Dr Ralph Kenke

Dr Ralph Kenke

Lecturer

School of Creative Industries

Career Summary

Biography

Ralph Kenke is a visual communication designer and media artist. His work is focusing on information design and visual communication. His conceptual work is challenging traditional and visual communication design applications by merging technology and art in his practice.  

Ralph’s work has been recognised with international awards such as the Digital Portraiture Award by the National Portrait Gallery, a Museums Australian Multimedia & Publication Award (MAPDA), two AGDA Awards (Australian Graphic Design Association)  and the New York Type Directors Club Award. 
He has established an international profile working with libraries, galleries and museums to create creative exposés, shown internationally at venues that include the Galerie Loire, Nantes; Cabrabria Central Library, Santander; Central de Diseno de Matedero, Madrid; Zgraf 12. Ralph is teaching design students at the University of Newcastle in Branding and Environmental Graphics, Interface Design and Experience Design.


Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Newcastle
  • Graduate Diploma of Design in Communication Design, Swinburne Institute of Technology
  • Master of Design, University of New South Wales

Keywords

  • Art and Design
  • Creative Research
  • Data Visualisation
  • Information Design
  • Interactie Media
  • Media Art
  • Photography
  • Practice-based Research
  • Print and Publication design
  • Research Methodology
  • Typography
  • UX and UI Design
  • VR and AR Design
  • Visual Communication Design

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
330310 Interaction and experience design 30
330316 Visual communication design (incl. graphic design) 40
360503 Digital and electronic media art 30

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Lecturer University of Newcastle
School of Creative Industries
Australia

Awards

Award

Year Award
2020 New York Type Directors Club Award
New York Type Directors Club Award
2019 National Print Award - The Print and Visual Communication Association
National Print Award - The Print and Visual Communication Association
2017 Digital Portraiture Award - National Portrait Gallery
National Portrait Gallery
2017 Zgraf 12
Gallery ULUPUH
2015 Musums Australian Multimedia & Publication Awards (MAPDA)
Musums Australian Multimedia & Publication Awards (MAPDA)
2013 Create Awards
create awards
2012 Australian Design Biennale AGDA Award
AGDA Awards

Distinction

Year Award
2017 Fisher's Ghost Award
Campbelltown Arts Centre
2016 New York Type Directors Club Award
New York Type Directors Club
2010 Emergentes dst
Emergentes dst
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Publications

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


Book (3 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2015 Kenke R, Waste of time, Onestar press, Sydney, Paris, 100 (2015)
2014 Robert-Goodwill L, Kenke R, More Than Ever, Vanity press, Sydney (2014)
2004 Kenke R, Rollen, Hannibal Verlag GmbH, Vienna (2004)

Journal article (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2020 Kenke R, Treft E, Hardjono A, 'Facial Image Browsing Simulation for Selfies', International Conference on Tangible, Embedded, and Embodied Interaction, February 949-954 (2020) [C1]
DOI 10.1145/3374920.3374998

Conference (5 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
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 Mark Roxburgh, Mario Minichiello
2020 Kenke R, 'Facial Image Browsing Simulation for Selfies', Fourteenth International Conference on Tangible, Embedded, and Embodied Interaction, Sydney (2020)
2020 Kenke R, 'Human vs Machine (Not Oneself)', Sydney, Australia (2020)
2019 Brooker C, Catanzaro M, Hodgson B, Kenke R, Morgan C, Sandbach K, 'Not just for show: identity, engagement, and work integrated learning through design graduation exhibitions', https://acuads.com.au/conference/conference-2019/, School of Art and School of Design, RMIT University, and the Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne (2019) [E1]
Co-authors Caelli Brooker, Bettina Hodgson
2018 Kenke R, Roxburgh M, Minichiello M, 'Documenting a participatory installation', University of California at Berkeley, USA. (2018)
Co-authors Mario Minichiello, Mark Roxburgh
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Design (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2015 Kenke R, Rosenbauer S, Small Museum, MAPDA, Sydney, Australia (2015 highly commended) (2015) [J2]

Creative Work (16 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
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 Paul Egglestone, Jon Drummond, Jack Mcgrath, Nathan Scott, Zisiang See, Rewa Wright, Mario Minichiello
2020 Golledge L, Kenke R, Brooker C, Hodgson B, Thompson W, Morgan C, et al., Design Pool website, Newcastle, NSW (2020)
Co-authors Ari Chand, Caelli Brooker, Bettina Hodgson
2020 Kenke R, Golledge L, sona studio website, Sydney (2020)
2020 Kenke R, Barnes-Keoghan A, O'Donnell L, Human vs Machine (Not Oneself), Australia (2020)
2019 Kenke R, Brunclikova J, Intuitive Eating, https://www.pvca.org.au/awards/the-36th-annual-nationalprint-awards-winners-photos/., Sydney (2019)
2019 Kenke R, Brunclikova J, Intuitive Eating, https://www.pvca.org.au/awards/the-36th-annual-nationalprint-awards-winners-photos/., Sydney (2019)
2018 Kenke R, Treft E, Hardjono A, Selfie Flaneur, Testing Grounds - Infrastructure for creative practice, Melbourne (2018)
2017 Kenke R, Zgraph 12 Social Reruns , like ice in the sunshine invitation , SONA identity, Zgraf 12, International Exhibition of Graphic Design and Visual Communications, ICO-D International Council of Design, Gallery ULUPUH, Zagreb, Croatia (2017) (2017)
2017 Kenke R, Trefz E, Selfie Factory, Campbelltown Arts Centre (2017)
2017 Kenke R, Trefz E, Selfie Factory, National Portrait Gallery, Sydney, Newcastle, Melbourne, Canberra (2017)
2017 Kenke R, Trefz E, Selfie Factory, Watt space gallery (2017)
2016 Kenke R, SONA architecture, DIMAD in Central de Diseno de Matedero, Madrid, Spain, USA/Germany (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 Caelli Brooker, Mark Roxburgh, Jane Shadbolt, Bettina Hodgson, Michael Dickinson, Mario Minichiello, Andrew Howells, Ari Chand
2014 Kenke R, Rosenbauer S, Like Ice in the Sunshine, Bondi Pavilion Gallery (2014)
2013 Kenke R, Highway One, Photographic Museum of Humanity (2013)
2012 Kenke R, Smith J, Meet the Greek Map, Sydney (2012)
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Other (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2017 Kenke R, 'Selfie Factory, winner of the Digital Portraiture Award showing at the National Portrait Gallery', (2017) [O1]
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 9
Total funding $293,573

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20212 grants / $9,991

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 Watkins (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

2021 Faculty of Education and Arts New Start Grant$4,991

Prototyping interactive media installations and data-portraits in a telematic society

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

Funding body Faculty of Education and Arts, University of Newcastle
Scheme New Staff Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2021
Funding Finish 2021
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

20203 grants / $144,430

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

Summer Research internship$3,000

Funding body: The University of Newcastle - Research and Innovation Division | Australia

Funding body The University of Newcastle - Research and Innovation Division | Australia
Scheme Summer Scholarship
Role Lead
Funding Start 2020
Funding Finish 2021
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

14th International Conference for Tangible, Embedded, and Embodied Interaction, 9 - 13 February 2020, Sydney$1,430

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

Funding body Faculty of Education and Arts, University of Newcastle
Scheme FEDUA Conference Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2020
Funding Finish 2020
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

20191 grants / $9,000

Visible Praxis: investigating teaching and learning outcomes for emergent creative professionals through design exhibition research and practice $9,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle Centre of Excellence for Equity in Higher Education

Funding body University of Newcastle Centre of Excellence for Equity in Higher Education
Project Team

Dr Ralphe Kenke, Dr Caelli Brooker; Dr Janet Fulton; Mrs Andrea Cassin; Ms Bettina Hodgson; Mr Carl Morgan; Mr Paul Scott; Dr Christina Koutsoukos, Ms Felicity Biggins

Scheme tEN Research Investment Scheme
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2019
Funding Finish 2020
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

20182 grants / $25,000

The Edge$15,000

Funding body: The Edge - State Library of Queensland

Funding body The Edge - State Library of Queensland
Scheme The Edge - State Library of Queensland
Role Lead
Funding Start 2018
Funding Finish 2018
GNo
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - State
Category 2OPS
UON N

Digital Portraiture Award $10,000

Funding body: National Portrait Gallery

Funding body National Portrait Gallery
Scheme National Portrait Gallery
Role Lead
Funding Start 2018
Funding Finish 2018
GNo
Type Of Funding External
Category EXTE
UON N

20161 grants / $105,152

Australian Postgraduate Award$105,152

Funding body: Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education

Funding body Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education
Project Team

PhD Practice-based Research

Scheme Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education
Role Lead
Funding Start 2016
Funding Finish 2019
GNo
Type Of Funding C2210 - Aust StateTerritoryLocal - Own Purpose
Category 2210
UON N
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Research Supervision

Number of supervisions

Completed1
Current2

Current Supervision

Commenced Level of Study Research Title Program Supervisor Type
2021 Honours Investigating the aesthetic signifiers of brutalist web design through the creation of an educational interactive experience Graphic and Design Studies, University of Newcastle Sole Supervisor
2021 Honours Uniquely Me: An investigation into designing for accessibility, inclusivity & dyslexia in Children’s Books Graphic and Design Studies, University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor

Past Supervision

Year Level of Study Research Title Program Supervisor Type
2020 Honours Investigation of Micro-Transactions in Gaming and Dark Pattern Designs Graphic and Design Studies, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
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Research Projects

Selfie Factory 2016 - 2018

The Selfie Factory is an experimental art installation creating a temporary visual experience of online behaviour. The installation offers a tangible experience to explore the scale and quality of online data uploaded in the present. It utilises the real-time stream of Instagram (#selfie) data and print a collection of the most recent images uploaded onto receipt paper.  This taxonomy of the online self-portrait (#selfie) is an investigation into the experienced divide of online spaces and physical places, the division of an individual experience and the collective experience of our telematic world. The artwork was exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra and four other other Galleries across Australia. 


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Research Collaborations

The map is a representation of a researchers co-authorship with collaborators across the globe. The map displays the number of publications against a country, where there is at least one co-author based in that country. Data is sourced from the University of Newcastle research publication management system (NURO) and may not fully represent the authors complete body of work.

Country Count of Publications
Australia 3
Nigeria 1
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News

Humanities workshop kicks off design start-up

July 18, 2017

A Humanities Startup Workshop has assisted in the creation of a design service and research studio within the School of Creative Industries.

Dr Ralph Kenke

Position

Lecturer
School of Creative Industries
College of Human and Social Futures

Contact Details

Email ralph.kenke@newcastle.edu.au
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