Larissa Hjorth is an artist, digital ethnographer and senior lecturer in the Games Programs, School of Media & Communication, RMIT University, Melbourne. As an artist, Hjorth has been awarded various prestigious awards such as Gyeonggi Creation Center art residency (2010), The Australia Council new work fellowship (2006), Australian Council Tokyo studio (2000), Akiyoshidai International Art Village residency (2002) and the Asialink Seoul visual art residency (2005) as well as gaining over 20 government and corporate grants for her work involving new media in the region. Hjorth has had over 10 solo exhibitions at institutions such as EAF and CACSA, participated in over 50 art exhibitions (such as Yokohama Triennale 2001 with Japanese Internet group, Candy Factory) and curated many cross-cultural projects such as the Japanese and Australian magazine and exhibition project, gloss (2002). In 2010 she had a solo exhibition, Still Mobile, at Gyeonggi Museum of Modern Art in Korea.
As a digital ethnographer, since 2000 Hjorth has been researching gendered customizing of mobile communication, gaming and virtual communities in the Asia–Pacific — these studies are outlined in her book, Mobile Media in the Asia-Pacific (London/ NY: Routledge). Hjorth has published widely on the topic in national and International journals in journals such as Games and Culture journal, Convergence journal, Journal of Intercultural Studies, Continuum, ACCESS, Fibreculture and Southern Review as well as co-edited two Routledge anthologies, Gaming Cultures and Place in the Asia–Pacific region (with Dean Chan) and Mobile technologies: from Telecommunication to Media (with Gerard Goggin). In 2010 Hjorth released Games & Gaming textbook (London: Berg).
Since 2009 Hjorth has been an Australian Research Council discovery fellow and with Michael Arnold exploring the role of the social media and community in the Asia-Pacific region. This three-year, cross-cultural project will explore six locations – Tokyo, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, Manila, and Melbourne. She is also currently working together with Jack Qiu, Baohua Zhou and Ding Wei on a South China grant studying social media and the migrant working class in China (2009-2011).
Larissa lives and works in Victoria, Australia.
Image: Still Moblie, Video still, 2010.