I am a researcher, writer, composer, and performer working around the themes of atypical metaphysics, post-classical aesthetics, and harmonic fragility. In both analytic and creative contexts, my work explores the margins between what is acceptable and what is considered aberrant. I explore concepts of deviancy and participant’s practice within metaphysical contexts; I research the development of metaphysics from cultural products and the use of performance art in religious contexts; I look at time and duration within both sound and theories of the sacred. My work fundamentally articulates phenomenologies and inquires about the lived experience of aesthetics.
Recent works have included the album Studies in Attrition (2017), the monograph Fantasy and Belief (2014), the edited collections Religion and Media (2017) and Sects, Cults, and New Religions (2014), and a live soundtrack performance of Vertov’s Man With A Movie Camera at MONAFOMA (2017, closing act, main stage). Recent positions have included Adjunct research in Creative Industries at the University of the Sunshine Coast (2019 - ), Lecturer in Communication at RMIT University (2011 – 2016), and Mother (2013– ongoing). I also hold a PhD in the Study of Religion (University of Queensland, 2010) and an A.musA in Pianoforte (1995).
This site showcases some of my music projects, albums, and performances.
To see some of my academic work, see http://daniellekirby.com.au/