 2020 aims to: ensure that Europe produces world-class science. we applied with 9 Eu partners but did not win any funding this time around


Leicester Demontfort Univerwity and the National Health service UK 2019 - 2020

wayfinding in hospitals undertaken first study and formal Paper


Horizon 2020 Sweden, Ducth, Spanish and German Partners 2021

Horizon 2020 programme is running from 2014 to 2020 with a €80 billion budget. It provides research and innovation funding for multi-national collaboration projects as well as for individual researchers and supports SMEs with a special funding instrument.


HARDLINES ouring exhibtion peer reviewed by Common Ground Illinois USA 2021 - 2022

Mario Minichiello HARDLINES and My life in Bad Behaviour touring exhibition


Singapore NAFA conferences 2018 - 2021

working with Prof Jasvin to deliver creative international workshops


Stuttgart University Germany Games and Deign Communication exhanges 2018 - 2022

working with the University in Germany across all creative industries


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Professor Mario Minichiello

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Professor - Design
School of Creative Industries
College of Human and Social Futures

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Email mario.minichiello@newcastle.edu.au
Phone (02) 4921 5428
Mobile 0400541594

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Room X-445
Building NeW Space
Location City Campus

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