Elisha Masemann

MA (Hons)

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Graduate Teaching Assistant
Doctoral Candidate - Doctor of Philosophy

Research | Current

Elisha's PhD research analyses a relationship between contemporary art and the city. This includes how art can change our understanding of what the city is or can be, and conversely, how the city shapes our understanding of artistic interventions in public spaces (a bilateral action). This research is interdisciplinary in scope, bringing together theoretical concepts of the city as a rationally ordered construct, and analysis of how this is problematised through the creative tensions that surface in contemporary art's provocative and spontaneous (mis)uses of urban space.


Louise Perkins Prize in Art History (2006)

Faculty of Arts Masters Thesis Scholarship (2011)

University of Auckland Doctoral Scholarship (2014-2017)

DAAD Guest Researcher, a.r.t.e.s Graduate School for the Humanities, Universität zu Köln (2015)

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Masemann, E. A. (2014). Urban Art Interventions and Molecular Flows. Drain: an International Journal of Contemporary Art and Culture, 11 (1). Related URL.
  • Masemann, E. A. (2012). The City as a Medium: Art Interventions in Urban Space The University of Auckland. ResearchSpace@Auckland. Related URL.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/20339

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New Zealand