Panel Discussion and Book Readings | Concrete | MUMA

Igor Grubic Monument 2014 video still courtesy of the artist

Panel Discussion: Concrete

Panel: Rueben Berg, Dr Nurin Veis and Professor Alistair Thomson

To coincide with Concrete this panel discussion will interrogate some of the exhibition’s key themes and concerns.

Guest panellists include: Rueben Berg, co-founder and Director of Indigenous Architecture Victoria, Dr Nuris Veis, Manager Scienceworks and Professor Alistair Thomson, Head of School of Philosophical, Historical and International Studies, Monash University. The panel discussion will be convened by Geraldine Barlow, Senior Curator MUMA.

Date: 6:30-8:30pm, Wednesday 11 June 2014

Venue: Monash University Museum of Art, Caulfield campus

FREE event, bookings required muma.rsvp@monash.edu or 03 9905 4217 

Book Reading and Discussion: Maria Tumarkin and Geraldine Barlow: The Geography of Trauma

‘Traumascapes are a distinctive category of places transformed physically and psychically by suffering, part of a scar tissue that stretches across the world’.

Author Maria Tumarkin and MUMA Senior Curator, Geraldine Barlow will discuss how artists in Concrete have engaged with sites affected by trauma. The session will include a reading by Maria Tumarkin from her bookTraumascapes: The Power and Fate of Places Transformed by Tragedy (Melbourne University Publishing, 2005).

Date: 12.30-1.30pm, Tuesday 17 May 2014
Venue: Monash University Museum of Art, Caulfield campus
FREE event, bookings requiredmuma.rsvp@monash.edu or 03 9905 4217 

Book Reading and Discussion: Andrea Goldsmith and Kathy Temin: Monuments, Memorial Sites and Memory

Celebrated author Andrea Goldsmith and acclaimed artist Kathy Temin will discuss monuments, memorial sites and memory. Andrea Goldsmith will read from and discuss her recent novel The Memory Trap (4th Estate 2013); a story of marriage, music, the illusions of love and the deceits of memory.

Kathy Temin will discuss the way in which her art practice engages with themes of remembrance, familial history, loss and hope. Temin is the child of Holocaust survivors and as part of her art practice she has made monuments since the mid-1990s. Her installation My Monument (White Forest) 2009 is a white maze-like garden inspired by visits to Eastern European memorial sites.

Goldsmith’s encounter with Temin’s work in 2009 at the Heide Museum of Modern Art inspired both the major theme of The Memory Trap, and a central character named Nina Jameson, an international consultant on memorial projects. Goldsmith says: ‘I’ve long been fascinated by monuments, by the attempt to render concrete what is essentially abstract.’

Date: 2.00-3.00pm, Saturday 21 June 2014
Venue: Monash University Museum of Art, Caulfield campus
FREE event, bookings requiredmuma.rsvp@monash.edu or 03 9905 4217 
In association with the Glen Eira Storytelling Festival 12-29 June 2014