Event 'The Artist As'

'The Artist As'

Book Launch

14 March 2018
5pm–7pm

  • Event Cost:
    Free

The IMA is proud to launch the publication The Artist As, edited by Aileen Burns, Johan Lundh, and Tara McDowell.

Published by Sternberg Press, Curatorial Practice at MADA, and the IMA, The Artist As will be launched at Artspace, Sydney in conjunction with the 21st Biennale of Sydney.

The launch features live readings and discussion by Brook Andrew, Andrew Brooks, Aileen Burns, Johan Lundh, and Tara McDowell.

How do artists work today? What kinds of roles do they occupy, have these roles changed over the years, and how does this impact the ecology of art? Has the pluralism of art given way to a pluralism of roles that artists may occupy? What are the contemporary conditions of labour producing this new state of affairs, and what reskilling does it ask of artists? Or, by contrast, what does it mean to sustain a lifelong commitment to another kind of practice, another kind of conversation? How does familiarity with another discipline—whether that of the autodidact or the professionally trained—influence an artist’s practice, and shift how their work is conceptualised, made, and received?

These are some of the questions that led to The Artist As, a book that seeks to understand how artists move through the world, and how that movement might necessitate other roles to pursue a project, a position, a politics, or a practice. With contributions by Brook AndrewWalter BenjaminHeman ChongEkaterina Degot, Hal FosterHelen Hughes, Helen JohnsonIsabel Lewis, Adam LinderSuhail MalikTara McDowell, Emily PethickTerry SmithCecilia Vicuña, and Tirdad Zolghadr.

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.

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The Institute of Modern Art acknowledges the traditional custodians of the land upon which the IMA now stands, the Jagera, Yuggera, Yugarapul, and Turrbal people. We offer our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as the first artists of this country. In the spirit of allyship, the IMA will continue to work with First Nations people to celebrate, support, and present their immense past, present, and future contribution to artistic practice and cultural expression.

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