Denise Thwaites


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Denise Thwaites is a curator and researcher specialising in contemporary digital arts and humanities. Her work interrogates emergent frames of inclusion, exclusion and collaboration, especially as they are re-imagined through decentralised technologies. 

As Assistant Professor in Digital Arts and Humanities at the University of Canberra, Denise teaches into the Bachelor of Arts and Digital Cultural Heritage.  Over the past ten years, Denise has developed, co-ordinated and lectured undergraduate courses in Aesthetics, Political Theory, French Critical Theory and Art History at The University of New South Wales, The National Art School, Sydney and The University of Wollongong. She has led and co-led curatorial projects for This Is Not Art Festival (Newcastle), New Beginnings Refugee Culture and Arts Festival (Sydney), Firstdraft (Sydney) and Next Wave Festival (Melbourne). She previously held the position of Associate Director at Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney, having also worked at the Australia Council for the Arts and the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia.

In 2014, Denise completed her doctoral thesis under the dual supervision of Paul Patton (The University of New South Wales, Australia) and Bruno Clément (l’Université Paris 8, France). Her thesis explored the relationship between the fields of art and politics in light of different conceptualisations of interstitiality. For this she was awarded the distinction of 'Docteur en Littératures Françaises avec la mention très honorable avec félicitations du jury' (summa cum laude) by l’Université Paris 8. 

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Economythologies – MoneyLab#X

Thwaites, D., Mauro-Flude, N., Pailthorpe, B., Ilyas, S., Sluis, K. & Rossiter, N.


Project: Research

Home Economix: A Lab for Decentralizing Public and Community Art Through Domestic Spaces

Thwaites, D., Peng, F., Herrington, J., Madeleine, A., Savage, D., Matthews, K., Reif, A. & Harle, J.


Project: Research

Haig Park Activation Manager

Hope, C., Turner, B., Holland, K., Drayton, I., Tait, O., Reif, A., Caffery, D., Jasper, M., Castro De Jong, D. & Thwaites, D.


Project: Other

Research Output

A DAO of One's Own? Feminist Strategies for P2P Organisations

Thwaites, D., 11 Feb 2020, P2P Models , 2020, p. 1-3 3 p.

Research output: Contribution to Newspaper/Magazine/BulletinSpecial issue

  • What Should We Do With Our Gut?

    THWAITES, D., 2020, In : Culture, Theory and Critique. p. 1-20 20 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Blocumenta: An Experimental Art Project Using Blockchain

    Thwaites, D. & Pailthorpe, B., 2019, p. 1-1. 1 p.

    Research output: Contribution to conference (non-published works)Abstract

  • Blocumenta: Ideas Platform, Artspace (Curated exhibition)

    THWAITES, D. & Pailthorpe, B., 2019

    Research output: Non-textual formExhibition

    Open Access
  • Escape Velocity: Between the possible and actual

    THWAITES, D., Jul 2019, Shaun Gladwell: Pacific Undertow. 1 ed. Melbourne, Australia: Museum of Contemporary Art, p. 144-147 8 p.

    Research output: A Conference proceeding or a Chapter in BookChapter in text book

  • Activities

    • 1 Invited talk

    TEDx Canberra Adventure: Festival of Creativity-an exploration of creativity in business with workshops and talks

    Michael Socolow (Speaker), , Fanke Peng (Speaker), , Chris Huet (Speaker), , Denise Thwaites (Speaker), , Louise Curham (Speaker), , James Evans (Speaker), , Amannda Huot (Speaker), , Kerstin Oberprieler (Speaker), , Marianne Boruch (Speaker), , Pauline Griffiths (Speaker), & Arran McKenna (Speaker)

    8 Apr 201911 Apr 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk