Dr Janine Randerson

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PhD and Mphil programme co-leader
School of Art and Design, Faculty of Design and Creative Technologies

Phone: 9219999 extn 6261

Email: jranders@aut.ac.nz

Physical Address:

WM Block, 40 St Paul St,

Level Two, Room WM 208, Wellesley Campus,

School of Art and Design, Faculty of Design and Creative Technologies,

AUT University, Auckland 1142. 

Links to relevant web pages:
Albedo of Clouds, Screen Space, Melbourne 2012

Circuit Artist Film and Video Aotearoa New Zealand:



AUT research affiliations: 

Art and Performance research group; Emergent Ecologies; The Document research group.  

Current Higher Degree Research Supervisions:

Masters Completions

Tracey Tawhiao, ‘The Temple of Potential: Te Puna AIO’. (2018)
Kalisolaite 'Uhila, Maumau Taimi: Being Useless, 2017
Geoff Gilson, A Warming Inhale: Ecology and Capitalism in the site of the Body, 2017
Olivia Webb, The Other Voice, 2015
Zahra Killeen-Chance, Faceless Body; the body in performance,2015 
Sophie Hermann, Poetic Displacement: installation practice, 2014
Hannah Alleyne, Traversing Memory: Last Days of Old Mangere Bridge, 2014
Alex Plumb, Topographies of the self: a community of others, 2014
Lucy Meyle, NO LONGER / NOT YET: Lacuna and Dissemination in Art Practice, 2014

PhD students supervised to completion:
Metanooroa Tapuni. Ata, a practice-led artistic inquiry into the intersection of digital and physical environments. 2016. Primary supervisor Janine Randerson. Associate Supervisors: Dr Stefan Marks (CoLab), Professor Welby Ings (Supervisor mentor)
Ruth Meyers. Practices of Use. 2017. Primary Supervisor Professor Chris Braddock. Associate Supervisor Janine Randerson.
Lucy Meyle. Does a Flower Rehearse for Spring? (forthcoming 2018). Primary supervisor Janine Randerson. Associate Supervisor Dr Zara Stanhope and Monique Redmond (advisor)
Christina Houghton. An Ethico-Poetics of Everyday Survival—as Choreography of Participatory Ecologies. (forthcoming 2018). Primary Supervisor Dr Maria O’Connor. Associate Supervisor Dr Janine Randerson.

External Examiner roles for Practice-led PhD:
Sarina Noordhuis-Farifax. Field | Guide: John Berger and the Diagrammatic Exploration of Place. Australia National University, College of the Arts. 2018.
Christopher Kaltenbach. Insecture: interdisciplinary engagements in an emergent entomological design practice. RMIT University. 2018.
Becca Wood. Choreoauratics: social Choreographies for the ears. Dance Studies, University of Auckland. 2015.
Georgina Crabbe. Coal Ecologies: a video installation project: from Australia to China. Creative Media Arts. University of Wollongong. 2015.
Kate Church. Embracing Imminence: Landscapes and the Peculiar Distance. RMIT University. 2017.
Deborah Lorna-Dormer. Witness: Virtual Investigation of Being. University of Auckland. 2017.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Media and Communications (by Creative Practice), University of Melbourne
  • Master of Fine Arts, RMIT University, Melbourne

Memberships and Affiliations:

  • CIRCUIT New Zealand Artists’ Film and Video
  • LEONARDO network, peer reviewer for Leonardo journal (MIT Press)
  • ANAT Australian Network for Art and Technology
  • ADA Aotearoa Digital Art Network
  • Synapse Australian Art/Science network
  • Art and Performance research group, AUT,
  • The Document Research Group, AUT


Janine Randerson is an artist and writer based in Auckland, New Zealand. A thread in Janine’s work is technological and art-based mediation in ecological systems. She is the author of Weather as Medium: Toward A Meteorological Art (Leonardo Book series, MIT Press, 2018).

Teaching Areas:

Performance and Media Arts Masters, 

Performance and Media Arts Minor, 

Digital Design,  Spatial Design, Visual Arts 

Masters and PhD supervision 

Research Areas:

Performance and Media Arts, Trans-disciplinary practices in Art, Design and Environmental science, Installation, Public Art and Participatory Art, Practice-led research, Art and Ecology, Community and Activist Art platforms, documentary, Photography and Moving Image.

Research Summary:

A thread in Janine Randerson’s research concerns the technological and art-based mediation in ecological systems, and with activist citizens. She has collaborated with urban meteorologists at the University of Auckland, satellite meteorologists at the Bureau of Meteorology (Australia) and climatologists the National Institute of Environmental Research (Denmark). She is interested in issues of weather, water, ecological politics and landscape practices.


Randerson, J. Weather as Medium: Toward a Meteorological Art. Book. Leonardo Book Series, MIT Press. Editors Sean Cubitt and Doug Sery, (2018)


Selected Recent Exhibitions

Randerson, J. Interceptor, in ‘Truth or Consequences’ CIRCUIT Screening Programme Commission, 2018.

Randerson, J. Albedo of Clouds, in Weather Forecast: Digital Cloudiness’ Hermitage Education Centre, St Petersburg. 2018.

Randerson, J. Waiho, retreat with Tru Paraha, Franz Josef Glacier in New Zealand, in At Vanishing Point (Glasgow School of Art) and Heat: Solar Revolutions Te Uru (Auckland). 2017.

Randerson, J. The Cold Song: tanumanga for the Pacific Ocean, in Oceanic Performance Biennial, Rarotonga and Empire Theatre Rarotonga. 2015.

Randerson, J. ‘Antarctica’, Video Projection Design. Directed by Stephen Bain. Pacific Skin. Q Loft, 2015. 10th – 11th April, (2015). 

Randerson J. (Director). ‘Reef Sub Performance’, Oceanic Performance Biennial, Rarotonga, Dawn, With performers Kalisolaite ‘Uhila, Olivia Webb, Zahra Killeen-Chance and Geoff Gilson (NZ) and Dean and Nadia George (Rarotonga). (2015).

Randerson, J. Student-section curator, Sea-change, Oceanic Performance Biennial, Rarotonga. Co-directors; Ani O’Neill, Dorita Hannah and Amanda Yates, Emergent Ecologies Lab, AUT, (2015).

Randerson, J. ‘Seawater and Dust’ (16mm film) in Place Unmaking. Curated by Janine Randeson and Mark Williams (Circuit: New Zealand Artists film and video.) New Zealand International Film Festival. Academy Theatre. 21- 22 July, (2015).

Randerson J and Johnston, J. ‘Heat Islands’ in Shared Space: Music, Weather, Politics, Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space. Video installation and sound. Prague, (2015). 

Randerson, J.  ‘Until It Runs Out’, Other Waters: Art on the Manukau. Video Installation. Te Tuhi, (2014).

Randerson, J.  ‘Neighbourhood Air’ in ‘Machine Wilderness’, International Symposium of Electronic Arts, New Mexico, USA. (2012).

Randerson, J.   ‘Albedo of Clouds’ ScreenSpace, Melbourne. Campbelltown Gallery Sydney, (2008, 2012).

 Randerson, J. ‘Cascade’, in ReThink, Moesgaard Museum, Copenhagen, DK. Cinema Planeta, Mexico. Waikato Museum of Art and Culture, Waikato, NZ. (2009-2010)
Randerson, J.  ‘Topologies’ in Place/Space with live Douglas Lilburn composition, World Music Festival, curated by Jack Body, Beijing, China. Also in ‘Strata: Contemporary Digital Art from New Zealand’, Enjoy Public Gallery, Wellington. NZ, (2009). 

Journal Articles and Book Chapters

Randerson, J. ‘Resisting Apocalypse: Art, Climate Change and Renewal.’ ASAP/Journal, John Hopkins University Press, Volume 3, Number 3, 2018.

Randerson, J. ‘Animating the cosmological horizon: between art and science.’ Experimental Animation: From Analogue to Digital. Editors Lily Husbands, Miriam Harris and Paul Taberham. Rutledge, London and New York. (forthcoming 2019).

Randerson, J. ‘Attunement: particle bodies, performative apparatus.’ Undisciplining Dance: 9 Movement and 7 Stumbles. Editors Carol Brown, Alys Longley and Becca Wood. Cambridge University Press (2018)

Randerson and Shearer, R. ‘Dark Sun: Solar Frequencies, Solar Affects.’ Animism in Art and Performance. Edited by Chris Braddock. (Palgrave, December 2017)

Randerson J and Yates, A. Negotiating the Ontological Gap: Place, performance and media art practices in Aotearoa/New Zealand. Ecocriticism and Indigenous-Studies: Conversations from Earth to Cosmos. Editors: Adamson J, Monani S. Routledge, London and New York. 2016.

Randerson J and Yates, A. ‘Engaging Publics: Art, Ecologies and the Urban Environment.’ Artmatter 1: Engaging Publics / Public Engagement. Auckland Art Gallery/ AUT. 1: 98-111 (13 pages). 2015.

Randerson, J. Salmond, J, Manford, C. ‘Weather as Medium: Art and Meteorological Science’. Leonardo, MIT Press. February 2015, Vol. 48, No. 1, pp. 16-24. (2015).

Randerson, J. ‘ISEA Symposium of Electronic Art: Finding Water in the Desert.’ RealTimeArts, Sydney, (2013).

Randerson, J. ‘Climate Change and Media Art: Josephine Starrs and Leon Cmielewski’s ‘Incompatible Elements’ RealTimeArts, Sydney, (2011).

Randerson, J. ‘Material Matters: Stories of Learning Technology Transfer’. Critical Arts: South-North Cultural and Media Studies. 25 2: 109-123. (2011)

Randerson, J. ‘Risk and experiment: emerging technology in developing nations’. 22 6: 817-825. Continuum: Journal of Media and Cultural Studies. (2008).

Randerson, J. ‘Between Reason and Sensation: Antipodean artists and Climate Change.’ 40 5: 443-448. Leonardo, MIT Press: San Francisco. (2007).

Randerson, J. ‘Circulating images: From Aotearoa to Shanghai’. 15 1: 14-17. IEEE Multimedia. (2008)

Randerson, J. ‘Stairwell as Stage: Jeena Shin’s Artspace Stairwell Project’. Volume Two. Gwen Porter, ed. Clouds: Auckland (2012).

Randerson, J. ‘Sampling Tradition: The Old in New Media.’ The Aotearoa Digital Arts Reader. Stella Brennan and Su Ballard, eds. Clouds: Auckland (2008). 


2013 Creative Communities Grant for Other Waters: Art on the Manukau in association with Te Tuhi gallery. 

2013 ‘Mesh Cities’. Aotearoa Digital Art Funded speaking tour and workshops; Physics Room, Christchurch, Otago Polytechnic, Massey University.

2011 International Digital Art Group-Residency, SCANZ, Taranaki, New Zealand.

2010 Media Art Co-production Residency, BMNI (Banff New Media Art Centre), Canada.

2009 Colab: Artist-Group Residency, Mimiwhangata Coastal Park, Northland, New Zealand.

2008 Artist-in-Residence, National Environmental Research Institute, Denmark. 

2007-2012 APA Australian PhD Scholarship, University of Melbourne.

2007 Excellence Award, Shanghai International Festival of Art and Science.

2006 Digital Artist-In-Residence, University of Waikato, School of Environmental Science, Hamilton.

2005 Fellowship with Human Interface Technology laboratory (HITLabNZ), University of Canterbury, Christchurch. 

2005 Media Art Installation Prize, Corban Art Estate, Auckland. 

2004 CreativeNZ Funding for a New Media exhibition in Frankfurt, Germany.

2003 CreativeNZ Screen Innovation Production Fund grant. 

2003 Commission for Interdigitate, Auckland Festival.

2001 CreativeNZ Screen Innovation Production Fund grant for 'Peace In Space'. 

2000 Auckland City Council Public Works funding for a New Media Installation.

1996 Panasonic Independent Video Award.