bio / overview:

Danielle Wilde (AU/FR) thinks, writes, moves and makes to understand how technology might pair with the body to poeticise experience. Her work blurs boundaries between a number of disciplines and questions the divide between art and everyday life. She has a particular interest in participation and the democratising value of clumsiness.

Danielle is a 2013-2014 Sidney Myer Creative Fellow. She holds a PhD in body technology poetics from Monash University Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture and the CSIRO Division of Materials Science and Engineering, Australia. Hers is the first Fine Arts, practice-led PhD undertaken within CSIRO, Australia’s national (commonwealth) scientific and industrial research organization.

Her PhD was awarded the Vice Chancellor’s Mollie Hollman Medal for Excellence, recognising it as one of the ten most outstanding completed at Monash in 2011. She has been recognised by numerous awards including the inaugural Australian Prime Minister’s Australia Asia Award, with which she undertook a year-long Visiting Scholar position at The University of Tokyo. During her PhD she undertook numerous Visiting Research Fellowships and Artist Residencies. She was the inaugural International Visiting Research Fellow for Tech Textiles and Wearable Technologies at Nottingham Trent University (UK); Visiting Research Fellow at The Open University (UK) Pervasive Interaction Lab and Sussex University (UK) Creative Systems Robotics Lab; and Artist Researcher in Residence, on a number of occasions, at STEIM, Studio for Electro-Instrumental Music in Amsterdam.

She holds an MA in Interaction Design from the Royal College of Art, London and has a background in physical theatre and circus arts, having trained at the French National Circus School at Rosny, Ecole Jacques Lecoq, Paris, and with Anne Bogart, Ellen Lauren, Barney O’Hanlen, Leon Inglesrud and the SITI Company in Australia, New York and Saratoga Springs, USA.

Danielle collaborates with extraordinary people on a broad range of projects, driven by curiosity and a constant striving to question the way we design, create and live.

contact: d at daniellewilde dot com

research concerns

• enchantment and ambiguity as resources for design
• encouraging magical thinking and making strange
• physical, gestural and sensorial extension
• co-creation and collaborative imagining
• emergent performativity
• poetics and play

broad aims:

to prompt a reappraisal of the body in our technologically evolving landscape
in particular, to understand:
~ how one might incite people to move and extend themselves physically
~ the value of a direct consideration of the body’s tendencies and affordances when creating interactive body-centric elements and systems
~ the value of visceral experience and full-body, or ‘beyond limb- and digit-triggered’ interaction
~ the idiosyncratic nature of relationships to the body and technology
to provoke, incite or inspire reflection about these relationships through the creation of wearable works of art, design and performance.

recent activity...

• Sidney Myer Creative Fellow

• Research Collaborator: Hongik University WCU Centre for the Convergence of Digital Technology and Art. Collaborating on a long-range, large-scale, multi-site project called Fruits of Labor, with Romy Achituv.
• Guest Lecturer, RMIT University Fashion and Textiles, team-teaching: my focus is embodied thinking, and creating frames for the body to perform into
• Visiting Research Fellow, RMIT University Exertion Games Lab, Melbourne, Australia
• Live audition for the TED2013 Global Talent Search (at Carriageworks, Sydney)
• CHI2012: Inaugural Artist Chair, Interactivity Explorations, Art & Exploratory Design Research Showcase
• External Examiner. Dept of Architecture. University of Arizona, Tucson.

• 3rd International Conference on Arts and Health, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
• ISEA. OWL pop-up circles and conference participation. Istanbul
• SEAM performance conference. Creative Path centre for choreographic research. Sydney
• State of Design Festival, Pecha Kucha presentation, ACCA, Melbourne
• Design Action, Leadership and the Future Hothouse. Griffith University, Brisbane
• State of Design Festival, Exhibition, Talks and Research Demo, Ford discovery Centre Geelong
• ABC TV New Inventors, Invention of the Year competition finalist : (
• Swing That Thing: moving to move. The Old MUMA Gallery. Monash University, Clayton
• ABC TV Australia. New Inventors Program, winner episode 22, (
• RTVE Spain. Métropolis Arts Program,
Jap_ON documentary on media arts in Japan (start: 9’00)

2010 : March - 2011 March : The University of Tokyo, Japan.
• Inaugural Prime Minster’s Australia Asia Research Scholar at
The University of Tokyo, in the Ishikawa Oku Laboratory Meta Perception Group, where I developed the Light Arrays, with Alvaro Cassinelli, and continued my work on the OWL project, with Kristina Andersen.
Yebisu International Festival of Art and Alternative VIsions, the in-visible skirt and other imaginary things
• Media Kitchen lecture at
• OWL workshop / making circles at Studio Imaichi, Yamaguchi, gmten and Iikura Elementary School, Tokyo

• OWL circle workshop series and exhibition at
UTS DAB LAB Gallery and Interactivation Studios
• ICDVRAT, Int. Conference on Disability, Virtual Reality and other Technologies. Viña del Mar, Chile
• research tour. visiting labs, research groups, and art & educational institutions in Los Angeles, Boulder CO, Cambridge MA, Montréal, San Francisco, Chicago and New York City.

2009: Feb - August : EUROPE
• research tour. visiting labs, research groups, and art institutions in London, Brighton, Edinburgh, Paris, Barcelona, Amsterdam and  Frankfurt
• Visiting Research Fellow
Pervasive Interaction Lab eSense project, Dept of Maths and Computing, The Open University, Milton Keynes, UK
• Visiting Scholar at 
The Creative Systems Lab, Sussex University, UK
• Visiting Research Fellow
Smart Materials : TechTextiles & Wearable Technologies, Dept of Architecture, Design & the Built Environment, & the Dept of Art & Design, Nottingham Trent University, UK
• Artist in Residence
STEIM, Studio for Electro-Instrumental Music, Amsterdam, NL

2007: June - September : EUROPE

• research tour. visiting labs, research groups, and art & educational institutions in London, Paris, Barcelona, Amsterdam, Eindhoven, Ghent and Berlin.
• Artist Residency at
STEIM, Studio for Electro-Instrumental Music, Amsterdam, NL


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near paris, during the last total eclipse of last century