Ross Gibson – Keynote speaker
Ross Gibson is Professor of Contemporary Arts at the University of Sydney. As part of his research he makes books, films and art installations and he encourages postgraduate students in similar pursuits. His main interests are environmental consciousness and cross-cultural negotiations in colonial history, particularly in Australia and the Pacific. His work spans several media and disciplines. Recent projects include the books The Summer Exercises (2009) and 26 Views of the Starburst World (2012), the video installation Street X-Rays (2005), the interactive audiovisual environment BYSTANDER (a collaboration with Kate Richards) (2007), and the durational work Conversations II for the 2008 Biennale of Sydney.
You can find the abstract for Ross’ presentation here.
Dr. Susan (Su) Ballard is an art historian and curator from Aotearoa New Zealand. Su’s research covers a divergent cluster of thought including systems aesthetics, utopia, noise, machines, nature, accidents and errors in art. She often focuses on the encounter between art history, speculation, futures, and new media in the art gallery. Recent book chapters include a discussion of artists’ collective et al. in Error: Glitch, Noise and Jam in New Media Cultures (ed. Nunes, Continuum, 2010), and a reflection on contemporary understandings of frequency and the sublime in Far Field: Digital Culture, Climate Change, and the Poles (ed. Polli and Marsching, Intellect Books, 2011). In June 2012 Su co-edited “Networked Utopias and Speculative Futures” for The Fibreculture Journal. Su is a director of The ADA Network, and co-edited The Aotearoa Digital Arts Reader published by Clouds in 2008. Su is a Senior Lecturer in Art History at the University of Wollongong, Australia.
You can read Su’s provocation here.
Brogan is an artist and academic. He is currently Head of Postgraduate Studies and discipline convenor of the Media Arts Program at the University of Wollongong. His work includes the spatial-exploratory documentary, Halfeti – Only Fish Shall Visit (2001), experimental software art projects such as Ice Time (2005), Um (2009) and Loom (2010), and a book, Risking Code: the Dilemmas and Possibilities of Software Art (2008). His recent work aims to trace relations between computational media practice and the tradition of poetic concern with the field of everyday life.
You can read Brogan’s provocation here.
Shawn Burns has many years of experience as a regional daily and non-daily newspaper journalist, photographer, sub-editor and editor. He has worked as journalist and Chief of Staff with WIN Television (Wagga Wagga, Canberra, Wollongong) and held positions including WIN Television NSW State News Director and Federal political media and policy adviser. Shawn’s research interests include representation of people with disability in the media, including a MA (R) on the subject, the convergence of news media, and the role of experiential learning in contemporary journalism education. He is a lecturer and the acting Journalism Program Convenor within the Faculty of Creative Arts at the University of Wollongong.
You can read Shawn’s provocation here.
Chris Caines is an artist who has been working internationally in a variety of digital and electronic media for over twenty years and his work has been collected by and seen at many festivals and Museums including ACMI, The Queensland Art Gallery, Museum of Modern Art, New York, Tate UK, the Art Gallery of NSW and the Berlin, Venice and Cannes festivals. This work has been supported by numerous arts grants, commissions and international residencies. Since undertaking an Australia Council residency at Art and Technology Research in Kyoto, Japan in 2003 locative media has become as significant research focus and led to a series of commissions and grants for narrative and documentary projects working in this modality. Starting with a commission from ACMI in 2004 which produced a locative fiction work in the Melbourne CBD there has been an online database documentary, a locative essay and gallery project and a GPS driven locative audio installation for the Sydney freeway system. These have been funded variously by the Australia Council, Screen Australia and through the Australian Centre for Interaction Design CRC. Currently he is producing a locative mobile documentary project for pedestrians in the Broadway precinct of the Sydney CBD.
You can find the abstract for Chris’ presentation here.
Bettina is a practice based researcher interested in poetic approaches to screen based documentary. Her creative work ranges across film, video, photography, sound and interactive media. This strong production focus allows her to bring relevant technical insights to theoretical considerations of documentary and experimental projects. A concern with issues of translation, both of language and experience, is discernible in her more recent creative practice. In her current work in progress she is exploring the spectre of history in the everyday alongside issues of relation, connection and abstraction using footage gathered while travelling in Cambodia. She teaches in digital media at the University of Wollongong and at the University of Technology, Sydney where she is also a PhD candidate. Before taking up her current academic pursuits she worked variously in print, web, radio and television production.
You can read Bettina’s abstract here.
The text for her provocation is here.
Irving Gregory is an actor, director and performance artist. He graduated from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts Experimental Theatre Wing. He has worked on the New York downtown dance and performance scene appearing at PS 122, St Marks Church, The Performing Garage and BAM’s Next Wave Festival. He worked and taught in Germany, Holland and England. Irving is a member of the Collective Unconscious: a confederation of artists devoted to original works. He is co-creator/director of Charlie Victor Romeo, a play whose text is derived from the transcripts of actual Black Box recordings. CVR was honoured with two Drama Desk Awards, Outstanding Drama in the NY Fringe Festival and named by Time Magazine as one of the ten best plays in 2004. He currently lives in Sydney, Australia. He was a core ensemble member of Theatre of Blood, appearing and directing plays from the Parisian theatre The Grand Guignol. They enjoyed a two season run in 2009-10. Irving is a member of the Sydney based theatre company Version 1.0. He has co-devised/performed in The Disappearances Project which has appeared throughout Australia.
You can read Irving’s provocation here.
Chris has been involved in the areas of performance art and interdisciplinary art for the past 20 years, working as a curator, teacher, facilitator and very occasionally as a performance artist himself. After nearly 10 years of being based in London, which included working as the Director of Live Art at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, he went on to set up the ‘Crossing Borders’ performance art degree programme at the Turku Academy of Art in Finland. For several years he worked as the producer for the seminal Norwegian performance theatre group ‘Baktruppen’. He is currently based in Berlin where, since 2006 he has published ‘liveartwork DVD’ – a quarterly compilation of video documentation of contemporary performance art. Information about this and other projects is available at: www.liveartwork.com
You can find the abstract for Chris’ presentation here.
Lucas Ihlein is an artist who often works collaboratively with groups such as Big Fag Press, SquatSpace, Teaching and Learning Cinema and NUCA.
His work can take the form of performances, tours, expanded cinema events, re-enactments, lithographic prints, writing, public lectures and blogs.
In recent years, Ihlein has been working on a series of ‘blogging as art’ projects which formed the basis for his PhD, completed in 2009 at Deakin University. These projects have the capacity to embody the documentation of their own production processes.
Ihlein is a lecturer in Media Arts at University of Wollongong.
You can read the abstract for Lucas’ session here.
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Caleb Kelly is an academic at CoFA, UNSW, and an event director and curator working in the area of the sound arts. In 2009 he published his first book, entitled Cracked Media: The Sound of Malfunction, through MIT Press. He is the editor of SOUND (MIT Press and Whitechapel Gallery). Kelly’s research interests aim to extend and expand our understanding of sound’s relationships to the arts.
You can find Caleb’s provocation here.
John MacFarlane uses his background in journalism, documentary film, media theory and interactive design to develop and produce innovative, meaningful cross platform and online projects at SBS Australia. He is particularly interested in works that promote civic engagement, understanding and equality, and that make creative, valid use of the interactive potential of the web. John has produced and commissioned award-winning, audience-pleasing projects in a variety of contexts. He is a producer of the recent SBS web-documentary The Block. http://www.sbs.com.au/theblock/#/welcome
Siobhán is an award-winning oral historian, writer and documentary-maker, Irish-born but Australia-based. She’s the author of six books, over 60 radio documentaries, numerous print features and a short memoir and has co-scripted international television documentary on the Irish diaspora. As well as being adapted for the stage, Siobhán’s oral histories have underpinned presentations as far afield as Harvard University and Iran, while her radio series on interfaith marriage and sectarianism, Marrying Out, won a gold and bronze medal at the New York Radio Festival (2010). Like film-maker Danny Boyle, she believes in ‘The Politics of Connection’. She lectures in Journalism (long-form narratives like radio documentary and feature writing) at the University of Wollongong.
You can read Siobhán’s provocation here.
Dr Colm McNaughton
Colm completed his doctorate in critical theory in 2006 and later in the same year he started working at Community Radio 3CR. He has made numerous radio documentaries which usually address different aspects of the relationship between inter-generational trauma and the collective organ we refer to as the imagination. His first radio documentary ‘Awakening from History?’ won the Walkley Award for best radio feature in 2008. His second feature, ‘La Frontera: a journey into the borderlands of Mexico and the United States’ won the UN media peace prize in 2010 as well as a silver medal at the international radio festival in New York, 2011. Colm teaches journalism/media at both Monash and Melbourne Universities. He also regularly teaches workshops on radio documentary production in many capital cities around Australia for the Australian Film, Television and Radio School (AFTRS). He is currently making a documentary about the Wurundjeri -the Indigenous people of the greater Melbourne region.
You’ll find the abstract for Colm’s presentation here.
You can read Colm’s provocation here.
Head of Production
National Indigenous Television
Susan played a key role in ‘two defining moments in this country’s shared history for Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people’: she directed the outside broadcast of then Prime Minister Paul Keating’s famous ‘Redfern Speech’ of 10 December 1992, and on 13 February 2008, she co-Executive Produced the live national broadcast of ‘The Apology’ by Prime Minister Kevin Rudd to the Stolen Generations from Parliament House, Canberra. As a child removed at birth as part of the Stolen Generations, the latter had a profound impact on Susan.
Susan was adopted by John Coombs QC, eldest son of Dr H.C. ‘Nugget’ Coombs’, whose pioneering work on behalf of Aboriginal people influenced Susan’s ‘sense of right and wrong’ and ‘advocacy for social justice for Aboriginal people’. Reunited with her birth parents as an adult, she discovered she was related to Dr Tom Calma, the former Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner, Human Rights & Equal Opportunities Commission, another inspirational role model in her life.
Susan’s cultural heritage has been the guiding factor in her career, which straddles both media and Indigenous education. ‘Spirit is what keeps me strong and grounded in everything that I do…. the biggest challenge for me in my career is managing my reactions to other people’s perceptions and prejudices of Aboriginal people. It is mixed and varied and sometimes I can laugh it off and other times their lack of real understanding out of ignorance causes the greatest traumas.’
Susan left the ABC after tensions arising from her advocacy on behalf of Indigenous staff. She is now Head of Production at NITV, ‘an Aboriginal organisation where the cultural safety of staff and the business that we do totally embodies who I am.’ In July 2012, NITV came under the auspices of SBS, based in Artarmon, Sydney as of December this year a free-to-air channel. Since its inception in 2007, NITV has shown approximately 2,000 hours of commissioned or directly-produced content. 95% of the 24/7 broadcasted content is Indigenous-made. Both at NITV and over her 16 years at the ABC, where she produced programs such as “Black Out”, “Message Stick” as well as mainstream program “Play School” and “Quantum”, Susan has had one governing focus: ‘My passion is making television that makes a difference and is relevant to Australian viewers. It is always for the greater good of all, it is about nation-building.’ See http://www.nitv.org.au
Andrea (*1962) lives and works as artist and curator in Basel/Switzerland. She loves to work within artists initiatives and plattforms. She was from 1997-2000 coordinator of Kaskadenkondensator, space for contemporary art and performance in Basel. In 2001 she curated in collaboration with Annina Zimmermann (art historian and art producer) the outdoor project «Helle Nächte» and initiated together with Lena Eriksson (artist) the project space «lodypop» in Basel. From 2002-2011 she worked together with Katrin Grögel (art historian) on «Performance Saga», a project that transmits and updates the history of Performance Art on many different levels and promotes a dialogue between the generations. It includes the conception and realization of performance pieces, the publication of video interviews and the planning of events.
You can fin the abstract for Andrea’s presentation here.
Born in Melbourne, Adam is a graduate of UTS, AFTRS, and an exchange with the Cuban film school EICTV. In the last decade he has directed, edited & filmed over a dozen television arts documentaries — including “Echoes Across the Divide” (2006) — for broadcasters including ABC, SBS, STVDIO, & Al Jazeera. During research visits to the Pacific island of Tuvalu since 2002 Adam became interested in documenting small island states struggling to deal with climate change. This has been the theme for his MFA research into multi-screen documentary at Sydney College of the Arts for the last year. Meanwhile, Adam continues to work on “Al Quds Underground”: an interactive documentary project he is developing in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.
You can find the abstract for Adam’s presentation here.
The text of his provocation is here.