Susan Norrie, Digital Video Still from Havoc (2007)
When: Fri, 15 Aug, ’08
Where: EG02 Lecture Theatre and Ivan Dougherty Gallery, College of Fine Arts
Recent occurrences in different spheres of life from the ecological to the judicial have redefined our notion of the unbelievable. While maintaining continuities with a long history of the irreal, this new unimaginary confronts us with radically diverse realities, reformulating the condition and expression of life itself. Digital imagery plays a critical role in this reformulated notion, since it presents itself not only as a medium but also as a limit of contemporaneity. The Un_imaginable project invites a range of artists and writers to investigate this new unimaginary and explore the unique qualities of its terrain. It comprises both an IDG exhibition (curated by Peter Weibel and Felicity Fenner), and a symposium (convened by the CCAP). The exhibition includes works by Dennis Del Favero, Korpys/Löffler, Susan Norrie (with David Mackenzie), Peter Weibel, and young Australian filmmakers Jacob Nash, Warwick Thornton, Pauline Whyman and Adrian Wills. Speakers at the Un_imaginable symposium are as follows:
A/Prof. Jill Bennett
Dr. Jill Bennett is Director of the Centre for Contemporary Art and Politics, and is currently working on the CCAP’s Construction, Community and Connection and Practical Aesthetics projects. She is the author of T-Visionarium: A User’s Guide (UNSW Press and Hatje Cantz, 2008) and Empathic Vision: Affect, Trauma and Contemporary Art (Stanford University Press, 2005). She has co-curated several exhibitions for the Centre, includingAfrican Marketplace (Sydney, 2002) and Prepossession (Sydney and Belfast, 2005).
Dr. Jennifer Biddle
Dr Jennifer Biddle is Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Contemporary Art and Politics. She conducts research with Warlpiri women in Lajamanu, and has published widely on language, affect and cultural difference; translation, art, aesthetics and the politics of interpretation; Central Desert writing and art. Her recent book is entitled Breasts, Bodies, Canvas: Central Desert art as Experience (UNSW Press, 2007).
Prof. Catharine Lumby
Catharine Lumby is the Director of the Journalism and Media Research Centre at the University of NSW. She was the Foundation Chair of the Media and Communications Department at the University of Sydney. She is the author of numerous books and journal articles. Professor Lumby is a well-known public commentator who has worked as a news reporter, feature writer and columnist for the Sydney Morning Herald and The Bulletin magazine. Her latest book is The Porn Report (Melbourne University Publishing, 2008) co-authored with Alan McKee and Kath Albury.
Prof. Paul Patton
Paul Patton is Professor of Philosophy at The University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. He has written widely on Deleuze’s political thought, and is the author of Deleuze and the Political (Routledge, 2000). He has also published essays on Foucault, Derrida, Nietzsche as well as a range of issues in contemporary political philosophy. His major research interests include Modern European philosophy since Kant; political liberalism; and the rights of colonised indigenous peoples.
Prof. Terry Smith
Terry Smith is Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Contemporary Art History and Theory in the Department of the History of Art and Architecture at the University of Pittsburgh. From 1994–2001 he was Power Professor of Contemporary Art and Director of the Power Institute at the University of Sydney. He was a member of the Art & Language group (New York) and a foundation board member of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney. He is the author of The Architecture of Aftermath (University of Chicago Press, 2006) and Transformations, vols. 1 and 2 (Craftsman House, 2002). His major research interests are world contemporary art, including its institutional and social contexts; the histories of multiple modernities and modernisms; the history and theory of contemporaneity; and the historiography of art history and art criticism.