Dr Vaughn Pinxit

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Studies In Creative Arts And Writing

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Areas of interest: Interdisciplinary Practice, Transdisciplinary strategies, Practice-led Research, Tangible Media and Electronic Art, Sound Art, Interactive Installations, Design Methods and Theory, Art Theory, Painting, Drawing, Sculpture, Kinetic Sculpture, Zen & Engaged Buddhism, Vipassana Meditation, Rigpa Tibetan Meditation, Stillness

PhD (Queensland University of Technology), Fellow of The Higher Education Academy (Queensland University of Technology), Graduate Certificate in Academic Practice (Queensland University of Technology), Bachelor of Visual Arts wtih Honours (Southern Cross University)

Dr Vaughn Pinxit is a Lecturer in Interaction Design in the School of Design at the Creative Industries Faculty, Queensland University of Technology. Vaughn recently qualified as a Fellow of the internationally recognised Higher Education Academy (FHEA, UK), through completion of the Graduate Certificate in Academic Practice (QUT). His approach and philosophy to teaching and academic practice aligns with a connectivist (connected learning) approach, supported with a core leadership philosophy value that aims to be: an inspiring leader that is encouraging and innovates future learning opportunities.

In Teaching: To support deep active learning and student understanding of emerging interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary studio methods, including assisting postgraduate supervisions with this notion.

In Research: To continue to reflexively investigate his practice and teaching methods to assist research publications and curriculum development in the field of interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary practices.

In Leadership & Engagement: To provide ongoing mentorship for sessional staff in understanding interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary practices, and effectively administer unit coordination and deliver curriculum aligned with this field.

Vaughn completed an Australian Department of Defence electronics trade in 1988 (a time when valve amplifiers were still being used), and from there he continued with tertiary education in Fine Art (1989). During many home renovations, designs and complete home builds, and running a commercial art gallery with his wife and two daughters, Vaughn collaborated with experimental sound artist Rex Hardjadibrata. Vaughn created real time video sequences that triggered from the sound works. They formed Sound Crucible, which performed on many occasions in the Northern Rivers of NSW, and hosted many events with other experimental sound artists (2007-2011).

Vaughn decided to continue his art practice education by completing a Bachelor of Visual Art at Southern Cross University and then an Honours degree in 2010. The focus of his practice was integrating technology with kinetics and participatory new media installations. The examined work called The Final Note, includes a one key piano.

In 2016 Vaughn completed his PhD titled “Stillness: a meditation in new media art”. The research and subsequent new media outcomes focussed on ways to use interactivity, kinetics, performance, Butoh, sound, video and meditation to evoke an atmosphere of stillness. One of the five examined artworks called One Arrow includes networked systems to control a reel-to-reel tape-deck to record the sound of the performance. This played-back when a video mapped space was broken by an audience member, and a video sequence of Zen Koans then supported the sound of the recorded performance.

Vaughn continues to unit coordinate, lecture and tutor students at QUT in Interaction Design, applying learning and teaching initiatives, and participating in QUT’s Ars Electronica Futurelab Academy. Vaughn is currently an owner builder with his wife, exploring and applying his research field and ethos to the new design of their Off-grid living home.