Mark Jackson

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Associate Professor of Design

Phone: 64-9-917 9999 extn 8648


Postal Address:
School of Art and Design
Faculty of Design and Creative Technologies
AUT University
Private Bag 92006
Auckland 1142
New Zealand


PhD Architecture, University of Sydney, 1994

Academic Appointments, Affiliations, and Employment History:

Associate Professor of Design, School of Art & Design, AUT
2011-2013 School Head of Research, School of Art & Design, AUT
2006-2012 Associate Dean (Research & Postgraduate Studies) Faculty of Design & Creative Technologies, AUT
2003-2005 School Head of Research, School of Art & Design, AUT
2000 Appointed Senior Lecturer, Spatial Design, School of Art & Design, AUT

Other Employment:

Faculty of Architecture, University of Adelaide, Aust. 1996-2000
Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney, Aust. 1990-1996

Visiting and Temporary Appointments:

Visiting Scholar, Faculty of Architecture, M.I.T., Cambridge, Mass. 1996.
Visiting Professor, Faculty of Architecture, University of Karlsruhe, Germany. Winter Semester, 2003-04.
Invited visiting scholar, University of Koblenz-Landau, Germany, 2011.


International Association for Philosophy & Literature
Australasian Society for Continental Philosophy
International Forums of the Lacanian Field
Centre for Lacanian Analysis, New Zealand

Research Interests:

Mark Jackson’s principal research interests are in a broad platform of philosophical approaches to ethics in design cultures and architecture. He has published on the work of Jacques Derrida, Emmanuel Levinas, Martin Heidegger, Michel Foucault, Gilles Deleuze and Walter Benjamin, with respect to design cultures, design theory and approaches to design research, with a particular emphasis on post-humanist engagements with ethics. He has also published on the literary philosophy of Maurice Blanchot, and feminist writings associated with the works of Hélène Cixous and Luce Irigaray. He has also produced film and digital video works for exhibition, and has published in the field of film and philosophy.

Film and Video Projects:

Universal Provider - Mark Jackson

UNIVERSAL PROVIDER 48 min colour/ 16 mm film
Failure to Materialise


The Voice of No-One Once Again - Mark Jackson



Current Projects:

Cities of Empire A suite of six 15 minute digital films on contemporary memory-traces of former capitals of empire, engaging the trace-structures of forgetting that open to a political crisis of sovereignty discussed, for example, in the writings of Giorgio Agamben and Antonio Negri.
Drive Time A monograph publication researching the complex of relations between the French psychoanalyst, Jacques Lacan, and the philosopher, Martin Heidegger, with particular emphasis on the lectures delivered by Heidegger between 1928 and 1936.

Selected Conferences and Other Presentations:

  • “Hitchcock and the Heterotopia”, 5th Annual International Conference in Film and Philosophy Conference, Kings College & Queen Mary College, in association with Kingston University, London, UK. 2012
  • “Closing Remarks: On Deleuze and Heidegger, via Foucault”, Intuition and Expression, a one day symposium on the philosophy of Gilles Deleuze, The University of Auckland, Auckland N.Z. 2012
  • “Security, Preservation, Enhancement” Australasian Society for Continental Philosophy Conference The University of Auckland, Auckland N.Z. 2012
  • “Creating Creatures: Dumont and the Metaphysics of Evil”, 4th Annual International Conference in Film and Philosophy. Liverpool, U.K. 2011.
  • “Pur: Desiccation — The Darkness of Light's Sweep”, Sexuate Subjects: POLITICS, POETICS & ETHICS. University College, London, U.K. 2010.
  • Desiccations: The Darkness of Light's Sweep. 11 minute single channel video presentation [Digital Film]. Sexuate Subjects: POLITICS, POETICS & ETHICS. University College London, U.K. 2010 [in collaboration with Dr. Maria O’Connor].
  • “Communities of Difference: Knowledge Transfer and the Cosmopolitical”, German Academic Exchange Conference: The Role of the University in our Globalised World. University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand. 2010.
  • “Ethics of Design”, The Australia and New Zealand Association of Art Educators Conference, Dunedin, New Zealand, 2009.
  • “What remains: Design ethic's excess” Double edges: Rhetorics/Rhizomes/Regions. International Association for Philosophy and Literature Conference, Brunel University, UK. 2009.
  • “On the Subject of Dasein's Psyche”, The 21st Century and it Discontents: Conference of the Centre for Lacanian Analysis, The University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand, 2008.
  • “Stop Sign”, Global Arts / Local Knowledge. International Association for Philosophy and Literature Conference, R.M.I.T. University, Melbourne, Australia. 2008.
  • “The Humanization of Beings”, The Post/ Human Condition, Australasian Society for Continental Philosophy Conference, The University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand, 2008.
  • “The Nature of Security”, On Adam's House in the Pacific: Symposium in Honour of Joseph Rykwert, The University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand, 2008.

Selected Publications:

  • Designations. In E. Grierson, H. Edquist, & H. Frichot (Eds.), Designing Design: Cartographies of Theory & Practice. Massachusetts: Lexington. [forthcoming, 2013].
  • What Remains: Design Ethic's Excess. In W. Watkins (Ed.), Pluriversalism: Modernism, Multiplicity, Indifference. Lexington. [forthcoming, 2013].
  • Marx After Heidegger. Access: critical perspectives on communication, cultural and policy studies, 32(1) [forthcoming 2013].
  • Before Anticipation. Access: critical perspectives on communication, cultural and policy studies, 31(1) 29-34. 2012.
  • Radical Gestures: Time’s Matter for Architecture. Studies in Material Thinking Journal, SMT 7((Im)Materialising Time). Retrieved from 2011.
  • Sustainability Design History. Design Philosophy Papers, (3). Retrieved from 2010.
  • The Origins of the Originary. In E. Lehner, & H. Muckler (Eds.), Das architektonische erbe Samoas. Vienna: Neuer Wissenschaftlicher Verlag. 2007.

Doctoral Supervisions:


Chris Braddock The Artist Will Be Present: Performing Partial Objects and Subjects. A practice-based PhD, researching the performativity of object and bodily trace-structures. Particular focus on the phenomenology of Maurice Merleau-Ponty, in relation to a genealogy of performative embodiment that includes the art practices of Bruce Nauman, Lygia Clark and Ann Hamilton, as well as an anthropological engagement from the late nineteenth century on sympathetic magic that significantly informed twentieth century structuralism. Examination by exhibition and exegesis. [2008]
Brent Harris Figuring Diachrony — Ethics Before the Voice. A practice-based PhD in performance, engaging the ethics philosophy of Emmanuel Levinas, as well as the writings of Jacques Derrida, Jean-Luc Nancy and David Wills. Examination by performance work and exegesis. [2013, in examination]
Mark Harvey Performance Test Labour. A practice-based PhD engaging the fields of performance art and dance choreography. The research engages critical approaches within a legacy of the philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche, particularly the works of Avital Ronell, Michel Foucault, Jacques Derrida and Judith Butler, in performance contexts that engage Vito Acconci, Dan Graham, Bruce Nauman, William Pope L., Jerome Bel, Xavier Le Roy and La Ribot. Examination by performance work and exegesis. [2011]
Frances Joseph Mnemotechne of Design — Ontology and Design Research Theories. This PhD researches the past forty years of theoretical developments of the field of design research, adopting a critical hermeneutical approach to two understandings of design ontology with the aim of engaging information hermeneutics and semantic web capabilities for delivering a design research resource that avoids a meta-theory unification of the field. Examination by thesis. [2010]
Yael Klangwisan Jouissance: A Cixousian Encounter with the Song of Songs. A creative writing PhD engaging écriture feminine writings of Hélène Cixous in conjunction with the philosophical writings of Jacques Derrida and psychoanalytic writing of Jacques Lacan on feminine jouissance. [2012]
Marcia Lyons Open Limit; field as witness. A creative works PhD culminating in a polyphonous textual practice, presented on-line as a processual and interactive encounter with a series of works engaging physical location, and remote-frequency force fields. Engaging with works of John Cage, Robert Smithson, Brian Massumi, Gilles Deleuze, Slavoj Zizek and Douglas Kahn. [2013, in examination]
Maria O’Connor Ashes Without Reserve: Her Pro-Nominal Tracings of the Strictures of Sexual Difference. This PhD research locates four key early texts by the philosopher, Jacques Derrida, that directly engage the question of sexual difference. The research opens the complexity of each of these in relation to a series of philosophical conversations embedded in the Derrida texts, with Martin Heidegger, Friedrich Nietzsche, Hélène Cixous, Emmanuel Levinas, and the literary psychoanalysts, Nicolas Abraham and Maria Torok. Examination by thesis. [2007]
Mandy Smith Seamless Knitwear: Singularities in Design. Practice-based PhD in fashion knitwear design, innovating creative design approaches to computerised seamless knitwear technology. The thesis engages closely with the philosophical writings of Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari to develop a methodological approach to researching design innovation, with the triple registers of concept, function and affect, found in Deleuze and Guattari’s What is Philosophy. Examination is by exhibition of knitwear garments and exegesis. [2013, in examination]
Gustavo Restivo Jouissance and the Sexual Reality of the (Two) Unconscious. This PhD research focuses on the psychoanalytic work of Jacques Lacan, and the Lacanian orientation to the work of Sigmund Freud on sexual identity and its relation to the unconscious. The thesis is particularly concerned with developing an understanding of the late work of Lacan on feminine jouissance and lalangue, which suggests a possible understanding of sexual difference that would not necessarily be subject to the dichotomy of the phallus. Examination by thesis. [2014]
Mark Hanlen City / State: Foucault, Urbanism and Risk. A PhD thesis that closely engages the writings of Michel Foucault and the large body of contemporary research on Foucault with respect to the governmentality of the urban. The thesis extends its concerns to key thinkers who have taken up Foucault’s work, particularly Giorgio Agamben and Antonio Negri on the biopolitical. Responding to Foucault’s emphasis on the aleatory (or risk), the thesis concludes with the work of Quentin Meillassoux and Elie Ayche. Examination by thesis. [2014]


Filip Maric Physiotherapy Futures: New Clinic Models [working title]. This PhD researches new practice models for physiotherapy, with a significant emphasis on developing strong understandings of performativity within clinical treatment. Using auto-ethnography, the thesis engages the researcher’s own practices of teaching and training in Aikido, Zazen, and Shiatsu. The research also engages closely with the ethics philosophy of Emmanuel Levinas in order to radically renovate an understanding of an ethical encounter in clinical treatment. Examination by thesis
Julia Reynolds Where is Narrative?: An Investigation of Scenographic Worlding in Relation to the Temporal Narrative Unfolding of Filmic Encounter [working title].  A practice-led PhD in digital film production, engaging the philosophical writings of Martin Heidegger on being-in-the-world, and the writings of Maurice Blanchot and Emmanuel Levinas on ontologies of the image.
Rachael Shearer Technology and the Cultural Construction of Time and Space: Territory and Materiality in Sound Installation Practice [working title]. A practice-led PhD in sound installation that works between the philosophical writings of Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari particularly developing their notion of a geo-philosophy, and a Maori epistemology and genealogy or whakapapa, a corporeal historiography.
Amanda Yates A Sea of Islands: Performing Environmental Co-ordinates in the Pacific. A practice-led PhD engaging contemporary questions of performance in relation to Oceanic space. The thesis works with the performativity of dialogical processes in order to investigate and draw out horizons for deep ecology.
Andrea Eimke Aere ki muri no apopo – go back to find tomorrow: Visions of future in ancient Eastern Pacific islands’ bark cloth. A practice-led PhD that investigates contemporary digital technologies, their incorporation into woven textile strata in a comparative encounter with the technical evolution of bark cloth and its inscriptive powers within polynesian cultures.
Alastair Welles Modern learning environments as an agent of teaching and learning. This PhD research by thesis aims to identify the design thinking that led to the creation of two secondary school modern learning environments and to evaluate the alignment of these environments with teacher practices and student learning. It draws on empirical inquiries of others into the practice of designing modern learning environments and teaching and learning practices within these environments.


Simon Taylor
Theatre and Symptom: towards a symptom-based approach to theatre practice. This practice-led PhD study conducts practical research towards a theatrical symptomatology, engaging symptoms and their typology in the diagnostic process. It asks the question: Does theatre itself present symptoms? What type of symptoms arises from its collective nature? And what illnesses block, interrupt or obstruct its processes or have done? The study uses the rehearsal room as a machine for the production of symptoms, taking its cue from the 1973 post-Anti-Oedipus machinic line in Gilles Deleuze's Proust and Signs.

PhD Examinations

Anna Louise Soutar
Click Through Architecture: The Chronotrope as Model for Hypermedia in Architectural Education
University of Auckland 2002
Mark Abicht Documentary as Storytelling: Theory/Craft/Practice
University of Western Sydney, Australia. 2004
John Cockburn
Ninotchka and the Mechanical Flaneuse: Imagining the Social and Political Through the Doors of the Department Store and Scientific Management Regimes
University of Wollongong, Australia. 2006
Fe Day
Tracing Out Patterns in a World of Struggle
Auckland University of Technology 2008
Mark Titmarsh
The Being of Painting
University of Technology, Sydney, Australia. 2009