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2014 CCP Lecture Series

Centre for Contemporary Photography presents an annual series of public lectures.

THE SIEVERS PROJECT PUBLIC PROGRAMS
Talking Sievers
Wednesday 16 July 2014, 6—8pm

Architectural Photography, then and now
Wednesday 30 July 2014, 6—8pm

The Nature of Commissioning
Wednesday 27 August 2014, 6—8pm

Stalking Sievers
Sunday 17 August 2014, 2—3pm

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Talking Sievers

Talking Sievers

Wednesday 16 July 2014, 6—8pm
Centre for Contemporary Photography
Price: $10 CCP members (includes a complementary copy of The Sievers Project catalogue), $20 non-members
Limited space, bookings essential.
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CCP presents an intimate walk-through and discussion of our current exhibition, The Sievers Project, with renowned curator and historian, Professor Helen Ennis, and two of The Sievers Project artists, Jane Brown and Therese Keogh. Join us for a few drinks over thought-provoking discussion of Wolfgang Sievers and the journey Jane Brown and Therese Keogh went on in responding to his practice.

Professor Helen Ennis is one of Australia's leading photography curators, historians and writers. She was formerly Curator of Photography at the National Gallery of Australia (1985-1992). She joined the Australian National University School of Art in 1995 and is Convenor of the Graduate Research program. In 2011 she published her book, Wolfgang Sievers, and in 2014 she became Director of the Centre for Art History and Art Theory at ANU.

Image: Wolfgang Sievers Cocktail Bar at Menzies Hotel, Melbourne, Australia 1965; National Library of Australia, Wolfgang Sievers Photographic Archive.

Architectural Photography, then and now

Talking Sievers

Wednesday 30 July 2014, 6—8pm
Robin Boyd Foundation, Walsh St, South Yarra
Price: $40 non-members, $30 RBF / CCP members
Limited space, bookings essential.
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The Sievers Project Public Programs at Walsh Street

In collaboration with Centre for Contemporary Photography (CCP), The Robin Boyd Foundation presents a series of discussions on themes inspired by The Sievers Project. Currently exhibiting at CCP, early career artists, working across media from photography through to installation, have responded in diverse ways to renowned Australian photographer Wolfgang Sievers (1913—2007), icon of 20th century Australian photography. In the first session panelists will address changing fashions in architectural photography since Wolfgang Sievers and the second panel will investigate the process of commissioning in architecture, photography and contemporary design.

These sessions will be presented at Walsh Street, the house that architect Robin Boyd designed for his own family in 1957. Now the home of the Robin Boyd Foundation, Walsh Street is an exemplar of modernist Australian architecture.

Architectural Photography, then and now

Architectural photography has changed dramatically since Wolfgang Sievers. A diverse panel, comprising photographer, curator, academic and critic will address not only links between changing fashions in architecture and photography but also the impact of architectural photography on the way buildings are brought into the public imagination.

Chair: Daniel Palmer, Associate Dean, Graduate Research, MADA (Monash University Art Design & Architecture)

John Gollings
Photographer
Renowned architectural photographer, John Gollings specialises in photos of cities, buildings and landscapes often from an aerial perspective. Gollings latest project is "Every high rise on the Queensland Gold Coast". He was co-creative director of the Australian Pavilion at the 12th Venice Architecture Biennale, and recently completed a guidebook to Khmer temples in SouthEast Asia.

Eve Sainsbury
Exhibitions Curator, State Library of Victoria
Eve Sainsbury is responsible for curating the ongoing exhibitions Mirror of the World and The Changing Face of Victoria. In 2011 she curated As Modern as Tomorrow, photographers in post-war Melbourne, the Library's first major exhibition of mid-century photography, which included works from the Wolfgang Sievers collection.

Christine Marie Phillips
Lecturer in the Architecture Program at RMIT University
Christine Phillips is a director of the Melbourne-based practice, OpenHAUS; a lecturer at RMIT University; a freelance writer and co-host of RRR's weekly radio show, 'The Architects'.

Cameron Bruhn
Editorial Director, Architecture Media
In 2010 and 2013 Cameron Bruhn curated Australia's contribution to the London Festival of Architecture. Previously he was editor of Architecture Media publications Artichoke and Landscape Architecture Australia. Bruhn is an active contributor to design culture through writing and editing, as well as participating on award juries and undertaking sessional teaching.

Images (left to right): Wolfgang Sievers Comalco Aluminium Used in the Construction of the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Architect Roy Grounds 1968 (detail), National Library of Australia, Wolfgang Sievers Photographic Archive; John Gollings (detail).

The Nature of Commissioning

Talking Sievers

Wednesday 27 August 2014, 6—8pm
Robin Boyd Foundation, Walsh St, South Yarra
Price: $40 non-members, $30 RBF / CCP members
Limited space, bookings essential.
Book here >

The Sievers Project Public Programs at Walsh Street

In collaboration with Centre for Contemporary Photography (CCP), The Robin Boyd Foundation presents a series of discussions on themes inspired by The Sievers Project. Currently exhibiting at CCP, early career artists, working across media from photography through to installation, have responded in diverse ways to renowned Australian photographer Wolfgang Sievers (1913—2007), icon of 20th century Australian photography. In the first session panelists will address changing fashions in architectural photography since Wolfgang Sievers and the second panel will investigate the process of commissioning in architecture, photography and contemporary design.

These sessions will be presented at Walsh Street, the house that architect Robin Boyd designed for his own family in 1957. Now the home of the Robin Boyd Foundation, Walsh Street is an exemplar of modernist Australian architecture.

Architectural Photography, then and now

Practitioners from a range of disciplines speak about how they approach the process of making work that has been commissioned. Does the transaction between the commissioner and the commissioned vary between art forms? How have these esteemed practitioners engaged with their commissions? Is the tenor of the relationship with the commissioner relevant to the outcome?

Chair: Naomi Cass, CCP Director and co curator with Kyla McFarlane, The Sievers Project

Andrew Maynard
Director, Andrew Maynard Architects (AMA)
Andrew is a Tasmanian architect, living and working in Fitzroy. Andrew Maynard Architects was created to strike a balance between built projects and polemical design studies. The resulting highly crafted built work and socio-political concepts have garnered global recognition and his work has been awarded, published and exhibited throughout the world.

Susan Cohn
Director, Workshop 3000
Susan Cohn is a contemporary jeweller, designer, writer and curator. Her long-standing practice works across the art-craft-design divide, thinking through the implications of technology, social function and user experience, with a key interest in contemporary jewellery as wearable technology. Cohn holds a doctorate degree of Philosophy in Fine Art Theory, is the current artist representative on the Council of Trustees of the National Gallery of Victoria and is represented by Anna Schwartz Gallery, Melbourne and Sydney.

Damien Wright
Founder and Director of Wright Studios / Designer and Timber Craftsman
Damien Wright is an award-winning furniture designer and craftsman. Wright realises his designs through the painstaking use of indigenous Australian hardwood species that are not traditionally used to make furniture. Through extensive research and sensitive cross-cultural collaboration, Wright incorporates into his design philosophy a wealth of knowledge regarding Australian history, politics and land management practices.

Phuong Ngo
Artist
Contemporary visual artist, Phuong Ngo's practice explores the individual and collected identity of the Vietnamese Diaspora through the exploration of history, politics and culture. Lullaby (2014) and selections from Mother Vietnam (2014), currently exhibiting at CCP, are sculptural and photographic works created in response to a single work by Wolfgang Sievers; as well as Sievers' declared interest in the dignity of labour.

Images (left to right): Nic Granleese; John Gollings (detail).

Stalking Sievers

Talking Sievers

Sunday 17 August 2014, 2—3pm
Centre for Contemporary Photography
Free event
Bookings not required.

Artists make work and curators install their work in exhibitions. To some extent the work speaks for itself however, it is always exciting to hear from artists and curators about their motivations, research and technology. On Sunday 17 August, at 2pm CCP presents a special event for Art this Way entitled, Stalking Wolfgang Sievers: with Meredith Turnbull and Cameron Clarke.

Cameron Clarke and Meredith Turnbull will speak on their work in The Sievers Project. Cameron Clarke has followed in Sievers footsteps to some of the industrial clients that Sievers photographed last century. In her intriguing sculptural installation, Meredith Turnbull draws on Sievers connections with Melbourne's design community in the 1950s and 60s, including Gerard Herbst and Frederick Romberg.

Images (left to right): Cameron Clarke Ilo Najdanovski, Ford Motor Company, Geelong 2014, courtesy the artist; Wolfgang Sievers 'Stanhill', Designed by Architect Frederick Romberg, at Queens Road, Melbourne, Victoria 1951 (detail), National Library of Australia, Wolfgang Sievers Photographic Archive; Meredith Turnbull Composition for floor in 7 panels 2014 (detail), Installation view, Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne, Photo: Christian Capurro.

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