Events

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

Performance | A song of Two Eyeballs presented by Michelle Usher | Heide Museum of Modern Art

Composed by Huw Hallam, Libretto by Michelle Ussher Performed by Darcy Carroll and Zachary McCulloch Based on a short story by artist Michelle Ussher, this ten minute opera is a surreal, psychological romance between two eyeballs, performed by two singers who embody the psyche of Ussher’s porcelain sculptures Camilla, 2014, and Ugo, 2014. Date: Mothers’ Day, Sunday 8 May, 2pm & 3pm Venue: Heide III: Central Galleries, Heide Museum of Modern Art, FREE with admission to Heide. Website: https://www.heide.com.au/events/performance-song-two-eyeballs-presented-michelle-ussher

Eugene Y. Wang lecture at Melbourne Uni|A Drop in the Ocean: How Did a Seascape Make Waves in China and Beyond?

Tianjin Railway Station. Ceiling of entrance hall. via wikimedia 秦征 Qin Zheng, 王玉琦 Wang Yuqi, 吴恩海 Wu Enhai, 马园 Ma Yuan, 王小杰 Wang Xiaojie, 高冬人 Gao Dongren (天津美术学院 Ecole des Beaux-Arts de Tianjin)

A Drop in the Ocean: How Did a Seascape Make Waves in China and Beyond? Professor Eugene Y. Wang, Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Professor of Asian Art, Harvard University This lecture is also being presented in Sydney, see this post for more information. This lecture, by renowned scholar of Asian Art, Eugene Wang, will consider the coming together of Western artistic traditions and traditional Chinese culture and legend. As Professor Wang explains in the introduction to his presentation: The daughter of a prehistorical sage-king, so an ancient Chinese tale goes, is accidentally drowned in the Eastern Sea. Her afterlife spirit turns into a vengeful bird with a mission. She picks up—one at a time—a piece of wood or rock from the…

Lecture | A Drop in the Ocean: How Did a Seascape Make Waves in China and Beyond? – Eugene Y. Wang | University of Sydney

Tianjin Railway Station. Ceiling of entrance hall. via wikimedia 秦征 Qin Zheng, 王玉琦 Wang Yuqi, 吴恩海 Wu Enhai, 马园 Ma Yuan, 王小杰 Wang Xiaojie, 高冬人 Gao Dongren (天津美术学院 Ecole des Beaux-Arts de Tianjin)

A Drop in the Ocean: How Did a Seascape Make Waves in China and Beyond? Professor Eugene Y. Wang, Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Professor of Asian Art, Harvard University This lecture is also being presented in Melbourne, see this post for further information. This lecture, by renowned scholar of Asian Art, Eugene Wang, will consider the coming together of Western artistic traditions and traditional Chinese culture and legend. As Professor Wang explains in the introduction to his presentation: The daughter of a prehistorical sage-king, so an ancient Chinese tale goes, is accidentally drowned in the Eastern Sea. Her afterlife spirit turns into a vengeful bird with a mission. She picks up—one at a time—a piece of wood or rock from the…

Lecture | Emily Pethick – The Artist As…Collaborator | West Space

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West Space in association with the Institute of Modern Art (IMA) Brisbane and Curatorial Practice at MADA (Monash Art Design and Architecture) are pleased to present a special lecture by Emily Pethick. Pethick’s lecture is part of The Artist As… a year-long lecture series co-presented by the IMA and Curatorial Practice at MADA. Emily Pethick will speak about the artist as collaborator through examples from The Showroom, a non-profit independent contemporary art space in London. She will discuss some of the artists’ projects produced that have involved diverse forms of participation, as well as in relation to how the organisation works with artists through co-production. The series examines the ways artists move through the world, and how that movement might…

Symposium | Turning on Burn: A Reflective Conversation | VCA

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A symposium presented by Art & Australia at VCA |Turning on Burn: A Reflective Conversation This symposium explores and speculates upon the work and legacy of Australian conceptual artist Ian Burn (1939–1993). After graduating from the National Gallery of Art School (now the VCA School of Art), Burn spent much of his career working in the avant-garde scenes of London and New York. He was a key member of Art & Language, a collaborative group who produced the ground-breaking publication  Art–Language and included artists Roger Cutforth, Joseph Kosuth and Mel Ramsden. Returning to Australia in 1977, Burn became involved in the Art Workers Union (AWU), a political and social platform that championed artists’ rights and helped change the landscape and…

Writing and Concepts | Lecture 9 Phip Murray | 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).

Phip Murray Phip Murray is an independent writer and curator and History/Theory Coordinator for RMIT’s Interior Design program in the School of Architecture + Design. Previous roles include Director of West Space (2008-12) and Visual Arts/New Media Associate Producer for the Next Wave Festival (2006). Phip writes often about art, including catalogue texts, artist profiles and other art criticism. She also writes frequently for the National Gallery of Victoria including the books: Frederick McCubbin: The North wind (2015), a book exploring new research into one of McCubbin’s most iconic but mysterious history paintings; Loti Smorgon: A Life With Art (2015), a profile of the art collector, philanthropist and great advocate for Australian contemporary art; and The NGV Story (2011), a…

Call for Sessions | AAANZ 2016 Conference ‘The Work of Art’

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Deadline for the Call for Sessions is May 20th 2016. Call for Sessions The Work of Art invites discussion on how works of art, craft, design and architecture operate and are operated on in different ways and contexts, historically, socially, politically, aesthetically, affectively. Given the location for the conference in Australia’s national capital with its concentration of national cultural institutions we would also welcome sessions on how art is made to work in institutional contexts. Conference sessions might consider issues such as: the function of art in broad social terms its affect, the ways in which art “works upon” its viewers the practice of art and the various processes of creation art in which labour or work is the subject…

Lecture | Marco Polo’s Tomatoes, or on Cross-Cultural Exchange in Early European Art | Anne Dunlop, Herald Chair in Fine Arts

Marco Polo with a caravan. Illustration from the 'Catalan Atlas'. Ar. 1375. Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris

Marco Polo’s Tomatoes, or on Cross-Cultural Exchange in Early European Art A lecture by Anne Dunlop, Herald Chair in Fine Arts In the last decades, the question of cross-cultural contact and exchange has emerged as a major field of research in Art History and the humanities in general. This work is driven by the need to understand the early history of our own global moment, but it is also part of a larger and more ambitious project: the attempt to write a global history of art, one that does not privilege Western production at the expense of other cultures. The importance of the project is clear, but there are many competing, and conflicting, ideas about how such a history should…

Workshops in Reflectance Transformation Imaging in Melbourne and Perth

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The Australian Institute for the Conservation of Cultural Materials with generous support from the Gordon Darling Foundation and from the ADFAS Patricia Robertson Scholarship Fund, is presenting two four-day Reflectance Transformation Imaging (RTI) Workshops. These workshops, led by experts from Cultural Heritage Imaging (CHI) in San Francisco, will take place at the Grimwade Centre for Cultural Materials Conservation at the University of Melbourne from 28 June to 1 July and at the Berndt Museum at the University of Western Australia from the 5 to 8 July 2016. RTI is a computational photographic method that captures a subject’s surface shape and color and enables the interactive re-lighting of the subject from any direction. RTI also permits the mathematical enhancement of the subject’s…

Lecture | A World of Things: Exchange and Material Culture in the First Global Age – Giorgio Riello | NGV International

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A World of Things: Exchange and Material Culture in the First Global Age, 1500-1800 | Robert Wilson Annual Lecture 2016 | Professor Giorgio Riello, Director of the Warwick Institute of Advanced Study and Professor of History at Warwick University We are often told that we live in an age of globalization, one of growing homogenization of consumption, increasing communication and cultural and economic integration. Yet the study of material culture suggests that today’s global connectedness is not new. The early modern period (c. 1500-1800) can be seen as the ‘first global age’ as contact between different parts of the world intensified. Explore the artefacts of the first global age and the role of material culture in creating global connectivity with prize-winning…

Lecture | Judy Watson | Monash Art Design & Architecture

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From dusk till dawn: five Brisbane shields 2003 (detail)
ink, chinagraph pencil and synthetic polymer paint on canvas
Courtesy of the artist and Milani Gallery, Brisbane
Photo: Carl Warner

Join us for an Artforum lecture by Judy Watson presented by Art Design & Architecture and introduced by Francis E. Parker. A direct descendant of the Waanyi clan, Judy Watson grew up in Brisbane and attended the Darling Downs Institute of Advanced Education, Toowoomba, where she gained a Diploma of Creative Arts in 1979. After moving to Hobart in 1980, she graduated from the University of Tasmania with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1982. In 1990, she travelled to her grandmother’s country in north-west Queensland to learn more about her family’s connections to Riversleigh Station and Lawn Hill Gorge, and her grandmother’s stories. Watson’s matrilineal link to the country of her ancestors has always been central to her printmaking…

Symposium | Future of Design for Publishing | NGV International

Eastside Projects Annual, graphic design by James Langdon, 2014–2015

There is a symposium at the NGV next Friday as part of the Melbourne Art Book Fair 2016. Presented by National Gallery of Victoria’s Melbourne Art Book Fair in conjunction with the RMIT Design Futures Lab, the International Symposium on the Future of Design for Publishing features leading international and local speakers discussing new genres in publishing. The Symposium is convened by Associate Professor Brad Haylock, Program Manager, Master of Communication Design, RMIT University. Speakers include Na Kim, designer (Korea); Freek Lomme, publisher and curator, Onomatopee (The Netherlands); David Blamey, publisher, Open Editions (United Kingdom); Sophy Williams, Senior Rights Executive, Black Inc.; James Langdon, designer/researcher, Eastside Projects (United Kingdom) and Fayen d’Evie, publisher, 3-ply (Melbourne). Symposium ticket includes VIP entry to the Melbourne…

Launch |un Magazine 10.1 | ACCA

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Pia van Gelder, Theoretical Waveform Instrument for Earth Generation (detail) 2016. Copper, paper, wire, carbon

Everyone is invited to celebrate the launch of un Magazine issue 10.1 at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne. Issue 10.1 reflects on recent philosophical and artistic investigations into the productive forces of the material world and the potential of objects. Join contributors Dr Andrea Eckersley, Tristen Harwood, Emily Castle, along with ACCA curator, Annika Kristensen, in discussion with the editors. Venue: ACCA, 111 Sturt St. Southbank , Melbourne Date: From 6pm, Tuesday 26 April 2016 FREE Website: http://www.unprojects.org.au/news-announcements/announcements/un-magaine-10-1-launch/ View this event on Facebook. un Magazine 10.1 LIST OF CONTRIBUTORS Michael Ascroft, Deborah Birch, Jessie Bullivant, Deirdre Cannon, Emily Castle, Sophia Dacy-Cole, Saskia Doherty, Jeremy Eaton, Andrea Eckersley, Kelly Fliedner, Lucy Forsberg, Richard Frater, Chris Griffiths, Tristen Harwood, Taloi Havini, Helen Hughes, Glenn Iseger-Pilkington, Susan Jacobs,…

Writing and Concepts | Lecture 7 Esther Anatolitis | 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).

Esther Anatolitis Esther Anatolitis is a writer and curator with an abiding interest in how art creates public space in all its forms. Her practice rigorously integrates professional and artistic modes of working to create collaborations, projects and workplaces that promote a critical reflection on practice. With a focus on both system and constructive disruption, she has presented or collaborated on works across media and across the world. Esther’s writing has been published and translated widely in Australia and overseas. While experimentation is her writerly love, her influential blog spans critique, politics and culture. In 2016 she will exhibit her twenty-year INDEX-SYSTEM project at Mailbox 141. In 2017, she is a keynote speaker for Writing as Performance at the College…

Public Forum | Panorama Forum | TarraWarra Museum of Art

Judy Watson mt riddell 2016, pencil and acrylic on canvas, 240 x 148 cm, Courtesy of the artist and Milani Gallery, Brisbane

While the Australian bush has traditionally exerted a powerful mystique over the popular imagination, suburbia has gradually usurped the natural landscape as the site of the day-to-day lives and experiences for the majority of Australians. Nevertheless, the landscape genre featured in Panorama and Judy Watson: the scarifier persists as a subject not only reflecting on the changes wrought on the Australian landscape since colonisation, but also the transformation of its social, economic and cultural functions. Moreover, these works call into question the very nature of our relationships to, and conceptions of the landscape, challenging us to consider its role in the delineation of personal, community and national identities. In the forum, panellists Judy Watson, Danie Mellor and Imants Tillers will…