Exhibition | Debris Facility Pty Ltd ‘Endolith Morphology’ | Gertrude Glasshouse

Image: Crytoendolith, digital collage, sweat and clenching, 2016-2022.

Exhibition dates: 16 July–6 August 2016 Exhibition opening: Saturday 16 July, 4–6pm Location: 44 Glasshouse Road, Collingwood VIC 3066 Gertrude Contemporary is pleased to present Endolith Morphology, a solo exhibition by Debris Facility Pty Ltd and its Constituent Employees and Stakeholders at Gertrude Glasshouse. With Endolith Morphology, the Debris Facility Pty Ltd will be Entangling itself in the Showroom surrounds of Gertrude Glasshouse. The public appearance and Inhabitation will utilise Processes of Digestion to obtain Newtrition from materials of Speculative Nourishment. With an attenuated focus on the particular Physical Qualities of mineral samples, we will burrow into them, to further the scope of the Body Corporate. Through Professional Partnerships with other Practitioners, the Scope of Operations has increased, with Video, Performance,…

News | Finalists for Bowness Prize announced

Southside 2015 from the series Traveller or tourist?
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The judges for this year’s Bowness Prize have announced the list of finalists. From MGA: Judges of the William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize, including well-known Filmmaker Fred Schepisi, have this week confirmed the 60 emerging and established photographers to secure their positions as finalists in Australia’s most sought-after photography prize, edging closer to winning the $25,000 prize to be announced in September this year. Schepisi was joined by Professional Photographer John Gollings and MGA’s Director Kallie Blauhorn in determining the 2016 finalists of the coveted award, following the review of works submitted across a diverse range of contemporary and traditional photographic genres including street, fashion, art, architectural and documentary styles. “The diversity in both subject and technique in these…

Weekly News Round-Up | Art and Art History | 13th July 2016

Vesna Pavlović, GREEK: ARCH: ATHENS GEN: ACR: PARTHENON: EPEDIMENT GODDESSES, Endura metallic color print, 30 by 30 inches.

The Art Newspaper has a story about Orhan Pamuk’s keynote address to the ICOM conference in Milan. In his talk Pamuk reflected on the museums we have and the museums we need, saying that in the future we need ‘small and economical museums that address our humanity. All museums are genuine treasures of humankind, but I am against these precious and monumental institutions being used as models for the institutions to come. Museums should explore and uncover the population as a whole and the humanity of the new and modern man that emerges from the growing economies of non-Western countries. I address this manifesto in particular to Asian museums that are experiencing an unprecedented period of growth. The aim of…

Jobs, Funding, Calls for papers | Art History and Curatorship | July 8th 2016

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Jobs Australia Exhibitions Research Officer , Shrine of Remembrance, Melbourne – deadline 21st July 2016 International Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in History of Art & Design, Bath Spa University – Bath School of Art and Design, Dept of Design and Critical Studies – deadline 10th July 2016 Professor / Associate Professor / Assistant Professor – Arts and Humanities, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shenzhen – deadline 30th August 2016 Postdoctoral Opportunities in the Humanities 2016-19, University of Oxford – deadline 20th August Funding ACIS- Cassamarca Scholarship for postgraduate study in Italy (Australian and NZ students) – deadline 14th October 2016 Calls for Papers On the Materiality of Photographs and Photo-Archives in the Humanities and Sciences (Symposium at the Kunsthistorisches Institut In Florenz, February 15–17, 2017)…

Lectures | Contesting Marginality: Three lectures on recent Chilean art and art historiography by Carla Macchiavello

Video still Francisca Benitez, Décimas Telúricas, 2010.

Discipline and Ensayos, along with Gertrude Contemporary, the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art and The Alderman, are pleased to present three lectures on recent Chilean art and art historiography by Chilean art historian, Carla Macchiavello. The lectures will take place at three different venues in Melbourne between Tuesday 12 and Thursday 14 July. All are free to attend. Tuesday, 12th July 2016, 6:00 for 6:30pm The Alderman, Melbourne (upstairs) Convened by Rex Butler ‘Rough edges or Extremadura: a brief panorama of Chilean art, from centres to margins’ Since the 1970s, Chilean art has been haunted by a concern with borders and territoriality. During the 1970s and 1980s, margins were taken as physical and imaginary spaces from which to contest the repression…

Forum | Max and Olive | Ian Potter Museum of Art

Olive Cotton Max after surfing 1937 gelatin silver photograph 38 x 30 cm National Gallery of Australia, Canberra Purchased 2006

Olive Cotton and Max Dupain are key figures in twentieth century Australian photography. Champions of modernism, they were an important and influential part of a generation of Australian photographers during the 1930s and ‘40s, engaged in international debates on the role of photography in modern Australian life. Through their images they explored the ways that form, technology and the properties of photography come together. Working separately, but often alongside each other they created a sense of a ‘contemporary Australian photography’ for the first time. Max and Olive: the photographic life of Olive Cotton and Max Dupain is the first exhibition to bring together Dupain and Cotton’s work in a comprehensive way. Join us for an illuminating forum discussing these two…

Weekly News Round-Up | 6th July 2016 | Cows for poems, Fact Checking the SCA UNSW merger, More concerns over Indian sculptures at NGA + more

Fig. 2 Albrecht Dürer, The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse,  from The Apocalypse, published 1498, woodcut. National Gallery of Victoria.

In this chaotic moment of uncertainty (ahem) with no government in Australia perhaps we might have to return to arts funding arrangements of yesteryear and inspire artists with… cows. Amanda Smith of RN has this story about the history of arts funding in Australia in which she reveals that the first arts grant was in the form of two cows ‘from the goverment herd’ given as payment to nineteenth-century poet Michael Masset Robinson for a series of ‘odes for George III and Queen Charlotte on their birthdays. In other signs of the apocalypse (though admittedly this was reported on the eve of the election) an artist has managed to hang his own painting on the wall at the NGV next to Picasso’s weeping…

Exhibition | Sitelines – Natatsha Johns-Messenger | Heide Museum of Modern Art


Sitelines presents new installations, photographs and light-works by Natasha Johns-Messenger, an artist from Melbourne now based in New York, whose art explores the gap between knowledge and perception. A starting point for her work came from her discovering that the stars we see in the night sky may no longer exist. She tries to replicate this sense of wonder by creating spatial and viewing experiences that make us question what is real and what is not. Johns-Messenger achieves this by blurring the divisions between her work and the exhibition site itself. Her works extend the architectural features of the Heide galleries, and emphasise the existing relationship between the museum’s indoor and outdoor spaces. Several installations use mirrors in a disorienting way…

Launch | EMAJ 9 | Lincoln Hotel

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  The editors of EMAJ invite you to join us for a drink this Friday, to celebrate the launch of the 2015/16 edition of emaj. Rex Butler, Professor (Art History & Theory) Monash University, will officially launch this edition. The 2015/2016 edition includes articles by Lauren Bliss, Veronica Bremer and Anne-Marie Van de Ven, Jason Gibson and John Keane, Wes Hill, as well as a reviews and interviews by Giles Fielke and Darren Jorgensen. See the full issue here: https://emajartjournal.com/current-issue/ Date: Friday 8th July, 6pm. Venue: The Lincoln Hotel, Cnr Cardigan Street & Queensberry Street, Carlton. www.emajartjournal.com

News | Mami Kataoka appointed Artistic Director of 21st Biennale of Sydney

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The Biennale of Sydney has announced that the artistic director for the 21st Biennale in 2018 will be Mami Kataoka.    Mami Kataoka, is the Chief Curator at the Mori Art Museum (MAM) in Tokyo, and she is the first curator from Asia to be appointed as Artistic Director of the Biennale of Sydney. She was one of thirteen eminent international advisors to this year’s 20th edition and already has strong connections to local curators and artist. Ms. Kataoka is regarded as a key figure in analysing socio-historical and generational trends within Japanese and Asian art. From the BoS   Ms. Kataoka is renowned internationally for her curatorial practice, having engaged in many projects including ‘ROUNDTABLE: 9th Gwangju Biennale’ (2012) as co-artistic director and guest…

Lecture | International Degas expert Xavier Rey on Degas and the Nude | NGV International

Edgar Degas Woman in a tub c. 1883 pastel 70.0 x 70.0 cm Tate, London Bequeathed by Mrs A.F. Kessler 1983 (T03563) © Tate, London 2016

The nude figure was central to the art of Edgar Degas, and yet frequently the artist’s expansive body of work in this area has been overshadowed by focus on portraits and dancers. Listen in as Xavier Rey, Director of Collections, Musée d’Orsay explores the evolution of Degas’s nude, from the academic and historical approach of his early years to the role of the body in modernity. Xavier Rey is the Director of Collections at the Musée d’Orsay. He has curated numerous exhibitions including Degas and the Nude (2012); Degas. The Masterpieces of the Musée d’Orsay, Paris (2012-13) and Faces of Impressionism: Portraits from the Musée d’Orsay (2014-15). Date: Friday 8th July, 2.30pm Cost: Free, booking essential. Book via the NGV website: http://connect.ngv.vic.gov.au/single/SelectSeating.aspx?p=8686 Venue:…

Panel Discussion | The trouble with remuneration: the tricky business of being an artist | West Space

Mladen Stilinović, Artist at work, 1978 (detail). Image courtesy the artist.

THIS TUESDAY 5th July: Panel Discussion – The trouble with remuneration: the tricky business of being an artist   In conjunction with West Space’s exhibition, The Trouble with Remuneration, there will be a panel discussion to explore different ways artists are engaged with contemporary economic realities: as survival, as challenge, as resistance, as opportunity. Speakers: Janet Burchill, Masato Takasaka, Debris Facility and Beth Rose Caird. Chaired by: Jan Bryant. Date: Tuesday 5th July 2016 – 6pm Venue: West Space – Level 1, 225 Bourke St Melbourne RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/panel-discussion-the-trouble-with-remuneration-the-tricky-business-of-being-an-artist-tickets-26125648518 Janet Burchill is a Melbourne-based visual artist. Masato Takasaka is a Melbourne-based artist, known for both his performances as a lead guitarist in über-hip rock bands as well as his visual art practice. Takasaka thinks…

Arts Funding and the 2016 Federal Election

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For the first time that I can remember Arts Funding has been a Federal Election issue (this article from Ben Eltham is a reminder that arts and culture barely rated a mention in 2013). This year there have been stories every week and we even saw a National Arts Debate between representatives of each major party. There wre a number of other forums where politicians, artists and others discussed the many issues surrounding arts funding and making a living in the arts. Although arts funding has no doubt been foremost in many of our minds, the fact that the Coalition has not released an arts policy suggests it is hardly foremost in their minds. It is also unfortunate that the reason…

Jobs, Funding, Calls for Papers | Art History and Curatorship | 1st July 2016

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Christ Church Canterbury, c. 1160 via https://medievalfragments.wordpress.com/2013/10/18/writing-the-word-images-of-the-medieval-scribe-at-work/

Jobs Australia Artistic Program Coordinator, Canberra Glassworks – deadline 4th July 2016 Manager Multimedia Services, Australian War Memorial – deadline 12th July 2016 International Senior Postdoctoral Research Fellow / Postdoctoral Research Fellow: Renaissance Skin with Professor Evelyn Welch, King’s College London – deadline 17th July 2016 Professor in Fine Art, Loughborough University – School of the Arts English and Drama – deadline 2nd August 2016 Lecturer/Senior Lecturer – Fine Art, Nottingham Trent University – deadline 17th July 2016 Full Professor, History of Medieval Art, Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main, Institute of the History of Art – deadline 28th July 2016 Funding 2017-2018 Society Fellowships, Cornell University, Society for the Humanities, focal theme “Corruption” – deadline 1st October 2016 Research Fellowships in the Humanities, New York…