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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

RTI Workshop Perth

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


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

Image: Judy Watson
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

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: 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…

Writing and Concepts | Lecture 6 Jessie Bullivant | 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).

Jessie Bullivant Jessie Bullivant produces socially responsive works that interrogate the subtle ways power manifests and operates in different contexts – across the political, social and personal. Her work responds to the conditions of the gallery space, as well as collaborating with professionals from diverse fields such as construction, cleaning, transport, advertising, radio, and customer service. Through acts of complication, inversion and mediation, Jessie aims to reveal the unconscious or immaterial logics, social contracts and hierarchies at play in everyday situations. In 2015 she exhibited at ACCA as part of NEW15, producing a work that engaged the gallery invigilators and encompassed the multi-platform advertising campaign. Jessie completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree at RMIT in 2011, and Honours at…

Floor Talk Series | Redefining Whistler | NGV International

James McNeill Whistler, Nocturne: Palaces, (1880-1886); printed 1886, plate from A set of twenty-six etchings (or The second Venice set), 1886

Starting this Sunday there are several floor talk from curators and other experts on aspects of the current ‘Whistler’s Mother’ exhibition at NGV. With his long mane of curly dark hair, monocle, tailored coat and French top hat, James McNeil Whistler was a showman and self-described ‘dandy’ Along with his theatrical public persona, he was an extraordinary painter and printmaker; creating some of the nineteenth century’s most radical and influential works. At a time when moral lessons and storytelling dominated British art, Whistler was an uncompromising aesthete. He believed in the visual and sensual qualities of art and design over practical, moral or narrative considerations. Hear contemporary voices and curators explore the mark made by Whistler on style, art and…

Book Launch | Art as Enterprise: Social and Economic Engagement in Contemporary Art | RMIT Project Space

Art as Enterprise book cover

Art as Enterprise: Social and Economic Engagement in Contemporary Art  The Centre for Art, Society and Transformation (CAST), RMIT School of Art invites you to the launch of the book Art as Enterprise: Social and Economic Engagement in Contemporary Art, written by Dr. Grace McQuilten in collaboration with Dr. Anthony White.  To be launched by Professor Julian Goddard, Head of the School of Art Date: Thursday, 14 April, 5:30 pm  Venue: RMIT Project Space / Spare Room, Building 94, 23-27 Cardigan Street, Carlton Drinks and nibbles provided  To be launched by Professor Julian Goddard, Head of the School of Art  “Art is produced, circulated, consumed and disseminated within an economic system – it depends on money for its creation, for the livelihood of its makers,…

Symposium | Art and the Connected Future | NGV International

art and connected future banner

‘The blog is the modern drawing… It gives the most information: it shows my complete surroundings’ – Ai Weiwei ‘I want to be a machine’ – Andy Warhol Our worldview is increasingly mediated by digital technology. How do leading innovators think it might also impact on our creativity? Andy Warhol and Ai Weiwei innovators of their age, push boundaries between culture and technology – Warhol through film, television and publishing, and Ai through social media networks that use art to engage with global social and political issues. Inspired by the artistic practices of Andy Warhol and Ai Weiwei, share in the discussion of how we make and experience art alongside rapid changes in technology. What might the future of art…

Exhibition and Forum | 1969 The Black Box of Conceptual Art

Image credit: Ian Burn, installation photograph for Xerox Books, 1969, black and white photograph.
Photo: Estate of the artist.

1969 The Black Box of Conceptual Art Ian Burn, Roger Cutforth and Mel Ramsden. Curated by Ann Stephen. Opening Celebration: Thur 7 April, 5.30–7.30 PM There will be a lunchtime forum at the VCA on Thursday 7th April 12:30pm – 1:30pm where Ann Stephens with Raaf Ishak and guests will discuss the exhibition ‘1969: The Black Box of Conceptual Art’. The forum will be held in VCA’s Art Auditorium (more info here). Exhibition Dates: 8 April to 7 May 2016 1969 The Black Box of Conceptual Art reconstructs the first Conceptual art exhibition staged in Australia, held at Pinacotheca gallery in 1969, with work sent from New York by Ian Burn, Roger Cutforth and Mel Ramsden. The exhibition is accompanied by some video, journals, and…

Writing and Concepts Lecture 5 | Kelly Fliedner | 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).

Kelly Fliedner Kelly Fliedner has a diverse professional practice as a writer, curator, lecturer, producer and book club master. Her writing is varied, ranging from contemporary and art historical analysis, to a more creative style that lies somewhere between fictocriticism, experimental abstract poetry and traditional script writing. Kelly’s research has focused on publishing, experimental performance, music and interdisciplinary practices of artists, writers and musicians from the late 1970s and 80s, and her projects often incorporate (or riff off) works from these periods alongside contemporary examples. Kelly is currently working on a series of radio plays for the Next Wave Festival; is one of six Australian artists taking part of the Biennale of Sydney’s experimental writing project, The Bureau of Writing;…

Exhibitions | Andrew Browne – shadow sites – Steve Carr | CCP

Image: Steve Carr Smoke Bubble #1 2015-16
inkjet print, 120 x 120 cm
edition of 3
courtesy the artist, Michael Lett, Auckland and STATION, Melbourne

New exhibitions opening tonight at CCP, Thursday 31 March 6—8pm. Exhibition Dates 1 April 2016 until 22 May 2016, CCP Australia, 404 George Street, Fitzroy. GALLERY ONE Andrew Browne | Suddenly Slowly The installation Suddenly Slowly juxtaposes photographic notations, studies, unique images and series – virtually the artist’s taxonomy – to describe a greater landscape, abstracted and estranged from reality. Drawn from photographic imagery created over more than two decades this immersive field is derived from multiple disparate and happenchance encounters with the observed world. The images – to paraphrase Marc Auge – act as a brake on the fade of memories (and the descent into oblivion). But they also inevitably distort reality through sensibility, the privileging of particular moments and manipulation of formal…