· Creative technology leader, strategist & maker ·

I bring vision, ambition and generosity to teams at the frontiers of technology and culture. He/him/them/they.

Need to weave new technology more effectively and fairly into your organisation and customer experience?

Want to progress to better or more joyful use of technology in a post-COVID society?

Are you asking soul-searching technology and innovation questions, but don’t quite follow your tech people’s answers?

I can help. I offer:—

  • whole-of-org technology strategy and architecture, delivered through careful development of shared awareness and insight, and smart orchestration of technology approaches.
  • calm, confident stewardship of people and resources within complex and ambiguous landscapes.
  • wide-ranging development and operations skills, from front-end and back-end software to internet-of-things devices, to robust infrastructure and systems integration.
  • accessible and friendly investigation and communication around technology, translating between disciplines and mindsets, and overcoming knowledge silos.
  • socially-progressive thinking that prioritises equality, cultural diversity and inclusion.
  • national and international remote collaboration and team management.

If any of these sound useful to you, then let’s talk. You can contact me below.

Clients include:—

  • San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
  • Australian Centre for the Moving Image
  • State Library of New South Wales
  • Museum of Contemporary Art, Australia
  • Art Gallery of South Australia
  • Art Gallery of New South Wales
  • National Film & Sound Archive
  • ABC, SBS
  • Syrinscape

The Interaction Consortium

Chief Executive Officer, 2009–2018

IC Lockup

The IC has been creating best-in-class interactive technology for the cultural, educational and non-profit sectors (and a few carefully-selected commercial clients) since I helped begin it in 2008.

At IC my team and I consulted on websites, collection interfaces, APIs, and other digital things. We helped build and launch experimental innovation startups for Graeme Wood (of Wotif) and Bendigo Bank, and community organisations Robots & Dinosaurs (a Sydney maker space) and the Sydney Awesome Foundation.

I am also proud to have been a founding member of the Django Code of Conduct Committee, promoting diversity and inclusion in the Django open source community.

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Australian Centre for the Moving Image

Chief Technology Officer, 2018–2020

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As CTO, I led a multi-million-dollar step change in ACMI's already advanced use of technology in its exhibition-making and audience experience design. I architected XOS, an integrated content toolset and internet-of-things ecosystem, which gives life to The Lens, a physical/online hybrid device given to ACMI's visitors.

Along the way I managed a team of creative technologists, oversaw ACMI's DevOps transformation, helped develop technology procurement strategies and corporate and research partnerships. All that good stuff.

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PhD in Interactive Systems and Creativity

Creativity & Cognition Studios, University of Technology, Sydney, 2007

Cardiomorphologies

For my Doctoral thesis, titled A Supportive Methodology and Technology for Creating Interactive Art, I carried out a study of Artist-Technologist collaborations, focussing on how technology design can become more supportive of creative cognition and interdisciplinary collaboration. As part of my research I collaborated on several internationally-exhibited and peer-reviewed interactive art installations.

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An Internet-of-things strategy for ACMI

June 23, 2020

Artist’s impression of technology doing its thing in our new exhibition

As Lead Engineer and project CTO, I have headed up the multi-year technology design and implementation for ACMI’s $40m Re/newal. One of the guiding principles of the renewed ACMI is “curation by humans, enabled by technology” (sigh, I guess my top secret curate-o-bot AI can wait for another day). We wanted to build a system that curators can use to choose and rapidly …

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Sticky tape and string: Learning faster from TripAdvisor reviews

March 7, 2018

Last week the British Museum wrote about how they were making sense of their TripAdvisor reviews, using natural language processing techniques and data visualisation — work they presented at MCNx. It was good-looking (if dense) stuff, which surfaced new insights into what visitors found important about their experience, and pointed towards some root causes. But I couldn’t help thinking that the approach suffered from throwing away the ratings data, and was very resource-intensive— the article …

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Our open-source media player for displaying fleets of video

June 12, 2020

This is just a quick post to say hello, we made an exhibition-scale internet-of-things media player, and we’ve open-sourced it so you can use it too.

XOS media players playing through various kinds of demo content on various screens as part of our long-term testing — thanks to sighmon for the photo

Why did we roll our own media player?

As the world’s most-visited museum of the moving image, ACMI has a lot of, well, …

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I trained an A.I. to imagine movie titles from ACMI’s collection

Aug. 31, 2017

My first few weeks at ACMI have been a whirlwind of discovery, exploration, planning and excitement around its forthcoming renewal. One of my projects is to continue to flesh out explorations of machine learning and related AI techniques to ACMI’s collection of Australian moving image works.

This is not that project.

Or if it is, then it’s more of a fun steam-letting-off part of that project. Drawing from Dan Hon’s experiment in generating British …

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