Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

Research proposals are welcome in the following project areas*:
- The Multisensory Museum
- VR as Cultural Practice
- AI as Cultural Practice
- Speculative Design
(* Practice-based PhD projects supervised in association with Sensilab)


Research activity per year

Personal profile


Dr Vince Dziekan is a Senior Academic and Practitioner-Researcher at Monash Art Design & Architecture (MADA), Monash University, Australia, whose work engages with the transformation of contemporary curatorial practices at the intersection of design, creative technology and museum culture.


Dr Dziekan is Program Director of Communication Design Honours and International Studies Programs in the Faculty of Art Design & Architecture at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia; and has previously served as Associate Dean (Research), Associate Dean (Education), Head of Department (Multimedia & Digital Arts) and Program Director of Graduate Research in Design.


Vince’s research focuses on the impact of digital technologies on curatorial design and the implications of virtuality on exhibition-based practices. The scope of his interdisciplinary curatorial research is represented in his books, including Virtuality and the Art of Exhibition: Curatorial Design for the Multimedial Museum (Intellect/University of Chicago Press, 2012) and The Routledge Handbook of Museums Media and Communication (Routledge, 2019), which he co-edited along with leading international museum studies and media scholars Kirsten Drotner, Ross Parry and Kim Schroder. He has published widely in traditional, scholarly as well as non-traditional modes, exhibited in solo and group exhibitions and through his independent curatorial practice, nationally and internationally. He exhibited his demonstration exhibition, The Ammonite Order, Or Objectiles for an (Un) Natural History as part of the ISEA2009, Belfast, and co-curated The World Is Everything That Is The Case (with Sean Cubitt and Paul Thomas) for ISEA2011, Istanbul, which also formed part of the satellite program of the 12th Istanbul Biennial. His curatorial research has been applied towards establishing numerous curatorial initiatives and platforms, including the Leonardo Electronic Almanac’s Media Exhibition Platform (with Lanfranco Aceti and Christiane Paul) (2010-), the exUrbanScreens project (2012-13) and MWX, the exhibition initiative of Museums and the Web, which he established in 2013. He has held research affiliations with the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, the Foundation for Art & Creative Technology (FACT) in Liverpool, UK. In 2016 he undertook an Australia Council for the Arts-supported research residency in the UK focusing on the relationship between the Tate’s curatorial and digital programming during which time he was a visiting scholar with the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) and the School of Museum Studies at the University of Leicester.


He is associate editor of Curator: The Museum Journal (Wiley) and co-editor (General, Volume) of The Encyclopaedia of New Media Art (Bloomsbury). He served as international advisor on ‘One by One: Building the digital literacies of UK museums’ – a major, national Arts and Humanities Research Council-funded research project, to develop a digital literacy framework for the United Kingdom museum sector.


Fields of Research


FoR Codes –


1203 Design Practice and Mangement


1902 Film Television and Digital Media


2102 - Curatorial and Related Studies

210204 - Museum Studies


SEO Codes –


9501 - Arts and Leisure

950104 - The Creative Arts (incl. Graphics and Craft) 


Keywords (Nb. Alphabetical order)

Communication Design

Curatorial Design

Curatorial Practice

Curatorial Research

Interdisciplinary Art & Design

Media Art

Museum Studies

Museum Technology

Museums Media and Communication

New Media / New Media Art

Practice as Research

Research interests

Contemporary curatorial practices, design, creative technology, museum culture.

Supervision interests

Interdisciplinary art & design (ie. communication design, creative technology, curatorial design, media art, museums media and communication, new media art, speculative design)

Practice-based projects supervised in association with Sensilab:

- AI as Cultural practice

- The Multisensory Museum

- VR as Cultural Practice

- Speculative Design

Monash teaching commitment

Program Director, Bachelor of Design Honours

Program Director, International Study Programs (Design)

Communication Design Honours Major Project

Design for Culture and Heritage

Education/Academic qualification

Art & Design, PhD, Without Walls: Virtuality and the Art of Exhibition, MONASH UNIVERSITY

Award Date: 24 Feb 2009

Art & Design, Master of Arts, work-in-progress: The influence of photography on the production of representation in the age of mechanical reproduction (1912-1928), with a view towards the development of post-photographic practice and critique, MONASH UNIVERSITY

Award Date: 31 Dec 1996

Education, Graduate Diploma in Education, University of Melbourne

Award Date: 31 Dec 1989

Art & Design, Diploma of Fine Arts, Emily Carr Institute of Art & Design

Award Date: 30 Jun 1986

Research area keywords

  • Curatorial Design
  • Curatorial Research
  • Curatorial Practice
  • Museum Studies
  • Museum Technology
  • Media Studies
  • Communication Design
  • Practice as Research

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