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20 Jun 2013Thursday, 6:00 pm
Sydney's Das Superpaper has been described as 'the printed lookbook of emerging and contemporary art'. Guest edited by Drew Pettifer, the latest issue ('The Body Politic') explores how artists engage with questions of gender, sexuality, and race. Key questions include: How can art function as cultural critique? How can art effect change in relation to sexism, homophobia, and racism? How can art function as activism? And, what is the relevance of these questions in the contemporary Australian context? Nick Garner, Robyn Stuart, and Drew Pettifer launch the issue and lead a discussion on the place of 'free criticism'.
27 Jun 2013Thursday, 6:00 pm
Abramovic in Australia
Ian Howard (former Dean, College of Fine Arts, Sydney and Queensland College of Art, Brisbane) introduces Beyond the Tick Gate, a film documenting an intensive bush-retreat art performance workshop for COFA students staged by Marina Abramovic and Ulay in 1980. Thanks to Kaldor Projects.
4 Jul 2013Thursday, 6:00 pm
Dziga Vertov's Enthusiasm
A propaganda film celebrating heroic coal miners, Enthusiasm: Symphony of the Donbass (1931) carried Soviet director Dziga Vertov's experimentalism into the new realm of sound. With its cacophony of toot-tooting, chug-chugging, and ding-a-linging, Enthusiasm prefigured musique concrete, anticipating John Cage by some thirty years. A joint project with OtherFilm.
21 Jul 2013Sunday, 1:00 pm
Simon Starling Lecture
Turner-Prize winning British artist Simon Starling on his work. Gallery of Modern Art, Stanley Place, South Bank.
25 Jul 2013Thursday, 6:00 pm
Andrew McNamara Lecture
We Petty Bourgeois!: Comrades and Contemporaries was one of Sigmar Polke's last major exhibitions. In examining it, Andrew McNamara (Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane) revisits familiar assumptions about art, criticism, and class.