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SEM TWO 2010 – Upcoming events and planning

SEMESTER TWO INFO UPDATE: Post grad meeting Friday July 23

Coming up:

  • next Wed 28th July
  • 9am: Colour Illusions lecture from Vis Science ( LT)
  • Ipm: Something in the air floortalk CMAG (Viv et al )

Thurs 29th: Manuka opening 6pm: KALINA PILAT

Week of Aug 9: Juan Davila visit

  • Juan will be here for one week from Aug 10 . See his show currently at Drill Hall. He will be available for studio appts and to take small groups to see his show. Discuss arrangements (suggest Fri 13, Mon 16th?)

Thurs 12th Aug:

  • Opening at Manuka: FIONA LITTLE< DIONI SALAS HAMMER<LIANG LUSCOMBE- Floortalk : FRIDAY 13th at 1.30pm
  • Fri 13th Aug: opening of new M16 Gallery (Greg, Derek, Savandary , Ria etc)

Sat Aug 14th:

1.30-4.30 AGNSW Paths to Abstraction:

Abstraction and colour forum: John Gage, David Briggs, Zena O’Connor, Daniel de’Angeli on modern colour theories, symbolism, meaning & practice

Sat Aug 28: OPEN DAY

Wed 8 Sept: Ruth W opening at Watters

Oct 7: OPENING of Abstraction show: SOA Gallery + ANCA M16- symposium ? (details to be sorted next week with Leah Peter M etc)

For Discussion:

  • 1.Re Juan visit
  • 2. Re Intensive – rescheduling? Ideas re form, content
  • any other matters?


July 22, 2010 Posted by | administration | , , , | Leave a comment

Back at my desk…brain reconnecting…

Hi all,

So I am back, and have been catching up with PGs hearing that the Theory Intensive was a great success. This is wonderful, and just as it should be!  Thanks to all of you who contributed to making it such a rewarding week.

While away I happened to hear on Radio National an All in the Mind programme with Iain McGilchrist discussing his work on the relations between the two hemispheres of the brain. It was a very interesting interview and I think directly relevant to our concerns in exploring the nature of the creative mind/body. You can hear it on the “All in the mind” site on the ABC Rad Nat website and you can download the introduction to his book “The Master and his emissary” which i believe will be available here in October.

Highly recommended!!!

see you all soon, Ruth

July 6, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | 2 Comments

RE Melinda: please email her if you are interested in Didier M

March 31, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | 2 Comments

From Melinda Hinkson- an interesting opportunity!

Melinda has sent this request for expressions of interest from those of you who would like to attend the workshop planned for Didier Maleuve’s proposed visit in July. Read about his publications below- look very interesting! and get back to Melinda if you would like to be involved.

Dear All,

I’m looking to apply for some funding through the RSH&A to help bring Didier Maleuvre from the US to participate in the Imaging Identity symposium at the National Portrait Gallery in July and to stay on to deliver a seminar and run a workshop/masterclass for postgraduate students at the ANU.

Didier teaches art history and literature at University of California Santa Barbara, and I have pasted below short blurbs on his three books. I’m writing to ask if you think his visit might be of interest to postgraduate students in your area. If so, can you give me an indication of possible numbers? I’d be happy to try and coordinate a workshop sometime in the first week of second semester (the time frame is tied to the symposium which runs the preceding week).

look forward to hearing from you

best wishes, Melinda

On Didier Maleuvre:

Museum Memories: History, Technology, Art (Stanford 1999)

From its inception in the early nineteenth century, the museum has been more than a mere historical object; it has manufactured an image of history. In collecting past artifacts, the museum gives shape and presence to history, defining the space of a ritual encounter with the past. The museum believes in history, yet it behaves as though history could be summarized and completed. By building a monument to the end of history and lifting art out of the turmoil of historical survival, the museum is said to dehistoricize the artwork. It replaces historicity with historiography, and living history turns into timelessness.

This twofold process explains the paradoxical character of museums. They have been accused of being both too heavy with historical dust and too historically spotless, excessively historicizing artworks while cutting them off from the historical life in which artworks are born. Thus the museum seems contradictory because it lectures about the historical nature of its objects while denying the same objects the living historical connection about which it purports to educate.

The contradictory character of museums leads the author to a philosophical reflection on history, one that reconsiders the concept of culture and the historical value of art in light of the philosophers, artists, and writers who are captivated by the museum. Together, their voices prompt a reevaluation of the concepts of historical consciousness, artistic identity, and the culture of objects in the modern period. The author shows how museum culture offers a unique vantage point on the nineteenth and twentieth centuries’ preoccupation with history and subjectivity, and he demonstrates how the constitution of the aesthetic provides insight into the realms of technology, industrial culture, architecture, and ethics.

The Religion of Reality: Inquiry into Self, Art and Transcendence (2006, Catholic University of America Press)

The Religion of Reality takes to task the assumption according to which the modern intellect is devoid of the transcendental. The book first argues that religious feeling persists in the secular western mind; that it has taken refuge in the unlikeliest of camps, with the supposed debunker of religious creed: the rationalist existential ego. The autonomous, individual self is the pillar of modern times – a deity that anchors our morals, politics, and society, and defines what is crucial about human existence. On this score, The Religion of Reality makes two points: first that the philosophic primacy of the self rests on a leap of faith; and second that its religious centrality cannot ultimately satisfy the transcendental thirst that it kindles. The book constructively inquires into the artistic paths that lead away from this anthropocentrism. Art, it is often said, is the religion of the modern secular mind. This study argues that there are good reasons for this status. Taking seriously the age-old connection between art and religion, the book presents just how the spiritual is active in the artistic experience, whether of religious or secular stamp. Artworks are attempts to overcome the limits of expression and knowledge, hence of the human standpoint. The Religion of Reality is not an attempt to resuscitate the religion ofart; rather it is a demonstration of the religious in art.

The Horizon: A History of Our Infinite Longing (University of California Press 2010)

What is a horizon? A line where land meets sky? The end of the world or the beginning of perception? In this brilliant, engaging, and stimulating history, Didier Maleuvre journeys to the outer reaches of human experience and probes philosophy, religion, and art to understand our struggle and fascination with limits—of life, knowledge, existence, and death. Horizons delineate the physical world and give our lives shape, purpose, and meaning; yet history provides a record of humanity’s instinctual urge to transcend boundaries and seek what lies beyond. Maleuvre sweeps us through a vast cultural landscape, enabling us to experience each stopping place as the cusp of a limitless journey, whether he is discussing the works of Picasso, Gothic architecture, Beethoven, or General Relativity. If, as Aristotle said, philosophy begins in wonder, then this remarkable book shows us how wonder—the urge to know beyond the conceivable—is itself the engine of culture.

March 29, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | 6 Comments

Anthea this week:

Anthea will be available for studio visits with PGs this week- I think it will be Wed, Thurs- will confirm as soon as I hear back from her- you may want to organise a schedule for her at A Block and at ANCA for those of you who would like to meet with her.

Remember  also her ART FORUM on Wed 1pm Lecture theatre on which I think will be on colour.

thanks, Ruth

March 21, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Update on update re Tues 16th

Given the small number of people able to attend today (monday), I would like to suggest you all meet at 2pm at Megalo to see Ria’s show, then on to ANCA at Dickson at approx 2.30pm for the General discussion/feedback session on our approach to the painting postgrad programme.

So the sched tomorrow is the optional Ruth on Hogarth lecture at 10 in lecture theatre 3 in the Music School -on the same floor as the cafe and own the corridor…

Then Anthea on Degas and Dirt in the Painting Drawing Room at 11.30 .

Then  after lunch meet Ria at Megalo 2pm to see her show. (note other shows around town as listed on Wattle site) 

2.30 pm : ANCA studios meeting for discussion of programme and studio visits- Ria, Micky, Viv

6pm : Virginia Spate at NGA on Paris Show

WEDNESDAY: 1pm Ruth’s floortalk at CMAG 

6pm: Nicky and Suzanne’s opening

THURSDAY: Jude Rae Art Forum 1pm L

FRIDAY : 2pm; Nicky and Suzanne floortalk and drinks

ecture Theatre

March 15, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Update on intensive programme- Tues 16th

Thus far I havent scheduled anything for Tues until an optional 10am-11am session in Lecture Theatre 3 at the School of Music when I will be giving a lecture to musicology students on Hogarth’s Scene from The Beggar’s Opera. All welcome.

If anything comes up at the Monday meeting which needs further discussion we could reconvene at 9am. Tues, we’ll see…

Then let’s meet for coffee  at  11am The Music school cafe .

Anthea Callen will speak at 11.30 in the Drawing Room on Degas and Dirt

The afternoon programme is an informal series of gallery visits ending up at ANCA studios Antill St Dickson at around 3.30 (Micky, Ria, Viv’s studios)

6pm Virginia Spate speaks at the NGA

March 13, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Intensive schedule for Mon, Tues next week:


Venue: The Drawing Room, Painting Workshop

Introducing the new postgrads:

  1. 9.30 am Leo Robba (Phd)
  2. 10.00 Liz Bodey (Phd)
  3. 10.30 Wendy Tsai (MPhil) 

11.00 coffee

11.30 General discussion: 

  1. -Discussing, rethinking the HDR options with Patsy Hely
  2. -Discussing the Painting Postgrad Programme- seeking your feedback on the Intensive approach, supervisory contact, interaction, reading groups, all-school post-grad seminars etc,
  3. -Seeking your ideas, re future planning etc
  4. -Studio management at A Block- current allocation and proposed changes

1pm LUNCH at A Block PG studios. 

Tuesday’s programme will be posted tomorrow


March 10, 2010 Posted by | Postgrad intensive | | Leave a comment

Painting Symposium 2010 March 10,11,12

2010 Painting Symposium:

Masterpieces from Paris- painting as a material practice

Tues March 9: 6pm NGA Fairfax theatre ANTHEA CALLEN LECTURE and free entry to Masterpieces after lecture

Wed March 10 : 9.30am NB! At the School or Art Lecture Theatre

9.30am: Jude Rae (on Seurat’s small studies)

10am : Peter Adsett (Reading Cezanne’s material vision: how does the irresolvable tension between touch and vision 
in his painting relate to my current practice and engagement with doubt?)

11am: coffee and discussion

11.30: Masterpieces from Canberra viewing and discussing the range of works hung in the Painting Workshop with a focus on questions of materiality and process. Work by Painting staff and postgrads

12.30 Lunch (provided by Ptg w’shop)

Thurs March 11 : at NGA Small theatre (upstairs)

9-10am: Major One Painters to visit exhibition

10.30: Anthea Callen (on Van Gogh)

11.00: Kevin Malloy (on Seurat and Cezanne)

11.30: coffee and discussion

12.00: Vivienne Binns

Fri March 12 : at NGA Small Theatre upstairs

9-10am: free entry for the first 20 students

10.30: Ruth Waller (on Vuillard, Bonnard, Gauguin )

11.00: Liz Coats (on Cezanne)

11.30: coffee and discussion

12.00: Anthea Callen (on surface and colour – revisiting the images discussed in her second lecture – for the benefit of Major One , Major Three and others who may have missed it or would like to hear it again)

1.30: Lunch back at school- a chance for Major One & Three Painters to view staff and postgrads show in Painting w’shop.

March 1, 2010 Posted by | Forum, Symposium | | Leave a comment

Anthea Callen Wed 3 March 11am

Anthea’s second lecture will be in The Lecture Theatre Wed 3 March at 11am on colour and surface. There will be a repeat of this on the final session of the symposium, Friday 12th March.

Also NB:

!!!TUES MARCH 9th at NGA 6pm Anthea will speak in the NGA Masterclass Series. We are all invited free and this includes a visit to the show after the lecture.

Symposium programme will be posted here later today.

Intensive programme will follow soon after!


February 28, 2010 Posted by | Lecture | | Leave a comment