PhD at Digital Ethnography Research Centre

I’m pleased to announce in February I will be embarking on PhD study at the Digital Ethnography Research Centre (DERC), Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Australia.

A 3.5 year practice-based research period to study lens-based performance on video sharing networks, gesture and interface online and the influence of algorithmic cultures on the social body.

The support offered by a Design and Creative Practice ECP scholarship for the duration of the study will greatly support my practical outcomes, including new performance work, large-scale film making projects and exhibitions.

My research blog is now online and serves as a public platform for outcomes related to the PhD.

DERC focuses on understanding a contemporary world where digital and mobile technologies are increasingly inextricable from the environments and relationships in which everyday life plays out.

DERC excels in both academic scholarship and in our applied work with external partners from industry and other sectors.

DERC approaches this world and how we experience it through innovative, reflexive and ethical ethnographic approaches, developed through anthropology, media and cultural studies, design, arts and documentary practice and games research.

Our research is incisive, interventional and internationally leading. Going beyond the call of pure academia we combine academic scholarship with applied practice to produce research, analysis and dissemination projects that are innovative and based on ethnographic insights.

DERC partners and collaborates with a range of institutions in Australia and globally, including other universities, companies and other organisations. This includes collaborative research projects, conferences, symposia and workshops, and international visits, fellowships and publications.

The Digital Ethnography Research Centre (DERC) was established in December 2012 by Larissa Hjorth and Heather Horst with the aim of consolidating and further developing RMIT’s strength in international digital innovation. The Centre is now Directed by Sarah Pink who will be taking it into its second stage of development from 2016.

DERC members are aligned into Labs to represent their research interests, DERC Labs include:

Data Ethnographies Lab
Design+Ethnography+Futures (D+E+F) Lab
Bio Inspired Digital Sensing-Lab (BIDS-Lab)
Digital Transformations Lab
Visual Impact
Migration and Digital Media Lab

All those moments will be lost like tears in the rain

The artists Sarah Burger and Ceel Mogami de Haas are initiating an audio exhibition in relation to their ongoing project Tu’i Malila based on their common interest in the film Blade Runner by Ridley Scott (1982). For the occasion of this procuration at the Médiathèque they relate their research to the polymorphic work of Chris Marker as it is collected in the Fonds Christophe Chazalon at FMAC and invite eight artists to question, redistribute, and interpret it. The exhibition is introduced by Terence Broad’s video work Blade Runner – Autoencoded

Sarah Burger, Matthias Gabi, Ana María Gómez Lopez, Alexis Guillier & Méryll Ampe, Arvo Leo, Ceel Mogami de Haas & Mathieu Arbez-Hermoso, Lena Maria Thüring, Emile Zile

With the support of
Ernst und Olga Gubler-Hablützel Stiftung, Fondation Leenards, ProHelvetia, Fondation suisse pour la culture

Fonds d’art contemporain de la Ville de Genève (FMAC)
Rue des Bains 34
1205 Genève

Ouverture du mardi au samedi de 11h à 18h, ou sur rendez-vous
Ouvert pendant les fêtes du 26 au 30 décembre 2017
T +41 22 418 45 40

Emile Zile and Philip Brophy in conversation

Join Emile Zile and Philip Brophy for a conversational and unmoderated exchange as they select, screen and discuss each other’s video work. Both artists move horizontally between visual art, filmmaking and performance, working beyond the confines of strict categorisation. Their methods and tools are post-cinematic: scavenging and re-presenting the moving image material that surrounds them.

11 September 2017, 6.30pm
Free entry, bookings requested

Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Federation Square Melbourne


Another Space: VR Eyeballs and CGI Limbs

Diego Ramirez on Another Space groupshow Dumb Brunette blog 20 July 2017

Speaking of gestures, Emile Zile performed a live reading with a video component on the closing night of Another Space at Testing Grounds. This performance featured the artist standing up and reading from a laptop as he projected his image with enlarged eyes on the wall behind him. Like a Skype video conference, the audience could see Zile’s alien reflection in conversation with an overbearingly utopian background that resembled a Mac desktop stock image. His reading was ironically aligned with a post-4k rhetoric, seemingly welcoming us to a future that already seems dated. As Emile Zile’s performance unraveled, flashbacks of Zile’s past works came to mind: particularly the logo miming in Five Production Company Logos in 3d (2010), where he pantomimed a succession of hyperbolic logos, and his equally idiosyncratic performance OMG_sisyphus (2011-13) – in which he treated a heavy stone like his laptop in a ritual of futile dis-connectivity. The artist’s hands now seemed forced to stay still, carrying the weight of an actual laptop that kept him from gesticulating his words. Suddenly, Emile Zile’s proclamations made me aware of my sore back, strained computer vision and the IRL social anxiety that comes after my ‘sassy’ tweets. Indeed, the bodily effects of banal technologies, like the snapchat filter on Zile’s face, became manifest.

Australiana to Zeitgeist

Melissa Loughnan’s new book ‘Australiana to Zeitgeist: an A to Z of Australian Contemporary Art’ is now available in stores, published by Thames and Hudson.

I’m contained within V for Video but equally happy with S for Spam Filter, N for Networked Performance, P for Pathos of Social Media or C for Caveman Home Cinema.

Emile Zile and Sven Lütticken in conversation

Within the framework of the exhibition “Liquid Cooled: new works by Emile Zile”, LIMA organises a public screening and discussion night. The artist Emile Zile and art historian and critic Sven Lütticken will talk about Zile’s work within the context of the LIMA Collection – ranging from early gems from the seventies (Douglas Davis, Dan Graham) to Zile’s current body of work. Performance on television, social media and the performativity of the mass media will be recurrent themes.

Entrance: € 7,50 / 5,-
Free entrance with: Cineville pass
Language: English

Arie Biemondstraat 111
1054 PD Amsterdam
The Netherlands
+31(0)20 389 20 30

This programme is part of the exhibition Liquid Cooled: new works by Emile Zile
LIMA is proud to present its first exhibition of new works by the Australian artist Emile Zile. Liquid Cooled will present prints, video works and a performance by the artist who currently has a residency at the Rijksakademie voor Beeldende Kunsten.

UNmagazine article ‘Digital Communion’

‘Zile tests these components of identity against the realities and outcomes of the most efficient methods of mass communication available to the artist, and others, today. They converge with overbearing entertainment, unfixed place, the separation of bodies in social contact, heightened demands for personal expression and enraptured capitalism. In Zile’s practice, corporeal realities, philosophical consideration and intimate expressions of love and loss flick at the force of digital mass. The artist undermines fantasies of fulfilment through boundless media and technological output, consumption and connectivity, conceding meaning to the bent tread and vulnerable closeness of the hungry human body.’

Digital Communion Elise Routledge
UN.magazine article issue 10.2, Melbourne 2016

Full article online at:

Alaska Projects performance Sydney


Everyday Machines #1
Sunday October 16 2016
Alaska Projects [William St], performances from 6:30pm
73-75 William St Darlinghurst

Alaska Projects in collaboration with Tom Smith presents Everyday Machines. This performance series brings together artists exploring the tyranny and poetics of everyday machines through performance.



Performance of identity. Mental collapse. Marketing move. Within the YouTube monologue of ex-Social Media star Essena O’Neill we hear an earnest call to arms to defend reality and remove oneself from the fracturing of the self as enabled by social media. Emile Zile uses this monologue (and subsequent call for donations) as a present day ‘everyman/everywoman’; Essena’s yearning for authenticity is our yearning for a life removed from pretence, consumption and image-management. Yet all is not what it seems and through an intertextual performative commentary on the monologue Zile descends into the Egoic hall of mirrors that we navigate online.

Jannah Quill will perform several text to speech translations simultaneously, and feed the resulting audio through pitch correction software. Jannah’s performance attempts to correct the uncorrectable, to extract the musical from randomised language, and to generate the new from the digitally banal.

Tè will perform their recent work 100_PERCENT_HITS. 100_PERCENT_HITS continues an investigation into the form and the production of the ‘pop song.’ The idea of the ‘radio-ready’ track—increasingly defined by standardised production, duration and audio quality—is here further condensed, examining what traces remain in the re-contextualisation of musical forms. 100_PERCENT_HITS is a performance that explores the generic—both as a standard and a site for the production of novelty.

In their new work ‘Racey Texts’ Get to Work explore texting and sexting as modes of communication that result in intimate/impersonal experiences. The work further explores how cultural identity is represented through ringtones, emojis and phone paraphernalia.