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Ria and I had a chat about pgs meeting to discuss material processes and swapping excerpts from texts in addition to the intensives, like another version of the reading group.
Any thoughts?


June 8, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | 2 Comments


I thought that the painting blog would be a good place to air any feedback from the recent intensive.
I admit it was a manic position to be in as both a participant and organiser, having to rush from one session to the next trying to make sure no technical hitch would occur (including having to rush off after my own session!). During my session Quentin had been phoning me waiting over at Roland Wilson! By the time I managed to get there others had thankfully got him sorted!

May 17, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | 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

What is Beauty

What is Beauty – did anyone notice the upcoming wine and cheese event to be held at Bruce Hall on Monday 20 April at 7pm.

Speakers include Dr Michael Barnsley (ANU mathematician and fractal artist) and Dr Alistair Nobel (ANU school of music) 

….and an exhibition of artwork by ANU school of art students

…any painters?


April 15, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | 6 Comments

Aria Stone Corridors Works On Paper 2010

I thought I would share with you what I did over the holidays to keep my sanity. I stayed at home doing studies on paper in between my other work commitments. Works on paper inspired by the trees at Lake Mokoan and song inspired by the beautiful people who plant corridors of trees to protect the small birds and animals.The song was written during my time spent at Benalla last year with Field Studies and was recorded at home.

View slide show here:

April 5, 2010 Posted by | Artwork, music, Uncategorized | 9 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

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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