Ian McArthur

Sydney, NSW

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A Senior Lecturer at UNSW |Art & Design, Dr Ian McArthur is a hybrid practitioner working in the domains of experimental and speculative multidisciplinary practice, transcultural design collaboration, metadesign and education change.

His collaborative works with Brad Miller developing experimental sonifications for responsive interactive media environments, architectural-scale data visualisations and public art installations have been exhibited at VIVID Festival, Sydney (2012, 2014), The Millennium Monument Museum of Digital Art (CMoDA) during Beijing Design Week (2012) and ISEA (Sydney, 2013). In the UK his work with Annie Morrad has been presented at the GNARL Performance Research Festival (2014).

Ian was Program Director of Graphic Design (2001-2003) at La Salle DHU (Donghua University, Shanghai) where he initiated The Collabor8 Project (C8) to foster creative collaboration between China and Australia. This initiative has lead to a decade of developing culturally adaptive pedagogies and design processes using online, social and responsive technologies to create collaborative experimental spaces. Ian has presented lectures and papers on this research in Europe, South America, Asia and Australia.

His most recent work is a DFAT supported collaboration with the Chongqing-based innovation platform CQubed, Chongqing University, and Priestman Architects (UK/China). CQ.MAD.LAB (2015) is an interdisciplinary studio focussed on developing design-led experiential interactivity, public art, light/lighting, and multi-scalar precinct development opportunities for the dynamic and rapidly expanding high-rise area of Guanyinqiao in Chongqing.

Through the support of the Halloran Trust (University of Sydney) Ian is currently involved in developing participatory design methods using large urban screens in public space as diagnostic tools for urban planning.

A former Head Teacher of Design and Visual Art in TAFENSW, Ian received the NSW Education Minister’s Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2001.


  1. Object: Australian Design Centre
  2. ISType
  3. Dutch Profiles
  4. Submarine Channel
  5. Strelka Institute
  6. City Form Lab
  7. Chao Chen
  8. Monolog X
  9. Edison Chen
  10. frog
  11. Patrik Wallner
  12. Lives In The Balance
  13. Edyta Stepien
  14. UNSW Art & Design
  15. Tim Franco
  16. China Australia
  17. aram bartholl
  18. SVA MFA Design

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