David Harris has taken a circuitous path to his present position as a new media artist, lecturer, and researcher.
In recent years, his work has shown at the Botanica Festival (Brisbane, Australia), California Academy of Sciences, Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History, Maker Faire Bay Area (San Francisco), and Mad Scientist Festival (Bern, Switzerland) among others.
He completed his undergraduate studies with first class honours and the University Medal in Theoretical Physics at Australian National University. He then completed a graduate degree in Scientific Communication at ANU before moving to the University of Queensland to do a PhD in theoretical physics. During his PhD studies, he had a weekly science call-in radio show on Australia’s public broadcaster, the ABC. He wrote 65 episodes of a children’s science TV series “Y?”, and he wrote for a variety of newspapers and magazines in Australia. He never quite finished that PhD as he was fully seduced by the world of communication.
Seeking a bigger pond, he moved to the United States to work as Head of Media Relations for the American Physical Society. After a few years, Fermilab and Stanford Linear Accelerator Center asked him to start up a new publication for them—Symmetry magazine. After 7.5 years at the helm of Symmetry he freelanced for a while before taking on the task of starting up the Front Matter of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the scientific journal, where he introduced content accessible to readers who aren’t necessarily experts in those scientific fields. It is a mixture of a journalism and science writing, staffed by a talented pool of freelance writers and editors spread around the world. He has also written for many major magazines including Scientific American, Popular Science, New Scientist, WIRED, and Make.
Through all of this, he had been working on making and tinkering, getting back into the electronics he was introduced to as a young boy and never really quit. Deciding to follow his passion for making and artistic expression, he enrolled in a Master of Fine Arts in Digital Arts and New Media at the University of California, Santa Cruz, completed in June 2016.
David is now resident in his birthplace of Brisbane, Australia, is a doctoral candidate at the Queensland College of Art, Griffith University, and lectures and tutors masters and undergraduate courses in the interactive media and design programs. His research is on understanding the relationship between science and art through transdisciplinary collaborative processes.