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2014 CCP Lecture Series

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

CROSSING PATHS WITH VIVIAN MAIER PUBLIC PROGRAMS
How the 'selfie' performs across time and place
Wednesday 15 October 2014, 6—7.30pm

Lost and Found: Ethics, subjecthood and contemporary art
Wednesday 22 October 2014, 6—8pm


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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How the 'selfie' performs across time and place

Vivian Maier

Wednesday 15 October, 6—7.30pm
$5, bookings essential.
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Self-portraiture is hardly novel, but what distinguishes the 'selfie' in a contemporary context? The 'selfie' is scrutinised from a range of temporal and cultural contexts and emotions.

Chair
Professor Stephanie Trigg
ARC Centre of Excellence for the Centre for the History of Emotions at the University of Melbourne

SPEAKERS
1. Dr Larissa Hjorth
Professor and Deputy Dean in Research & Innovation in the School of Media & Communication, RMIT University

Moving pictures: Camera phones in the field
From disasters to celebrations, camera phone practices play a key role in the abundance of shared images globally. As an integral part of everyday life, camera phone practice offers various lenses and frames into understanding contemporary visuality—especially in terms of the socio-cultural. In this talk I move away from the Western-centric models for contextualising selfies by focusing upon case studies in South Korea.

Larissa Hjorth is an artist, digital ethnographer and Associate Professor in the Games Programs, and co-director of RMIT's Digital Ethnography Research Centre (DERC) with Heather Horst. Since 2000, Hjorth has been researching the gendered and socio-cultural dimensions of mobile media and gaming cultures in the Asia–Pacific—these studies are outlined in her books, Mobile Media in the Asia-Pacific (London, Routledge, 2009), Games & Gaming (London: Berg, 2010), Online@AsiaPacific: Mobile, Social and Locative in the Asia–Pacific region (with Michael Arnold, Routledge, 2013), Understanding Digital Media in the Age of Social Networking (with Sam Hinton, Sage, 2013) and Gaming in Locative, Social and Mobile Media (with Ingrid Richardson, Palgrave, 2014). Hjorth is currently first CI on two Australian Research Council grants—one discovery (Games of Being Mobile: DP140104295) and one linkage with Intel (Locating the Mobile: LP130100848).

2. Dr Adam Nash
Artist, Composer, Performer, Programmer, Writer and Program Manager, Digital Media, School of Media and Communication, RMIT University.

Selfie Culture and Digital Affect
Nash will put the recent popularity of 'the selfie' in the context of the contemporary digital eras of globalised art and culture and their affective interaction. He will briefly describe the digital selfie's relationship with art history, its position within contemporary digital networked culture and will offer some ideas towards an aesthetics of digital networks.

Adam Nash is a Melbourne-based artist, composer, programmer, performer and writer in virtual environments, real time 3D and mixed-reality technology. He explores virtual environments as audiovisual performance spaces, data/motion capture sites and generative platforms. Nash has a PhD from the Centre for Animation and Interactive Media, RMIT University. He lectures in Virtual Environments and Interactive Media Design in the Bachelor of Design (Games) at RMIT University, and is an on-and-off GEElab associate.

3. Natalie Hendry
PhD Candidate, Digital Ethnographic Research Centre, RMIT University and the Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre.

Selfies as pedagogy: Young people x mental illness x social media
Young people are seen as OTT and TMI; 'over the top' and exposing 'too much information'. The dangers of exposure—too much skin or emotional posing—are assumed to exemplify a generation's narcissism. Young people themselves however perform a diversity of selfie practices that challenge the self-portrait as exposed narcissism. For young people experiencing mental illness, selfies often make visible the invisibility of their confusing, ambivalent and distressing life experiences.

Natalie Hendry's work explores visual representations of recovery and intimacy through young people's social media use. Working with young people experiencing mental illness, she uses visual, participatory and digital ethnographic methods to co-create understandings of identity, wellbeing and connection. Hendry has a particular interest in working with this cohort to respond to their experiences of incoherence and distress by creating meaning from their everyday representations of recovery and life.

4. Dr Fincina Hopgood
Sessional Lecturer and Researcher in Screen Studies in the School of Culture and Communication at the University of Melbourne.

Seeing the other and/in the self: The possibilities and limitations of the selfie for empathetic understanding
What is our fascination with the stereotype of the eccentric artist and how do Vivian Maier's self-portraits differ from the selfies of our contemporary moment, given they were (seemingly) not intended for public viewing.

Fincina Hopgood's research interests include the portrayal of mental illness on screen, the emotion of empathy, and the role of film and television in human rights education. She is a freelance film writer and academic, currently writing a book on the portrayal of mental illness in Australian and New Zealand films, based on her PhD research.


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Image: Vivian Maier New York City, September 10, 1955, Gelatin silver print, 30.5 x 30.5cm, Vivian Maier/Maloof Collection.

Lost and Found: Ethics, subjecthood and contemporary art

Patrick Pound

Wednesday 22 October, 6—7.30pm
$5, bookings essential.
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From the posthumous and pseudonymous construction of an artist's identity, to an artistic practice constructed from found images, panellists will discuss the ethics of contemporary art.

Chair Dr Rebecca Coates
Independent curator and lecturer, Art History and Curatorship at the University of Melbourne

SPEAKERS
1. Dr Karen Jones
Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Melbourne

Narrative and Meaning: Can what happens after you die make your life better or worse?
Living a meaningful life requires connection to worthwhile relationships, projects, and values. But a meaningful life is not merely a series of days filled with worthwhile activities: meaningful lives have narrative structure. What happens after you die can alter the narrative structure of your life and render it more or less meaningful.

Karen Jones is Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Melbourne. She received her PhD in Philosophy from Cornell University. Prior to coming to the University of Melbourne in 2002, she held positions at Cornell University and the Australian National University. She has written extensively on trust, what it is and when it is justified. She also writes on philosophy of emotion and theories of rationality.

2. Dr Patrick Pound
Senior Lecturer, Photography, Course Director Creative Arts Honours and Master of Creative Arts, Deakin University

Findings — on found photography

Photography is the medium of record. What does the record tell us? People move on from their photographs: leaving behind their records.
 Shuffling through a vast collection of found photographs we will see if we can find a little meaning or coherence in them. We will take something from the images of others as if on a dare.



This talk will look at what we might take from the great unhinged album of found vernacular snaps. These recently redundant photographic remnants might be, after all, telling records which hold some ideas of their own.

Patrick Pound is a Melbourne based artist and Senior lecturer in Photography at Deakin University. He often works with found photographs and other found things. His most recent exhibition in Melbourne was the Gallery of Air, which was an artist's project at the NGV for the exhibition 'Melbourne Now'. This installation featured hundreds of the artist's things and the gallery's things all of which he found to hold an idea of air. Pound's work is held in numerous public gallery collections in Australia and New Zealand including: the National Gallery of Australia, the National Gallery of Victoria, the Art Gallery of NSW, the Museum of New Zealand and Auckland Art Gallery. He is represented by Stills Gallery, Sydney, Hamish McKay Gallery, Wellington, NZ and Melanie Roger Gallery, Auckland, NZ.

Professor Paul Gough
Pro Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President, College of Design and Social Context, RMIT University

Banksy – Command, Commission and Control
Paul Gough from RMIT will examine how street artists such as Banksy maintain some element of control over their public art works. Arguably the most renowned 'unknown' street artist in the world, Banksy has had to balance the free availability of his street art with protecting the exploitation of his images by others. This talk focuses on the protracted negotiations between the painter, his 'Office', the publisher and Gough in compiling a book that attempted to evaluate the artist's work.

Gough examines the controls demanded by the painter's agent, the attempts to manage the ready availability of imagery, and the difficulties in seeking the necessary permissions from an artist who deals almost entirely through proxies.

Paul Gough is a painter, broadcaster and writer. He has exhibited globally and is represented in the permanent collections of the Imperial War Museum, London; Canadian War Museum, Ottawa; and National War Memorial, New Zealand. Published widely in cultural history, cultural geography and heritage studies, plus five books on war artists, peace gardens and street artist, Banksy.


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Image: Patrick Pound The addict 2013, Giclee print on rag paper, 45 x 194cm.

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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