Tag: Photography

Symposium | Photography.Ontology.Symposium | University of Sydney, June 2016

Based at the University of Sydney the Photographic Cultures Research Group partners with the Art and the Document Research Cluster at Sydney College of the Arts to profile research into the photographic. The Photography.Ontology.Symposium takes place on 2 and 3 June 2016 at the University of Sydney. Photography.Ontology.Symposium. engages in critical debate with international scholars and specialists on the photographic medium. It will explore the relationship between photography’s ontology, the camera as a human perceptual apparatus and the unconscious through themes of evidence, the archive, photographic practice and theory. Dates: 2-3 June 2016 Venue: University of Sydney Keynotes: Shawn Michelle Smith and Andrés Zervigón Plenary Address: Melissa Miles Speakers: Katherine Biber, Donna West Brett, Helen Grace, John di Stefano, Danie Mellor and Toni Ross. For more information and to register visit the website: http://www.photographiccultures.com/symposium-1/#symposium2016 The Symposium is co-presented by Sydney Ideas, The…

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

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 devices including blurring, cropping and scaling. Colliding elements from varied peripheral sites and from across time, the work describes a…

News | Horsham Regional Art Gallery to re-open after redevelopment

Images from Horsham Regional Art Gallery's collection

The redeveloped Horsham Regional Art Gallery will reopen this weekend, as part of the new visual and performing arts hub located at the Horsham Town Hall. A $20 million construction project was undertaken in 2014 to create a new arts and performance hub for Horsham, co-locating the city’s visual and performing arts venues. The official opening of the Horsham Town Hall will take place in mid-February, the new Horsham Regional Art Gallery will open on Saturday 30 January. The special retrospective exhibition Smiling when I wake will celebrate the best of the gallery’s photography collection. It includes work from Australian artists Tracey Moffatt, Max Dupain and Carol Jerrems. At the same time the gallery will open an exhibition of works by local artist Mack Jost and a collection showcasing artistic visions of the Wimmera Mallee region called The pulse of…

Exhibition | Ronnie Van Hout; Martine Corompt and Philip Brophy | CCP

Exhibition Dates: 2nd October 2015 to 15th November 2015. CCP Australia, 404 George Street, Fitzroy New exhibitions have opened at CCP in Fitzroy. Official opening next weekend with talks from the artists. Saturday 10 October 2015 | Opening: 12pm | Free Artist Floor Talks: 1pm Gallery 1 | Ronnie van Hout | The Dark Pool Presented by Centre for Contemporary Photography in association with Melbourne Festival. In his latest exhibition, New Zealand artist Ronnie van Hout considers the point where art crosses a line—and society turns against it. In 1971, successful American toy company Aurora and acclaimed film director Stanley Kubrick both released products into the world that generated strong negative reactions. A firestorm of controversy saw Aurora close its doors, and Kubrick retreat from public life, withdrawing his film from view. Aurora’s toys and Kubrick’s film crossed an invisible boundary—becoming…

Talks | Echo Chamber: Emerging Research on Photography | CCP

CCP’s Echo Chamber represents a series of occasional, ongoing public programs showcasing current emerging research in all areas of photography, including historical research, technology, communications and contemporary discussion. Date: Wednesday 7 October, 6pm Venue: Centre for Contemporary Photography, 404 George Street, Fitzroy Applications to present research for future Echo Chamber public programs are welcome. CHAIR Michelle Mountain, Gallery Manager, Centre for Contemporary Photography SPEAKERS HUGH HUDSON | The Backwards Glance: Art History and Australian Photography Taking as its point of departure Helen Ennis’ 2011 article ‘Other histories: photography and Australia’, this presentation will look at how Art History as a discipline has and has not contributed to our understanding of Australian photography, and how, in any case, photographers in Australia have engaged with Art History. The paper will ask such straightforward questions as ‘What defines Art History as a discipline?’ and ‘What…

News | Finalists for the 2015 Bowness Photography Prize Announced

Two of Australia’s most notable figures have selected 47 finalists for this year’s Bowness Photography Prize. Bill Henson and Karen Quinlan were joined by MGA Senior Curator, Stephen Zagala to shortlist the record number of entries this year. Established in 2006 to promote excellence in photography, the annual non-acquisitive William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize is an initiative of the MGA Foundation.   The 2015 competition attracted 696 entrants, the largest number received in the history of the prize. Stephen Zagala, MGA Senior Curator observed, on behalf of the judges, ‘This year the judging panel looked at over 2600 images and selected a field of 47 finalists to represent the best of Australian photography today. The sorting process provides a remarkable opportunity to engage with contemporary photography from across Australia, and the exhibition will allow audiences to see exactly what happening…

Ballarat International Foto Biennale Symposium – Borderless Futures, Reimaging the Citizen

Second Ballarat International Foto Biennale Symposium, Presented by Photography Studies College In the catalogue for the The photograph and Australia exhibition at the Art Gallery of New South Wales this year, Senior Curator Judy Annear wrote, ‘There is much at stake in what might constitute the nation state, which is as porous as photography is mutable’. Among its many ideas, the exhibition posited photography in Australia as a medium for the constant renegotiation of the nation. This symposium aims to continue the discussion generated by the most important exhibition of photography in Australia in 25 years, by looking beyond national borders to ask what it means to be a global citizen, with particular reference to the role of images. The keynote speakers will be Professor Nikos Papastergiadis, from The University of Melbourne, and Senior Curator Judy Annear, from the Art…

Tracey Moffat Talk at CCP

“I would rather talk to another artist about their art practice than discuss my own work”, Tracey Moffatt said in a recent interview published in the Spirited catalogue for the Queensland Art Gallery. This is an extraordinary opportunity to hear directly from Tracey Moffatt, one of Australia’s best known and most influential contemporary artists. In conjunction with her exhibition at CCP, Moffatt will give an exclusive public talk at the gallery. Join us for an evening of information sharing and discussion around Moffatt’s enduring and wide reaching practice. As an artist within the VCE syllabus in 2015, this is a valuable opportunity for educators to hear, first hand from Moffat. Date: Tuesday 7 July, 6pm—7.30pm Venue: Centre for Contemporary Photography, 404 George Street, Fitzroy Tickets: $10 students and CCP members, $15 non-members. Bookings essential. Book here > Website: http://www.ccp.org.au/lecture_series.php Born in Brisbane in 1960, Tracey Moffatt studied…

Talks | Echo Chamber: Emerging Research on Photography | CCP Australia

Thursday 25 June 2015, 6pm Centre for Contemporary Photography Free event, no bookings required. CCP’s Echo Chamber represents a series of occasional, ongoing public programs showcasing current emerging research in all areas of photography, including historical research, technology, communications and contemporary discussion. Applications to present research for future Echo Chamber public programs are welcome. Chair: PIPPA MILNE, Curator, Centre for Contemporary Photography Speakers HANNAH WILLIAMS Does the policy fit the crime? Government responses to high-profile offending EVIL! MONSTER! PERVERT! GROVELING MURDERER! This research seeks to explore the relationship between high profile crime, the media and criminal justice policy change in Australia. While there is a wealth of literature on each of the themes, little scholarly attention has focused on examining how the three elements interact and this project seeks to help address this gap. The relevance of the research being…

Exhibition and Talk | Andy Drewitt ‘Displaced Pastimes’ | Maroondah Art Gallery

Exhibition launch | 2-4pm Saturday 20 June As part of the opening celebrations, we welcome several dance groups from the Burmese and African communities in Maroondah. Guest speakers at the opening include Mariam Issa, a Somali-born community activist who is included in the exhibition, and Judy McDougall from the Migrant Information Centre. This will be a very welcoming and inclusive event for everyone in the community, and there will also be children’s activities as part of the celebrations. About the Exhibition Displaced Pastimes is a poignant collection of twenty-four images and video footage celebrating the migrants and refugees who have made Australia their home. The series depicts migrants and refugees undertaking their hobbies; from coconut carving to bonsai, from playing soccer to reading in a public park. The stark lighting that is a feature of the photographs suggests that there is…

Lecture | Martin Jolly Spectral Stories: A Melbourne Spiritualist’s carte-de-visite album | MUMA

To mark the exhibition Believe not every spirit, but try the spirits, MUMA, in partnership with the Centre for Contemporary Photography are co-presenting a lecture by Martin Jolly, Spectral Stories: A Melbourne Spiritualist’s carte-de-visite album as part of the 2015 Glen Eira Storytelling Festival. Martyn Jolly is the head of Photography and Media Arts at the ANU School of Art, and is fascinated by the craze for spirit photography in the late 19th century. For this program he will discuss forgotten Victorian era artist Georgiana Houghton and her presence in Australia via the carte-de-visite album of a spiritualist in the collection of the National Gallery of Australia. In most carte-de-visite albums portraits of intimate friends rubbed shoulders with portraits of famous personages, but in this album these images also rubbed shoulders with portraits of spirits. The album documents one person’s…

Talk | Stein Rønning | CCP Australia

Resituating time, lost time re-embedded, or how Chronos eats his stone Since Bernd and Hilla Becher, fine art photography has been practiced with great fervour. It has been disseminated and analysed, and as an art form, it has become an auto-critical practice. It’s even started to find its own way of dying as its very mode of existence, in much the same way as painting has for quite some time. Modern photography appeared as a potential artistic medium (plate photography in the 1820s) much at the same time as a modern systemic concept of art is settled (Hegel’s lectures on aesthetics delivered between 1818—29 and the famous notion that art is something of the past). Now with photography’s referent being diffused, its indexical capacity blurred, and its re-materialization through digitization, the very material condition of the medium has changed. It…

Gertrude Contemporary–Discipline 2015 Lecture #4 | David Raskin – Hiroshi Sugimoto’s Inhuman Photographs

In asking why responses to Sugimoto’s photographs turn on a dime from awe to scorn, I suggest that these strange works of art manage to escape human desires. My hope is that by moving the conversation away from entrenched dichotomies such aesthetics or anti-aesthetics and toward an analysis of the nature of objects and feelings, I can suggest the ethical and practical consequences of inhuman art. David Raskin is Mohn Family Professor of Contemporary Art History at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and Editor-in-Chief of caa.reviews. He is author of Donald Judd (Yale University Press, 2010), and other scholarly publications, including essays on Noriyuki Haraguchi, Ad Reinhardt, Jo Baer, Olle Baertling, Enrique Martínez Celaya, Carl Andre, and pragmatic aesthetics. He is currently Visiting Fellow at the United States Study Centre, University of Sydney, Australia. Date: Wednesday, 20th May…

Exhibition | New shows at CCP | Kiron Robinson, In debt: saving seeds, Lit from the Top, Sara Oscar and Greg Moncrieff

Exhibition Dates: 24 April–28 June | Opening: Thursday 23 April 6–8pm CCP Australia, 404 George Street, Fitzroy Website: http://www.ccp.org.au/ GALLERY ONE | Kiron Robinson We told ourselves we needed separate beds to sleep A flat surface, flattened, flattened again. I don’t believe in photographs. They are anxious. I am anxious. I enjoy making them. Through a process of flattening, via scanning, re-photographing or both, images are made together. New relationships are forced. The surface reflects my anxiousness as the space that is both image and image of image. Kiron Robinson is a Lecturer of Photography in the School of Art at the Victorian College of the Arts, the University of Melbourne. Kiron Robinson is represented by Sarah Scout Presents, Melbourne. GALLERY TWO In debt: saving seeds Dave Jones and Steven Rhall respond to the Australian Grains Genebank On the Wimmera plains harsh sun greys the timber…

Exhibition | Inspiration by Design: Word and Image from the Victoria and Albert Museum| State Library of Victoria

A new exhibition opens next week at the State Library of Victoria. This free exhibition showcases some of the world’s finest book art, graphics, photography and illustration. From London’s Victoria and Albert Museum, Inspiration by Design celebrates 150 years of collecting by the National Art Library. Th exhibition will include a range beautiful books, from historic illustrated manuscripts and rare artists’ books to modern graphic design and fashion photography. The exhibition will present over 100 treasures including original hand-drawn illustrations from Beatrix Potter, a Pablo Picasso artist book, fashion sketches from Dior and Comme des Garçons, rare medieval manuscripts and much more. The exhibition will be complemented by a host of free public programming, including exhibition tours, film screenings, creative workshops and illuminating discussions. Opening hours This free exhibition is open 10am–5pm (until 9pm Thursday). Exhibition organised by the Victoria and…