Creating new experiences is the most interesting thing you can do with technology. For as long as I can remember, I’ve been trying to find new ways to use digital to connect people to culture and place.
Currently I am the Chief Digital Officer at the National Film & Sound Archive, co-founder and avid supporter of the bi-monthly Cultural Data Salon for Sydney cultural workers, and mentor in the OzCo/ACMI CEO Digital Mentoring program. I was recently the Head of Digital at the National Gallery of Australia, Professor of Practice at UNSW Art & Design, and (in 2020) the inaugural Digital Collection Catalyst in Residence at the State Library of Queensland. My book, co-authored with Dr. Suse Anderson, is the The Digital Future of Museums (Routledge, 2020).
Prior to joining the NFSA and NGA I ran a small strategic consulting firm. To continue this work, and to give back to the sector I love, I take on the occasional (focused) pro-bono digital strategy projects for non-profit cultural organisations. Please get in touch if you are interested in discussing future opportunities.
From 2018 to early 2020 I was Chief Technology Officer at Old Ways, New, an Indigenous owned and managed social enterprise that creates new services, experiences and places. From 2013 to 2018 I was the Director of Digital Experience/Head of Web + Digital at SFMOMA, where I co-founded and led SFMOMA Lab. Prior to SFMOMA, I led the digital efforts of the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia and spent time at SBS Online.
Along the way, I’ve produced and collaborated on award-winning projects that blend the digital and the physical in Australia, Europe, and the United States. My work has been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, San Francisco Chronicle, National Public Radio, the BBC, the ABC, Radio NZ, WIRED magazine and many others. In 2018 I was named in Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People in Business for this work.
I hold a Ph.D. in new media and a science degree (hons) that majored Computer Science and Physics. I write and speak frequently on in the intersection of digital and the arts, in particular, the role of digital as an agent for organizational change. Most frequently you’ll find me at conferences and forums such as South by Southwest (SXSW), AIGA, MuseumNext, REMIX, Communicating the Arts, Museums and the Web (MW), Nation Digital Form (NDF) in New Zealand, Communicating the Arts, and the Museum Computer Network (MCN), and occasionally I’ll appear in the mainstream press.
Get in touch if you’d like to discuss a consulting, writing, speaking or collaborative opportunity.