Author: Katrina Grant

Funding | Ursula Hoff Fellowship

Applications open until Tuesday 7 August About Ursula Hoff Dr Ursula Hoff AO OBE LLD PhD (Hamburg) D Lit (Monash), was born in 1909 in London and died in 2005 in Melbourne. Dr Hoff’s distinguished career encompassed art history, curatorship and museum management at the University of Melbourne and the National Gallery of Victoria. Educated in Hamburg, she was among the pivotal first generation of European-trained art historians who introduced the subject to Australian universities. Dr Hoff was a lecturer in the then-Department of Fine Arts at the University of Melbourne and worked at the National Gallery of Victoria, becoming its assistant director from 1968-1973. She became the London Advisor to the Felton Bequest from 1975-1983. Dr Hoff was a foundation fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities in 1970 and member of the Council of the National Library of…

Public Conversation | Making Asian Art Public/s Event at MADA

Public Conversation | Friday 29 June 1–2.30pm, followed by light refreshments How are contemporary Asian artists and curators of Asian art working in new ways to make art matter to, and resonate with, society today? Join us for a public conversation inviting diverse perspectives on art and its public significance in rapidly changing cultural contexts in contemporary Asia. Guest Speakers: Mira Asriningtyas Indonesia Merv Espina Philippines Mark Teh Malaysia Suzann Victor Australia/Singapore Tintin Wulia Indonesia/Australia In conversation with: ​Associate Professor Tara McDowellFounding Director, Curatorial Practice, MADA Frances Barrett Independent Curator and Artist, and MADA Postgraduate Dr Michelle Antoinette ARC DECRA Fellow & Lecturer, Art History & Theory, MADA ​For more information on the Conversation and the speakers, visit the MADA website Lecture Theatre G1.04 Building G, MADA Monash University 900 Dandenong Road Caulfield East VIC 3145 Free, all welcome. Please RSVP. Supported by the Australian Research…

ATCH (Architecture Theory Criticism History) Research Centre at UQ – Visiting Fellows Program 2019

ATCH visiting fellows program 2019 | Call for Expressions of Interest Submission deadline: 1 July 2018 The ATCH (Architecture Theory Criticism History) Research Centre invites Expressions of Interest for the Visiting Fellows Program 2019.  The program welcomes Expressions of Interest from scholars with varying levels of experience who are carrying out critical research in architecture. ATCH is located within the School of Architecture at The University of Queensland (UQ), in Brisbane, Australia. The Centre supports innovative and interdisciplinary research on the history, theory and criticism of architecture. Architecture and its place within a larger history of ideas is a strong focus within the Centre.  Bringing together Postdoctoral Fellows, Research Fellows, Postgraduates and Academics from UQ’s School of Architecture, the centre offers a stimulating and rich environment for enquiry and debate. An active program of seminars, lectures, symposia, workshops and exhibitions…

Art History in NZ under threat

Concerning news from two art history departments in New Zealand about threats to jobs and resources. Threats to jobs at VUW and threates to the fine arts library at Auckland. Submissions are encouraged on both issues – the high profile, and effective, campaign to keep art history taught in schools in the UK shows the importance of lending our voices to support our discipline. SAVE Art History at Victoria University of Wellington As reported by AAANZ Art History at Victoria University of Wellington is under threat. A recent ‘Change Proposal’ means that the department is facing the imminent loss of a Senior Lecturer, along with its Administrator – with further staff cuts threatened in a year’s time. The programme at Victoria provides historical, social, cultural, political and aesthetic frameworks fincludes teaching specialisms focused on historical and contemporary New Zealand and…

Lecture | Luciano Chessa Music the dead can hear: Occult presences in Luigi Russolo’s “Art of Noises”

This lecture examines the work of Italian Futurist, painter and musician Luigi Russolo, presenting a reading of the mechanical sound synthesizers, the intonarumori, that he began to create in 1913. It traces the roots of Russolo’s instrument to Leonardo da Vinci’s noisemakers, and then reestablishes the previously unacknowledged prominence of occultism, including theosophy, in early twentieth-century Italian culture. There it operated in tandem with contemporary scientific ideas about X-ray and wireless telegraphy—all with an emphasis on waves, vibrations, and their new communicative potential. With this in mind, it can be argued that Russolo’s noise aesthetic and its practical manifestation—the intonarumori—were for him, and for his Futurist associates, elements of a multi-levelled experiment to reach higher states of spiritual consciousness. Tuesday, 3rd July 2018, 6:00pm Florence Peel Centre 126 Moor Street, Fitzroy, Melbourne Convened by Anthony White Free to attend Luciano…

News | Award for NGV Curator Dr Ted Gott

Great news that NGV curator Ted Goot got a gong from ICOM recently. Well deserved! ICOM Award winners A glittering event at the Museums Galleries Australia National Conference dinner at the Melbourne Museum last night included the presentation of the 2018 ICOM Australia Awards and the International Museum Day student essay prize. Dr Ted Gott received the Individual Award for his significant contribution to Australia’s cultural life nationally and internationally including highly acclaimed exhibitions, research, publications, mentoring of developing curators and ongoing commitment to the profession. From the testimonial: The Award acknowledges Ted’s significant contribution to Australia’s cultural life nationally and internationally including highly acclaimed exhibitions, research, publications, mentoring of developing curators and ongoing commitment to the profession. Ted would have to be considered Australia’s pre-eminent curator in international art. His experience, attention to detail, knowledge of art and history,…

PhD Scholarship | Interdisciplinary and Cross-Cultural Research at the ANU

Deadline: 12 September 2018 The ANU Research School of Humanities and the Arts is offering awards to support two domestic PhD candidates in the Interdisciplinary and Cross-Cultural Research (ICCR) program with supervisory coordination provided by academic staff from the Centre for Digital Humanities Research and the Humanities Research Centre. NB – the Centre for Digital Humanities Research and the Humanities Research Centre both include staff with research expertise in Art History and Digital Art History, Digital Humanities for Museums/Galleries and Archives, and Museum Studies so applications from candidates in these areas are welcome. The objective of these awards is to support two PhD candidates in the Interdisciplinary Cross‐Cultural Research (ICCR) program with supervisory coordination provided by academic staff from the Centre for Digital Humanities Research and the Humanities Research Centre. One award will be offered to each of these Centres.…

Job | Director Duldig Studio – museum + sculpture garden

The Organisation The Duldig Studio is a public house museum and artists’ studio located in East Malvern, Melbourne. Its collection is based around the sculptures, paintings and decorative arts of the notable sculptor Karl Duldig and his artist and inventor wife Slawa Horowitz-Duldig and the story of their lives. Our vision is to be recognised as a pre-eminent Australian artists’ house museum that inspires, informs and engages through art and the story of the Duldig family’s creative journey. The Museum is transitioning from a family collection into a public institution and is seeking a Director with strong entrepreneurial skills to lead and develop the organisation through a phase of expanded, independent sustainability. The Position This is a Director role for an outstanding leader who is both culturally attuned and business savvy. The Director is responsible for the leadership and management…

Paul Jaskot | A Plan, A Testimony, and A Digital Map: Analyzing the Architecture of the Holocaust | University of Sydney

A Plan, A Testimony, and A Digital Map: Analyzing the Architecture of the Holocaust The Power Institute and the Sydney Digital Humanities Research Group are pleased to present a lecture by Paul Jaskot, Professor of Art, Art History & Visual Studies, Duke University. Taking an architectural plan and a specific survivor testimony as examples, Jaskot’s lecture will explore how recent methods in the Digital Humanities–particularly digital mapping–can be used to investigate plans and testimonies to raise new questions about the spatial and historical significance of the Holocaust. About the Lecture  The Holocaust was a profoundly spatial experience that involved not only the movement of millions of European Jews but also their confinement and murder in sites specifically built for the genocide. Paul Jaskot’s talk addresses how perpetrators thought of their building projects and, conversely, how victims experienced these oppressive spaces. Analyzing the architecture of the…

Lecture | Paul Jaskot – Mapping German Architecture in an Era of Crisis, 1914-24 | ANU Canberra

Mapping German Architecture in an Era of Crisis, 1914-24 Much has been written on the architecture of early Weimar Germany after World War I. And yet, however sophisticated and well researched, the art historical approach to German architecture from 1914-1924 has focused on only a few isolated built structures like Erich Mendelsohn’s Einstein Tower (1921) and contrasted them with the many projects and designs that existed on paper for the period such as Bruno Taut’s Stadtkrone (1919). What happens, though, when we look at not a few dozen buildings or architects but literally the thousands of structures—from vernacular to industrial to avant-garde “high design”—that were actually built in that period? These buildings form the “dark matter” that sustained and conditioned the few architectural stars, both real and on paper, on whom we have focused so much of our attention. This…

Updated – date corrected | Lecture | Jane Clark – Mona: The only certainty is change | ANU Sir William Dobell Annual Lecture

Mona, the Museum of Old and New Art in Hobart, is the largest private museum in Australia, with a collection ranging from antiquities through Australian modernism to contemporary international art. Its owner is Tasmanian-born David Walsh, who, in sharing his collection with the public and through an ambitious exhibition and publication program, seeks to challenge conventional approaches to art, to received wisdom and to the intersections between culture and biology. Mona is an experiment: questioning, unpredictable, and fun. When the museum opened in 2011, it was almost entirely subterranean, a structure you could hardly see until you were in it. There was one tunnel. All that has changed in 2018. The tunnels have multiplied, are longer, layered, turn corners; and are not yet finished. The underground interior has expanded and erupted, upward and outward, into the light. Jane Clark, Senior…

Launch | emaj 10 | Buxton Contemporary

Help us launch the tenth edition of emaj! Please join the editors for a drink in the Buxton Contemporary foyer to celebrate the tenth edition of the electronic Melbourne art journal. emaj was co-founded by our director, Ryan Johnston in 2005, who will launch the edition along with current editors, Giles Fielke, Dr Helen Hughes and Paris Lettau. emaj (electronic Melbourne art journal) is an online, refereed art history journal published in Australia. emaj aims to provide an international forum for the publication of original academic research in all areas and periods of art history. Topics covered include fine arts, architecture, curatorship, politics and aesthetics, visual culture, philosophy, historiography and museum studies. emaj welcomes monographic articles about specific artists or art collectives as well as thematic or theoretical analyses on aspects of art history. All articles are blind-refereed by academics working within the relevant field.

Call for artists | Large-scale art commission for State Library Victoria

Large-scale art commission for State Library Victoria – applications now open Proposal deadline 11th May 2018 ​State Library Victoria is calling on artists, graphic designers and illustrators to submit proposals for a large-scale artwork to be installed inside the Library’s new Russell Street entrance, opening this spring. Proposals are invited for artworks inspired by the Library’s extensive collection of items related to Victoria’s flora, fauna and natural history. The successful artist will be awarded $20,000 to produce an artwork measuring 29 metres wide and 5 metres high to be temporarily displayed in the new Russell Street Welcome Zone. Shortlisted proposals will be awarded $500 each. Kate Torney, State Library Victoria CEO, said it was an exciting opportunity to be a part of the once-in-a-generation transformation of an iconic Melbourne landmark. ‘Around five thousand people visit the Library each day so…

Exhibition | Experimenta Makes Sense: International Triennial of Media Art | Plimsoll Gallery

  Exhibition dates: 21st Apr – 27th May 2018 Plimsoll Gallery, School of Creative Arts, University of Tasmania, Hunter Street, Hobart, Tasmania Gallery Hours: Wed – Mon 12pm – 5pm (during exhibitions), Closed Tuesdays and Public holidays Artists | Robert Andrew, Ella Barclay, Michele Barker and Anna Munster, Briony Barr,Steve Berrick, Antoinette J. Citizen, Adam Donovan and Katrin Hochschuh, Lauren Edmonds, Liz Magic Laser, Jon McCormack, Lucy McRae, Gail Priest, Matthew Gardiner, Jane Gauntlett, Scale Free Network: Briony Barr and Gregory Crocetti, Andrew Styan, Judy Watson and Katarina Zdjelar. Experimenta Makes Sense: International Triennial of Media Art expresses the disconcerting and delightful world of the digital age. Both playful and thought provoking, this exhibition asks audiences to immerse their senses into a ‘thinking’, ‘feeling’ and ‘doing’ contemplation of what it is to be human in an age of technological acceleration. The exhibition investigates how artists ‘make sense’ of our world, and invites us to explore our understanding…

Symposium | From Melancholy to Euphoria: The materialisation of emotion in Middle Eastern Manuscripts Symposium | University of Melbourne

  From Melancholy to Euphoria: The materialisation of emotion in Middle Eastern Manuscripts Symposium 27-28 June 2018, The University of Melbourne Register Now Full Programme Registrations are now open for the two-day symposium From Melancholy to Euphoria: The materialisation of emotion in Middle Eastern Manuscripts. Early-bird registrations are now available at $100 for both days, including: all conference sessions 27-28 June 2018 with keynote lectures by Assoc. Prof Mandana Barkeshli, Prof Amir Zekrgoo, Prof Robyn Sloggett and Dr Stefano Carboni. Morning tea is provided both days. Standard registrations cost $120. This Symposium will examine the relationship between text, manuscript production (calligraphy and illumination) and the elicitation and excitation of emotions in this form of transmission of knowledge and beliefs. This symposium is made possible by support from the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions. The Middle Eastern…