Tag: Melbourne

Public Art Workshop | Go on DO IT: Things to think about in public (art) at ACMI

Go on DO IT: Things to think about in public (art) Join Jordana Maisie, feature artist for this year’s Light in Winter festival, in a two-day workshop focusing on installation art. Jordana will start the two-day workshop with an artist’s talk on site-specific and public art, followed by a workshop session in the afternoon, where participants will carry out a thorough site analysis of Fed Square as a hypothetical installation site. The second day of the workshop will kick off with a session called ‘Design Charette’. The term ‘charette’ refers to an intense period of work by one person or a group of people to resolve conflicts and map solutions prior to a deadline. Groups will be working together to develop site-specific installation project ideas. The event will culminate in a final session where groups and individuals will present their…

Exhibition Review | Adventure and Art: The Fine Press Book from 1450 to 2011. Reviewed by John Weretka

Adventure and Art: The Fine Press Book from 1450 to 2011 Reviewed by John Weretka Adventure and Art: The Fine Press Book from 1450 to 2011 Curated by Alan Loney. Baillieu Library, University of Melbourne. Closes May 27th, 2012. More exhibition information available on the Baillieu website. So many of us live with so many books so much of the time that it is frequently difficult to take the book seriously as an object. Adventure and Art, curated by fine-press book maker Alan Loney, gathers around 50 examples of the fine-press book from the Gutenberg Bible to very recent examples of this art and, in so doing, makes a strong case not just for the persistence of this art form but for its often extraordinary beauty, in many cases transcending the information content of the words themselves. On show in…

Launch | Discipline Contemporary Art Journal Issue 2

Discipline is a completely independent, Melbourne-based contemporary art journal edited by Nick Croggon and Helen Hughes. The issue is unlike any other art publication currently available in Australia. It presents longer, research-based essays alongside artist pages to present a snapshot of Australia’s best young artists and writers. Discipline places such art within a global context: issue 2 features a guest-edited section by Maria Fusco, editor of The Happy Hypocrite, author of The Mechanical Copula (Sternberg Press, 2010) and Director of Art Writing at Goldsmiths, UK. It is also features the first ever translation of a work by the Italian philosopher, Emanuele Coccia. Because it is completely independent, every aspect of the issue has been carefully crafted and curated: it is in full colour, ad-free and has been beautifully designed by Amsterdam-based designers Annie Wu and Ziga Testen. Discipline 2 features: Artist…

Symposium | Animals in Art and Philosophy Part 3 – Andrew Benjamin keynote

In Flesh and Blood: Animals in Art and Philosophy The third symposium in the series In Flesh and Blood: Animals in Art and Philosophy run by the Centre for Ideas at the Faculty of the Victorian College of the Arts (University of Melbourne) will take place on Friday 11th May. Keynote – Andrew Benjamin. Programme 10.30 am to 1 pm: Responding to Derrida and Animals Elizabeth Presa (CFI), ‘Skin deep’ Starting with Derrida’s discussion, in volume 1 of The Beast and the Sovereign, of a question once posed to Levinas: “Does the Animal have a face?”, I explore through Levinas, Rilke and others, how one might come to understand what a face can be and how such an understanding may contribute to a more imaginative engagement with other beings in the world. Keren Shlezinger (Monash Univ.), ‘The Shame of Being an Animal…

Symposium | Animals in Art and Philosophy Part 2 – Raimond Gaita keynote

In Flesh and Blood: Animals in Art and Philosophy The second symposium in the series In Flesh and Blood: Animals in Art and Philosophy run by the Centre for Ideas at the Faculty of the Victorian College of the Arts (University of Melbourne) will take place on Tuesday, 24 April. The draft program is as follows: Morning 10.30 – 1.30: Animals, the law and politics Justin Clemens ‘Man is a swarm animal’ What is it about ‘man’ that makes him a candidate for politics and the political? What makes human being-together a properly political question and not just a question of species-activity or genetic determinism? In this presentation, I examine a pun of Jacques Lacan. This is S1, l’essaim; S-one, the swarm. To date, this pun has, at best, been taken as a suggestive metaphor; at worst, as just another…

NGV Short Course | Fred Williams

NGV Short Course: Fred Williams To coincide with the exhibition Fred WIlliams: Infinite Horizons the NGV has organised a series of taks by local and interstate speakers over three Saturday afternoons in May. ABout the Exhibition Fred Williams pioneered a new vision of the Australian landscape, and became one of the most important Australian artists of the twentieth century. This exhibition highlights Williams’ strength as a painter including important oil paintings and luminous gouaches to reveal his distinctive approach. He sought inspiration from the unique landscapes of places such Upwey in Victoria, Tasmania’s Bass Strait and the arid Pilbara region of Western Australia, drawing on the abstract potential of this vast country. Although Williams is often associated with dry environments, this exhibition also presents his fascination with water – ponds, rivers,waterfalls and seascapes. Also of great interest are the portraits of…

Funding | Redmond Barry Fellowship, Melbourne

Redmond Barry Fellowship The Redmond Barry Fellowship for 2012 is now open for applications Applications close 27 April 2012. Redmond Barry Fellowship The Redmond Barry Fellowship is named in honour of Sir Redmond Barry (1813-1880), a founder of the University of Melbourne and the State Library of Victoria. The first Fellowship was awarded in 2004 to commemorate the 150th anniversary of his laying of the foundation stones for both institutions on 3 July 1854. The Fellowship shall be awarded to scholars and writers to facilitate research and the production of works of literature that utilise the superb collections of the State Library of Victoria and the University of Melbourne. Up to $20,000 shall be awarded to assist with travel, living and research expenses. Fellows will be based at the State Library of Victoria for three to six months. During this…

Exhibition | ‘William Kentridge: Five Themes’ at ACMI, Melbourne – Katrina Grant

‘William Kentridge: Five Themes’ at the ACMI Thursday 8th March to Sunday 27th May, ACMI at Federation Square, Melbourne William Kentridge: Five Themes opens today at ACMI, Federation Square. The exhibition was originally curated by Mark Rosenthal for the Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Rosenthal has travelled to Melbourne, with the artist William Kentridge, to oversee the installation of the exhibition in ACMI’s expansive underground exhibition space. Since 2009 the exhibition has been touring cities around the world including Johannesburg, New York, Paris, Vienna, Jerusalem and Moscow. Kentridge is known for his stop motion films of charcoal drawings and the exhibition includes five rooms screening short animations, as well as charcoal drawings, theatre models, sculptures and books. Speaking at the launch Kentridge said that the works in the exhibition should…

Exhibition and Public Programs: William Kentridge – Five Themes at ACMI

William Kentridge: Five Themes Australian Centre for the Moving Image, 8 March to 27 May Tickets are now available via the ACMI website About the Exhibition Premiering in Australia after travelling to San Francisco, New York, Paris, Vienna, Jerusalem and Moscow, the exhibition explores five key themes that have captivated Kentridge throughout his career. Well known for his stop motion films of charcoal drawings, Kentridge’s multi-disciplinary approach will be showcased through over 60 works ranging from animations, drawings and prints to theatre models, sculptures and books. More on the ACMI website. William Kentridge: Public Programs held from 4 March until 27 May 2012 Coinciding with the exhibition William Kentridge will inspire and take part in a series of public programs presented by the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI). Note some programs have limited places and require pre-booking. Nebula Date: Sunday…

NGV | Contemporary Twilight Series – Ranjani Shettar

Contemporary Twilight Series – Ranjani Shettar Free late night exhibition viewing showcasing our brand new contemporary project spaces and a range of talks. Food and beverages available for purchase. Talk – The context and bodily terrain of Ranjani Shettar’s installations Peter Cripps, artist and Senior Lecturer, Sculpture, RMIT Over a forty year period, Peter Cripps’ practice of object based works and sculptural installations have continued to explore the relationships between object and display, context and the evolution of interpretation from one pe­riod to the next.  Cripps has worked in Australian museums, galleries, universities and the related art industry since the 1970s and has taught sculpture in the School of Art at RMIT since 1989. His work is held comprehensively in the collections of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Australian National Gal­lery, Canberra and most state galleries in Australia, as…

Public Lecture | Between Heaven and Earth: paintings from the Accademia Carrara in Bergamo on show at the National Gallery Australia

Between Heaven and Earth: paintings from the Accademia Carrara in Bergamo on show at the National Gallery Australia Dr Claire Renkin Art historian Dr Claire Renkin lectures in spirituality of the late Middle Ages and the Renaissance, at Yarra Theological Union. In this lecture she examines certain themes of Renaissance paintings with special reference to the exhibition showing at the National Gallery of Australia. Date: Monday 20 February 2012, 5–6pm Venue: The Oratory, Newman College, University of Melbourne, 887 Swanston Street, Parkville Bookings: Email agehrig@newman.unimelb.edu.au Online http://www.trybooking.com/20360 Phone 9342 1614 Lecture Presented by The University of Melbourne and the Allan and Maria Myers Academic Centre – Newman College and St Mary’s College.  

Exhibition and Seminars: Sensorial Loop 1st Tamworth Textile Triennial

Sensorial Loop – 1st Tamworth Textile Triennial RMIT Gallery 344 Swanston Street, Melbourne, February – 24 March Opening February 9 at 6pm RSVP 03 9925 1717 or rmit.gallery@rmit.edu.au A Victorian style mourning dress stained with a fugitive dye; pictures made of buttons detailing a migrant experience; hand printed resist style patterned cloth and machine knitted metal sculptural forms. These are some of the textile works to be shown at the 1st Tamworth Textile Triennial exhibition titled Sensorial Loop. More on the RMIT website Sensorial Loop: New directions in the field of textiles Presented by TTT curator Patrick Snelling and Tamworth Regional Gallery Director Sandra McMahon with artists Michele Elliot, Cecilia Heffer, Michelle Hamer and Cresside Collette. Each artist will discuss and present their Tamworth work in a 20min presentation. Audience feedback welcome. Date: Friday 10 February 10.30am – 12pm Venue: Storey Hall Conference…

Exhibition: Fred Kruger – Intimate Landscapes at NGV Australia

Exhibition Fred Kruger – Intimate Landscapes The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, 4 February to 27 May 2012  On 4 February the National Gallery of Victoria will open Fred Kruger: Intimate Landscapes, the first comprehensive survey of Fred Kruger’s (1831–88) photographs ever to be mounted. The exhibition features features over 100 works drawn predominantly from the NGV Collection and incorporates loans from Museum Victoria, the State Library of Victoria and private collections. Fred Kruger was one of the leading landscape photographers of the 19th century in Australia, working extensively throughout Victoria. Kruger migrated from Germany in 1860 and a few years later opened a photographic studio in Carlton, Melbourne before moving his thriving practice to Geelong. Many of the photographs in this exhibition depict iconic locations that will be familiar to Victorians, providing visitors with a glimpse back more than 130 years to…

Lecture: Sasha Grishin ‘Voices in artists’ books – the collaborative venture’

Free Public Lecture at State Library of Victoria Voices in artists books – the collaborative venture  Sasha Grishin The artists book frequently brings together the creative endeavours of many individuals, who may include the artist, the poet, the letterpress artisan and the binder, amongst others.  Each of these ‘collaborators’ has a particular and distinctive ‘voice’.  In this lecture Professor Sasha Grishin explores some strategies involved in listening to voices in artists books. Professor Sasha Grishin AM FAHA is the Sir William Dobell Professor of Art History at the Australian National University and works internationally as an art historian, critic and curator. He has published 18 books and over a thousand articles dealing with various aspects of art, especially printmaking and artists’ books. Professor Grishin is currently undertaking an Honorary Creative Fellowship at the State Library of Victoria. Venue: State Library of…

Call for Papers: Second International Conference on Transdisciplinary Imaging at the Intersections between Art, Science and Culture

Call for Papers Interference strategies for art The Second International Conference on Transdisciplinary Imaging at the Intersections between Art, Science and Culture 22 – 23, June 2012, Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne Deadline for Abstracts: March 30, 2012 The Transdisciplinary Imaging Conference seeks papers that explore the theme of ‘Interference’ within practices of contemporary image making. Today we’re saturated with images from all disciplines, whether it’s the creation of ‘beautiful visualisations’ for science, the torrent of images uploaded to social media services like Flickr, or the billions of queries made to vast visual data archives such as Google Images. These machinic interpretations of the visual and sensorial experience of the world are producing a new spectacle of media pollution. Machines are in many ways the new artists. The notion of ‘Interference’ is posed here as an antagonism between production…