Dr David Akenson


NameDr David Akenson
Email Addressdavid.akenson@unisq.edu.au
Job TitleLecturer (Visual Arts Theory)
QualificationsBA(Hons) Griffith, PhD USQ
DepartmentSchool of Creative Arts
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Biography

David Akenson is a researcher, artist and educator with over 25 years experience in the field. His research is centred on the intersection of art and social life, with a particular focus on how audiences engage with the creative arts. He has published on Kantian aesthetics, art studio practice and ethical practice.

Employment

PositionOrganisationFromTo
Lecturer in Visual ArtUniSQ20102023

Expertise

Art history, theory and social practice.

Teaching

Art theory, art practice and practice and theory intersections.

Fields of Research

  • 360199. Art history, theory and criticism not elsewhere classified
  • 360699. Visual arts not elsewhere classified

Professional Membership

Professional MembershipYear
NAVA
BA(Hons)
Griffith
2000
PhD
USQ
2009

Current Supervisions

Research TitleSupervisor TypeLevel of StudyCommenced
The thesis topic aims to research contemporary art practice where a visual conflict exists between the familiar and the strange through trompe l┬┐oeil.Principal SupervisorDoctoral2023
Awful Beauty: Mapping Toxic Locations┬┐Principal SupervisorDoctoral2021
A Relationship with NatureAssociate SupervisorDoctoral2021
Artistic Wandering: The act of wandering as artworkAssociate SupervisorDoctoral2021

Completed Supervisions

Research TitleSupervisor TypeLevel of StudyCompleted
101 Positions The Role Women Play in Erotic ArtPrincipal SupervisorDoctoral2024
Entering the zone: studio approaches inspiring artistic presence: the line and the area in painting.Associate SupervisorDoctoral2023
Site Specific Art: Post 20th Century ConsiderationsPrincipal SupervisorDoctoral2023
TALES FROM THE SUBURBAN GARDEN The Murarrie Neighbourhood Garden Project: Constructing Community Cohesion through Horticultural PracticeAssociate SupervisorDoctoral2022
Vegan artist: Exploring the ethical use of animals in contemporary art through a reconsideration of the vegan philosophyAssociate SupervisorDoctoral2021
Art after atrocity: Post-Holocaust representation and affectAssociate SupervisorDoctoral2019
The critical image: Ethics and the art of Vernon Ah KeePrincipal SupervisorDoctoral2017
Artist as Rhetor: Strategies for the Visual Communication of Artistic and Scientific ConceptsPrincipal SupervisorDoctoral2016

Individual works in group exhibition - Undercurrent: Arts and Wellbeing [Touring exhibition accompanying Creative Returns: Reformation, Recovery, Renewal Symposium]

Batorowicz, Beata, Batorowicz, Krystyna, Baguley, Margaret, Shantz, Susan, Johnson, Rhiannan, Webb, Jen, Castro, Jason, McLean, Tarn, Clark, Linda, Ward, Alistair, Usher, David, Hobbs, Lisa, Osborn, Peter, Baker, Alyson, Walker, Gwen, Akenson, David, Baker, Alyson, Carter, Joe, Oancea, Sorin, ..., Spurrier, Stephen. 2023. Individual works in group exhibition - Undercurrent: Arts and Wellbeing [Touring exhibition accompanying Creative Returns: Reformation, Recovery, Renewal Symposium]. St Andrew's Hospital, Cancer Care Centre, Toowoomba (Part One).

Beyond criticism of ethics review boards: strategies for engaging research communities and enhancing ethical review processes

Hickey, Andrew, Davis, Samantha, Farmer, Will, Dawidowicz, Julianna, Moloney, Clint, Lamont-Mills, Andrea, Carniel, Jess, Pillay, Yosheen, Akenson, David, Bromdal, Annette, Gehrmann, Richard, Mills, Dean, Kolbe-Alexander, Tracy, Machin, Tanya, Reich, Suzanne, Southey, Kim, Crowley-Cyr, Lynda, Watanabe, Taiji, Davenport, Josh, ..., Maxwell, Jacinta. 2021. "Beyond criticism of ethics review boards: strategies for engaging research communities and enhancing ethical review processes." Journal of Academic Ethics. 20, pp. 549-567. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10805-021-09430-4

Artistic freedom or animal cruelty? Contemporary visual art practice that involves live and deceased animals

Coleman, Ellie, Scollen, Rebecca, Batorowicz, Beata, Akenson, David, Coleman E., Scollen R., Batorowicz B. and Akenson D.. 2021. "Artistic freedom or animal cruelty? Contemporary visual art practice that involves live and deceased animals." Animals. 11 (3), pp. 1-14. https://doi.org/10.3390/ani11030812

Dan Elborne's brutal beauty

Akenson, David. 2014. "Dan Elborne's brutal beauty." Ceramics Art and Perception. 24 (95), pp. 36-39.

Curiouser and curiouser: studio research at the University of Southern Queensland

Akenson, David. 2013. Curiouser and curiouser: studio research at the University of Southern Queensland. Brisbane, Queensland. Octivium Press.