Art History: Friendship as a Way of Filmmaking Revisiting ‘Blue’

  Presenter: Susan Potter The blunt, single word title Blue belies its aesthetic hybridity and multiple material forms, just as the authorial attribution “Derek Jarman” fails to make legible its collaborative modes of creative development and production. This paper traces the genesis of Blue, including its prehistory as performance and audio recording (when it almost …

Art History: From action-image to image-action: telepresence and the cinema of global telecommunications.

From action-image to image-action: telepresence and the cinema of global telecommunications. Presenter: Richard Smith The action film, especially sci-fi-action thrillers, such as Source Code and espionage action thrillers such as the Bourne films, utilizes digital technology in a specific way. Telepresence is a term Lev Manovich uses to define ‘action at a distance’—from one location …

Art History: Montage as Art Historical Method: Resnais, Malraux, and the Animation of Culture in Post-war France

Montage as Art Historical Method: Resnais, Malraux, and the Animation of Culture in Post-war France Presenter: Ivan Cerecina In 1948, the French filmmaker Alain Resnais completes work on Van Gogh, a curious film-painting hybrid in which the Dutch painter’s life is narrated through re-cut details from his canvases. A year prior, the first volume of …

Art History: The Pure Switch: Video Abstraction in the 1970s

The Pure Switch: Video Abstraction in the 1970s Presenter: Nicholas Croggon Early video was more colourful than we may recall.  The 1970s is known in post-war US art history as the birth of “video art”, a periodization often indexed by grainy, grey documentary tapes.  Yet much early video was abstract, populated by pulsing geometric forms …

Art History Research Seminar: Kathleen Davidson

‘Their Colours are Brilliant, but Fugitive’: Coral Concerns from Imperial Expeditions to the British Museum and Royal Academy Kathleen Davidson During the nineteenth century descriptions of corals and coral environments proliferated in scientific and popular publications, and in the press – propelled by contemporary theories about the geological and biological processes involved in coral reef formation and reports …

Art History Research Seminar: Alan Cholodenko

‘Like Tears in Rain’: The Crypt, the Haunted House, of Animation and Memory in the Era of Hyperreality Alan Cholodenko Abstract This paper draws forth from and extends my claims in my Introductions to my two animation anthologies  and  a  number  of  my  essays  over  the  last  28  years  theorising  that  animation is not only a form …

Art History: Louise Bourgeois’s river

Research Seminar: Louise Bourgeois’s river: weaving the Bièvre Léa Vuong Abstract: The Bièvre was Paris’s second natural waterway for centuries until was buried underground, starting in the late 18th century until the 1950s, when it fully disappeared from sight. The Bièvre is a key theme for French-American artist Louise Bourgeois (1911-2010), whose work often features …

Art History: Public lecture and Masterclass presented by Karen Quinlan

Public lecture and Masterclass presented by Karen Quinlan Karen Quinlan has a long and distinguished history of leadership in the visual arts: as an art gallery Director, as a curator and arts manager, as an educator, and as a significant contributor to the community in which she lives. Under her leadership, the Bendigo Art Gallery became an internationally recognised …

Art History: ‘Tradition’ in Thai modern art 

Research Seminar: ‘Tradition’ in Thai modern art John Clark Abstract: How is ‘tradition’ mapped when art historically deployed in Thailand? Does it correspond to an antithesis with ‘the modern’, or is it an historically dependent pair which proceeds to develop or regress in tandem? The slipperiness of ‘tradition’ is due to its appropriation by the official Royal / …

Museum and Heritage Studies: Cultural Mediation

The Museum and Heritage Studies program, in collaboration with Museums and Galleries NSW is pleased to present a guest lecture about innovative audience engagement strategies developed by the Palais de Tokyo. Paris’ Palais de Tokyo, is a dynamic contemporary art space, the largest centre for contemporary artistic creation in Europe. Join us to learn how …