Bio

Danièle is a spatial designer, speculative designer and public artist, fusing design elements with installations, sculptural form and research. Her design practice works in the intersection of architecture, interiors, urban design, performance design and fine arts. As an Aboriginal designer her work is grounded in her cultural and experiential heritage. Her work often considers the urban Aboriginal condition, the Indigenous experience of Country and contemporary Indigenous identities. Gaining her experience globally, she has lived in London, Paris, Barcelona, Vancouver and Sydney.

Danièle also works as a lecturer and researcher considering how to Indigenise the built environment by creating spaces to substantially affect Indigenous rights and culture within an institution. Danièle’s research contributes an understanding of the Indigenous experience and comprehension of space, and investigates how Aboriginal people occupy, use, narrate, sense, Dream and contest their spaces. It rethinks the values that inform Aboriginal understandings of space through Indigenous spatial knowledge and cultural practice, in doing so considers the sustainability of Indigenous cultures from a spatial perspective.

Danièle is a Saltwater woman of the Budawang tribe of the Yuin nation, with French and Czech heritage.

Qualifications

PhD, University of Technology Sydney (completing)

B.Design (Interior Spatial Design, Performance major), University of Technology Sydney

Creative Works, Events, Exhibitions

Foundation, design work, Fairfield City Museum & Gallery, curated by Emily McDaniel, 4 August-17 November 2018

Make Known: The Exquisite Order of Infinite Variation, creative work, UNSW Galleries, curated by Eva Rodriguez Riestra, 28 July-8 September 2018

Winyanboga Yurringa, set and costume design, Mooghalin, Carriageworks and Geelong Performing Arts Centre, 2016

Covered By Concrete, installation, Underbelly Arts Festival (group), 2015

Pre-Space, installation, Vivid Sydney Festival of Light, Music and Ideas (group), 2014

Psychadelic Urban Interior, installation, UTS (group), 2013

Publications

‘Always Is: Aboriginal spatial experiences of land and Country’, book chapter in Our Voices: Indigeneity and Architecture, 2018

Impact‘, catalogue essay, 2017

Winyanboga Yurringa‘, set and costume design, 2016

Covered by Concrete‘ spatial map/installation art with Siân Hromek and Michael Hromek, Underbelly Arts Festival, 2015

Research

The Sydney Ochre Grid, Government Architect NSW

The Re-Indigenisation of Space, PhD Research, UTS