Alex Murray-Leslie is an artist/researcher and curator, working in the areas of computational foot-wearables, digital music instrument design, Pop Music & Live-Art. She is founder of Chicks on Speed, an internationally renowned art band.
Alex has recently completed her PhD in the Faculty of Engineering and IT, Creativity and Cognition Studios, The University of Technology Sydney and research fellow at Art and Design Research Incubator, Department of Sports Science, The Pennsylvania State University and Music Technology Group, University Pompeu Fabre, Barcelona.
Recent projects include: Curator of the worlds first wearable technology in Fashion Film competition, Diane Pernet presents ASVOFF 9, Centre Pompidou, Paris, 2016.
Alex performs, curates, lectures & exhibits internationally, alongside writing for scientific journal and book publications.
Dr John Ferguson
John is a post-digital/electronic musician based in Brisbane Australia where he is Head of Music Technology and Senior Lecturer at Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University (QCGU). Prior to QCGU John held the position of Visiting Assistant Professor in the Music Department at Brown University (USA), and before that Lecturer in Music and Creative Music Technologies at Kingston University, London (UK).
John’s Ph.D. ‘New Relations for the Live Musician?’ was funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and completed in 2009 under the supervision of Bennett Hogg and Sally Jane Norman at Newcastle University (UK). His thesis charts an idiosyncratic zone within the continuum of what it is to be a live musician at the dawn of the 21st century. From his perspective, music is an emergent form radiating from pre-composed situations and instrumental ecologies, the performance of and in which it is improvised. Inspired by instability and focusing on tactile interaction, John’s pseudo-anthropomorphic practice raises issues of causality, agency and legibility. His work focuses on ‘performing technologies’, raising the question: are we performing the technology or is it performing us?
Is a descendant of the Yawuru people from the Broome area in the Kimberley, Western Australia, and also has European and Filipino influences. He is currently completing his doctorate studies at QCA, Griffith University.
His work investigates denied and forgotten personal and family histories. As a person with a connection to different lineages, he moves between them by constantly cross-referencing the old and the new. Combining highly refined, programmable technological machinery that erodes, his work exposes substrates, builds stories and creates residues. Split between old and new his work explores identity and history with the use of contemporary technology.