Larissa Hjorth is an artist, digital ethnographer and Associate Professor in the Games Programs, and co-director of RMIT’s Digital Ethnography Research Centre (DERC) with Heather Horst. Since 2000, Hjorth has been researching the gendered and socio-cultural dimensions of mobile, social, locative and gaming cultures in the Asia–Pacific—these studies are outlined in her books, Mobile Media in the Asia-Pacific (London, Routledge, 2009), Games & Gaming (London: Berg, 2010), Online@AsiaPacific: Mobile, Social and Locative in the Asia–Pacific region (with Michael Arnold, Routledge, 2013), and Understanding Social Media (with Sam Hinton, Sage, 2013).
Hjorth has co-edited four Routledge anthologies, Gaming Cultures and Place in the Asia–Pacific region (with Dean Chan, 2009), Mobile technologies: from Telecommunication to Media (with Gerard Goggin, 2009), Studying the iPhone: Cultural Technologies, Mobile Communication, and the iPhone (with Jean Burgess and Ingrid Richardson, 2012) and Mobile Media Practices, Presence and Politics: The Challenge of Being Seamlessly Mobile (with Katie Cumsikey). Hjorth is currently completing two Australian Research Council grants—one discovery (DP0986998, online@AsiaPacific) on online media practices in the Asia-Pacific region (case studies Tokyo, Seoul, Singapore, Shanghai, Melbourne and Manila) with Michael Arnold and one linkage (LP100200888, Spatial Dialogues) with Fairfax and Grollo on art, screen media and the environment in the Asia-Pacific (case studies Tokyo, Shanghai and 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), Australia 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.