Dr Mick Douglas is the Higher Degrees Research coordinator of the School of Architecture & Design. He undertakes transdisciplinary research across fields of performance, art and design.
Mick has a diverse creative practice research background that values the generation of processes for creative research. He makes independent, collaborative and networked research projects and platforms for investigating contemporary conditions around concerns of social practices and environmental ecologies.
He is the convenor of Pflab – a performative creative practice research lab – that explores how performative ways of working can influence cultural life and lived environments. In 2015 he directed ‘Performing Mobilities’, a program of journey-based creative projects as the Australian contribution to a global research project ‘Fluid States’, and has exhibited and performed internationally.
Mick’s recent research has explored inter-relationships between aesthetic experiences of mobility and hospitality, cultural change practices and sustainable transport. His doctoral research ‘Carriage: cultural transports and transformations of a socially engaged art practice’ conducted a series of international art-transport projects including ‘W-11 Tram: an art of journeys’ first commissioned by the cultural festival of the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games; ‘tramjatra: imagining Melbourne and Kolkata by tramways’; a variety of pedal-power based projects; and ‘LiveHouse’, a mobile performance platform exploring contemporary cosmopolitanism in a social housing estate. He has edited two books and has critical and poetic forms of writing published in journals and anthologies.