Larissa Hjorth is an artist, digital ethnographer and Associate Professor in the Games Programs, School of Media & Communication, RMIT University. Since 2000, Hjorth has been researching and publishing on gendered customising of mobile, social and gaming communities in the Asia–Pacific—these studies are outlined in her two books, Mobile Media in the Asia-Pacific (London: Routledge, 2009) and Games & Gaming (London: Berg, 2010). Hjorth has co-edited three 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) and Studying the iPhone: Cultural Technologies, Mobile Communication, and the iPhone (with Jean Burgess and Ingrid Richardson, 2012).
Since 2009, Hjorth has been an Australian Research Council (ARC) APD discovery fellow with Michael Arnold exploring the role of the local and online with communities in the region. This three-year, cross-cultural project, Online@Asia-Pacific, explores six locations—Tokyo, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, Manila, and Melbourne. In addition, Hjorth collaborated with Jack Qiu, Baohua Zhou and Ding Wei on a South China grant studying social media and the migrant working class in China (2009-2011) as well as an ARC Linkage on intersections between public art, climate change and screen media in the Asia-Pacific, Spatial Dialogues.
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.