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LECTURE #3: JUSTIN CLEMENS, WHAT DO WE TALK ABOUT WHEN WE TALK ABOUT CONTEMPORARY ART?
Monday 24 June, 6pm for 6:30pm. This is a free event and bookings are unnecessary.
We are pleased to announce that the third lecture of the Gertrude Contemporary - Discipline: Contemporary Art Lecture Series will be given by Justin Clemens. His lecture What do we talk about when we talk about contemporary art? will coincide with the publication of his forthcoming book Psychoanalysis is an Antiphilosophy.
This lecture surveys the most important theories of contemporary art – including those by Giorgio Agamben, Alain Badiou, Boris Groys, Jacques Ranciere, various Octoberites and so-called Speculative Realists – in order to point out their strengths and weaknesses, and outline several possible new ways of talking about art.
The Gertrude Contemporary - Discipline: Contemporary Art Lecture Series is a collaboration between Melbourne-based contemporary art journal Discipline and Gertrude Contemporary. The series presents lectures on key concerns, artists and theories of contemporary art. Throughout 2013 lecturers will speak from the perspective of a variety of different disciplines — including philosophy, cultural studies, art history and literary studies — as well as from academic and non-academic backgrounds.
Justin Clemens writes extensively on contemporary Australian art and European philosophy. His books include Psychoanalysis is an Antiphilosophy (Edinburgh: Edinburgh UP 2013); Minimal Domination(Melbourne: Surpllus 2011), a collection of writings on art; and, with Dominic Pettman, Avoiding the Subject (Amsterdam: Amsterdam UP 2004). His creative works include the poetry chapbook Me ‘n’ me trumpet (Sydney: Vagabond 2011); the novella Black River (Melbourne: re.press 2007), with collages by Helen Johnson; and the mock-epic poem The Mundiad (Melbourne: Black Inc 2004). He is also the co-editor of collections on and by such major contemporary thinkers as Giorgio Agamben, Alain Badiou, and Jacqueline Rose. He teaches at the University of Melbourne.
Tuesday 28 May, 2013, 6pm for 6:30pm. Free lecture. No bookings necessary.
The second lecture of the Gertrude Contemporary - Discipline: Contemporary Art Lecture Series The Trauma of the Political – or, catch me I’m falling (into the ambivalent arms of law) will be given by Dr Juliet Rogers followed by a conversation with writer and cultural historian Maria Tumarkin.
There is an excitement about falling that betrays itself in images and experiences of the flesh, from Richard Drew’s capture of the Falling Man during September 11, 2001, to climate change activists’ depictions of the psychosis of not believing we will hit the ground, and the suspended nature of the work of William Kentridge. Art and falling go hand in hand, and Rogers suggests, so too does politics. We can see the current politics of the liberal democratic, in which sovereign aggression is excused by sovereign care. Where law both pushes the subject into the abyss in the interests of its protection, and where flesh is cut, tortured and even killed as a mode of justice. A contemporary democratic politics that embodies such paradox offers a thin space between the air and the ground, and demands the fantasy of endless capture, for some, and the foreclosure of the possibility that flesh may fall and not be caught.
The Gertrude Contemporary - Discipline: Contemporary Art Lecture Series is a collaboration between Melbourne based contemporary art journal Discipline and Gertrude Contemporary. The series presents lectures on key concerns, artists and theories of contemporary art. Throughout 2013 lecturers will speak from the perspective of a variety of different disciplines — including philosophy, cultural studies, art history and literary studies — as well as from academic and non-academic backgrounds.
Dr Juliet Rogers is Faculty Member at the School of Political Sciences, Criminology at the University of Melbourne, and currently an Australian Research Council DECRA Fellow undertaking a psychoanalytic examination of the ‘Quality of Remorse’ after periods of political and military conflict. She was formerly a community worker and then a psychotherapist. She turned from this life to work in academia and she has recently been a Visiting Fellow at the European University Institute, Florence, at Yale Law School, Connecticut and at the University of Cape Town Law School, South Africa. Her work is always a melding between psychoanalysis and law, that is, it is always a concern with the limit. She recently published Law’s Cut on the Body of Human Rights: Female Circumcision, Torture and Sacred Flesh which will be out in July with Routledge, and she is currently working on a monograph on Remorse.
Maria Tumarkin is a Melbourne-based writer and cultural historian. She is the author of three acclaimed books of ideas: Traumascapes, Courage and Otherland. Maria’s essays – tackling our culture’s preoccupations and blindspots – have been included in Best Australian Essays 2011 and 2012. Maria holds a PhD in cultural history from the University of Melbourne. She has taught at universities and writing centres, directed video clips, written radio documentaries, contributed catalogue essays for galleries and museums, and forged ongoing collaborations with artists and psychologists. She is a 2013-14 Sidney Myer Creative Fellow.
Thursday 11 April, 2013
The first lecture of the Gertrude Contemporary - Discipline: Contemporary Art Lecture Series, Rex Butler's lecture, ‘John Nixon: A Communist Artist’, examined the work of Melbourne-based abstract artist John Nixon, who has been the subject of much discussion over the past twenty years. Nixon has been lauded for continuing the radical experiments of Russian constructivism, criticised for not being truly experimental, and positioned as continuing an avant-garde tradition that somehow brings together the monochrome and the readymade. In this lecture and accompanying paper, published in the journal Discipline, issue 3, Rex Butler reads Nixon’s work through the writings of art critic Boris Groys to suggest that it is—of all things—communist. The lecture was a fantastic success, with over 175 attendants and a well-defined critical debate taking place at its conclusion.
Rex Butler teaches in the School of English, Media Studies and Art History at the University of Queensland, specialising in contemporary and Australian art. He is currently working on a book on Deleuze and Guattari’s What is Philosophy?
Listen to Rex Butler's lecture John Nixon: A Communist Artist here
Gertude Contemporary is pleased to announce the Gertrude Contemporary - Discipline: Contemporary Art Lecture Series.
The Melbourne-based contemporary art journal Discipline will be collaborating with Gertrude Contemporary to present a series of lectures on key concerns, artists and theories of contemporary art. The guest lecturers will speak from the perspective of a variety of different disciplines — including philosophy, cultural studies, art history and literary studies — as well as from academic and non-academic backgrounds. The lectures will be held at Gertrude Contemporary throughout 2013 and are free of charge. Banner design generously provided by Annie Wu.
Thursday 11 October 2012
For the second Studio 6 project, upstairs at Gertrude Contemporary, Alicia Frankovich presented The opportune spectator, a one-evening performance in Melbourne that coincided with her participation in exhibitions City within the City at Gertrude Contemporary and Artists' Proof #1 at Monash University Museum of Art.
Frankovich’s work is comprised of performance, performance-based videos, short films and sculpture and includes a variety of conceptual manifestations. She is interested in the exhibition experience and art encounter, where she puts bodies into situations where they play out relations that test social behaviours and codes.
Alicia Frankovich (New Zealand, 1980) obtained a BVA in sculpture at AUT in Auckland in 2002. She is currently living and working in Berlin. She has presented a range of performances in various contexts including Bisons at Contact, Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt; Floor Resistance at The Walters Prize, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki; Human Trophies at ...and they installed the office in the tavern, organised by The Office (Berlin) and Le Bureau/, Paris, Drei Schwestern, Berlin, and Gaîté Lyrique, Bar du foyer historique, Paris, 2012; Undisciplined Bodies; an Evening Dissolving Social and Spatial Conventions at Bethanien Residents #1, Salon Populaire, Berlin; Floor Resistance, Hebbel Am Ufer, HAU 3, Berlin, 2011; I would like to be attached to a random entrant at Misperformance: Misfiring, Misfitting, Misreading, 15th Performance Studies International Conference, Zagreb, 2009; and To dwell is the drink Coca-Cola of urbanism at International Prize for Performance: Fourth Edition, Galleria Civica di Arte Contemporanea, Trento, Italy, 2008.
Studio 6 is an exhibition project initiated by Ash Kilmartin, Gertrude Contemporary studio artist 2012-14.
Saturday 16 June 2012
John Nixon’s solo exhibition at Gertrude Contemporary depicts the relationship between his painting practice and his interest in music. Entitled EPW: Colour-Music, the exhibition in the main gallery space is a collection of 25 paintings on board which line the gallery walls. These works are pictorial scores that can be used to generate musical performances based on the organisational codes underpinning the series.
On Saturday 16th June 2012 EPW: Colour- Music was performed by The Gertrude Ensemble (a group of musicians that have been put together by musician Francis Plagne) in the main gallery space. The concert was the first occasion on which the work was recorded.
The Gertrude Ensemble comprises:
Francis Plagne - electric piano
Judith Hamann - trumpet
Elizabeth Welsh - violin
Giles Fielke - trombone
Jared David - wine glass and spoon
Luke Sands - electric power saw
Assisted by Renee Cosgrave and Katie Lohner.
Saturday 17 March 2012
As part of Gertrude Contemporary’s No-Name Station exhibition, an exhibition walk-through by the curators and artist talks took place during the exhibition’s afternoon opening function. On Saturday 17 March 2012 from 3:00pm, curators Alexie Glass-Kantor, Colin Chinnery, Quentin Sprague and artist Wang Wei (Beijing, China), presented talks about No Name Station, an innovative China/Australia cultural exchange project.
A collaborative endeavour between Gertrude Contemporary (Melbourne), Iberia Center for Contemporary Art (Beijing), and Warmun Arts Centre (Warmun, WA), this multi-faceted project has involved contributions by 13 visual artists, 1 writer, and a curatorium from Australia and China; and has encompassed 2 exhibitions, a group residency, a major publication and public programs from 2010 – 2012.
As part of Helen Grogan's curated exhibition Feedback Projected (Proposals Towards an Exhibition), there will be a series of performances that will be open to the public.
Friday 29 April 2011
6-8pm Opening at Gertrude Contemporary
8:30 SHARP: MoHa! Performance at Dear Patti Smith (+ drinks until 10pm).The Patterson Building, L2, 181 Smith St, Fitzroy.
Friday 29 April – 4 May 2011
The Input / Output Routine (an arrangement of microphones, amplifiers, and loudspeakers) by Koen Nutters and Morten J. Olsen at Gertrude Contemporary
Wednesday 4 May 2011
9pm: Fields by Koen Nutters and Morten J. Olsen in collaboration with local artists at Gertrude Contemporary
Tuesday 31 May 2011 CANCELLED
6.30pm: Forum Discussion with artists, curator, guests and select audience at Gertrude Contemporary
Thursday 5 May – Tuesday 17 May 2011
Earphones by André Avelãs at Gertrude Contemporary
Tuesday 17 May – 4 June 2011
Special Project(s) to be developed in situ by André Avelãs at Gertrude Contemportary. Further information will be made available shortly.
As part of the exhibition Reason and Rhyme two sets of artist talks and one closed forum occurred during the exhibition period.
On Saturday 19 March 2011 the curators Emily Cormack, Charlotte Huddleston and Amita Kirpalani along with participating artists Maddie Leach, Richard Frater, Campbell Patterson, Simon Morris and Mimi Tong participated in a walk-through of the exhibition and artist talks.
On Saturday 2 April 2011 the curators Emily Cormack, Charlotte Huddleston and Amita Kirpalani along with participating artists Damiano Bertoli, Jake Walker and Hanna Tai participated in a walk-through of the exhibition and artist talks.
On Monday 21 March 2011 a closed forum was held in the gallery within the exhibition. Pariticipants included each of the participating artists who were in Melbourne along with Adrien Allen, Jan Bryant, Justin Clemens, Kyla McFarlane, Katie Lee, Lou Hubbard, Rebecca Coates, Jacqueline Doughty, Alexie Glass-Kantor and the project's curators as well as the fabio Ongarato Designers Meg Philips, Matt Edwards and Dan Peterson.
As part of this project, which includes a reciprocal residency with New Zealand and two exhibitions, the curators were interested in expanding this discussion via a closed forum to explore the broader implications of the intersections between subjectivity and systems across curatorial methodology and other areas such as publishing.
The purpose of the discussion was to bring together the Reason and Rhyme artists and curators, along with several curators and artists based in Melbourne - with whom we have worked with in the past or hope to work
with in the future. The curators felt that this was a unique opportunity to discuss a range of topics as they related to the parameters of Reason and Rhyme as a curatorial model and more importantly in regards to the content of the exhibition itself where overlapping themes and points of contact between practices are concerned. The discussions were an opportunity to broaden the scope of the project and discuss its content.
The discussion topics were as follows:
Curating as just another system? Can the exhibition model and curatorial methodology in general be understood as a kind of system that can give shape or order to creative output, and if so what are the ethical and creative outcomes of this process.
Integrated curatorial processes: When curating is approached as a macro model of the ideas presented within works in the exhibition, what happens to the status of the art object? And the status of the exhibition? Is this a productive way of approaching group exhibitions? Where the exhibition is merely a sum of its parts?
Exhibition catalogues: Are they a further encrypting of curatorial methodology on an art work or are they a useful archive and living monument to the ideas explored within an exhibition?
These discussions will feed into and directly influence the form and content of the second incarnation of the exhibition that will occur at ST PAUL st, Auckland in October 2011. The discussions will also be used to shape and formulate the exhibition catalogue - and as such our graphic designers from Fabio Ongarato Design will actively participate in the discussions. These designers have worked on each of the catalogues for our past Gertrude’s residency/exhibition exchange projects and see that this kind of involvement feeds into the catalogue design.
As part of Dylan Martorell's exhibition in the Front Gallery Agaves De Marco, Gertrude Contemporary presents a series of musical, performative and discursive events.
Wednesday 23 February 2011, 12-5pm
Symposium presented by Carl Scrase including members of the Wernakeus collective.
There will be a day long discussion about the state of the arts in Melbourne.
Where: Studio 12, Gertrude Contemporary
No booking necessary - If you would like more information please contact the Wemakeus collective at: email@example.com
Thursday 24 February 2011, 6-8pm
The Wizard: a series of performances
Where: Front Gallery, Gertrude Contemporary
Featuring: Paul Kidney, Marcus Griffin, Craig Skull, Trevelyan Clay, Guitar – Justin K Fuller, Tym Krasevac, Harriet Miiltary, Shags, Paul Sloan, and Roarawar (Craig Peade)
No booking necessary
Saturday 26 February 2011, 3-4pm
Snawklor and special guests including Battery Powered Action, Mini Golf, Penelope Trotter, The Hi God People performance group, Julian Williams
Where: Front gallery, Gertrude Contemporary
No booking necessary
For a complete list of events please visit http://raeliankraal.blogspot.com
Saturday 5 February 2011
Sriwhana Spong will discuss her work in conversation with Gertrude Curator Emily Cormack. The talk is presented as part of the exhibition Unnerved: The New Zealand Project at The National Gallery of Victoria.
VENUE: National Gallery of Victoria International, St. Kilda Rd, Melbourne
DATE: Saturday 5 February 2011, 12.30pm
18 June – 17 July 2010
Always Moving (A performance laboratory in several parts) brought an active month of performance, sound, cinema, and event-based art to Gertrude Contemporary. In a unique exhibition and mini-festival, Always Moving transformed Gertrude’s galleries into a lively hub, spanning a broad scope of performance happenings from Australia and abroad. Curated by Jared Davis.
Alejandra Salinas and Aeron Bergman (NOR), Gabo Camnitzer (USA/SWE), Catacomb Carousel, Marco Cher-Gibard and Rosalind Hall, Cait Foran, Scott Foust and Swill Radio (USA), Dale Gorfinkel, Steph Hughes
EVENT SERIES GUEST CURATORS
Kim Brockett, Bum Creek with Paul Wotherspoon, Chapter Music, Patrick O’Brien. OtherFilm, Danae Valenza and Speakeasy Cinema
Friday 18 June 2010, 6 – 8.30pm
performances by Bum Creek and Eko Eko Azarak.
Quick Economic Assumptions
Alejandra Salinas and Aeron Bergman
Saturday 19 June 2010, 6pm
Oslo-based artists Alejandra Salinas and Aeron Bergman presented their work Quick Economic Assumptions for the first time in Australia. In a series of short performance works, the artists toyed with and re-presented approaches surrounding the idea of revolution — from aggression to bureaucracy, boldness to failure — with their own sense of idiosyncratic humour and unassuming distance.
...Really slowly, now
presented by Sunshine and Grease
Thursday 24 June 2010, 8pm
In ...Really slowly, now, Sunshine and Grease’s Patrick O’Brien curated an evening of performances by MV (UK), White Altar and Tim Coster (NZ).
presented by OtherFilm
Saturday and Sunday 26–27 June 2010, 6pm
Two evenings of multi-dimensional research and visceral visuality from expedited equatorial agents of aberrance. Artists include: Ross Manning, Alex Cuffe, Sarah Byrne, Gerald Keaney, Joel Stern, Sally Golding, Danni Zuvela, Scale Free Network, Christina Tester, Chloe Cogle and Cured Pink.
curated by Kim Brockett
Saturday 3 July 2010, 11am – 4pm
SUPER MARKET convened artists and collectives to ply their superfluous wares in exchange for your offerings. By relying upon barter (the original method of consumption) and excluding currency, SUPER MARKET invited visitors to engage directly with the process of trade and negotiation. Featuring: Adam Cruickshank, Damp, Dell Stewart, Geoff Newton, Grant Nimmo, Jessica McElhinney and Jarrod Zlatic, Kate Smith, Kiah GM, The Telepathy Project, plus more to be announced
presented by Danae Valenza and
Thursday 8 July 2010, 8pm
Danae Valenza and Speakeasy Cinema presented a reimagining of silent cinema by inviting local musicians to rescore the experimental visions of seminal filmmakers. Quiver, Francis Plagne, Qua, Geoffrey O’Connor, Evelyn Morris and members of Magic Silver White will perform live against the films of Jan Svankmajer, Maya Deren, Jeff Keen, Standish Lawder and Slavko Vorkapich.
Chapter Music Presents
Wednesday 14 July 2010, 8.00pm
Founded in 1992, Chapter Music is one of Australia’s longest running and best respected DIY record labels. For their Always Moving evening, Chapter executives Guy Blackman and Ben O’Connor invited Far Concern (aka Always Moving curator Jared Davis), followed by a rare appearance from Richard Lockwood, of early 70s folk-psych legends Tully and Extradition, and finally improvised synth duo Ev and Shags, (aka Evelyn Morris and Shags Chamberlain of Pikelet).
PRE-DEFENSE NO WIN SITUATION
presented by Bum Creek in collaboration
with Paul Wotherspoon
Friday 16 July 2010, 8.00pm
'Actors and Artists (musicians) bi partisan no win situationism. Confirmed akts: Prophets (featuring Dale Gorfinkel) and NUMB BUMS (bummers) dont expec:t big tunes for the cerebral introvert expec:t a little dog' – Bum Creek, 2010
Rosalind Hall (Melbourne) and Alice Hui-Sheng Chang (Taiwan)
Saturday 17 July 2010, 3.30pm
Alice Hui-Sheng Chang and Rosalind Hall experimented with similarities between abstract voice and saxophone. Challenging their instruments to produce extreme timbres and textures, they improvised with acoustics, silence, repetition and primal gestures resulting in an intricate balance between spontaneity and construction.
19 March 2009
During the development of their exhibition for Craft Victoria, Chicks On Speed were in residence at Gertrude Contemporary. In this one-off event in Gertrude's Studio 18, they opened the doors of their studio for a conversation with Alexie Glass (and the audience) in an intimate tête-à-tête.
26 March 2009
North. At the Junction of Inwood Hill Park New York and Jökulsárlón Southeast Iceland, February - May 2008
In conjunction with a major new sound installation by Melbourne artist Geoff Robinson, Gertrude Contemporary hosted a performance event featuring acclaimed Melbourne sound artists and musicians including: Julie Burleigh, Nathan Gray, Geoff Robinson, Eamon Sprod and Philip Samartzis.
23 May 2009
ARTISTS AND CURATORS IN CONVERSATION
Artists talks: Justin Clemens, Gabrielle de Vietri, Danielle Freakley, Simon Pericich, Kiron Robinson, Lani Seligman, Heman Chong, Charles Lim, Ming Wong
Curatorium: Heman Chong, Emily Cormack, Jacqueline Doughty, Alexie Glass, Qinyi Lim, Ahmad Mashadi
And the difference is... was part of Gertrude Contemporary’s ongoing international exhibition series - The Independence Project. This exhibition explored the human and personal perspectives that are embedded within bureaucratic agreements, and featured artists from Australia and Singapore.
19 April 2008
Richard Bell, Mark Hilton, Roslisham Ismail, Helen Johnson, Vincent Leong, Ahmad Fuad Osman, Shooshie Sulaiman, Wong Hoy Cheong
The Independence Project was the first of Gertrude's ongoing international exhibition series, with the first exhibition taking place at GALERI PETRONAS in Kuala Lumpur in 2007 and at Gertrude in April 2008. Five of the Malaysian artists in the exhibition traveled to Australia for the opening at Gertrude and gave floor talks about their work.
17 December 2008
21:100:100 DOWNLOAD: FORUM AND BOOK LAUNCH
The 2008 Forum, 21:100:100 Download was an opportunity to discuss sound art and its relationship to contemporary art. The debate centred on ways in which the exhibition of sound art in a gallery context effects sound’s reception, perception and generation.
Using the Melbourne International Arts Festival exhibition 21:100:100 as a foundation for discussion, the forum brought artists, academics, curators, interdisciplinary writers, activists, composers/sound artists and practitioners from all over Australia to critically examine the sonic arts. The forum also coincided with the launch of an accompanying 370 full colour book designed by Fabio Ongarato Design.
The forum was chaired by Emily Cormack. Speakers included: Alexie Glass (Curatorium member and Gertrude Contemporary Art Space Director), Oren Ambarchi (Curatorium member and artist in 21:100:100), Marco Fusinato (Curatorium member and artist in 21:100:100), Anthony Pateras (composer and performer and artist in 21:100:100), Philip Samartzis (academic and artist in 21:100:100), David Shae (composer and artist in 21:100:100), Annalee Koernig (Experimental Music Performer and curator), Pat O’Brien (owner of Sunshine and Grease, sound performer and curator).
26 August 2009
Starf*ckers, Arterarti and Rockpigs 2
The Tote Hotel
In conjunction with the opening of Robert Cook’s Don’t Show Me Your Poetry, GCAS hosted Starf*ckers, Arterati and Rock Pigs at the Tote. Featuring the sounds of Perth-based artists Diode, Geoff Newton and Masato Takasaka’s band Vixxen Larvae, and The Is Not magazine DJs who battled it out with Robert Cook’s hits from his collection. Debuting at Starf*ckers this year was Melbourne band Freakgeek – featuring photographer Andrew Curtis and his 12 year old boy genius, Ike on drums and vocals.
Click here to see video of Freakgeek on Youtube
26 October 2007
As part of their Melbourne International Arts Festival projects for Gertrude Contemporary, artists Daniel Arsham and Alex Somers gave Saturday floortalks about their collaborative practices, which both meld the visual and performing arts: Daniel Arsham with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company and Alex Somers with Jonsi Birgisson, member of Icelandic band Sigur Ros.
19 November 2007
CHAIR: Alexie Glass (Director, GCAS) and Emily Cormack (Assistant Curator, GCAS)
PANELLISTS: Amelia Douglas (Curator and Academic), Bianca Hester (Artist), Andrew McQualter(Artist), Jarrod Rawlins (Director, UPLANDS Gallery), Russell Storer (Curator, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney)
Full Time Intimacy was a discussion about the role of relational aesthetics in contemporary visual culture. Highlighting the increasing prevalence of projects that engage with process and collaborative practice, the forum investigated the changes in relational practices within Australia.
26 November 2007
PARTICIPANTS: Dr. Felicity Colman (Lecturer – University of Melbourne), Lilly Hibberd (Artist), Anne Marsh (Associate Professor, Theory of Art and Design, Monash University), Alex Martinis Roe (Artist), Julie Rapp (Artist), Lyndal Walker.
CHAIRS: Alexie Glass and Emily Cormack.
Feminism Never Happened engaged with the perceptions of (and problems facing) feminism within contemporary culture. Discussion centred around several different topics; the influence of the media and popular culture, feminisms effect on different generations, feminism’s position as a movement and it’s possible future trajectory.
Contact the Communications Manager if you wish to obtain an MP3 recording of this Forum.
9 November 2006
CHAIR: Gary Carsley (artist and writer)
PANELISTS: Scott Redford (artist), Sue Dodd, (artist and lecturer), Phillip Brophy (writer, film-maker), Alex Martinis Roe (artist)
Drag/Mash explored creative strategies stemming from earlier forms of art making that were strongly influenced by 1980s theories of bricolage, appropriation and the archive. As a term, Drag/ Mash describes the incremental convergence of remixing, sampling and mimicry into art making. Drag/Mash is characterised by a synthesis of disparate techniques and technologies, the active use of illusion, and a reliance on text and articulation through performance.
16 November 2006
Co-CHAIRS: Alexie Glass (Director of GCAS) and Christos Tsiolkas (Author/Producer)
PANELISTS: Robert Connelly (Ozsedition campaigner, writer and director of The Bank and Producer of The Boys); Dr Liz Connor (cultural activist and founder of Mothers of Intervention); Helen Johnson (artist); Antony Loewenstein (journalist and author of My Israel Question); Stephen Mayne (Founder of Crikey.com)
In a time when international conflict, terrorism and border control were dominating our headlines and leading to a political climate of fear and aggression, this forum turned to artists and writers to provide a humane perspective on global turbulence. This forum examined how cultural producers and commentators connect to our humanity in a time when sedition is legislation. Turbulence investigated the consequences of speaking out against prevailing ideologies, and perhaps even challenging the party line of communities with which you, yourself, identify.
Contact the Communications Manager if you wish to obtain an MP3 recording of this Forum.
5 February 2005
Perth-based artist Kate McMillian gave an artist talk about her recent work.
5 March 2005
Pakistani Artist in Residence Sabeen Raja gave a talk about her recent work.
8 November 2005
SPEAKERS: David Broker, Deputy Director, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane;
Kate Fulton, Melbourne-based artist; Lisa Kelly, Sydney-based artist; Zara Stanhope, Deputy Director, Senior Curator, Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne
CHAIRS: Jacqueline Doughty, Program Manager; and Edward Colless, Board Member, Gertrude Contemporary Art Spaces.
Inside Boxes; Outside Systems addressed the way artists work within and outside of art institutions. The forum investigated the various ways that artists have created their own alternatives to the institutional network of state galleries, contemporary art spaces and commercial galleries.
15 November 2005
SPEAKERS: Michael Brennan, Founding Director, Trocadero Art Space, Melbourne;
Andrea Kliest, Public Art Program Manager, City of Melbourne; Simon Maidment, Melbourne-based new media artist; Russell Storer, Curator, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney
CHAIRS: Jeff Khan, Communications Manager; and Alexie Glass, Director, Gertrude Contemporary.
Working Space explored relationships between artistic practice and the landscape of the inner city. The forum addressed questions such as: Is the studio still an essential site of production for contemporary artists, or is the shift towards new methods of production changing the parameters in which artists work? And what are the challenges and opportunities for artists working in the contemporary urban landscape?