Julieanna Preston, Professor of Spatial Practice

Julieanna Preston, Professor of Spatial Practice

Research coordinator, Ngā Pae Māhutonga - The School of Design

Professor Julieanna Preston is a spatial artist, interior and architectural designer, theorist, and writer researching across feminist philosophy, new materialism and spatial politics. Her primary contribution as an educator stretches from PhD supervision to the new Master of Fine Arts (art and design), the Master of Design and the Postgraduate Diploma in Design.

  • Expertise

    Spatial/interior and architectural design and theory; building construction and material processes; feminist philosophy; biopolitics; materialism; performative installation; exhibition design: and spatial writing practices.

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  • Research Highlights

    J.Preston (2014). Performing Matter: interior surface and feminist actions. Germany: Spurbuchverlag, 2014.
    Performing Matter inquires about the material constitution of interiors as sites of political protest and ethical exchange. By forwarding feminist agency and a concern for the emancipation of interiors and their surfaces, this work oscillates between practical aspects of building construction, material properties, making processes, and embodied knowledge concerning interior materiality and spatiality.

    Preston, J. (2013). moving stuff [performative installation]. At Rosebank Artwalk, Auckland Arts Festival, Avondale, New Zealand, 22-23 March.
    This two day interactive performative installation featured as part of The Rosebank Artwalk in the Auckland Art Festival. As sole artist, Preston shifted industrial pallets and estuary mud across a liminal boundary artificially separating industrial economies and environmental ecologies. This creative work served a greater cause to build positive working relationships between local conservation groups, residents and business sectors.

    Preston, J. and J. Payne (2011). BALE [performative installation]. At Snow White Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand, 5-22 Sept.
    A gallery space, a bale of greasy wool and Preston lived together for three days with the aim to rekindle ethical relationships to materials and surfaces and test muteness as a mode of respectful engagement. This work forms the basis for a forthcoming book chapter “utter matter” in Poetic Biopolitics: new political and ethical practices in the arts and humanities (IB Tauris, 2013) which challenges inertia as a status quo for human and non-human interactions in the form of a speculative play script.

    Preston, J. (2013). Surface demonstrations: Neutral, not so. In G. Brooker & L. Weinthal (Eds.), Handbook of Interior Design (pp. 117-128). Bloomsbury, London, Deli, New York and Sydney: Bloomsbury.
    This chapter redigests and contextualises an installation Preston performed called NEUTRAL (2009) in which the walls of a small office were repaired as a political protest. The installation and the chapter bring multiple voices to the surface on the topic of neutrality, industrial standards, racism and interior decoration.

    Preston, J. (2010). No Fixed Seating [performative installation]. At J. Rendell, P. Rawes & A. Araujo [Curators]. Whirlwinds Symposium, Sexuate Subjects: Poetics, Politics, Ethics Conference, Wates House, University College London, London, UK.  
    Preston is the sole artist of this spatial and material installation of 33 technologically enhanced slip covers draped over the chairs that supported the audience of ‘Sexuate Subjects: Poetics, Politics, Ethics Conference’ and a feature of the Whirlwinds panel held at The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL. This creative work marks Preston’s foray into new materialisms from a bio-political and feminist perspective to explore new relationships between technologies, raw and synthetic materials and the environments they co-habit.

  • Qualifications

    BARCH (VA Tech)
    MARCH (Cranbrook Academy of Art)
    PhD (by practice) (RMIT)

  • Professional Affiliations

    Interior Design Educators Association (IDEA)
    Designers Institute of New Zealand (DINZ)
    Architecture and the Humanities Research Association (AHRA)
    Architecture + Philosophy (Melbourne)

  • Supervision

    Antony Nevin


    Primary supervisor: Dr. Julieanna Preston
    Co-supervisor: Dr. Max Schleser