I’ve not been thinking about art, or public art, as much as I’d like lately … but my bulging email inbox of news and events has finally lured me back to the blog! Here are a few forthcoming opportunities that should be of shared interest:
1. Symposium: Art and Activism in Post-Disaster Japan
University of Wollongong, NSW Australia
24 August 2013
A free, one day seminar. Please register by 16 August for catering purposes.
Full program and contact details here (pdf).
Art Association of Australia & New Zealand
7-9 December 2013
Submissions guidelines and session details here.
Deadline for abstracts 30 August 2013
Centre for Cultural Partnerships, University of Melbourne & Footscray Community Arts Centre, Melbourne
6-7 February 2014
Today, the making of art is haunted by spectres of evaluation, competing claims and judgments about the limits, uses and value of art. This international conference examines creative and critical approaches to evaluation and value in relation to community-engaged arts practice. Taking its cue from an artwork by Thomas Hirschhorn, the conference looks to reconfigure the relationship between artists, art experts and what Hirschhorn terms the “non-exclusive audience.”
Through diverse formats and a range of local and international speakers, it also explores the relationship between established community arts practices and the appearance of new forms of community-engaged arts across a range of disciplines, from participatory design to social practice.
Proposals are invited for presentations, workshops and panel presentations that address the following themes:
- Critical approaches to evaluation of community-based arts including negative value and potential for harm, network theories, dialogic methods, and new aesthetic language.
- The use of creative, participatory and democratized methods in cultural measurement.
- Re-presentational practices such as exhibition, evaluation, critical writing and curating involving community-based art.
- The value of art as labour and the role of the artist in society.
- The competing lenses of evaluation: perspectives from political, health, justice, international development, education, or arts sectors.
- Alternative systems of value in community-based arts: gift exchange and reciprocity, creative commons, feminist economies, peer assessment, crowd funding, and risk assessment.
- The implications of new technologies, open source hacking, digital research methods and communication, and data visualization on arts evaluation practice.
Submissions are due by 15 September 2013.
Full guidelines and submission details here.
Register with the website to receive updates, including future call-outs for artist participation in the conference.
TVAD Research Group, University of Hertfordshire
23 January 2014
A one day seminar convened by Dr. Daniel Marques Sampaio and Mr. Michael Heilgemeir, University of Hertfordshire
This seminar will explore relationships between texts and urban spaces in contemporary culture and society. The aim is to bring together scholars within an interdisciplinary range of art, design, and media practices to examine, analyse and interpret the complexities of those relationships, looking at the movement from text to urban space and back.
Cities have often been compared to palimpsests, their streets, buildings, and subways pleated, crumpled, written and rewritten over and over again: as material texts, poïesis. What is at stake in this conflation of city and text? Can the city be read, does it indeed operate like a text? How do urban spaces relate to artistic, political, or economic texts and ideologies, and vice versa? What transformations occur between the designing and imaging of urban spaces, and the building and eventual inhabiting of those spaces? How do the technologies employed in designing and imaging architectural and urban spaces (computer modelling and simulation, CGI renderings of future buildings, etc.) contribute to the ‘idea’ or representations of a city? In what ways can data and imaging influence understanding of, and policies within cities?
Papers are invited that address these or related topics, including:
- Analyses of representations (fictional, cartographic, theoretical) of urban spaces and of the ‘urban experience’
- New media, Big Data, imaging technology, and daily life in contemporary cities;
- Ideal cities, utopias, dystopias, heterotopias
- Political and economic ideologies and urban spaces
- Arts in the city
- Textual interventions in urban spaces (graffiti, advertising, etc.)
Deadline for abstracts 13 September 2013.
Submission details here.
Sculpture City, St Louis Missouri
10-12 April 2014
Organised as part of Sculpture City St Louis 2014,
Monument/Anti-Monument is an international conference that will bring together artists, curators, art historians, architects, academics, urban planners, archaeologists and other experts to explore the intersection of sculpture and the public realm. While the public sculpture and monuments of the host city of St. Louis will be used frequently as a catalyst for discussion, the conference will also seek a broader dialogue that will encompass a global perspective on sculpture and its relationship to place. The conference keynote speaker will be artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer.
Deadline for proposals 16 September 2013
Further details here (pdf).
Deakin University and the Jewish Holocaust Centre, Melbourne
6-8 July, 2014
This conference aims to expose and explore key issues relating to the Holocaust, genocide and mass trauma, contributing to ongoing debates over historical and cultural representation. Paper proposals might address, but are not limited to, the following topics:
- The limitations and possibilities of digital media in depicting traumatic pasts
- New research in Holocaust and genocide film, literature, art, and testimony
- The future of remembering traumatic events in monuments and museums
- Mediating gender, sexual violence and trauma
- The politics of identification and reception in representations of perpetrators
- The appropriation of the Holocaust as a metaphor for contemporary traumas
- Mediating trauma in the now via mobile screens and instant uploads
- Pedagogical uses of genocide representations in and out of the classroom
Guidelines and submission details here.
Deadline for abstracts is 31 October 2013.
Open Issue (Fall 2014)
Co-Editors: Cher Krause Knight and Harriet F. Senie
Submissions deadline: 1 March 2014
For this issue the editors invite submissions pertaining to any theme related to public art.
As with each issue, we aim to offer a lively mix of different features. The wide range of submission types typical of the journal (such as scholarly articles, artists’ projects, critical essays, interviews and book reviews), is both welcomed and encouraged here.
Guidelines and submission details here.
Australian National University, Canberra
Conference (17-29 September 2013)
Exhibition (18 September – 19 October 2013)
On the occasion of the national capital’s centenary:
Shaping Canberra will generate new national scholarly discussion about the lived experience of Canberra as a place, home and capital. It starts from the position that the local and national dimensions of Canberra are not opposing or even separate aspects, but deeply entwined. On this basis it asks participants to consider how the local, national (and international) play out in instances and reflections of Canberra’s life and development in the context of four themes: histories and memories, collections and archives, spaces and places; expressions and interpretations. International and national as well as local speakers will be part of the program which aims to create a lively community of discussion across disciplines and practices, and establish a basis for further research and discussion.