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Dr John Di Stefano, PhD

Part-time Professor, Art History
Part-time Professor, Studio Arts

Phone: (514) 848-2424 ext. 4262

John Di Stefano is an artist/filmmaker, scholar/writer and occasional curator.

Dr Di Stefano was Scholar-in-residence in the Art History Department at Concordia University, and formerly Associate Professor at Sydney College of the Arts-University of Sydney, Associate Professor and Director of Postgraduate Studies at Massey University (Wellington), Postgraduate Coordinator at the National Art School (Sydney), and Head of the Video Department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He has also been a faculty member at California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), the University of California, and Victoria University (New Zealand).

Much of his research examines how concepts and perceptions of memory, space/place, and time shape the articulation of subjectivities so as to reconcile the personal with the social, the everyday with history. His current research interests and projects include: examining notions of temporality in contemporary art and film; the museum and contemporary art; hybrid forms of contemporary documentary practice; critical inquiries into the evolving nature of the photographic; the essayistic form in current moving image practices; and transnationalism and identity. 

Dr Di Stefano’s critical writings have appeared in various international journals including Art Journal (NewYork) and Art Asia Pacific (Hong Kong), and in publications including Photography & Ontology: Unsettling Images (Routledge), Queer Looks (Routledge), Peter Greenaway's Postmodern/Poststructuralist Cinema (Scarecrow), and Performance: Design (Museum Tusculanum). His book-works VITALITY [1988] and Unfold [2011] were published by Artextes Press (Montréal) and Enjoy Public Art Gallery (Wellington) respectively. He was also desk editor of Art Asia Pacific from 2004-2017.

His curatorial projects include Satellite (Shanghai - in conjunction with the Shanghai Biennale of Art), Open Cities (Hong Kong/Chicago) and Not On Any Map (Chicago), in addition to programming for the DocNZ Film Festival and the Los Angeles International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival. He has been the co-convenor of conferences including the biennial Expanding Documentary (New Zealand), Photography/Ontology (University of Sydney), and The Image in Question (University of Sydney). He has chaired numerous sessions at international conferences including the College Art Association (USA), and the Art Association of Australia & New Zealand.

Dr Di Stefano’s exhibition career spans over 30 years. His interdisciplinary studio work is focused primarily in video, photo-based and time-based media, and installation; it has also included performance, bookwork, site-specific and public art projects. His video work has won several awards, including the New Vision Award at the San Francisco International Film Festival, and has been selected for official competition in international festivals including the Festival International du Documentaire (Marseille), as well as having been broadcast on American public television (PBS). His gallery-based work has been exhibited internationally in North America, Europe, China, Australia and New Zealand at venues including: Whitechapel Art Gallery (London), La Virreina Museum (Barcelona), Tensta Konsthall (Stockholm), Pera Museum (Istanbul), Museum of Contemporary Art (Los Angeles), Videonale (Kunstmuseum, Bonn); Anthology Film Archives (New York); Oberhausen Short Film FestivalTransmediale (Berlin); Barcelona Museum of Modern Art; Para/Site Art Space (Hong Kong); and the Hammer Museum (Los Angeles). His video work is distributed by Video Data Bank (Chicago), V-Tape (Toronto) and Circuit (Wellington).


Massey University, Wellington, New Zealand. Doctor of Philosophy - PhD (Dean’s list). 2011

University of California (UCLA), Los Angeles, CA, USA. Master of Fine Art - MFA. 1991

Concordia University, Montréal, QC, Canada. Bachelor of Fine Art (Distinction) - BFA. 1986


Experimental Forum, Honourable mention, Los Angeles, US. 2018

Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, France. Power Institute for Art & Visual Culture, Fern Residency Fellow. 2017

CIRCUIT Artist Film & Video Aotearoa New Zealand. Artist Cinema Commission. 2017

Festival International du Documentaire de Marseille (FIDM). Media Library Prize Competition (candidate). 2010

Festival International du Documentaire de Marseille (FIDM).Official International Competition (candidate). 2010 

Documentary Edge Film Festival, New Zealand. Official Competition (candidate). 2010 

Artforum, New York [publication]. "Best of 2001 - Top ten art works of 2001", selected by James Meyer (Curator, National Gallery of Art, Washington DC). 2001

Atlanta International Film Festival. Best Social Critique Award - Video. Honourable mention. 1993

San Francisco International Film Festival.  New Visions / Golden Gate Award - Video. 1992

Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian International Film & Video Festival. Audience Choice Award - Best Video. 1991

Teaching activities

ARTH 358 Studies in the History of Media Art: Temporality and the Moving Image in Contemporary Art

ARTH 358 Studies in the History of Media Art: The Screen Image

ARTH 387 Issues in Art & Criticism: The Photo-filmic Image

ARTH 390 Art & the Museum: Contexts & Strategies for the 21st/c Contemporary Art Museum

IMCA 400 
Advanced Practices in Video, Performance and Electronic Arts

IMCA 310
Intermediate Video Production

Publications (selected)

'Casa: Displacement, Home and Belonging' (chapter) in Here & Now: Queer Italian-Canadian Writing (Vol 2), Ed. L. Canton. Longbridge: Toronto, Canada, 2023

'Querying and Queering Pasolini' [Co-authored with Cathy Lee Crane] (interview), La Furia Umana, No. 43, 2022

'The Presence of Video: Making the Displaced and Disappeared Self Visible’ (chapter) in Photography & Ontology: Unsettling Images. Eds. N. Lusty & D. West Brett. Routledge, London, UK, 2019

'Bodies at the Vanishing Point: doublethink and Ann Shelton’s Evental Photographic Constructions' [Co-authored with D. Hannah] (chapter) Dark Matter, Ed. Z. Stanhope. Auckland Art Gallery: Auckland, New Zealand, 2016

‘Suspended Moments’ [Co-authored with D. Hannah] (chapter). Performance and Temporalisation: Time Happen, Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015

'Intermission: interstitial moments in creative and cruel practice' [Co-authored with D. Hannah] (peer reviewed essay). Intersticies: Journal of Architecture & Related Arts, University of Auckland, No. 12. Auckland, New Zealand, 2011 

‘Tell Me Tell Me’ (review) Art Asia Pacific, No. 75. New York, NY, USA, 2011 

‘Erased @ NAS’ (review) Art Month Sydney blog. Ed. Carl Lyket. Sydney, AU, 2011  

Javier Téllez: Intermission: A Critical Response’ (essay) One Day Sculpture. Eds. D. Cross & C. Doherty, Kerber Verlag, Germany, 2009 

‘One Day Sculpture. A response to Javier Téllez's Intermission’(essay) in Situations Papers, Situations, University of West England, Bristol, UK, 2009 

'Sounding the depths: Marcia Lyons’ Evolutions' (catalogue essay). Emergent Submersives. Bartley Co. Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand, 2009  

‘You Are Here: Moving Images/Performative Acts/Documentary Paradigm’ (chapter). Performance: Design. Eds. D. Hannah & O. Harsløf. Museum Tusculanum Press—Copenhagen University Press, Copenhagen, DK, 2008 

‘Peter Greenaway and the Failure of Cinema’ (chapter). Peter Greenaway’s Postmodern/Poststructuralist Cinema, Eds. P. Willoquet & M. Alemany-Galway. Scarecrow Press, Lanham, MD, USA, 2008 

‘Activating Korea’ (review). Art Asia Pacific, No.58. New York, NY, USA, 2008 

‘Slow Rushes’ (review). Art Asia Pacific, No. 44. New York, NY, USA, 2006

'Satellite:NZ' (curatorial text) in Satellite, Eds. K. Hung et al., Creative Shanghai, Shanghai, China, 2006

‘A Match Made in Shanghai’ (feature). Art Asia Pacific, No. 42. New York, NY, USA, 2005 

‘Ice and Fire’ (feature). Art Asia Pacific, No. 41. New York, NY, USA, 2004    

'Dirty Pixels' (review). Illusions, Vol. No.35. Wellington, New Zealand, 2003 

‘Moving Images of Home’ (essay). Art Journal, Vol. 61, No. 4. College Art Association, New York, NY, USA, 2002

'From Distraction to Disappearance' (catalogue essay). Open Cities. Rymer Gallery, Chicago/ Para/Site, Hong Kong, China, 2001

'Travel and Identities of Displacement' (catalogue essay). Not On Any Map. Rymer Gallery / Film Center, Chicago, IL. USA, 1999

'Cultures of Empire/Cultures of Resistance: Kidlat Tahimik' (interview). Art & Artist series. Video Data Bank, Chicago, IL, USA, 1998

‘Picturing Pasolini’ (essay). Art Journal, Vol. 56, No. 2. College Art Association, New York, NY, USA, 1997     

'How Do I Look: Queer Film and Video' (review). WideAngle, Vol. 14, No.3. University of Ohio, Athens OH, USA, 1993

Exhibitions & Screenings (selected)


Millennium Film Workshop Channel [online], Millennium Film, New York, NY, US


This is Not a Love Song, Fernán Gómez Centro de la Villa, Madrid, Spain


Oodaaq - Festival d’images nomades et poétiques, Maison de la Poésie, Rennes, France


Magic Bureaucracy, Tensta Konsthall, Stockholm, Sweden.

Oberhausen Short Film Festival, Germany

Thick Cinema, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London, UK

Hamburg International Short Film Festival, Germany.

Disco! An Interdisciplinary Conference, University of Sussex, Brighton, UK

Festival Les Instants Vidéo, BOX Videoart, Milan, Italy


Dot Dot Dot. SCA Galleries, Sydney, Australia


This is Not a Love Song. Pera Museum, Istanbul, Turkey

Indeterminate States. William Wright Artists Projects, Sydney, Australia

Dumbsh*t videoart. Brenda May Gallery, Sydney, Australia

Dallas VideoFest. Dallas, TX, USA

London Underground Film Festival, London UK

Sydney Underground Film FestivalSydney, Australia

VDB TV [online program], Video Data Bank, Chicago, USA


*  Bandiera Nera, SCA Galleries, Sydney, Australia 

Tactical Imaginary, SCA Galleries, Sydney,Australia

*  Lucis Puncta, Folonomo Gallery, Sydney, Australia


The Sceptical Image. SCA Galleries, Sydney, Australia


This is Not a Love Song. Virreina Centre de la Imatge (in conjunction with Screen Festival), Barcelona, Spain

Låntrum (film series), Osramhuset, Copenhagen, Denmark

Strom Kunstfestival. Kunsthaus Rheniana. Cologne, Germany

Please Be Quiet. BSR Gallery – British School at Rome, Italy

Spazi Aperti. Romanian Academy. Rome, Italy

Poetics and Politics of Documentary Film Conference, Aalto University, Helsinki, Finland

Out of this World. William Wright Artists' Projects. Sydney,Australia

Intersensorial Threads. FCA Gallery- University of Wollongong. Australia


Dialogues in Contemporary Video Art. National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taichung, Taiwan

Artworks & Artwords. Project Space – National Art School. Sydney, Australia

Santorini Biennale of Art. Santorini, Greece


Videonale – Contemporary Video Art. Kunstmuseum. Bonn, Germany

The Return. Enjoy Public Art Gallery. Wellington, New Zealand

Video Review. BWA Contemporary Art Gallery. Katowice, Poland

Paper Trail. Robin Gibson Gallery. Sydney, Australia

Sightseeing. St. Paul Street Gallery- AUT. Auckland, New Zealand (in partnership with Goethe Institute)

I AM WHAT I PLAY (video program). Cell Block Theatre - NAS Gallery (in conjunction with Sydney Fringe Festival). Sydney, Australia 

The Screening Room. Cell Block Theatre - NAS Gallery / Performance Space, Sydney, Australia


Festival International du Documentaire de Marseille (FIDM) [official competition]. Marseille, France

New Filmmakers. Anthology Film Archives. New York, NY, USA

Human Rights Film Festival. Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzogovina

Documentary Edge Film Festival [official competition]. New Zealand 

Double Take / Time Frame. Project Space - RMIT. Melbourne, Australia

Ashes (Amsterdam) (part of FED TV public art project). Federation Square. Melbourne, Australia

Sightseeing. Peninsula Art Gallery- University of Plymouth, UK (in partnership with Goethe Institute)


You Are Here. New Zealand Film Archive, Wellington, New Zealand

Ashes (Amsterdam) (part of Projection on Lake public art project). Pasadena, CA, USA 

On Ritual. Bartley Co Gallery. Wellington, NZ

ChannelingLondon Lesbian & Gay Film Festival - Experimental Visions. British Film Institute. London, UK​


Crossroads: Interfaces between Rock Music and Contemporary Art (in conjunction with Exploraphoto – International Festival of Photography, Castilla y León) Domus Artium Museum. Salamanca, Spain 


LOOP Festival – ‘New Zealand Scapes’ program. Barcelona, Spain

Satellite (in conjunction with the Shanghai Biennale of Art). Creative Shanghai, China

From Mini-FM to Hacktivists. Govett-Brewster Gallery, New Plymouth, New Zealand


Moonstruck: Hong Kong Artist's Biennale. Art Space - Club64. Hong Kong, China

Texts & Subtexts [The Pasolini Project]. New Zealand Film Archives.  Wellington, NewZealand


New Zealand Biennial of Contemporary Art: Break/Shift. Govett-Brewster Gallery. New Plymouth, New Zealand

Matchmaking (in conjunction with the Shanghai Biennale of Art). Eastlink Gallery. Shanghai, China  


Inter/section (part of Art Box public art commissions). Civic Square. Wellington, New Zealand

Picturing Pasolini [The Pasolini Project]. Moving Image Centre. Auckland, New Zealand


Je Me Souviens [The Pasolini Project]. Galerie Articule. Montréal, Canada

Transmediale - International Media Arts Festival. Berlin, Germany 

Je Me Souviens (I Remember) [The Pasolini Project] (in conjunction with Images International Film Festival)  A Space. Toronto, Canada 

Politics, Resistance & Musical Subculture. Barcelona Museum of Modern Art. Barcelona, Spain

Festival de Imagem de Oeiras. Barcarena, Portugal

Voices in Transit Project. Central Station. Cape Town, South Africa / SAW Gallery, Ottawa, Canada


Kassel Documentary Film & Video Festival. Kassel, Germany

Open Cities: HKG. Para/Site Art Space. Hong Kong, China

Open Cities: ORD. Betty Rymer Gallery. Chicago, IL, USA 

25 Artists / 25 Years. Ellen Art Gallery. Concordia University, Montréal, Canada


Art and Queery. Gallery 2. Chicago, IL, USA 

A Book Is Not A Book Is Not A Book. Rymer Gallery. Chicago, IL, USA 


 Troubling Customs - Boston. The School of the Museum of Fine Arts. Boston, MA, USA 

Troubling Customs- Toronto. Ontario College of Art, Toronto. Canada

Textuality. Gallery 2. Chicago, IL, USA.

Artists of the MidWest. Northern Michigan University Art Museum. Marquette, MI, USA


* Center for Communications Resources. Chicago, IL, USA 


On Love, Sex & Politics. Randolph Street Gallery. Chicago, IL, USA

Day Without Art. Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, CA, USA

Day Without Art. Hammer Museum. Los Angeles, CA, USA

Day Without Art. Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA). Los Angeles, USA


Corporeal Economics. Mercer Union. Toronto, Canada 

KQED (PBS affiliate – San Francisco) - Living Room Festival. Selected by New Langton Arts, San Francisco, CA, USA


Into the Lapse. Royal Academy of Art. Copenhagen, Denmark 

Into the Lapse. Palais des Beaux-Arts. Brussels, Belgium

Hong Kong International Lesbian& Gay Film Festival. Hong Kong Art Center, Hong Kong, China

Community Responses. University of California Fine Art Gallery. Irvine, CA, USA


Transcendaids. Watts Towers Art Center. Los Angeles, CA, USA

Into the Lapse. Karsten Schubert Gallery. London, UK 

Into the Lapse. Friesenwall 120. Cologne, Germany

Into the Lapse. Dogenhaus. Leipzig, Germany

Into the Lapse. Bruno Brunnet FineArts. Berlin, Germany

Atlanta International Film Festival. Atlanta, GA, USA 

London Lesbian & Gay Film Festival, British Film Institute. London, UK

Tokyo Gay & Lesbian Film Festival. Tokyo, Japan

Stockholm International FilmFestival. Stockholm, Sweden


Tell Me Why. New Langton Arts. San Francisco, CA, USA 

Désirs – Idées. Language Plus. Alma, Québec, Canada

European Media Art Festival (EMAF). Osnabruck, Germany

Day Without Art.  Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA). Los Angeles, USA

San Francisco International Film Festival. San Francisco, CA, USA

San Francisco Lesbian & Gay Film Festival. San Francisco, CA, USA

Wexner Center for theArts. Columbus, OH, USA

VideoFest - Berlin Film Festival. Berlin, Germany

Images International Film and Video Festival. Toronto, Canada

Queer Bodies. Evergreen StateCollege. Olympia, WA, USA 

Video Tension. University ofArizona. Tucson, AZ, USA


Powers of Desire. The Art Library - University of California, Los Angeles, USA

I Never Can Say Goodbye (part of the LACE - Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions public art commissions). Los Angeles, USA

Tell Me Why / The Epistemology of Disco. Wight Art Gallery - UCLA. Los Angeles, USA 

No More Heroes. SF Camerawork/Cinematheque. San Francisco, CA, USA

American Film Institute Video Festival. American Film Institute Los Angeles, USA

Chicago International Film Festival. Chicago, IL, USA

Act Of Video (Cable-television broadcast). City University of New York. New York, NY,  USA

Articulating Disparities. San José State University Gallery. San José, CA, USA 

Amsterdam Gay & Lesbian Film Festival. Amsterdam, Netherlands

Image et Nation. Goethe Institute. Montréal, Canada

Who's caring? Los Angeles Center for Contemporary Photography. Los Angeles, USA

New World Order. Highways. Santa Monica,CA, USA. Curators: General Idea

LA Freewaves Festival. Los Angeles, CA, USA

Hamburg Lesbian & Gay Film Festival. Hamburg,Germany 

The New Festival. New York, NY, USA 

Los Angeles International Gay& Lesbian Film Festival. Los Angeles, CA, USA  

Apprentissages. Maison de la Culture-Frontenac. Montréal, Canada


Désirs / Idées. Galerie Vu. Québec City, Canada

Positive Action. The Clocktower. New York, NY, USA

Imperfect Moments. California Institute of the Arts. Valencia, CA, USA

Cross Ties. Eye Gallery. Halifax, NS, Canada

Cross Ties. A Space. Toronto, Canada

Out of Control. ARC Gallery. Chicago, IL, USA. 


Désirs / Idées. Galerie Articule. Montréal, Canada

Le Photomaton (in conjunction with Mois de la Photo). Galerie Articule.  Montréal, Canada


Désirs / Idées. Canadian Cultural Centre. Rome, Italy

Studio. Studio E. Rome, Italy

Visions Beyond Censorship. Idée Gallery. Toronto,Canada

Art at Work. Liberté Factory. Brossard, QC, Canada

Latent Image. Gallery 44. Toronto, Canada

Eros, c'est la vie. Galerie d'art Edouard-Montpetit. Longueuil, QC, Canada


International Artists' Books. Galerie Caroline Corre. Paris, France 

International Artists' Books. Center for Book-Art. New York, NY,  USA


International Artists' Books. Galerie Aubes. Montréal, Canada

INTERFACE: 3 - Artist Power. Montréal, Canada 

 [* solo exhibition/screening]

Research activities

RESIDENCIES (selected)

Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, France. Power Institute for Art & Visual Culture, Fern Residency Fellow. 2017

Concordia University - Hexagram centre for research in media arts, design, technology & digital culture, Visiting Scholar Residency. 2016

British School at Rome, Rome, Italy. Artist-in-Residence. 2013

Shanghai Creative, Shanghai, China. (in conjunction with the Shanghai Biennale of Art)  Artist-in-Residence. 2006

Eastlink Gallery, Shanghai, China. (in conjunction with the Shanghai Biennale of Art)  Artist-in-Residence. 2004

Videotage / Hong Kong Arts Development Council, Hong Kong, China. Artist-in-Residence. 2001


Ashes (Amsterdam)'. Video projection (commissioned by FED TVFederation Square, Melbourne, Australia. 2010

'Ashes (Amsterdam)'. Video projection (commissioned Projection on Lake public art) Pasadena, USA. 2008/9

'Inter/section'. Site-specific installation (commissioned by the Art Box Project). Civic Square. Wellington, New Zealand. 2003

'I Never Can Say Goodbye'. Billboard project (commissioned by LACE - Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions). Los Angeles, CA, USA. 1991


'RE:CINEMA' [video program]. Co-curator. Sydney Underground Film Festival, Sydney, Australia.2016

'The Screening Room' [screening series]. Co-curator. NAS Gallery / Performance Space. Sydney, Australia. 2011 – 2012

'I AM WHAT I PLAY'[music/performance/video/art series]. Co-curator. NAS Gallery –Cell Block Theatre. Sydney. 2011 – 2012

'Satellite' [exhibition]. Curator - New Zealand Pavilion. Creative Shanghai, Shanghai, China. 2006

DocNZ Film Festival - Experimental Documentary [film program]. Curator. New Zealand Film Archives. Wellington, New Zealand. 2006

'V.A.L.I.S. - Connie Samaras' [solo-artist exhibition]. Curator. The Engine Room. Wellington, New Zealand. 2006

'Open Cities' [exhibitions]. Co-curator. Para/Site Art Space. Hong Kong / Rymer Gallery, Chicago, USA. 2001

'Not On Any Map' [film series]. Curator. Film Center. Chicago, USA. 1999

Not On Any Map [exhibition]. Curator. Rymer Gallery. Chicago, USA. 1999

Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian International Film Festival [festival program]. Video Curatorial & Programming Committee. 1993 & 1994

Participation activities


Concordia University, Paolo Pasolini -  Riprese Reprises Retakes Conference, Panelist, Montreal, Canada, 2022

University of Sussex, Disco! An Interdisciplinary Conference - screening, Brighton, UK, 2018

Coventry University, Thick Cinema - screening and presentation, Invited Artist, Coventry, UK, 2017 

University of Sydney. Photography. Ontology. Conference, Co-convener & Presenter, Sydney, Australia, 2016

University of Sydney. PopCAANZ International Conference, Popular Culture Association of Australia & New Zealand, Sydney, Australia, 2016

Sydney Underground Film Festival / University of Sydney. RE:CINEMA Symposium. Sydney, Australia, 2016

Concordia University / Hexagram. Elastic S3D Space: Embodied Virtual Space Conference, Invited Researcher & Presenter, Montreal, Canada, 2016

California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) – Photo & Media Dept., Invited Speaker, Valencia, CA, USA, 2015

University of Sydney – Sydney College of the Arts. Tactical Imaginary Symposium, Co-convener & Presenter, Sydney, Australia, 2015

Concordia University / Hexagram. Elastic S3D Space: Research Exchange Workshop, Invited Presenter, Montreal, Canada, 2015

University of Sydney. The Image in Question Conference, Co-convenor/Speaker, Sydney, Australia, 2014

University of Toronto – Faculty of Architecture, Invited Speaker, Toronto, Canada, 2014

Artspace. The 21st Century Artist Conference, Chair/Panelist, Sydney, Australia, 2013

University of Sydney. Art History & Film Studies Lecture Series, Invited Speaker, Sydney, Australia, 2013

Aalto University. Poetics and Politics of Documentary Film Conference, Panelist, Helsinki, Finland, 2013

University of Sydney. Art Association of Australia & New Zealand Conference, Chair/Panelist, Sydney, Australia, 2012

University of California. Artist Lecture / Screening, Claire Trevor School of the Arts, Irvine, CA, USA, 2012

University of Sydney. Doctoral writing in the visual and performing arts Symposium, Panelist, Sydney College of the Arts, Sydney, Australia, 2011

CAST- Contemporary Art Spaces Tasmania / University of Tasmania. Iteration: Again Conference, Panel Chair/Respondent, Hobart, Australia, 2011

NAS Gallery / National Art School. Art Forum Artist Lecture. Sydney, Australia, 2011

Project Space Gallery – RMIT University. DoubleTake / Time Frame, Artist Presentation, Melbourne, Australia, 2010    

Monash University. Time, Transcendence, Performance Conference. Panelist, Melbourne, Australia, 2009 

University of Auckland. Expanding Documentary Conference. Panelist & Convener. Auckland, New Zealand, 2009 

Te Papa Museum/Massey University. One Day Sculpture Conference. Moderator. Wellington, New Zealand, 2009 

Govett-Brewster Gallery. Keynote Speaker (for the exhibition 'Activating Korea'). New Plymouth, New Zealand, 2007

Danish Cultural Centre. Performance: Design Conference. Invited Panelist. Rome, Italy, 2006 

Govett-Brewster Gallery. Public Lecture (in conjunction with 'From Mini-FM to Hacktivists' exhibition). New Plymouth, New Zealand, 2006 

Massey University / New Zealand Film Archive, Expanding Documentary Conference. Co-convener. Wellington, New Zealand, 2006 

Concordia University, Visible Evidence—XII Conference. Panelist. Montréal, Canada, 2005

Massey University / New Zealand Film Archive, Expanding Documentary Conference. Respondent /Co-convener. Wellington New Zealand, 2004

Govett-Brewster Gallery. Artist Lecture. New Plymouth, New Zealand, 2004

University of Auckland. Poetics of Exile Conference. Panelist. Auckland, New Zealand, 2003 

Adam Art Gallery - Victoria University. Invited Lecturer (in conjunction with 'Dirty Pixels' exhibition). Wellington, New Zealand, 2003 

University of Auckland, Documentary Matters Conference. Presenter. Auckland, New Zealand, 2002

Videotage/ Sheung Wan Centre. Invited Lecturer. Hong Kong, China, 2001 

Griffith University. Visible Evidence—IX Conference. Panelist. Brisbane, Australia, 2001 

Massey University. Video Star Conference. Invited Panelist. Wellington, New Zealand, 2001 

Adam Art Gallery - Victoria University. Keynote Lecture (in conjunction with Video Star conference), Wellington, New Zealand, 2001 

University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee - Center for 20th Century Studies. 

Knowing Mass Culture/Mediating Knowledge Conference. Invited Speaker. Milwaukee, WI, USA. 1999 

College Art Association. CAA Annual Conference. Panel co-chair. Los Angeles, USA, 1999 

College Art Association. CAA Annual Conference, Panelist. Toronto, Canada, 1998 ​  

Columbia College - Interdisciplinary Arts Program. Visiting Artist presentation. Chicago, IL. USA, 1997 

School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Invited Artist. Chicago, IL. USA, 1995 

College Art Association. CAA Annual Conference. Panel co-chair. NewYork, NY, USA, 1994

Art Center. Invited Artist. Pasadena, CA, USA. 1993  

Society for Photographic Education. SPE Regional Conference, Chair & Panelist. Buellton, CA, USA, 1991 

UCLA Film & Television Archives. Pier Paolo Pasolini - Life After Salo' Conference, Invited Speaker & Panelist. Los Angeles, USA. 1991  

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