Dr Susanne Thurow

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Research Expertise

Dr Thurow is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow, a Deputy Director at the iCinema Centre for Interactive Cinema Research, as well as its Director of Research and Leader of its Immersive Design Modeling program. Her interdisciplinary research encompasses the fields of Performing Arts, Digital Media, as well as Indigenous Australian Studies, with a primary focus on contemporary theatre and interactive aesthetics. Her research spans the arts and humanities, as well as technology, undertaken in programmatic collaboration with iCinema’s key collaboration partners, such as for example the Institute for Visual Media at ZKM (Germany). 

She is a named Investigator on three ARC Linkage Projects, e.g. LP170100471 (2018-21), exploring the capability of advanced interactive visualisation and AI to improve design processes in the theatre and museum sector, with Sydney Theatre Company and NIDA as collaboration partners. As a Chief Investigator, she is also collaborating on the development of a full rehearsal visualisation system for Opera Australia as part of LP190100563. Further, she is a named Investigator on the ARC Linkage Project LP180100126, investigating the application of immersive networked narrative frameworks to distributed collection management and experience, with the Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences as collaboration partner.
Her current work builds on her post-graduate studies exploring representations of contemporary Indigenous Australian identity in two acclaimed theatre productions, contextualising the plays in their culturally specific production contexts and evaluating the aesthetic configuration of Indigenous and Western theatrical languages in regards to their decolonising capabilities. The project was supervised by Prof. Peter Eckersall (CUNY, New York, USA) and Prof. A.-M. Horatschek (CAU Kiel, Germany). 
In addition to her academic work at iCinema (since 2014), Dr Thurow also worked for UNSW’s Nura Gili Indigenous Programs Unit, the University of Melbourne’s Indigenous Studies Program and Christian-Albrecht-Universität’s English Department, as well as having conducted research into Indigenous petitions to the Government for the University of Sydney. Moreover, she supported the arts and social change company Big hART Inc. as Associated Arts Manager on their Namatjira and Yijala Yala projects from 2011 to 2013, with her professional background further consolidated by work in education, print media, public broadcasting and marketing, for –among others- the ABC, Goethe-Institut and Hamburg-based Thalia Theater, where she assisted in the company’s 2009 rebranding and supported the curation of the 2017 Theater der Welt festival.

Most Recent Research Grants

  • ARC Linkage Grant, “iModel: Transforming rehearsal design using an interactive spatial aesthetic”, led by ARC Laureate Fellow Dennis Del Favero, 2021-2023
  • Universities Australia / DAAD, “Exploring the Capabilities of Digital Aesthetics for Archiving Installation, Media, Performance and Sculpture Artworks in Dynamically Accessible Form”, led by ARC Laureate Fellow Dennis Del Favero, 2021.
  • ARC Linkage Grant, “netARChive: Redefining museum experience using an immersive networked narrative”, led by ARC Laureate Fellow Dennis Del Favero, 2019-2021
  • ARC Linkage Grant, “iDesign: Reformulating set design aesthetics via a dialogical model of interactivity”, led by ARC Laureate Fellow Dennis Del Favero, 2018-2020

Awards

  • ASAL’s Alvie Egan Award for Best Monograph by an Early-Career Researcher on an Australian Subject (2021)
  • UNSW A&D Dean’s Award for Research Excellence – Best Monograph (2019)
  • ADSA’s Veronica Kelly Prize (Honourable Mention) (2016)

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy (English Philology), Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel (Germany), 2017
  • First State Examination for the Career of Teachers at the Secondary School, Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel (Germany), 2009

Outputs (selected)

Books

Scholarly Book Chapters

  • Thurow, S. (accepted, 2021). Seductive Frames – Digital aesthetics in Kip Williams’s staging of Bertolt Brecht’s The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui (2018). In William Boles (Ed.), Theatre in a Post-Truth World (pp.189-210). London: Bloomsbury Publishing.
  • Del Favero, D. & Thurow, S. (2021). On Human and Machine Co-Agency in Art. In C. Jauernik & W. Tschapeller (Eds.), INTRA INTRA. Towards an INTRA SPACE (pp.200-15). Publication Series of the Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna, vol. 25. Berlin: Sternberg Press.
  • Del Favero, D., Thurow, S. & Frohne, U. (2021). Artificial Intelligence as a Conduit for a New Dialogical Commons?. In C. Jauernik & W. Tschapeller (Eds.), INTRA INTRA. Towards an INTRA SPACE (pp.254-65). Publication Series of the Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna, vol. 25. Berlin: Sternberg Press.
  • Thurow, Susanne, Del Favero, Dennis & Wake, Caroline (2020). Dialogical Aesthetics – Reconfiguring Theatrical Spaces through Digital Technology. In Butte, Vomberg & Dreckmann (eds.), Technologien des Performativen. Das Theater und seine Techniken (pp.357-66). Bielefeld: transcript. LP170100471, 3 years.

Refereed Journal Articles

  • Thurow, S., Del Favero, D. and Wallen, L. (2021). Inhabitable Models – Immersive Intelligent Aesthetics for Scenographic Design. Theatre & Performance Design 7: 82-95. DOI: 10.1080/23322551.2021.1919488. LP170100471, 3 years.
  • Thurow, S. (in press, 2021). A Dramaturgy of Feeling: Exploring Indigenous Concepts of Knowing through Multimodal Aesthetics, Performance Research 26.1: 49-58. DOI: 10.1080/13528165.2021.1977501
  • Thurow, S., Del Favero, D. and Frohne. U. (2020). Immersive Intelligent Aesthetics as Conduit for Digital and Public Humanities Research. magazén – International Journal for Digital & Public Humanities 1.1: 1-18. DOI: 10.30687/mag//2020/01/001. LP170100471, 3 years.
  • Thurow, S. (2018). ‘Namatjira’: Beyond the Script – Visual and Performative Aesthetics as Conduits for the Communication of Western Arrernte Ontologies. Australasian Drama Studies 73 (Special Issue Turangawaewae / A Place to Stand: Situating Contemporary Indigenous Performance in Australasia (and Beyond)): 130-59.
  • Thurow, S. (2017). Response to the Metamaterial Turn: Performative Digital Methodologies for Creative Practice and Analytical Documentation in the Arts. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Art 17.2: 238-50. DOI: 10.1080/14434318.2017.1450071. LP170100471, 3 years.

Other Research Outputs

Conference Presentations (refereed abstract only)

  • Thurow, S., Del Favero, D. & Wake, C. (2021). Zero-Waste Bauprobe: Full-Scale Collaboration in Virtual Space, in Theatre Ecologies: Environments, Sustainability, and Politics, Galway, Ireland, July 12-18. LP170100471, 3 years.
  • Thurow, S., McNicholas, R. & Martir, T. (2021). Set Design in VR. Panel Discussion led by Alexandra Antwi-Boasiako. VRHAM Festival, June 6.
  • Thurow, S., Del Favero, D. & Wallen, L. (2020). Digitally Transforming Theatrical Design Practice, in Acts of Gathering. Performing Futures. Roaring Change, Australasian Drama Studies Association, University of New South Wales, Sydney, December 1-4. LP170100471, 3 years.
  • Thurow, S. (2020). Multi-Modal Aesthetics – Rendering Complexity through Integrated Performative Storytelling, in 11th Annual International Conference on Visual & Performing Arts, Athens Institute for Education & Research, Athens, Greece, June 8-11.
  • Thurow, S. (2019). Capabilities and Limitations of Collaboration in the Artistic Process. In Elasticity conference, Performance Studies International, University of Calgary, Canada, July 4-7.
  • Thurow, S. (2019). Digital Technologies as Conduit for the Communication of Indigenous Australian Heritage. In Body of Knowledge: Art and Embodied Cognition Conference, Deakin University, Melbourne, June 27-29.
  • Thurow, S., Del Favero, D., Wake, C., Pagnucco, M., Williams, K., Scott-Mitchell, M., Wallen, L. & Schostakowski, B. (2019). iDesign – New Capabilities for Set Design. In PQ Talks @ Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space, Industrial Palace & Exhibition Grounds, Prague, Czech Republic, June 7-15. LP170100471, 3 years.
  • Thurow, S. (2018). Big hART – Processes of Care in Art-Making. In Aesthetics, Politics & Histories. The Social Context of Art Conference, Art Association of Australia and New Zealand, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Melbourne, Australia, December 5-8.
  • Thurow, S., Yip, A. & Ong, A. (2018). iDesign: New Paradigms for Collaborative and Immersive Theatre Design. In OzViz 2018, Expanded Perception & Interaction Centre, The University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia, November 22. LP170100471, 3 years.
  • Thurow, S., Del Favero, D. & Wake, C. (2018). Dialogical Aesthetics – Reconfiguring Theatrical Spaces Through Digital Technology. In Theatre & Technology Conference, Society for Theatre Studies, Institute for Media & Culture Studies, Heinrich-Heine-Universität, Düsseldorf, Germany, November 8-11. LP170100471, 3 years.
  • Thurow, S., Del Favero, D. & Wake, C. (2018). Dialogical Aesthetics – Reconfiguring Theatrical Spaces Through Digital Technology. In Research Seminar Series, The University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia, October 11. LP170100471, 3 years.
  • Thurow, S. & Del Favero, D. (2018). Intra Space – Exploring the Actor through Artificial Intelligence. In Actors and Acting in the Twenty-First Century Conference, Australasian Drama Studies Association, Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne, June 26-29.
  • Thurow, S. (2017). ‘I Am Eora’: Nation-Building on the Postcolonial Stage. In Performing Belonging in the 21st Century Conference, Australasian Drama Studies Association, Auckland University of Technology, Auckland, New Zealand, June 27-30.
  • Thurow, S. (2016). ‘I AM EORA’: Imagining Aboriginal Sovereignty on the Contemporary Theatre Stage. In Re-Imagining Australia: Encounter, Recognition, Responsibility Conference, International Australian Studies Association, Curtin University, Perth, December 7-9.
  • Thurow, S. (2016). Performed Resilience!? Identity Construction in Contemporary Australian Intercultural Theatre Practice. In Resilience: Revive, Restore, Reconnect Conference, Australasian Drama Studies Association, University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba, June 21-24.
  • Thurow, S. (2013). Theatre as Strategic Intervention into Racist Discourses Affecting Australian Cultural Relations – Big hART Inc.’s ‘Namatjira’. In Reconfiguring Anti-Racism: Tolerance, Harmony, Inclusion or Justice Conference, Deakin University, Melbourne, December 9-10.
  • Thurow, S. (2013). Indigeneity and Transcultural Communities: Big hART Inc.’s ‘Namatjira’. In Challenging Boundaries: Postcolonial Narratives and Notions of the Global Conference, Association for Anglophone Postcolonial Studies, Georg-August Universität, Göttingen, Germany, October 9-11.
  • Thurow, S. (2013). Indigeneity and Transcultural Communities: Big hART Inc.’s ‘Namatjira’. In In the Balance: Indigeneity, Performance, Globalization Conference, Centre for International Theatre and Performance Research, Royal Holloway University, London, UK, October 24-27.
  • Thurow, S. & Joseph, D. (2013). Hybrid Philosophies: Exploring Multiple Epistemologies in Contemporary Indigenous Australian Theatre. In Theater, Performance, Philosophy: Crossings and Transfers in Contemporary Anglo-American Thought Conference, International Theatre/Drama and Education Association, University of Paris IV – Sorbonne, Paris, France, June 26-28.

Conference & Symposia Convention

  • Hallewas, A., Wake, C., Bollen, J., Tálamo, A., Trezise, B., Grant, C., Brannigan, E., Synnott, L., Syron, L.-M., Mumford, M., Balfour, M., Matthews, P., Thurow, S. & Schmidt, T. (2020). Acts of Gathering. Goodbye – Hello. Hello – Goodbye, Australasian Drama Studies Association Annual Conference, The University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia, December 1-4.
  • Thurow, S. & Thwaites, D. (2018). AI + Creativity Symposium. Expanded Perception & Interaction Centre, The University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia, November 20.

Consultancy (Performing Arts)

  • Thurow, S. (2011/13). Yijala Yala. Dramaturgical consultancy and artist support for Big hART Inc., Creative developments (Western Australia, Australian Capital Territory).
  • Thurow, S. (2011-12). Namatjira. Dramaturgical consultancy, German language coaching and artist support for Big hART Inc., Australian national tour (New South Wales, Victoria, Northern Territory).

Media Installation Projects

  • Del Favero, D., Pagnucco, M., Scott-Mitchell, M., Bednarz, T. & Thurow, S. et al. (2024 – accepted 15 September 2020). iModel, Sydney Opera House, Sydney & Arts Centre, Melbourne, LP190100563, 3 years.
  • Del Favero, D., Sammut, C., Oliver, C., Blacklock, F., Thurow, S. et al. (2022 – accepted 30.09.2019). netARCHIVE,Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, Sydney, LP180100126, 3 years.
  • Del Favero, D., Pagnucco, M., Wallen, L., Scott-Mitchell, M. & Thurow, S. et al. (2021). iDesign, Sydney Theatre Company, Sydney,LP170100471, 3 years.
  • Yip, A. & Thurow, S. (2021 – accepted 25.10.2019). Windjammers, South Australian Maritime Museum, Adelaide, Australia.
  • Tschapeller, W., Del Favero, D., Frohne, U., Thurow, S., Wilhelm, Y. et al. (2016). Intra Space 2, Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna, Austria.

Guest Lectures

  • Thurow, S. (2021). Emerging Technologies & Theatre: Intelligent, Immersive, Affective?. Guest Lecture. National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA), Sydney, Australia (delivered via Zoom).
  • Thurow, S. (2019). Sydney’s Aboriginal Past and Present. Guest Lecture. School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences, The University of New South Wales, Sydney Australia.
  • Thurow, S. (2018). Contemporary Gender Representations: Media, TV, Theatre. Guest Lecture. Nura Gili – Indigenous Programs Unit, The University of New South Wales, Sydney Australia.
  • Thurow, S. (2018). Sydney’s Aboriginal Past and Present. Guest Lecture. School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences, The University of New South Wales, Sydney Australia.
  • Thurow, S. (2018). Contemporary Gender Representations: Masculinities. Guest Lecture. Nura Gili – Indigenous Programs Unit, The University of New South Wales, Sydney Australia.
  • Thurow, S. (2017). Aesthetics of Staging Sydney as an Aboriginal Place. Guest Lecture. School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences, The University of New South Wales, Sydney Australia.
  • Thurow, S. (2016). Sydney’s Aboriginal Past and Present. Guest Lecture. School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences, The University of New South Wales, Sydney Australia.
  • Thurow, S. (2016). Representations of Indigenous Identity on the Australian Stage. Guest Lecture. Nura Gili – Indigenous Programs Unit, The University of New South Wales, Sydney Australia.
  • Thurow, S. (2015). Performing Sydney: I AM EORA (2012). 2-part Guest Lecture, Nura Gili – Indigenous Programs Unit, The University of New South Wales, Sydney Australia.
  • Thurow, S. (2015). Representations of Indigenous Identity on the Australian Stage. Guest Lecture. Nura Gili – Indigenous Programs Unit, The University of New South Wales, Sydney Australia.
  • Thurow, S. (2014). Potential for Ruptures and Convergences in Gender Relations: Masculinities. Guest Lecture. Nura Gili – Indigenous Programs Unit, The University of New South Wales, Sydney Australia.
  • Thurow, S. (2014). Contemporary Influences on Gender Construction: The Media. Guest Lecture. Nura Gili – Indigenous Programs Unit, The University of New South Wales, Sydney Australia.
  • Thurow, S. (2013). Aboriginal Land, Law and Philosophy. Guest Lecture. Indigenous Studies Program, The University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia.

Book Reviews

  • Thurow, S. (2009). Review Notes: John McCallum ‘Belonging: Australian Playwriting in the 20th Century’. Literatur in Wissenschaft und Unterricht 42.4: 289/90.

Miscellaneous Publications

  • Thurow, S. (2016). Project Synopsis: Lucky, Gold, Ngapartji Ngapartji, In Wright, Down, Rankin, Haseman, White & Davies, Big hART: Art, Equity and Community for People, Place and Policy. Murdoch: Murdoch University.
  • Thurow, S. (2010). Mitarbeiterhandbuch Thalia Theater Hamburg. In-House Information and Reference Manual for Staff. Hamburg: Thalia Theater.
  • Thurow, S. (2010). Das Goldne Vlies. Program Booklet for Lessingtage Festival (incl. background information and dramaturgical notes). Hamburg: Thalia Theater.
  • Thurow, S. (2010). Wir Das Ist Das Womit Ich Lebe. Program Booklet for Lessingtage Festival (incl. background information and dramaturgical notes). Hamburg: Thalia Theater.
  • Thurow, S. (2010). Dritte Generation Work In Progress. Program Booklet for Lessingtage Festival (incl. background information and dramaturgical notes). Hamburg: Thalia Theater.
  • Thurow, S. (2010). Günter Wallraff. Schwarz auf Weiß. Program Booklet for Lessingtage Festival (incl. background information and dramaturgical notes). Hamburg: Thalia Theater.
  • Thurow, S. (2010). Lessings Liebesbriefe. Eine Tunneldurchquerung. Program Booklet for Lessingtage Festival (incl. background information and dramaturgical notes). Hamburg: Thalia Theater.
  • Thurow, S. (2010). Lange Nacht der Weltreligionen. Judentum – Christentum– Islam. Program Booklet for Lessingtage Festival (incl. background information and dramaturgical notes). Hamburg: Thalia Theater.
  • Thurow, S. (2010). La Linea. Die Grenze oder der Traum vom Besseren Leben. Program Booklet for Lessingtage Festival (incl. background information and dramaturgical notes). Hamburg: Thalia Theater.
  • Thurow, S. (2010). Der Goldene Drache. Program Booklet for Lessingtage Festival (incl. background information and dramaturgical notes). Hamburg: Thalia Theater.
  • Thurow, S. (2010). Ferienlager. Die Dritte Generation. Program Booklet for Lessingtage Festival (incl. background information and dramaturgical notes). Hamburg: Thalia Theater.
  • Thurow, S. (2010). Öl. Program Booklet for Lessingtage Festival (incl. background information and dramaturgical notes). Hamburg: Thalia Theater.
  • Thurow, S. (2010). Wenn Ich Nicht Hier Bin. Beats auf Bewährung. Program Booklet for Lessingtage Festival (incl. background information and dramaturgical notes). Hamburg: Thalia Theater.
  • Thurow, S. (2010). Bachmann – Celan. Program Booklet for Lessingtage Festival (incl. background information and dramaturgical notes). Hamburg: Thalia Theater.
  • Thurow, S. (2010). The Shipment. Program Booklet for Lessingtage Festival (incl. background information and dramaturgical notes). Hamburg: Thalia Theater.
  • Thurow, S. (2010). Black Tie. Program Booklet for Lessingtage Festival (incl. background information and dramaturgical notes). Hamburg: Thalia Theater.
  • Thurow, S. (2010). Andersen – Trip zwischen den Welten. Program Booklet (incl. background information and dramaturgical notes). Hamburg: Thalia Theater.
  • Thurow, S. (2010). Axolotl Roadkill. Program Booklet (incl. background information and dramaturgical notes). Hamburg: Thalia Theater.
  • Thurow, S. (2010). Vor Uns Die Sintflut. Program Booklet (incl. background information and dramaturgical notes). Hamburg: Thalia Theater. Hamburg: Thalia Theater.
  • Thurow, S. (2010). Der Gestiefelte Kater. Program Booklet (incl. background information and dramaturgical notes). Hamburg: Thalia Theater.
  • Thurow, S. (2010). Ernst ist das Leben (Bunbury). Program Booklet (incl. background information and dramaturgical notes). Hamburg: Thalia Theater.
  • Thurow, S. (2010). Große Freiheit Nr.7. Program Booklet (incl. background information and dramaturgical notes). Hamburg: Thalia Theater.
  • Thurow, S. (2010). Invasion!. Program Booklet (incl. background information and dramaturgical notes). Hamburg: Thalia Theater.
  • Thurow, S. (2010). Ödipus. Tyrann. Program Booklet (incl. background information and dramaturgical notes). Hamburg: Thalia Theater.
  • Thurow, S. (2010). Othello. Program Booklet (incl. background information and dramaturgical notes). Hamburg: Thalia Theater.
  • Thurow, S. (2009). Die Kontrakte des Kaufmanns. Program Booklet (incl. background information and dramaturgical notes). Hamburg: Thalia Theater.
  • Thurow, S. (2009). Die Marx-Saga. Program Booklet (incl. background information and dramaturgical notes). Hamburg: Thalia Theater.
  • Thurow, S. (2009). Die Präsidentinnen. Program Booklet (incl. background information and dramaturgical notes). Hamburg: Thalia Theater.
  • Thurow, S. (2009). Die Welt ist Groß und Rettung Lauert Überall. Program Booklet (incl. background information and dramaturgical notes). Hamburg: Thalia Theater.
  • Thurow, S. (2009). Jackie. Ein Prinzessinnendrama. Program Booklet (incl. background information and dramaturgical notes). Hamburg: Thalia Theater.
  • Thurow, S. (2009). Kinder der Sonne. Program Booklet (incl. background information and dramaturgical notes). Hamburg: Thalia Theater.
  • Thurow, S. (2009). Nathan der Weise. Program Booklet (incl. background information and dramaturgical notes). Hamburg: Thalia Theater.
  • Thurow, S. (2009). Peer Gynt. Program Booklet (incl. background information and dramaturgical notes). Hamburg: Thalia Theater.
  • Thurow, S. (2009). Richard II. Program Booklet (incl. background information and dramaturgical notes). Hamburg: Thalia Theater.
  • Thurow, S. (2009). The Truth about THE KENNEDYS. Program Booklet (incl. background information and dramaturgical notes). Hamburg: Thalia Theater.
  • Thurow, S. (2009). Woyzeck. Program Booklet (incl. background information and dramaturgical notes). Hamburg: Thalia Theater. Hamburg: Thalia Theater.