Associate Member, Centre for Contemporary Design Practice
DipGraphicDesign (NAS), BA (Syd)
Jacqueline Gothe’s work explores how visual communication design in collaboration with specific stakeholders can provide rich and deep understandings of place in order to contribute to sustainment. This supports changes in cultural and scientific representations of place in order to transform the way specific places are understood.
Jacqueline teaches Visualising Research at undergraduate level and her current research projects include “Drawing Country: visual communication transdisciplinarity and relational design”.
In 2011 she is participating in the Senior Artists Research Forum at the University of Wollongong; in the Firesticks Project (Communicating Shared Traditional Knowledge) and in trans-disciplinary approaches to understanding impact of pesticide use in the Hawkesbury-Nepean River.
Jacqueline was keynote speaker at the 2010 International Participatory Design conference, hosted the Indigenous-led Firesticks project workshop and meeting at UTS in February 2011 to facilitate indigenous fire knowledge and practices in the context of contemporary fire mitigation strategies, and participated in "Memory Flows", a distributed event coordinated by the Centre for Media Arts Innovation at UTS with exhibitions at Carriageworks, The Armory at Newington, and at UTS.
Selected Peer-Assessed Projects
Plant, R., Walker, J., Rayburg, S., Gothe, J. & Leung, T. 2012, 'The Wild Life of Pesticides: Urban agriculture, institutional responsibility, and the future of biodiversity in Sydney's Hawkesbury-Nepean River', Australian Geographer, vol. 43, no. 1, pp. 75-91.
Agricultural chemicals are a notoriously intractable source of environmental pollution. Offering enhanced agricultural productivity, they simultaneously risk degrading the ecological basis upon which agriculture depends. This paper considers chemicalisation as a cause of the erosion of aquatic biodiversity and ecosystem resilience, focusing on the Hawkesbury-Nepean River and the small-scale horticulturalists who supply the city's fresh vegetable markets, working under the pressure of urbanisation, retail monopolies, indifferent land-use planning, and often without access to information about pesticide use in the languages they understand. Arguing that standard practices of 'risk management' are unable to adequately control chemical contamination, the paper presents findings from interviews with actors within the 'assemblage' of institutions with responsibility for agriculture, water quality, and environmental protection, in order to assess the effectiveness of pesticide governance in the Greater Sydney Basin. It appears that pesticide pollution is far from being tamed: it is rarely measured nor monitored, neither is it a priority of any particular agency. Arguing that public health, the long-term viability of local farming and the ecological well-being of the Hawkesbury-Nepean River are mutually consistent goals, we conclude that these vital elements of the common-weal are currently subject to a system of 'organised irresponsibility'. The paper concludes by proposing several ways forward. © 2012 Copyright Geographical Society of New South Wales Inc.
'Today fire is seen as a destructive force which most Australians fear. This fear disconnects society from the land and its people. Fire is a powerful natural element. Fire illuminates life and provides culture with ceremony, medicine, food, warmth and above all a lore that the land taught the people. We must respect this as an inherited responsibility to be passed on in our changing world. The challenge today is to keep this respect alive, not only in terms of looking after the land but to heal the differences between people and their relationship to country.' 'Firesticks - building relationships and creating change' is a seven minute digital pilot video produced through the Firesticks Project, a collaboration between National parks and Wildlife Services (NPWS NSW) Department of Climate Change and Water, (DECCW) Traditional Knowledge Revival Pathways (TKRP), Kuku Thaypan Fire Research Management Project (KTFRMP), University of technology Sdney( UTS) School of Design and UTS Media Lab with funds provided by Perpetual Trust. The Firesticks Project aims to support the use of Aboriginal knowledge in natural resource management with a particular focus on Traditional Aboriginal Fire Management as a cultural practice. Firesticks assists in the development of collaborative fire management projects in NSW In February 2011 a meeting was held at University of Technology Sydney to bring together interested parties. This meeting brought together people who had experienced the fire workshops in Cape York in 2010 where NSW traditional owners, Rural Fire Services and NPWS spent time with Elders understanding the benefits to country of traditional fire practices through practical demonstration using the Traditional Knowledge Revival Pathways (TKRP) mentorship program The objective of this film is to support communities to introduce traditional fire practices using TKRP as the model. The film demonstrates the stages of the process leading up to a pilot burn. The outcomes,...
The Gandangara Local Aboriginal Land Council (LALC) Biodiversity Strategies Media Project is part of the Land Alive initiative aimed at supporting Aboriginal landowners as they considered BioBanking on traditional lands. The interactive DVD 'The Pathway - Building The Track' has been designed to be shared with Aboriginal land councils, Aboriginal landowners and the broader public. The Pathway: Building the Track is a collaborative media project that considers the process of BioBanking â a scheme developed by the Land Alive team at Department of Environment and Climate Change (DECC) as experienced by Gandangara Local Aboriginal Land Council (LALC). The key collaborators are Gandangara LALC, Jumbunna Research Unit, UTS Visual Communication Design, the Traditional Knowledge Revival Pathways Project and Land Alive DECC. The Pathway: Building the Track is an interactive DVD that provides a checkpoint for landowners, highlighting the benefits, risks and challenges for Aboriginal landowners considering participation in the BioBanking Scheme. It is an attempt to get to the heart of the issues related to BioBanking in order to clarify notions of property, land and country through the perspectives of biodiversity, eco-system conservation, sustainable landscapes, development opportunities, cultural values and social well being. This DVD provides not only a visual experience of the country at Mill Creek but also allows the voices of country to be heard. Through the insights of elders, traditional owners, custodians and knowledge sharers including Gandangara and Dharawal/Tharawal perspectives; the Land Alive BioBanking perspective; Land Alive trainees and environmental sciences, Aboriginal cultural and ecological knowledge are highlighted alongside scientific approaches to land management. The Menai site is beautiful country filled with vibrant flora and fauna. Mill Creek flows through the site and into the Georges River. It is part of the Burragorang Valley and is a ri...
Gothe, J. 2012, 'Reading Country', Rural HCI - Distributed Interaction on a Landscape Scale, OzCHI 2011, Interactivation Lab UTS, Australian National University, Canberra. A.C.T..
Gothe, J. & Standley, P. 2011, 'Communicating Fire Building Relationships and Creating Change', Bushfire in the Landscape: Different Values, a Shared Vision, Bushfire in the Landscape: Different Values, a Shared Vision, NSW Nature Conservation Council, Sydney NSW.
Gothe, J., Leung, T., Lim, R.P., Phyu, Y.L., Plant, R. & Walker, J.R. 2011, 'Advocating for Biodiversity in the Hawkesbury Nepean River: critical research practices of visual communication design', Geography on the Edge, Institute of Australian Geographers, University of Wollongong, pp. 1-47.
Plant, R., Walker, J.R., Rayburg, S.C., Gothe, J., Leung, T.M., Phyu, Y.L. & Lim, R.P. 2011, 'The 'Social Life of Pesticides': How organised irresponsibility in the Greater Sydney Basin threatens the biodiversity of the Hawkesbury-Nepean River', Institute of Australian Geographers (IAG) Conference Wollongong 2011, Wollongong, NSW.
Gothe, J. 2011, 'IIID Awards 2011 - Editor's Choice Award'.
Standley, P., Bidwell, N., George, T., Steffenson, V. & Gothe, J. 2009, 'Connecting Communities and the Environment through Media: Doing, Saying and Seeing Along Traditional Knowledge Revival Pathways', 3C Media Journal of Community Citizen's and Thir..., vol. October, no. 5, pp. 9-27.
With the proliferation of global information and communications technologies (ICT), the concept of community no longer has geographical limitations. Yet, from ecological and social perspectives, connecting people and communities to their immediate environment is now more urgent than ever. In this paper we show how an Indigenous led initiative reaches across geographical and cultural gulfs by using digital media in ways that are profoundly embedded in the values associated with specific places. We refer to a grass-roots Indigenous created and led organization that with support from numerous partnerships across Australia has for many years used media to convey cultural and environmental values. The methodology of Traditional Knowledge Revival Pathways (TRKP), co-created according to the ancient knowledge system of the Kuku Thaypan Traditional Owner Elders in Cape York Peninsula, illustrates the way media can be used to traverse disciplinary boundaries and connect both Indigenous and non-Indigenous people to places.
'being-for' country - visual communication, the project of relational design and sustainable landscapes.
Gothe, J. 2008, 'Communicating Shared Traditional Knowledge - Water We Know', Water Wisdom The Aboriginal Support Group - Manly Warringah Pittwater (ASG), Narrabeen NSW Australia.
Gothe, J. & Steffenson, V. 2008, 'Communicating Shared Traditional Knowledge. A model for the future: the role of design research as a contributor to change.', Changing the Change: Design Visions Proposals and Tools, Changing the Change: Design Visions Proposals and Tools, Changing the Change -, Torino, pp. 1-2.
Forum on water management
Palmer, C.G., Gothe, J., Mitchell, C.A., Riedy, C., Sweetapple, K., McLaughlin, S.M., Hose, G.C., Lowe, M., Goodall, H., Green, T., Sharma, D., Fane, S.A., Brew, K. & Jones, P.R. 2007, 'Finding integration pathways: developing a transdisciplinary (TD) approach for the Upper Nepean Catchment.', Proceedings of the 5th Australian Stream Management Conference. Australian rivers: making a difference, Australian Stream Management Conference, Charles Sturt University, Albury, NSW, Australia., pp. 306-311.
Background Memefest, is an online "festival of radical communication," which encourages students, professionals, artists and activists alike to contribute their talents to a collective counter-culture of open source. The festival of radical communication nurtures and rewards innovative and socially responsible approaches to communication. www.memefest.org/2007/en/ Contribution In response to the international call for entries from memefest07, I worked with fourth year Visual Communication students over a three month period as part of the curriculum in the subject 'Visualising Research', developing digital animations for web delivery. The work focussed on communication of sustainability and environmental issues in the context of climate change. Significance I was awarded 'visual arts moving undergraduate awards, for two groups of student works.
Gothe, J. 2005, 'Towards an Understanding and Recognition of the significance of relationship in the framing of practice-led research projects', Speculation and Innovation: Applying practice-led research in the creative industries, Speculation and Innovation, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia, pp. 1-10.
The ways in which relationships informs the designing process require significant attention in the framing of collaborative, cross-institutional, multi-partnered practice-led research projects. This paper brings a relational focus to the task of project framing in practice led research projects.
The Traditional Knowledge Revival Pathways (TKRP) is a grassroots indigenous Elder led and co-created project. The project was initiated by Kuku Thaypan Elders from Laura - Tommy George and George Musgrave with Victor Steffensen to support the maintenance of indigenous knowledge in the context of land management. Working alongside Traditional Knowledge Revival Pathways Project (TKRP) and Cape York Traditional Owners from indigenous communities in Cape York, the team from UTS (through the Communicating Shared Traditional Knowledge Project led by Jacqueline Gothe) supported the development of on-ground digital video and sound recording, editing and database skills, in order to support the indigenous-led project to build secure knowledge transfer processes. This documentary is an outcome of the indigenous led process and demonstrates the understanding that elders and traditional owners of natural resources (in particular, water). Water We Know is an audio-visual outcome of the Communicating Shared Traditional Knowledge Project. This documentary is about the clarity of the indigenous voice as it is recorded and conceptualised as an indigenous comment on the lack of power in decision-making in the natural resource management processes. Further, it involves sharing of the traditional understandings.
Bowman, C.P., Gothe, J., Ireland, D.J. & Leggett, M.G. 2003, 'Interface, Design and Visual Indexing', MelbourneDAC 2003: the 5th International Digital Arts and Culture Conference, Digital Arts and Culture, School of Applied Communication, RMIT, Melbourne, VIC, pp. 1-4.
Each of the panel are working in related ways in the context of this session, to address the storage and retrieval of the stories of a modern oral and visual culture. Four distinct projects will open out the approaches and thinking being pursued and the overlap that exists between them. We have become aware of one anothers work over the last nine months, have been working on our separate projects for varying periods with and without budgets, and also have in common development cycles of from 5 10 years.These short presentations will each highlight the specific problem encountered or theoretical concept being tested and why the outcome of the project could be of wider social value.
Gothe, J. 2003, 'A Visual Guide Corangamite Regional Catchment Strategy - Priorities 2003-2008', A Visual Guide Corangamite Regional Catchment Strategy - Priorities 2003-2008, Corangamite Catchment Management Authority, Colac Victoria, pp. 1-2.
Visual Guide A3 two sided colour print format to support an understanding of the assets identified as 'under threat' in the Corangamite region as a consequence of the regional catchment strategy process in order to establish priorities
Web site to support the communication of CCMA Regional Catchment Strategy. Provides linked documents in order to facilitate a deeper understanding of the principles underpinning the process of the development of the CCMA Regional Catchment Strategy 2003-2008.
Gothe, J. CCMA, NAP - Australia Commonwealth and Victoria Government 2002, Design for CCMA Regional Catchment Strategy - Community Draft 2002-2007, pp. 1-173, Colac Victoria.
Gothe, J. 2002, 'Design for CCMA Regional Catchment Strategy 2002 -Working Draft', CCMA, NAP - Australia Commonwealth and Victoria Government, Colac Victoria.
Steffenson, V., George, T., Musgrave, G., Gothe, J., Godbold, N.J. & Wood, A. 2002, 'Traditional Knowledge Recording Project Database', Traditional Knowledge Recording Project, Laura Cape York Queensland.
Indigenous knowledge database
Gothe, J. 2000, 'Designing projects: Enabling collaborations between the university and the community', Proceedings of the Perth Conference Re-inventing design education in the University Dec 2000, School of Design, Curtin University of Technology WA, N/A, pp. 0-0.
Inside Out, curated by Claire Smith, is an international touring exhibition that focuses on emerging digital design techniques and the growth of sophisticated rapid prototyping tools and methods. It features forty-six miniature sculptures produced in resin using 3D printing technologies by emerging and established artists and designers produced through an exchange programme between art and design schools in the UK and Australia. Developments in virtual computer visualisation and integrated digital technologies are giving contemporary makers new insight and opportunities to create objects and forms which were previously impossible to produce or difficult to envisage. The intention of the exhibition is to explore future rapid prototyping technologies currently being investigated via practice as research paradigm. Collaborators included the Art Technology Coalition, the University of Technology, Sydney and RMIT University in Australia along with De Montfort University, Manchester Metropolitan University and University College Falmouth incorporating Dartington College of Arts in the United Kingdom. ...sphere of possibility... explores the connections and disjunctions between the digital and analogue, the hand and the mechanical and the translation between 2-D and 3-D forms. This work questions the relationship between the scientific and the sacred and demonstrates the possibility of a drawing on paper being applied to a 3-D process. As an outcome of an experimental process, it provides a new element in Gotheâs larger research project, Drawing Country 2009-2011, that advocates an examination of the ways to enhance connectedness and connection to place through visual communication.
Gothe, J., 'Basilica Chryssopolitissa, Paphos Plan of position of Corinthian column capitals from Paphos Theatre, Cyprus', Who has the amphora handle? Responses to Cyprus, University of Wollongong Gallery.
Gothe, J., 'Corangamite Catchment Regional Catchment Strategy 2003-2008 Design and Comms', Corangamite Catchment Regional Catchment Strategy 2003-2008, Corangamite Catchment Management Authority (CCMA), Victoria Australia.
Design and communication CCMA Regional Catchment Strategy 2003-2008
Cold Language/Cold Tongue exhibition curated by William Wright AM and Conny Dietzschold, international art dealer with galleries in Sydney and Cologne. The curatorial premise established was to provide an opportunity foreground the diversity and complexity of text-based art. The curators chose works by artists from varied backgrounds - academics, curators and researchers who work in different media including video, painting, photography, sculpture and objects. Artists included Tony Bond, Jacky Redgate, Brad Buckley, Adam Geczy, GeoffKlem, Elizabeth Day, Alan Cholodenko, Derek Kreckler, Peter Burgess, Dennis del Favero, John Conomos, Eugenia Raskopoulos and others.The method developed for my work, Lament for the Land 2002, was initially shown in an exhibition titled 'The Static of Words Paintings and Works on Paper' 1993-1999 at the UTS Gallery in conjunction with Winds of Change: Women and the Culture of Universities.
The Australian Archaeological Institute (AAIA) is hosting its first exhibition 'Response to Cyprus' in the revamped exhibition space in the foyer of the Centre of Classical and Near Eastern Studies of Australia (CCANESA). The exhibition will feature artworks by artists Jacqueline Gothe, Penny Harris, Nikki Heywood, Derek Kreckler, Tim Maddock, Jacky Redgate, Lawrence Wallen and Diana Wood Conroy. "Response to Cyprus" developed out of the participation of the Senior Artists' Research Forum (SARF) from the University of Wollongong (UOW) in the Nea Paphos Theatre Excavation in Cyprus in 2010. The project represents the culmination of eighteen years of collaborations between artists in Wollongong and archaeologists at the University of Sydney and its Nicholson Museum.
Wunderkammer Wunderkammer is a collection of research artefacts, found objects, artworks and texts from the diverse, mysterious and sometimes obscure collections of academia. The collection as a whole forms an installation (of sorts) that resembles a cabinet of curiosities as opposed to the usual minimal and focussed presentation of high end design. The show pre-empts work to follow, unfinished thoughts, forgotten objects and incoherent texts.
Central to this exhibition Collaboration Design and Country is the Gandangara Local Aborigial Land Council (LALC) Biodiversity Strategies Media Project. The exhibition provides an opportunity to consider challenges of collaboration and social responsibility for contemporary design. In a program of conversations and talks during the exhibition examining the process of the collaboration within this project, issues of responsibility to Self, Other and Country in Indigenous - led contexts is discussed from a designer's persepctive. The DVD 'The Pathway Building the Track' produced as part of the Land Alive initiative, is designed to support Aboriginal landowners as they consider BioBanking on traditional lands. The interactive DVD will be distributed to Aboriginal Land Councils, Aboriginal landowners and the broader public. This project is a collaboration between Jumbunna at University of Technology Sydney (UTS), Communicating Shared Traditional Knowledge Project - the long term partnership between UTS Design and Traditional Knowledge Revival Pathways (TKRP), Gandangara Local Aboriginal Land Council (LALC), Land Alive Department of Environment and Climate Chamge (DECC) with the trainees and rangers working at the Mill Creek site at Menai. Key participants in this collaboration are Marcia Ella Duncan, Naomi Hogan (Land Alive DECC); Jack Johnson, Ian Edwards (Gandangara Local Aboriginal Land Council) Victor Steffensen (TKRP Mentorship Program) and the media and design team:- UTS Jumbunna Jason De Santolo (Project Leader, Video, & iBook), Oliver Costello (Liaison) UTS Design Jacqueline Gothe (Design Facilitation), ClÃ¨ment Girault (Video DVD & iBook) Robyn Murphy (Digital Support) Universal Favourite Dari Israelstam, Teresa Leung (Design) The information architecture and structure of the DVD is organised around the categories of Sharing Knowledge, People and On Country Sharing Knowledge : Intentions, Strategies and Outcomes. The risks and challenges in the consi...
Gothe, J., 'Thinking about Loss', The J Balbi/E Pulie Collection, MOP Projects Gallery 2, MOP Gallery.
Gothe, J., 'Thinking through the past into the present and wondering about the future', 888 An exhibition that coincided with the Beijing Olympics, Mark Gerada, China Heights Gallery, Crown Street, Darlinghurst.
These days we all share a global concern for the world in which we live, but have many different views on how exactly it is we should be living within it. Jacqueline Gothe's exhibition Worldviews explores visual representations of such varying understandings and perception. Through drawings, prints and painting, Gothe, Senior Lecturer of Visual Communication at the University of Technology, Sydney, attempts to create an imaginative re-interpretation of a world view that values place, connection and the relational. "This exhibition is a creative and experimental process of visually representing a worldview for our time," says Gothe. The inspiration for the exhibition stems from Gothe's involvement in two separate projects in the community surrounding people, culture and the environment.
Memory Flows, a project of the Centre for Media Arts and Innovation, UTS, culminated in an exhibition entitled 'Memory Flows: rivers, creeks and the great artesian basin' which examined the concepts of 'water, flows and memory'. Curated by Sophia Kouyoumdjian, Norie Neumark and Deb Turnbull, it featured fifteen media artworks by twenty CMAI members and affiliated artists: Ian Andrews, Chris Bowman, Chris Caines, Damian Castaldi, Sherre DeLys, Clement Girault, Jacqueline Gothe, Ian Gwilt, Nigel Helyer, Megan Heyward, Neil Jenkins, Solange Kershaw, Roger Mills, Maria Miranda, Norie Neumark, Shannon O'Neill, Greg Shapley, Victor Steffensen, Jen Teo and Jes Tyrrell. The exhibition, open for 15 days over two months with a public forum on June 20, included video and audio installations, interactive media works, mobile devices, projections on surfaces and through water, and an array of river related artworks and artefacts. Audience numbers totalled 2,700 visitors. 'Collecting Places' is the outcome of a collaboration between Jacqueline Gothe and Shere Delys from ABC Radio and Executive Producer of POOL, http://pool.abc.net.au/. The installation is a chalk drawing on a brick wall with a sound scape. The image resulted from Gothe drawing in the studio as DeLys meditated at the Coorong in South Australia, the place where the Murray River meets the ocean. The outcome of the collaborative process contributes to Gothe's participatory practice, Drawing Country, an ongoing research project that advocates an examination of the ways to enhance connectedness and connection to place through visual communication. Memory Flows 2009-2010, a distributed media art project of the CMAI, was funded by the Inter-Arts Board of the Australia Council for the Arts.
Memory Flows, a project of the Centre for Media Arts and Innovation, UTS, culminated in an exhibition entitled 'Memory Flows: rivers, creeks and the great artesian basin' which examined the concepts of 'water, flows and memory'. Curated by Sophia Kouyoumdjian, Norie Neumark and Deb Turnbull, it featured fifteen media artworks by twenty CMAI members and affiliated artists: Ian Andrews, Chris Bowman, Chris Caines, Damian Castaldi, Sherre DeLys, Clement Girault, Jacqueline Gothe, Ian Gwilt, Nigel Helyer, Megan Heyward, Neil Jenkins, Solange Kershaw, Roger Mills, Maria Miranda, Norie Neumark, Shannon O'Neill, Greg Shapley, Victor Steffensen, Jen Teo and Jes Tyrrell. The exhibition, open for 15 days over two months with a public forum on June 20, included video and audio installations, interactive media works, mobile devices, projections on surfaces and through water, and an array of river related artworks and artefacts. Audience numbers totalled 2,700 visitors. 'Drawing Water II' is a collaborative work by Ian Gwilt and me. Using drawings of Sydney Harbour waterways, an animated projection with an accompanying sound design was developed that allowed the viewer an immersive experience of walking country and provided an understanding of the landforms and waterways that make up the Sydney Harbour from the Pacific Ocean to the Blue Mountains. This project is part of an ongoing research project, 'Drawing Country, that advocates an examination of ways to enhance connectedness and connection to place through visual communication. Memory Flows 2009-2010, a distributed media art project of the CMAI, was funded by the Inter-Arts Board of the Australia Council for the Arts.
Artists from the Centre for Media Arts Innovation (UTS) collaborate around the shared theme of rivers and memory flows. memory Flows is a series of distributed events. the first iteration is produced, distributed and exhibited in collaboration with Liquid Architectur, carriageworks, performance Space and the ABC social media and collaborative space, Pool.
Gothe, J. & Sandford, L., 'Traditional Knowledge Revival Pathways Project - animation', ChangeX07 - New Designs Inspiring Change, Society for Responsible Design ChangeX, Australian Technology Park Sydney Australia.
SRD ChangeX is an annual exhibition of new graduate design and ideas that address issues of sustainability, environmental change and responsibility, social equity and community, often directly challenging conventional expectations. Responsible designs for our changing environment. Exhibits are selected from a diverse range of areas, including industrial design, graphics, architecture, textiles, planning, landscape design and more. Featuring 2D / 3D works, audio/visual content and high fashion.