2016 CCP Lectures

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

Steve Carr: On A Manual for Small Archives
Friday 1 April 2016, 5:30—7pm

Jonathan Shaw: A creative call for Photomediations
Wednesday 23 March 2016, 6—7pm

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Steve Carr: On A Manual for Small Archives
A CCP and ACMI Members exclusive event

Steve Carr

Join New Zealand-based artist Steve Carr for an immersive evening of discussion as he muses on the cinematic moments and delicate transformative objects found in his exhibition, A Manual for Small Archives at Centre for Contemporary Photography.

From golf balls through to smoke, bubbles and cacti, Carr slows down time; like an array of experiments, these works resist individual classification as they interact with each other and the viewer to reveal new narratives. Carr provides an opportunity for the audience to decode this archive, drawing from their experiences and understandings to create new connections and meaning.

We welcome you to Centre for Contemporary Photography for an exclusive viewing of A Manual for Small Archives, followed by an engaging presentation by the artist himself.


Represented in New Zealand by Michael Lett, Auckland and in Australia by STATION, Melbourne, New Zealand-based artist Steve Carr has had work in many major New Zealand and international exhibitions. Recent exhibitions include Bullet Time, Wellington City Gallery, with Daniel Crooks (2016), The Science of Ecstasy and Immortality, Michael Lett, Auckland (2015), Stretching Time, Dunedin Public Art Gallery (2014), Majo, Outer Space, Christchurch City Art Gallery (2013) and Smoke Films, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane (2012). He has been a Lecturer in Fine Arts and Photography at Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design, Auckland, and is currently Senior Lecturer in Film at the University of Canterbury, School of Fine Arts, Christchurch, New Zealand.


Friday 1 April 2016

Centre for Contemporary Photography
404 George Street
Fitzroy, 3065

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Presented in partnership with ACMI

Image: Steve Carr Smoke Bubble #1 2015-16
inkjet print, 120 x 120 cm
edition of 3
courtesy the artist, Michael Lett, Auckland and STATION, Melbourne

Jonathan Shaw
A creative call for Photomediations

Wednesday 23 March 2016, 6—7pm
Gold coin donation, no bookings required

Roland Barthes

It is perhaps not too much of an overstatement to describe photography as a quintessential practice of life. Indeed, over the last few decades photography has become so ubiquitous that our very sense of existence is shaped by it.

The photography of old, used to be something that others – professionals equipped with large machines that allowed them to capture a better image of the world out there, advertisers trying to sell us chunks of that world, photojournalists dispatched to the world’s remote corners that few of us could regularly access – did, in the age of the camera phone and wireless communication, surely we are all photographers now? Yet we are all not just photographers today: we have also become distributors, archivists and curators of the ‘image’. Victor Burgin aptly points out today’s hyper-connected reality, ‘…in effect turning every photograph on the Web into a potential frame in a boundless film’.

The creative call for Photomediations: An Open Book is an attempt to creatively respond to the inadequacy of the rigid formulations and categories through which photography has been perceived and approached, embracing the idea that it is time to radically transform, rather than just expand, the very notion of photography. 

Jonathan Shaw is a photographer and educator based in the UK. 

He is the Director of the Disruptive Media Learning Lab, Coventry University, UK, Chair of the Association for Photography in Higher Education, visiting fellow at the Centre for Excellence in Media Practice at Bournemouth University and Adobe Education Leader. He was awarded a Direct Fellowship of Royal Photographic Society (RPS), and a Fellowship of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA), in recognition for his achievements in Photography and innovative educational practices. In 2014 he became a member of the Board of Directors at Birmingham Open Media (BOM), Birmingham and a Trustee of The Photographers’ Gallery, London.

Jonathan is in Melbourne courtesy of Photography Studies College, where he is completing a research sabbatical.

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