Dr Kit Messham-Muir is an art and museum theorist and critic, based in Newcastle, Australia.  Much of his research considers the role of affect in museum exhibitions, and he has explored the capacity of gestural media interfaces to enable greater affective and empathic responses from museum visitors.  Dr Messham-Muir has also won a number of teaching awards, which include a national citation for innovative teaching practices.  He gained his PhD in Art History and Theory from the University of New South Wales in 2000, with a thesis titled ‘Toward an Understanding of Affect’.  He has lectures at the College of Fine Arts, UNSW, University of Western Sydney, University and Sydney and University of Hong Kong.  He has taught many of the Hong Kong’s museum professionals and delivered a series of lectures for the LCSD to Hong Kong art curators during 2002-2004.  He is the director of the StudioCrasher project, frequently writes reviews and articles for the international newspaper The Conversation, and has a monograph on the official war art of video artist Shaun Gladwell forthcoming in 2015.