Distinguished Professor Larissa Hjorth is an artist and digital ethnographer. Hjorth has two decades experience working in interdisciplinary, collaborative, playful and socially innovative digital media methods to explore intergenerational relationships in cross-cultural contexts.
Hjorth is currently the Design & Creative Practice ECP Platform director at RMIT University. The Platform focuses on interdisciplinary collaboration and creative solution to real-world problems, especially in relation to ageing well, careful and multisensorial methods.
Recent publications include Haunting Hands (with Cumiskey, Oxford Uni Press), Understanding Social Media(with Hinton, 2nd Edition Sage), Creative Practice Ethnographies (with Harris, Jungnickel and Coombs, Rowman & Little) and Ambient Play (with Richardson, MIT Press).
Hjorth will be keynoting at the Montreal public symposium B/OLD: Aging in our cityon play & ageing in May 2019 and the Digital Asia conference in Sweden in December. She is currently collaborating with colleagues in Spain and Japan around creative quotidian media practice for digital health and ageing well.
Hjorth has been a CI on five Australian Research Council (ARC) grants, as well as numerous arts funding and fellowships including Australian Council for the Arts New Media fellowship, Japan Foundation, Brain Korea fellowship, Asialink arts residency and Australia Council Tokyostudio.
Much of her participatory art projects seek to provide playful critical reflection on quotidian environment and media practices from climate change and Big Brother to what happens to our data after we die (#dataofthedead). Recent exhibitions include Model Citizen (RMIT Gallery, February 2019).