Danielle Wilde's research is situated in the interstitial spaces where Design, Science and Philosophy converge. She collaborates with nano scientists, nano-bioscientists, materials scientists, interaction designers, philosophers, design anthropologists, fashion and textile designers – blurring boundaries between disciplines to understand how embodied creativity and design thinking might transform how we shape future wearable elements and embodied interactions.
Danielle is currently Associate Professor of research at The University of Southern Denmark, in their Design Initiative, in Kolding, working closely with the Mads Clausen Institute in Sønderborg and the Kolding Design School.
In 2013-14 she was a Sidney Myer Creative Fellow, and concurrently held a Visiting Research Fellowship in the Centre for Advanced Materials and Performance Textiles, at RMIT School of Fashion and Textiles in Melbourne. She is the member of numerous programming committees and review boards, and sits on advisory panels for Arts Victoria, for Multi-Arts creative development funding, and Dance, Physical Theatre and Circus triennial operational investment funding.
Wilde holds a PhD from Monash University (Art, Design and Architecture) and CSIRO (Materials Science and Engineering), Australia. Hers is the first practice-based PhD to be undertaken at the CSIRO. Her doctorate received Monash University Vice Chancellor’s Medal for excellence, and the inaugural Prime Minister’s Australia Asia Award, which enabled her to undertake a year of research at the University of Tokyo, Japan.
Her work has been published and exhibited widely. In 2011 she was the feature commissioned artist at the Yebisu International Festival of Art and Alternative Visions in Tokyo. In 2010, she won the New Inventors, with hipDisk, a wearable extension that gave the moving body musical capabilities. In 2009, she was the inaugural International Visiting research Fellow in Tech Textiles and Wearable Technologies at Nottingham Trent University; and a Visiting Research Fellow on the eSense Project at the Open University UK Pervasive Interaction Lab and Sussex University, UK Creative Systems Robotics Lab. She has also been Artist in Residence and Visiting Researcher on a number of occasions at STEIM Studio for Electro-Instrumental Music in Amsterdam.
Wilde also holds an MA (Interaction Design) from the Royal College of Art, London and an Advanced Diploma in French Language and Civilisation (Theatre, Cinema and Philosophy) from the Sorbonne in Paris. She does not have an undergraduate degree. Rather, she has a background in physical theatre, circus and clothing and object construction and design. This rich and varied background informs her thinking, writing and making.
Australian Sidney Myer Creative Fellow; inaugural Prime Minister's Australia Asia Endeavour Award