Petterd is a digital media artist, curator and entrepreneur based in Lutruwita (Tasmania), Australia.
Petterd completed a PhD from the Tasmanian School of Art, The University of Tasmania, in 2002. He was one the first people in Australia to complete a practice based PhD in digital media. The title of his thesis was ‘Liquid Sensations: Evoking sensory experiences with interactive installation art.’
His work has been included in events in Australia, the USA, and across Europe. This includes SIGGRAPH ACM and SIGGRAPH Asia, Liquid Architecture and Electrofringe events and shows at Contemporary Art Tasmania and the Hutton Gallery.
He curated the Australian works in ‘Points of Entry’. ‘Points of Entry’ is an international touring exhibition project of installations and embodied electronic sculptural works using technology co-curated by Nina Czegledy, Robin Petterd and Deborah Lawler-Dormer. The tour started at the Moving Image Centre in New Zealand and the Australian venues included Contemporary Art Tasmania and ArtSpace.
Residencies include time at Sapporo Tenjin-yama Art Studio, Sapporo, Japon. Exploring how Japanese garden design practice can inform the design of interactive video and sound installations. His residence at steim (the Studio for Electro-Instrumental Music), Amsterdam, Netherlands explored how instrument making can inform the design of interactive objects.
He has taught digital media at TasTAFE and the University of Tasmania, and led teaching teams at TasTAFE. In 2007 he founded Sprout Labs, a digital learning company.
Robin Petterd Projects (R.P.P.) is Robin’s side project. R.P.P. is focused on exploring and fostering creative digital media art and design practice. Past projects included free online training for creatives using MAX/MSP for interactive installations. He is starting a podcast that is conversations with creatives who work with technology and physical spaces.