Dr Rewa Wright

Dr Rewa Wright

Lecturer

School of Creative Industries

Career Summary

Biography

Dr. Rewa Wright has been working with augmented (AR) and mixed reality (MR) since 2012. She is an interactive media designer and inverse technologist who combines artificial vision technologies with living plants and custom built software to examine the conditions of our relationship to computation, ecology and the body. As a design theorist, she is known for her critical formulation, the 'software assemblage'. She has presented academic and artistic research internationally in Portugal, Canada, Hong Kong, Colombia, Spain, London and New Zealand. Informed by new materialism and critical posthumanism, she has been developing a design formulation, the 'software assemblage', which explores augmented and mixed reality as an emergent cultural paradigm. Her research weaves together theory and practice in philosophy, cyberfeminism, interaction design, technoculture, plant studies and real-time art, to think through some of the thorny problems posed by our new hybrid physical and digital spaces. Rewa is Maori from Ngapuhi/Te Rarawa/Te Uri o Hau hapu of Aotearoa/New Zealand. Indigenous practices are emergent in her mixed reality performances that incorporate and adapt gestures from traditional dance, and permeate her investigation of plant-data-body ecologies. Her personal website is rewawright.com.


Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of New South Wales

Keywords

  • Augmented reality
  • Critical theory
  • Digital humanities
  • Leap motion
  • Mixed reality for live performance
  • Posthumanism
  • Software assemblage theory
  • Virtual reality

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
080111 Virtual Reality and Related Simulation 30
190205 Interactive Media 40
120304 Digital and Interaction Design 30

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

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

Professional appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/02/2008 - 5/01/2011 Creative Producer Television New Zealand
New Zealand
3/01/2001 - 3/02/2008 TV Editor (Avid Media Composer) Maori Television, TVNZ and TV3, as well as various independent production houses.
New Zealand

Awards

Award

Year Award
2020 Dean’s Award for Outstanding PhD Theses, UNSW Graduate Research School
The University of New South Wales
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Publications

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


Chapter (3 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2019 Wright R, 'Defacing the Balloon Dog : Art, Algorithmic Culture and Augmented Reality. Geroimenko V. (eds) Augmented Reality Games II. Springer, Cham', Augmented Reality Games II The Gamification of Education, Medicine and Art, Springer, Cham, Switzerland. (2019)
2018 Wright R, 'Interface is the place: Augmented reality and the phenomena of smartphone- spacetime', Mobile Story Making in an Age of Smartphones 117-125 (2018)

© Max Schleser, Marsha Berry 2018. This chapter explores the emergent field of mobile augmented reality (AR) art as articulated on smartphones and tablets, and the impact of these... [more]

© Max Schleser, Marsha Berry 2018. This chapter explores the emergent field of mobile augmented reality (AR) art as articulated on smartphones and tablets, and the impact of these new technologies on participatory art practices. Examples for analysis are drawn from recent geo-located mobile art by influential practitioners J. C. Freeman, J. Cardiff and G. B. Miller, W. Pappenheimer and T. Thiel. All have recently produced smartphone art apps and mobile AR apps that advance the concept of a parallel reality to the real world. These artworks are examined to articulate further the technical processes that produce art as a differentiated socio-cultural experience to the conventional gallery-based model of spectatorship. This chapter argues that this experience sits within the emergent field of posthuman digital humanities, as discussed by the eminent theorist Rosi Braidotti (2013).

DOI 10.1007/978-3-319-76795-6_12
2018 Wright R, 'Post-human Narrativity and Expressive Sites: Mobile ARt as Software Assemblage', Springer Series on Cultural Computing 357-369 (2018)

© 2018, Springer International Publishing AG. Experimental art deployed in the AR medium is contributing to a distinctly twenty-first-century reconfiguration of traditional percep... [more]

© 2018, Springer International Publishing AG. Experimental art deployed in the AR medium is contributing to a distinctly twenty-first-century reconfiguration of traditional perceptions of art, audience participation, and technological experience. This chapter examines an influential selection of experimental mobile augmented reality Art [ARt] in order to explore the progressive conceptual and ethical threads that are emerging from this relatively new but powerful cultural form. Using the concept of the ¿software assemblage¿, the author traces the movement of AR beyond its native root system in the industrial, entertainment, and the engineering worlds, and toward the rhizome of radical practice that has come to define mobile ARt. A number of artists, critical engineers, theorists, historians, and participants to AR experiences, have in recent years been contributing to the emergent field of mobile ARt, and significant advances have been made. Clearly, this book is one of them. In the context of the second edition, the author posits the software assemblage concept as an alternative and relational modality through which to converse with ARt.

DOI 10.1007/978-3-319-69932-5_20

Journal article (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2014 Wright R, 'Art, In Your Pocket: New Currents In Mobile Augmented Reality', Journal of Creative Technologies, (2014)

Conference (6 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2017 Wright R, 'Augmentations Across Virtual and Physical Topologies: Mixed Reality Re-assembled', Manizales, Colombia (2017)
2016 Wright R, 'Augmented Virtuality: Remixing the Human-Art-Machine', Lisbon, Portugal (2016)
2016 Wright R, 'Augmented Reality as Experimental Art Practice: from Information Overlay to Software Assemblage', City University of Hong Kong (2016)
2015 Wright R, 'Mobile Augmented Reality Art and the Politics of Re-assembly', Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, B.C, Canada. (2015)
2014 Wright R, 'From the Bleeding Edge of the Network: Augmented Reality and the Software Assemblage ', University of Lisbon Faculty of Arts / Faculdade de Belas-Artes da Universidade de Lisboa, Lisbon, Portugal. (2014)
2013 Wright R, 'Exploring the Responsive Site: Ko Maungawhau ki runga', Sydney (2013)
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Creative Work (3 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2019 Wright R, Howden S, Contact/Sense, SIGGRAPH Asia 2019, BCEC Brisbane (2019)
2019 Wright R, Tactile Light, AD Space Gallery, Paddington, Sydney (2019)
2016 Wright R, Howden S, An Algorithmic Life, Run Run Shaw Media Centre, Hong Kong (2016)

Other (2 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2019 Wright R, 'Contact/Sense: Media Art for XR Performance', (2019) [O1]
2019 Wright R, Howden S, 'Contact/Sense', Proceedings of SIGGRAPH Asia 2019, SA '19: SIGGRAPH Asia 2019. New York: Association for Computing Machinery, New York, NY, United States (2019)
DOI 10.1145/3354918.3366368

Thesis / Dissertation (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2019 Wright R, Mixed Reality Re-assembled: Software Assemblages at the Edge of Control, University of New South Wales (2019)
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 2
Total funding $19,790

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20202 grants / $19,790

ECR Inclusive Transformative Technology Scrum$14,896

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

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

Dr Benjamin Matthews (Lead), Dr Rewa Wright, Mr Zi Siang See, Dr Jamin Day, Ms Shanna Fealy, Dr Donovan Jones and Mr Adam Manning

Scheme Strategic Network and Pilot Project Grants Scheme
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2020
Funding Finish 2020
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

Faculty of Education and Arts New Start Grant$4,894

Posthuman Design in Industry, Art and Techno-culture.

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

Funding body Faculty of Education and Arts, University of Newcastle
Scheme New Start Grants
Role Lead
Funding Start 2020
Funding Finish 2020
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N
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Dr Rewa Wright

Position

Lecturer
School of Creative Industries
Faculty of Education and Arts

Contact Details

Email rewa.wright@newcastle.edu.au
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