Jill Bennett

Jill Bennett is founding director of NIEA and previously founded the Centre for Contemporary Art and Politics at UNSW, where she also holds the position of Associate Dean Research, College of Fine Arts. She is currently completing a book/ARC funded research project titled Practical Aesthetics on the application of creative thinking and practice to world events. A second Linkage project Construction, Connection, Community (with Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre and Zendai Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai) investigates the practical use of creativity in relation to cultural and urban development, focusing on the Asian region.  Public events relating to this project include Xtra/Ordinary Cities (Bachdang Restaurant, Canly Vale, 2008) and Under Construction (Zendai Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai 2008).

Her previous books include Empathic Vision (Stanford UP), a study of art and traumatic events and two new media monographs. She has curated a number of exhibitions including REAL Emergency (2009) which focused on the visual culture of  emergency events and Prepossession (2005) with Felicity Fenner on the politics of dispossession in South Africa, Indigenous Australia and Northern Ireland.  Previous major research projects include Ethical Globalism, a study of contemporary art and politics in the context of globalisation. 

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Installation view of Yang Shaobin, X-Blind Spot, 2008, 4-channel digital video, installation, in the exhibition "REAL Emergency" curated by Jill Bennett and Anna Munster, at the Ivan Dougherty Gallery