David Cross is a Melbourne-based artist, curator and writer. In 2007 he founded Litmus Research initiative at Massey University in Wellington, New Zealand. Focused on the commissioning and scholarship of public art, Litmus produced a number of groundbreaking public art projects including One Day Sculpture, a series of temporary public artworks across five cities in New Zealand in 2008–2009. He was the CAST 2011 international curator in residence in Hobart where he developed Iteration : again : 13 public art projects across Tasmania. He was deputy chair of the City of Melbourne Public Art Advisory Board in 2015–2016 and a former arts-sector advisor for Creative New Zealand. Since 2014 he has been Professor of Art and Performance at Deakin University where he recently developed Treatment: six public artworks at the western treatment plant. He has published extensively on public and contemporary art.
David’s practice extends across performance, installation, sculpture, public art and video. Known for his examination of risk, pleasure and participation, he often utilises inflatable structures to negotiate interpersonal exchange. As a curator, David developed with Claire Doherty the One Day Sculpture project across New Zealand in 2008 and 2009,Iteration : again : 13 public art projects across Tasmania in 2011 andTreatment: six public artworks at the western treatment plant in 2015.