UC SPARK - University of Canterbury - New Zealand

Dr Zita Joyce

School of Language, Social and Political Sciences; Media and Communications

Phone: +64 3 364 2987 ext. 92061

Office: Locke Building (English) 612

Fields of Research

  • Media and disaster
  • Broadcasting
  • Social media
  • Media art, sound art, experimental music
  • Media technologies
  • Radio spectrum
  • Wireless cultures
  • Experimental music + sound art

Researcher Summary

I am currently working on a few strands of research relating to media practice in post-quake Christchurch:

With colleagues form Media and Communication, Digital Humanities, and the CEISMIC archive, I received a University of Canterbury Arts Research Challenge Grant in August 2014, which enabled us to purchase 963,000 tweets relating to the Christchurch earthquakes and aftershocks. From that dataset I am currently researching how people used and referred to radio in the periods after the earthquakes.  

I have been studying the experiences of Christchurch radio stations after the 2010 and 2011 earthquakes, supported by the UC CEISMIC fund. This includes research into radio, space and memory in post-quake Christchurch.

I am also co-director of 'Mesh Cities: Christchurch', a research project by the ADA Network into the role of media art in the transitional city, which was supported through 2013 and 2014 by Creative New Zealand.

My research interests focus on the intersections between media technologies and social and cultural practice, in areas such as broadcasting and social media. I am particularly interested in creative uses of technologies in visual and sound arts and experimental music; the conceptualisation and use of radio spectrum and wireless technologies; the use of online tools in creative collaborations and connections; and the creation, use and documentation of FLOSS (Free, libre, open source software).

Subject Area: Disciplines

Research Groups

Future Research

  • Recording radio and the distributed archive
  • Book sprint
  • Transitional radio
  • Networked organisations in post-quake Christchurch
  • Representing place through Twitter


Research/Scholarly/Creative Works

Authored Books Journal Articles
  • Joyce ZC. (2017) The Brooding Elitist Relationship-Wrecker: Tropes of Art and Artists on Narrative Television. Pantograph Punch
  • Joyce Z. (2015) RadioQuake: Getting back 'on air' after the Christchurch earthquakes. Radio Journal: International Studies in Broadcast and Audio Media 13(1-2): 57-73. http://dx.doi.org/10.1386/rjao.13.1-2.57_1.
  • Joyce Z. (2009) Can we post gig announcements here? Community connections in the Audio Foundation mailing list. Art Monthly Australia (225): 28-30.
  • Joyce Z. (2008) Electromagnetic myths, etheric vibrations in the space between the worlds. Acoustic Space: Spectropia: illuminating investigations in the electromagnetic spectrum 7: 144-150.
  • Joyce Z. (2007) Spectrumscape: The Space of Wirelessness. Media International Australia 125: 83-93.
Edited Volumes
  • Ballard S., Joyce Z. and Muller L. (Ed.) (2012) The Fibreculture Journal, Issue 20: Networked Utopias and Speculative Futures. Sydney: Open Humanities Press. 226pp. http://twenty.fibreculturejournal.org/.
  • Joyce Z. (2012) City Loops. In Russell B (Ed.), Erewhon Calling: Experimental Sound in New Zealand: 178-183. Auckland: Audio Foundation and CMR.
  • Joyce Z. (2010) Community and diversity on the air: Radio in New Zealand. In Goode L; Zuberi N (Ed.), Media Studies in Aotearoa New Zealand 2: 80-90. North Shore: Pearson.
  • Willetts A. and Joyce Z. (2010) Sean's Quest. In Porter G (Ed.), Sean Kerr: Bruce is in the garden; so someone is in the garden: 71-80. Auckland: Clouds.
  • Joyce Z. (2008) Electromagnetic Dreams: Artists in Radio Space. In Brennan S; Ballard S (Ed.), The Aotearoa Digital Arts Reader: 182-189. Auckland: Aotearoa Digital Arts and Clouds.
Conference Contributions - Other
  • Joyce Z. (2015) Standing Upright Here: Christchurch's Seismic and Sonic Energies. Sydney, Australia: Energies in the Arts Conference, 13-15 Aug 2015
  • Joyce Z. (2013) Radio Quake: Broadcasting in Post-Quake Christchurch. Luton, UK: Radio Conference: A Transnational Forum 2013, 9-12 Jul 2013
  • Joyce Z. (2011) Interference, Invention, Invasion: Early broadcasting and the security of New Zealand. Auckland, New Zealand: The Radio Conference, 11-14 Jan 2011
  • Joyce Z. and McIntyre S. (2011) Sound-Art-Radio-Spaces. Auckland, New Zealand: The Radio Conference, 11-14 Jan 2011
  • Joyce Z. (2010) Broadcasting the (Zombie) apocalypse. Monash University, Melbourne, Australia: Changing the Climate: Utopia, Dystopia and Catastrophe, 30 Aug-1 Sep 2010
  • FLOSS Manuals. (2009) Winter Camp. Amsterdam, Netherlands: Winter Camp, 3-7 Mar 2009
  • Joyce Z. (2009) Networks and communities in New Zealand Media Arts. Melbourne, New Zealand: Third International Conference on Histories of Media Art, Science and Technology: Re:Live - Media Art History 09, 27-29 Nov 2009
  • Joyce Z. (2009) The taonga of radio spectrum: articulating Māori knowledge of wireless interconnectivity. New Plymouth, New Zealand: SCANZ Symposium 2009: Raranga Tangata, 7-8 Feb 2009
  • Joyce Z. (2008) Radio-location in Aotearoa/New Zealand. Singapore Management University: International Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA2008), 25 Jul-3 Aug 2008
  • Joyce Z. (2008) The Invention of Radio Spectrum. Riga, Latvia: Spectropia: Illuminating investigations in electromagnetic spectrum, 17-18 Oct 2008
  • Joyce Z. (2007) Electromagnetic Waves As A Medium For Art. Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand: MEDIANZ, 8-10 Feb 2007
  • Joyce Z. (2006) Cultural sites of spectrumscapes. Curtain University of Technology, Perth, Australia: Media: Policies, Cultures and Futures in the Asia-Pacific Conference, 27-29 Nov 2006
Conference Contributions - Published
  • Joyce Z., Ballard S., McCaw C., Smith V., Lane T., Clothier I., Randerson J. and Butt D. (2013) ADA Mesh Cities: Network, Space and Memory in the Transitional City. University of Sydney, Australia: 19th International Symposium of Electronic Art (ISEA2013), 7-16 Jun 2013. In Proceedings of the 19th International Symposium of Electronic Art (ISEA2013): 1-4. http://hdl.handle.net/2123/9677.
Exhibition/Curatorial Exercises
  • Ballard S., Brennan S. and Joyce Z. (2008) Cloudland: Digital Art from Aotearoa New Zealand (Curator). 24 Jul-3 Aug 2008. [Digital Art].
  • Joyce Z. (2006) Ethermapping and Tales from the Ether. 7-13 Aug 2006. [Interactive computer-based].
  • Joyce Z. (2006) Ethermapping Tales of the Ether in 2nd Art & Science International Exhibition & Symposium. 11-25 Nov 2006. [Interactive computer-based].
  • Joyce Z. (2006) From Mini-FM to Hacktivists: A Guide to Art and Activism (Group Exhibition). 10 Dec 2005-3 Mar 2006. [Interactive computer-based].
  • Joyce Z. and Willetts A. (2006) Radio Kiosk 106.5FM. 29 Jun-18 Jul 2006. [Sound].
Oral Presentations
  • Joyce Z. (2012) Radio Quake: Broadcasting in Post-Quake Christchurch. Auckland University, Auckland, New Zealand.
  • Joyce Z. (2007) Etheric Vibrations in the Space between the Worlds. University of Auckland, New Zealand: FTVMS Seminar Series, 28 May 2009.
Theses / Dissertations
  • Joyce Z. (2008) Creating order in the ceaseless flow: the discursive constitution of the radio spectrum. http://hdl.handle.net/2292/5619. Auckland, New Zealand. University of Auckland.
  • Joyce Z. (2002) Hearing ourselves : globalisation, the state, local content and New Zealand radio. Christchurch, New Zealand. University of Canterbury.
Additional Publications
  • Joyce Z. (2009) Creating order in the ceaseless flow: The discursive constitution of the radio spectrum. Leonardo Electronic Almanac MIT Press. [Online Abstract].