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Old Sites, New Visions: Art And Archaeology Collide In Cyrus, Christopher J. Barker, Diana Wood Conroy Jan 2017

Old Sites, New Visions: Art And Archaeology Collide In Cyrus, Christopher J. Barker, Diana Wood Conroy

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Over the past two decades Australian archaeologists have been slowly uncovering the World Heritagelisted ancient theatre site at Paphos in Cyprus. The Hellenistic-Roman period theatre was used for performance for over six centuries from around 300 BC to the late fourth century AD. There is also considerable evidence of activity on the site after the theatre was destroyed, particularly during the Crusader era.


Stretching Out: Species Extinction And Planetary Aesthetics In Contemporary Art, Su Ballard Jan 2017

Stretching Out: Species Extinction And Planetary Aesthetics In Contemporary Art, Su Ballard

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There is madness in species extinction. The horn has been removed from the last male northern white rhino on earth and he has two armed guards 24 hours a day. The huia in New Zealand were killed off by the desire for white-tipped tail feathers in Victorian hats. We fear the extinction of rhinos, we mourn the extinction of the huia, yet we might need reminding to also show concern for the extinction of the dung beetle. This paper looks at the ways that artists are engaging with these difficult events. By placing Gayatri Spivak's call for a planetarity ...


Reframing Pictures: Reading The Art Of Appropriation, Elizabeth Linden Jan 2016

Reframing Pictures: Reading The Art Of Appropriation, Elizabeth Linden

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No abstract provided.


Signal Eight Times: Nature, Catastrophic Extinction Events And Contemporary Art, Su Ballard Jan 2015

Signal Eight Times: Nature, Catastrophic Extinction Events And Contemporary Art, Su Ballard

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Human animals bought up in the Western tradition tend to describe their encounters with other species as exchanges of power, and when confronted with extinction rush to the defence of the species at risk. This essay documents a different approach to the defence of nature. Basing itself on the work of six contemporary artists and drawing on the thought of Donna Haraway and Gregory Bateson I show how it is possible to comprehend the catastrophic extinction of birds in New Zealand by thinking about ecology. I argue that rather than defend nature, these artworks stage small moments of encounter, which ...


Contemporary Indigenous Art, Ian A. Mclean Jan 2015

Contemporary Indigenous Art, Ian A. Mclean

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A new exhibition of the NGV's collection of Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander art explores Indigenous art history and culture from the early nineteenth century to now. Situating this display within broader contemporary art issues, Professor Ian McLean sheds light on the art market's recent past and potential future.


Trace 2015: Biennial Exhibition And Art Auction In The Streets Of 4101 (Broken Memories), Madeleine T. Kelly Jan 2015

Trace 2015: Biennial Exhibition And Art Auction In The Streets Of 4101 (Broken Memories), Madeleine T. Kelly

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Her art explores the materiality of images – in particular painting, as an earthen testimony figured from the ground that speaks of the primal frontiers of art, such as material transformation, as well as environmental contingencies. In this context, her work avoids dogmatism by depicting protean and rubric worlds.


Feminism And Art: Unexpected Encounters, Susan (Su) Ballard, Agnieszka Golda Jan 2015

Feminism And Art: Unexpected Encounters, Susan (Su) Ballard, Agnieszka Golda

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Since the revolutions of the 1960s, feminism and art have created spaces for thinking and rethinking the links between gender and creativity. Art has been challenged both within and without the frame, as artists and feminists disrupt and complicate pre-established modes of production and representation.


Introduction: Art And Activism In Post-Disaster Japan, Alexander Brown, Vera C. Mackie Jan 2015

Introduction: Art And Activism In Post-Disaster Japan, Alexander Brown, Vera C. Mackie

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On 11 March 2011, the northeastern area of Japan, known as Tōhoku, was hit by an unprecedented earthquake and tsunami. The disaster damaged the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, one of a number of such facilities located in what was already an economically disadvantaged region.2 This led to a series of explosions and meltdowns and to the leakage of contaminated water and radioactive fallout into the surrounding area. Around 20,000 people were reported dead or missing, with a disproportionate number from the aged population of the region. Nearly four years later, hundreds of thousands of people are still ...


Travels With My Art: Moya Dyring And Margaret Olley, Melissa J. Boyde Jan 2015

Travels With My Art: Moya Dyring And Margaret Olley, Melissa J. Boyde

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Moya Dyring (1909–1967) was born in Melbourne where she studied at the National Art School. After a successful solo show of her early experimental cubist paintings, she travelled to France where she remained for most of her life. From 1949 Dyring lived in an apartment/studio on the Ile Saint-Louis, a small island on the Seine behind Notre Dame. The apartment became widely known as Chez Moya - an Australian salon in the heart of Paris. Over the next two decades Dyring hosted a transient coterie of Australian artists at Chez Moya. Margaret Olley was one of the young artists ...


Book Review: Constructing An Avant Garde: Art In Brazil, 1949-1979 By S. Martins, Michael Leggett Jan 2015

Book Review: Constructing An Avant Garde: Art In Brazil, 1949-1979 By S. Martins, Michael Leggett

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To anyone unfamiliar with the interventions made by avant-garde artists into the art world and occasionally wider society during the middle of the 20th century, this volume delivers a very readable account. The artists, the objects they made and the discussions they generated are selected here in relation to the particular practices and contexts emergent in Brazil following the chaos of World War II (during which the country remained neutral). In keeping with a historiographical approach—rather than an art historical account—the author introduces an initial group of Brazilian artists attracted to ideas concerned with the nature of the ...


Blogging As Art, Art As Research, Lucas Ihlein Jan 2014

Blogging As Art, Art As Research, Lucas Ihlein

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Since 2003, I have used a blog to collect and publish my ideas about art and social engagement, or to write short accounts of artworks I have witnessed and participated in (Ihlein 2003). What motivates me to blog in this way is the desire to leave behind an experiential document of ephemeral art practices. Conceptual art, performance art, Happenings, Fluxus events and Expanded Cinema: all these constitute important moments in avant-garde art history which I 'know' only by accessing fragmentary, in complete archival documents - photographs, videotapes, artists' statements. For artists working today, these archives make a significant contribution to our ...


A Robot Walks Into A Room: Google Art Project, The New Aesthetic, And The Accident Of Art, Susan (Su) Ballard Jan 2014

A Robot Walks Into A Room: Google Art Project, The New Aesthetic, And The Accident Of Art, Susan (Su) Ballard

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On the 1st February 2011 Google unleashed the Google Art Project, a new way to engage with the major collections of the world’s art galleries. With the Google Art Project came a new way of viewing, not just art but the other objects that inhabit art galleries. Google Art Project depends on a robot looking machine. This aesthetic machine is a different form of digital material that has entered into what have for a long time been quiet still spaces for human, and not machine contemplation. With an equal focus on the spaces between things as much as on ...


Book Review: The Art Of Censorship In Postwar Japan. Studies Of The Weatherhead East Asian Institute. By Kirsten Cather, Rowena G. Ward Jan 2014

Book Review: The Art Of Censorship In Postwar Japan. Studies Of The Weatherhead East Asian Institute. By Kirsten Cather, Rowena G. Ward

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The practice of censorship is a divisive issue that is often justified on moral reasons rather than aesthetic or legalistic ones. It is perhaps because of the claims to morality rather than to the law that it is relatively rare for censorship (or more accurately in Japan’s case, obscenity) to be the subject of criminal trials. Yet, in Japan, from the occupation years through to the present day, there has been on average one high profile censorship trial per decade. In The Art of Censorship in Postwar Japan, Kirsten Cather considers seven such censorship trials held between the 1950s ...


Philology, Or The Art Of Befriending The Text, Ika Willis Jan 2014

Philology, Or The Art Of Befriending The Text, Ika Willis

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This essay examines the 1960s/1970s' transformation of the text as an object of reading, and argues for an equivalent transformation of philology as a practice of reading. I focus on the oscillation between reading as literacy (the capacity to recognize and decipher a given language) and reading as interpretation (the capacity to respond to the text). This oscillation itself results from an irreducible ambiguity in the text: both a stable verbal artifact with a determinable form and a bearer of indeterminate meaning. Reading Roland Barthes's critique of philology and Ursula Le Guin's science-fictional paean to its possibilities ...


From Camp To Gay To Queer: David Mcdiarmid And Hiv/Aids Art, Marcus O'Donnell Jan 2014

From Camp To Gay To Queer: David Mcdiarmid And Hiv/Aids Art, Marcus O'Donnell

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At the end of July, Melbourne hosted the 20th International AIDS Conference. A huge red AIDS 2014 sign perched on the Swanston Street Bridge between Flinders Street Station and the Melbourne Concert Hall.

The Global AIDS Village was in action at the other end of Southbank with a variety of displays from HIV/AIDS organisations from all over the world. One of the many associated events was the marvellous exhibition of gay artist David McDiarmid’s work, When This You See Remember Me. It is still on display at the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV).

For a brief moment the ...


The Churchie Art Award For Emerging Artists, Teo Treloar Jan 2013

The Churchie Art Award For Emerging Artists, Teo Treloar

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In contemporary art and culture, we are living within a constant flood of images, diluting our attention spans. Wollongong-based artist Teo Treloar would like to challenge our state, and to bring us back to central focus. He practices in painting and drawing, usually within an intimate scale, and uses a muted colour palette and minimal, relaxed tones.


Being In The Moment: Art And Mindfullness (Urban Abstractions), Marcus O'Donnell Jan 2013

Being In The Moment: Art And Mindfullness (Urban Abstractions), Marcus O'Donnell

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NTI’s third art exhibition will continue to explore and develop the conversation and related themes of Australian Artists in the Asian Century. being in the moment: art and mindfulness will feature contemporary local artists whose works respond to teachings about mindfulness, and the concepts of attention and awareness.


New Australian Art Song For Low Voice, Lotte Latukefu Jan 2013

New Australian Art Song For Low Voice, Lotte Latukefu

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World Premieres were given of the following songs:

Bitter Cold; The Ghost Road; Autumn Thoughts- composer- Larry Sitsky At the Triton's Call- composer- May Howlett


The Art Of Transformation, Sarah B. Miller Jan 2012

The Art Of Transformation, Sarah B. Miller

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No abstract provided.


Re-Enacting Performance Art, Lucas M. Ihlein, Chris Hewitt, Andrea Saemann Jan 2012

Re-Enacting Performance Art, Lucas M. Ihlein, Chris Hewitt, Andrea Saemann

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Lucas Ihlein’s re-enactment work has primarily revolved around Expanded Cinema from British artists of the 1970s. Working with Louise Curham as “Teaching and Learning Cinema”, Ihlein’s approach involves a carefully annotated and documented re-invention of the original works, paying particular attention to the technological specificity of film, video and digital media.


Engaging Aboriginal Art From The Idea Of Australia, Ian A. Mclean Jan 2012

Engaging Aboriginal Art From The Idea Of Australia, Ian A. Mclean

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In writing the first national history of Australian art Bernard Smith was instrumental in inventing the idea of an Australian national culture. In this respect his histories should be understood in the context of a wider postcolonial – or at least post-empire – discourse that shaped the idea of Australia after the world wars. Galvanizing the many threads of this discourse was the idea of an independent nation state. What role did Aboriginal art have in this discourse? As a committed Marxist Smith had a great deal of sympathy for the downtrodden, including Aborigines. However the idea of the nation state is ...


Fairy Knoll; Johais Hancock And An Apparition In The Sky; Light Well Conduit - Works Of Art Exhibited In The Exhibition The Ipswich House: Heritage House Portraits By Contemporary Queensland Artists, Madeleine T. Kelly Jan 2010

Fairy Knoll; Johais Hancock And An Apparition In The Sky; Light Well Conduit - Works Of Art Exhibited In The Exhibition The Ipswich House: Heritage House Portraits By Contemporary Queensland Artists, Madeleine T. Kelly

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On its completion in 1901, Thoman Hancock Junior's grand residence, Fairy Knoll, afforded an enviable view of Ipswich and its surrounds. Its prestigious hill top site overlooking Limestone Park amply reflected the position occupied by the Hancock family in Ispwich society and the material culmination of Hancock's successful business career as a timber merchant.


Diasporic Art: Writing/Visualising Back And Writing/Visualising Into Being, Sukhmani Khorana Jan 2009

Diasporic Art: Writing/Visualising Back And Writing/Visualising Into Being, Sukhmani Khorana

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The recent critical and popular acclaim won by films like Danny Boyle's Slumdog Millionaire and Deepa Mehta's Water is putting the creative works of diasporic artists in general, and South Asian diasporic artists in particular on the world map. This interest in creativity that is inspired by the homeland, but not necessarily produced in the culture of origin is of pressing significance in an era torn between globalisation and regionalism. Does the diasporic hyphen, through its cultural processes and products, bridge the gap between cosmopolitan and vernacular identities? This paper, which is an introduction to a larger project ...


Defamation And The Art Of Backfire, Truda Gray, Brian Martin Jan 2006

Defamation And The Art Of Backfire, Truda Gray, Brian Martin

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Legal discussions of defamation commonly focus on defamation law, with relative neglect of struggles that take place over defamation matters. To understand defamation struggles, we introduce backfire theory: if something is perceived as unjust and information about it is communicated to relevant audiences, it has the potential to backfire against those held responsible. Defamation suits have the potential to backfire when they are seen as oppressive or contrary to free speech. There are several types of actions by plaintiffs that can inhibit this backfire effect, including cover-up, devaluation of the defendant, reinterpretation and intimidation. To illustrate the value of backfire ...


‘Current Australian Art Exhibition’ At Galleria D’Arte Lillo, Venezia-Mestre (Venice) Italy, 1985, Jonathan P. Cockburn Jan 1985

‘Current Australian Art Exhibition’ At Galleria D’Arte Lillo, Venezia-Mestre (Venice) Italy, 1985, Jonathan P. Cockburn

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Information concerning work undertaken in Italy by Jon Cockburn (b.1953) entitled, White dogs/black dog/black birds (temporary installation) 1985. The work was completed in contact paper stuck directly onto the gallery walls, dimensions to fit, and shown in the ‘Current Australian Art Exhibition’ (curated by Judith Blackall) May-June 1985, Galleria d’Arte Lillo, Venezia-Mestre (Venice), Italy