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Jini Maxwell is a videogame curator and works at ACMI, Australia’s museum of screen culture. In 2022 they worked on Out of Bounds: Exploring The Limits of Videogames, an exhibition that brought together videogames, video artwork, images and text documenting a group of Red Dead Online players who explored outside of the game’s map. They are also lead curator on ACMI’s centrepiece exhibition, the Story of the Moving Image, and commission work for ACMI’s digital gallery.
In addition to working on exhibitions, Jini co-organises ACMI X WIP night, a monthly meetup for screen creatives to showcase their works-in-progress, and previously hosted ACMI’s Women & Non-Binary Gamers’ club.
Jini is an award-winning videogame critic and journalist, winning Best Gaming Journalist at the Samsung IT Journalism Awards in 2021. Since 2020, Jini has contributed a regular games criticism column to The Saturday Paper, as well as contributing videogame correspondence to Schwartz Media’s podcast The culture. In 2019 they became the first Games Content Lead for Artshub and Artshub, where they helped found Gameshub, a new Australian games coverage platform, in 2021.
Their critical writing has also appeared in ABC Arts, Overland Journal, Screen Education, ACCA online, and The Wheeler Centre online. In 2018, Jini was one of three Emerging Critics in Residence at the Melbourne Recital Centre.
Jini is an experienced public speaker and host. In 2021 and 2022 they hosted APRA AMCOS’ annual conference High Score: Composition and Sound Art for Games. They have also spoken about games at Melbourne Writers Festival, Games Connect Asia Pacific Conference, the Emerging Writers Festival, A MAZE Festival, and others. In 2020, they hosted Artshub’s Artist Toolkits video series, created in collaboration with Creative Victoria.
Jini also maintains an independent practice curating playful exhibitions and events. In 2017 they worked as a creative producer for National Young Writers Festival, and went on to co-direct the festival in 2018. In 2019, Jini curated an exhibition of ekphrastic writing and videogames themed ‘Digital Intimacies’, and worked on Freeplay Independent Games Festival as a Creative Producer from 2019-21.
Jini has lectured and tutored in creative writing, publishing, and game design at RMIT and the University of Melbourne.
I work, learn and play primarily on the unceded lands of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nations. I pay my respects to their Elders, past and present, and acknowledge that sovereignty was never ceded.
I make a monthly donation to the Pay The Rent movement in recognition of the fact that I live on this land as an uninvited guest.
Always was, always will be, Aboriginal land.