Our Contributors

NATURE DESIGN AND US | Biophilic Design Day (Melbourne Design Week in Geelong)
Saturday 23 March, 2019

The School of Lost Arts is excited to bring together a diverse and experienced selection of contributors to bring you our day of direct sensory experience, design experimentation, indoor and outdoor installations, talks and panel discussions


Dr Mary-Jane Walker | The School of Lost Arts

Mary-Jane Walker is both a scientist and an artist. The intersection of these two spheres is the space in which she works through her arts practice, writing and facilitation. She has a doctorate in Molecular Genetics from the University of Edinburgh and graduated in art from RMIT University. Her interests are in using the creative arts to communicate about complex ideas including creative thinking, action on climate change, biophilia and connecting science and the arts.

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Stephen Read | Stephen Read Landscape Design

Stephen Read is an award-winning Landscape Designer, Educator and thought leader who believes in the transformational nature of good design. Stephen considers the role of design is to respond to the world around us, and enhance our ability to lead a purposeful life.

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Dr Phillip Roös | Deakin University

Dr Phillip Roös is the Director of the Live+Smart Research Laboratory, and the Associate Head of School - Industry Engagement at the School of Architecture and Built Environment, Deakin University. His teaching and supervision focus on Architecture, Environmental Design and Planning, Ecological Urbanism, and Biophilic Design. His work spans architecture, urban design and planning, landscape architecture, environmental design, teaching and research, as well as writings and art. He is known internationally as a leader in Environmental Design and has been working as a design professional and architect for 30 years on an extensive range of large-scale projects in Europe, Africa and Australasia. His work is influenced by whole systems thinking and his application of environmental design is closely related to the ordering of the large-scale aspects of the environment by means of architecture, engineering, landscape architecture, urban design and ecological planning. His teaching and research interests are centred on the human–nature relationship and the identification of optimised design processes based on a regenerative pattern language theory. This approach incorporates the principles of biophilia and regenerative design as well as an adaptive pattern language that re-establishes our wholeness with nature, and considers the vulnerabilities of a changing landscape.


Lee Darroch | Artist

Lee Darroch is a Yorta Yorta, Mutti Mutti and Boon Wurrung woman, who has lived on Raymond Island in the Gippsland Lakes with her partner and two children for the past 31 years. She is an artist, designer and community cultural worker. Her artwork is inspired by the need to continue cultural, spiritual and artistic practices. Lee has run her own business Gurranyin Arts for over 24 years. She feels guided in her artwork by the Old People who have gone before us and by her Elders today. Lee hopes to leave behind a rich legacy for her children and children’s children to follow so that the Dreaming will continue in an unbroken line.

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Nicola Cerini | Artist and Designer

Nicola Cerini’s childhood immersed in the Australian bush was one of the key inspirations for her biophilic design practice. Capturing the beauty of the natural world, firstly in her career as an innovator of textiles and product design, Nicola’s work now focusses on creating nature-inspired design for interiors and urban spaces, transforming commercial and residential buildings, infrastructure and public spaces while connecting people with nature. By utilising natural elements, patterns and materials, Nicola’s work creates a distinct sense of place and connectedness.

Photo Credit: Adda Cohn

Photo Credit: Adda Cohn

Dr Rea Dennis | Deakin University

Rea Dennis is a performance practitioner and scholar based in Melbourne, Victoria who makes works that investigate the human body in relation to context, action and perception ranging from site-based social engagement to live art performance and intense physical theatre works. She also has a multimedia practice. She is a lecturer in Art and Performance at Deakin University and writes critical papers addressing experiences of thinking through making, embodied cognition and performance. Her work has toured to the UK, New York, Taiwan, Germany, Brazil and Japan.

Geo-choreographic Flow
Video and sound installation, pebbles and rocks.

A video and sound installation and an immersive experience. This work engages with ideas of embodied knowing and asks us to value walking as a way of thinking more deeply in today’s context. Walking opens our attention to what might be thought of as a perceptual mode of thinking so that we experience a place as our own. This immersive installation feels like a walk by the river and offers a familiar reconnection to the landscape in an era where we are losing this.

Material installation, socially engaged participatory practice

On Being Immigrant
I am the daughter of a Greek migrant. Like many Australians, I am first generation. I am also a migrant. Having lived abroad for 10 years I now live in Melbourne.
Born on a river, in northern New South Wales, I frequently find myself drawn to the companionship of the rivers in the cities within which I have lived. The river brings me great comfort. This installation work emerges at the intersection of the experience of comfort (my moving body) and estrangement (my foreign body). Based on my experiences of walking by the river, the work honours moving as a way of writing self and explores ways to engage others in participatory ways, to sit by the river in silence, to hold a stone, and share a story, to contribute to our shared choreographic experience of arrival.


Dr Cameron Bishop | Deakin University

Cameron Bishop (PhD) is an artist, writer and curator lecturing in Art and Performance at Deakin University. As a curator he has helped initiate a number of public art projects including Treatment (2015/17) at the Western Treatment Plant; Sounding Histories at the Mission to Seafarers Melbourne with Annie Wilson; and the ongoing VACANTGeelong project with architectural and creative arts researchers, and leading Australian artists to explore and activate spaces left behind by de-industrialisation. As the recipient of a number of grants, awards and commissions he has been acknowledged for his community-focused approach to public art.

All of his work explores the shifting nature of the term public, ideas around place-making, and the body’s appearance and experience as a political, private, and social entity. To this end, he has published writing in book chapters, journals and exhibition catalogues while addressing these issues in the artwork he makes, often in collaboration with the artist and engineer, Simon Reis. With David Cross, he has worked on consultancy projects including the Metro Tunnel Creative Strategy, which saw them team with Claire Doherty from the UK-based Public Art Commissioning agency, Situations.