While I’ve been neglecting the blog over the last few months, I’ve nevertheless been taking inspiration from a few local opportunities and events!
Suzanne Paquette at her recent Adelaide seminar reminded me that the city is always already photographic, drawing on Latour’s concept of the cascade of images (or inscriptions) to outline the work of the Art and Site project in charting out (and also intervening in) relationships between urban space and the virtual (incidentally sending me off to visit the Ugly Public Art flickr group!)
The Competing Urbanisms workshop in Melbourne, organised by Lachlan MacDowall and Alison Young (author of the recent book Street Art, Public City. Law, Crime and the Urban Imagination) brought together “academics and graduate students from Law, Criminology, Art History, Politics, Architecture, Urban Geography and Cultural Studies”, as well as writers, artists, policymakers, curators and architects and others, to facilitate conversations on “how urban interventions such as graffiti, street art and skateboarding are re-shaping city spaces and the way in which we use, interpret, regulate and create public space”.
To give a brief flavour of the event: a highlight was the discussions with local graffiti and street art practioners; Professor Andreas Brighenti (University of Trento), in his keynote address, gave examples of changing practices of urban representation as one way to introduce the concept of (competing) valuing practices; Kurt Iveson highlighted that power is distributed, bringing attention to the competitions that take place among individuals and agencies over the authority to shape public spaces and asking what kinds of authority it is that street artists enact in particular situations; Lachlan MacDowall raised Taussig’s discussion of defacement as a touchstone for thinking about graffiti.
Participant Sabina Andron, PhD researcher at UCL (“Skin Deep: The material site specificity of urban surface inscriptions”), also took the opportunity to promote the forthcoming Graffitisessions in London, at which Alison Young is a speaker….
so, on the principle of better late than never, here is some information about this and a collection of other events that I would have quite liked to attend (or perhaps still might!):
- Conference: 6th Annual Arts and Health Conference, 11-13 November 2014, Melbourne
- Conference: 2014 Creative Time Summit (in association with Public Art Agency Sweden), 13-16 November 2014, Stockholm, Sweden. (Live streaming and recorded video available on the website.)
- Symposium: Participation, Commemoration and Public Space: Jochen Gerz in an Irish context, 14-15 November 2014, Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA), Dublin.
Full program here (pdf)
- Public Lecture: Erin Manning and Brian Massumi on Art. Ecology. Philosophy. 6pm, Thursday 20 November, RMIT University Melbourne (Building 80, Level 7, Room 1, RMIT Swanston Academic Building, 445 Swanston St)
Erin Manning (University Research Chair in Relational Art and Philosophy, Concordia University) is director of the SenseLab and author of Thought in the Act: Passages in the Ecology of Experience (with Brian Massumi).
As one of the foremost scholars on Deleuze, Brian Massumi’s (Université de Montréal) research spans the fields of art, architecture, political theory, cultural studies and philosophy. Recent publications include What Animals Teach Us about Politics.
- Conference: Re-structure 2014 – A conference discussing the re-structuring of the arts, culture and creative sector in Australia today, 20 November 2014, Centre for Creative Arts La Trobe University, Melbourne. This is a free event but requires RSVP: http://www.trybooking.com/GFKF; live stream available.
- Exhibitions: Busan Biennale 2014, until 22 November 2014, Korea
- Exhibition & events: FELTnatural 2014, 21-30 November 2014, Adelaide. A FELTspace ephemeral public art project across Rymill Park featuring works from over 20 local artists.
- Symposium: Curating Participation, 27 November 2014, Arts Participation Incubator (API), Deakin University, Melbourne
- Conference: Cultural Studies Association of Australasia (CSAA) Conference 2014, 2-5 December 2015, University of Wollongong, NSW. Keynote speakers include Canada’s SenseLab’s Erin Manning and Brian Massumi: …”a participatory keynote-conversation on thinking in the act. Coming in the aftermath of the publication of their book Thought in the Act: Passages in the Ecology of Experience, they would like to think collectively about what a thinking in the act might look like. How is making a mode of thinking in its own right? What are the conditions necessary for creating a field of experience that activates a thinking that is immanent to the event? What is thinking when it doesn’t resolve itself in language? How is language itself a form of making? These questions, which touch on the question of how knowledge is crafted, reconsider the question of value. Can we consider value as a force rather than a content, as an act or an event minus its form or function? What kind of activist philosophy does this approach propose? What kind of activist politics does it seed?”
- Conference: The Graffiti Sessions: the art and justice of sociable cities, 3-5 December 2014, UCL London
- Conference: Art Association Australasia and New Zealand (AAANZ) Annual Conference 2014, 5-8 December 2014, Launceston, Tasmania 2014.