Conferences, symposia, talks, walks and other art events in Melbourne and further afield.

Masterclass | Degas – A new vision, a new beginning | University of Melbourne and NGV

Edgar Degas Rehearsal hall at the Opéra, rue Le Peletier 1872 oil on canvas 32.7 x 46.3 cm Musée d'Orsay, Paris (RF 1977) © RMN-Grand Palais (Musée d’Orsay) / Hervé Lewandowski

In partnership with the National Gallery of Victoria’s exhibition Degas: A new vision, the Faculty of Arts is proud to present a four-part masterclass series on the life and art of Edgar Degas, one of the most recognizable grand masters of French modernism. Drawn from across the globe and with over 200 artworks, this exhibition represents one of the most internationally significant retrospectives of Degas, highlighting his influential contribution across the different mediums of painting, sculpture, drawing, printmaking and photography. This masterclass will reflect the breadth and diversity of the exhibition as we explore the development of Degas’ art from its beginnings. We will contextualise his work within the dramatic social and political change that occurred during his lifetime, which…

Lecture | Reflectance Transformation Imaging and Photogrammetry – Carla Schroer and Mark Mudge | University of Melbourne

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Reflectance Transformation Imaging and Photogrammetry: Computational Photography Techniques for Cultural, Historic, and Artistic Heritage   Through the generous support of The Association of Australian Decorative and Fine Arts Societies (ADFAS) ‘Patricia Robertson Fund’, the Gordon Darling Foundation and the University of Melbourne’s Grimwade Centre for the Conservation of Cultural Material, AICCM is very pleased announce a public lecture on computational photography techniques for cultural heritage, to be delivered by Carla Schroer and Mark Mudge, founding members of Cultural Heritage Imaging. This talk will present advances in robust, low-cost imaging tools from the emerging science, Computational Photography (CP). Embodying both reflectance transformation imaging (RTI) and photogrammetry, CP describes the purpose-driven, selective extraction of information from sequences of digital photographs. Both methods…

DigitalGLAM symposium | State Library of Victoria and the University of Melbourne


Thursday, 14 July 2016 – 5:00pm to Friday, 15 July 2016 – 6:00pm, State Library of Victoria and Melbourne School of Design The DigitalGLAM symposium will bring together cultural institutions, historians, heritage practitioners, researchers and digital designers to discover new practices in digital media and cultural engagement. The event will include national and international keynote talks, and panels of presentations and discussions around four themes of Touring, Digital Frontiers, Immersive Experience, and Animating Archives. Issues under scrutiny include: The projection of collections and artefacts into physical places beyond the traditional institutional reach; New intersections between expert knowledge, curatorial practice and citizen-generated content; Pathways and approaches to the design and development of new technologies; Understanding and evaluating digital impacts and significance; Critical reflections on…

MUMA Boiler Room Lecture | Outlaw Territories – Felicity D. Scott | State Library of Victoria

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Outlaw Territories Monash University Museum of Art (MUMA) is pleased to present a special lecture by visiting international curator and writer, Felicity D. Scott. Felicity D. Scott will discuss her book, Outlaw Territories: Environments of Insecurity/Architectures of Counter-insurgency (Zone Books, 2016), which outlines the historical and contemporary legacy of the American counterculture from the 1960s and ‘70s and its effects on environmental governance and the management of populations globally. During this lecture Scott will draw connections between many subjects including Kevin Roche’s designs for the Ford Foundation Headquarters and One United Nations Plaza in New York; the Open Land communes and Earth People’s Parks; two major UN world conferences (the Human Environment in Stockholm of 1972 and the Human Settlements…

Contemporary Pacific Art and Community Day | NGV International

Lisa Reihana Māori people born 1964 in Pursuit of Venus 2015 (still); (detail) National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne Purchased NGV Foundation, 2015 © Lisa Reihana

A celebration of Melbourne’s vibrant Pacific community, contemporary culture and art Please join us at 11am for a traditional welcome and blessing ceremony, followed by morning tea and harmonies by the Pasefika Vitoria Choir, formed especially for this event. This day of celebrations marks the opening of the exhibitions Siu i Moana: Reaching Across the Ocean, Greg Semu: The Raft of the Tagata Pasifika (People of the Pacific), Lisa Reihana: in Pursuit of Venus and the NGV Collection display, Art of the Pacific. Program highlights include a contemporary performance by Tongan artist Ruha Fifita, collaborator with Robin White on the ngatu exhibition, Siu i Moana: Reaching Across the Ocean. Hear from exhibiting artists Greg Semu, Lisa Reihana, Robin White, Ruha…

Lecture | Australian Identity Through Cultural Materials Conservation – Robyn Sloggett | University of Melbourne

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Australian Identity Through Cultural Materials Conservation | Inaugural Professorial Lecture by Professor Robyn Sloggett AM. Hosted by the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies The material world surrounds us: feeding our senses, our imagination and our curiosity. We inherit and we create cultural and scientific records that help us make sense of this world. Cultural materials conservation employs materiality to understand and protect these records, integrating knowledge acquired in the sciences and the humanities with that developed by cultural knowledge holders and practitioners. Conservation studies provide unique understandings of how cultural knowledge, disciplinary knowledge and the materiality that surrounds us, can come together to shed light on significant questions of knowledge and identity. In this lecture Professor Sloggett explores the valuable contribution that cultural materials conservation makes to the continual quest to understand our place…

Public Program | The Social Contract: Photography, Theory, Practice and Emotions | CCP

Image: Mohini Chandra Untitled from Kikau Street 2015-16, courtesy the artist.
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A collaboration between Centre for Contemporary Photography and ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions. Short presentations and a panel discussion by Dr Spencer Jackson, Dr Joseph Browning, Dr Fran Edmonds, Associate Professor Anne Maxwell, Dr Angus Frith will explore social contract theory through the lens of photography, philosophy, law and music. To be chaired by CCP Curator, Pippa Milne. This event is affiliated with the exhibition CCP Declares: On The Social Contract, curated by Pippa Milne. CCP Declares: On the Social Contract draws together emerging and mid-career artists working at the forefront of Australian photography and video in its expanded field. The subtitle to this second iteration of CCP Declares acknowledges that these works examine or extend the idea of…

Symposium | Technologies/Histories Symposium | University of Melbourne

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Co-hosted by the Transformative Technologies Research Unit (University of Melbourne) & Flinders University, this symposium examines developments in various technologies and their relationship to history. The keynote speaker for the event is Lori Emerson, Associate Professor with a split appointment in the Department of English and the Intermedia Arts, Writing, and Performance Program at the University of Colorado at Boulder. She is also Director of the Media Archaeology Lab and writes about media poetics as well as the history of computing, media archaeology, media theory, and digital humanities. Lori Emerson will discuss her current book project titledOther Network – a network archaeology of the history of telecommunications networks that pre-date the Internet or exist outside of the Internet. Session titles…

Symposium | Art, Ethics and Indigeneity | VCA

Richard Frankland: photograph of graffiti by Koorie youth, Healesville

A full day symposium to be held as part of the National Reconciliation Week program at the VCA and MCM. The symposium invites Indigenous and non-Indigenous researchers working across the field of Indigenous arts and culture to address some of the key issues when working with Indigenous people, places and communities. It will address the importance of understanding and following protocols and will showcase some of the innovative research being undertaken by Indigenous scholars and artists, and by non-Indigenous researchers working with Indigenous people, places and communities. Guest speakers include Richard Frankland, Genevieve Grieves, Ngardarb Riches, Prof. Brian Martin, Janis Koolmatrie, Lilly Brown, Dr Sally Treloyn and Rona (Googninda) Charles (Ngarinyin, Nyigina), Wilton Foster OAM (Anangu) and Dr Susan Lowish with the…

Talk | Studies for masters: new research into old master drawings | University of Melbourne

Image: After Antonio Giorgetti (Italian c.1635-1669), Angel with the Sponge, 17th century. Baillieu Library Print Collection, gift of Dr J. Orde Poynton, 1959

The spotlight has been shone upon the approximately 100 drawings included in the Baillieu Library Print Collection – many of them gifted by Dr J. Orde Poynton in 1959 – by a series of research projects undertaken by participants in the Cultural Collections Projects Program. A selection of these exquisite drawings will be on display on the ground floor of the Baillieu Library from June 6th until July 24th 2016. A rare opportunity to hear more about how the drawings were made, their attribution and their previous owners will take place with a lunch time presentation by Jessica Cole and Callum Reid. Jessica Cole is a gallery professional and will reveal her findings on a 17th century study of a…

Symposium | Degas: A New Vision | NGV International

Edgar Degas , Rehearsal hall at the Opéra, rue Le Peletier (Le foyer de la danse à l'Opéra de la rue Le Peletier) 1872, oil on canvas, 32.7 x 46.3 cm, Lemoisne 298
Musée d'Orsay, Paris (RF 1977) © RMN-Grand Palais (musée d'Orsay) / Hervé Lewandowski

As part of the the NGV’s winter exhibition on Edgar Degas the gallery is hosting a symposium with international experts on the artist. From his paintings of ballerinas to the social world of Parisian nightlife, Degas’ works demonstrate great technical, conceptual and expressive skill and reveal his openness to experiment with a range of mediums. Date: 2-5pm, Friday 24th June 2016 Venue: Clemenger BBDO Auditorium, NGV International Bookings required – book online here. Tickets $35 A / $28 M / $30 C (includes light refreshment) Speakers Henri Loyrette, Exhibition Curator Henri Loyrette is a French arts administrator and historian who served as director of the Louvre Museum in Paris from 2001 to 2013 and is now president of Admical, a nonprofit organization involved in…

Free lunchtime public lecture | Janet Burchill & Jennifer McCamley | Holmesglen

X Shield, 2013 © Janet Burchill, Jennifer McCamley.
Reproduced courtesy the artists and Neon Parc, Melbourne

Holmesglen acquired Burchill and McCamley’s X Shield in 2013. Part of a series completed after the artists first encountered the Papua New Guinea shields held in the Oceania Collection at the National Gallery of Victoria, X Shield was included in the Heide exhibition, Future Primitive in the same year. The artists have been working both individually and collaboratively since the mid-1980s. Their practice embraces a wide variety of media including photography, film, drawing, sculpture and painting. Throughout their combined career, Burchill and McCamley have critically engaged with the history and forms of modernist art and its relationship to everyday life, as reconsidered through feminist, psychoanalytic, filmic and spatial discourses. Collaboration has been an important aspect of their practice. The artists will discuss the trajectory of their work over the last 20…

Forum | The aftermath of environmental and human intervention | University of Melbourne

Susan Norrie, aftermath 2016, Porong, Sidoarjo, East Java, Indonesia, video still, Courtesy of the artist

Speakers: Susan Norrie, Exhibiting Artist, Susan Norrie, Field Work 2006 – 2016; University of Melbourne Academics Associate Professor Mark Quigley, School of Earth Sciences and Dr Lisa Palmer, School of Geography. Convenor: Associate Professor Peter Christoff, School of Geography, The University of Melbourne Join the Ian Potter Museum of Art for a multidisciplinary event where art, earth sciences, geology, politics and policy collide. In response to artist Susan Norrie’s latest video work aftermath (2016) in which she documents the LUSI mud volcano’s decade long eruption in Indonesia, this forum will investigate environmental disasters and disaster prevention, management and mitigation. Norrie will be joined by Dr Lisa Palmer, Geography, The University of Melbourne who will discuss the challenges of combining customary and…

Writing and concepts | Lecture 11 Maura Edmond | RMIT Design Hub

The Scheme was a Blueprint for Future Development Programs, designed in collaboration between Simon Browne and Agatha Gothe-Snape, 2015 (photo by Simon Browne).

Maura Edmond Maura Edmond is an academic, a writer and an amateur gardener. Her writing on art and culture has been published in New Media and Society, Television and New Media, Art and Australia, Un, Eyeline, Artlink and elsewhere. In 2012 and 2013 she was section editor and lead writer for the Arts and Museum pages of Melbourne’s Time Out magazine. Since 2013 she has run Primer <> a website and e-newsletter profiling Melbourne artists and exhibitions. Maura was awarded her PhD from Melbourne University’s School of Culture and Communication and is currently a Research Fellow in the School of Media, Film and Journalism at Monash University. Her research examines the history of screen and media art, with a particular…

Panel Discussion | Borders, Barriers, Walls | MUMA

Image: Amy Spiers & Catherine Ryan Closed to the Public (protecting space) 2016 performance, Freiburg, Germany Photo: Marc Doradzillo

Borders, Barriers, Walls To coincide with MUMA’s exhibition Borders, Barriers, Walls curated by Francis E. Parker, this panel discussion will address some of the exhibition’s key themes and concerns. Panelists include: Associate Professor Leanne Weber, co-director of the Border Crossing Observatory, and participating artists Catherine Ryan and Amy Spiers. The panel discussion will be convened byFrancis E. Parker, MUMA – Curator Exhibitions. Borders, barriers and walls delineate this group exhibition of Australian and international artists. It reflects on how these contested and complex forms shape the world, producing situations of separation, isolation or thwarted passage across the globe. Whether they be physical constructions, psychological constructs or natural defences, the exhibition considers the forces by which these divides are either upheld…