Surfboards created by COFA lecturer Phillip George fusing Western culture and Eastern art will be permanently displayed at Australia’s first Islamic Museum.
The surfboards are printed with photographic images taken in various Persian, Ottoman and Arabic mosques during George’s extensive travels in the Middle East.
The series of three intricately inscribed surfboards, entitled Bronze, Damascus and Iznik, were selected by the Islamic Museum of Australia’s art director as an example of Islamic art merging with Australian popular culture.
UNSW academics and postgraduate research students in the visual and performing arts are invited to apply to utilise the University’s studio apartment in Paris.
The studio is located in the Cité Internationale des Arts which is situated on the right bank of the Seine, opposite the Isle St Louis, in an area known as Le Marais.
Applications for 2015 residences are now invited from full-time and other UNSW staff whose lecturing duties would continue after the conclusion of the proposed residency, as well as UNSW postgraduate research students who will still be enrolled at the proposed time of the residency.
Applications for three-month projects in 2015 are due by Fri, May 30 2014.
Olga Viso, Executive Director of the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis is speaking at two special events in March.
Olga Viso on Art at the Centre
When: Mon, Mar 24
Where: Museum of Contemporary Art Sydney
140 George St, The Rocks
Cost: Free and open to the public by registration only. More info.
This lecture is presented in partnership with the MCA.
Ana Mendieta and Latin American Art: Olga Viso In Conversation with Associate Professor Susan Best
When: Tues, Mar 25
Where: COFA, EG02
Cnr Oxford St & Greens Rd
Cost: Free and open to the public
Executive Director, Walker Art Center
Olga Viso became Executive Director of the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, in January 2008, after 12 years at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, where she began as a curator of contemporary art and ultimately as director. At the Walker, Viso oversees innovative artistic programming across the disciplines, including visual arts and design, performing arts, film and video. Viso is known for her scholarship in contemporary Latin American art and the work of the late performance-based artist Ana Mendieta.
Recent curatorial projects include a major survey of contemporary American sculptor Jim Hodges, which she co-curated with Jeffrey Grove at the Dallas Museum of Art. At the Hirshhorn, she organized or co-organized significant exhibitions of leading artists, including Robert Gober, Guillermo Kuitca, Ana Mendieta and Juan Muñoz. Before joining the Hirshhorn, Viso was a curator at the Norton Museum of Art (West Palm Beach, Florida), and held curatorial and administrative positions at the High Museum of Art (Atlanta, Georgia). She currently is on the Board of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, New York and has been a trustee at the American Association of Museum Directors. In 2013 she was appointed by President Barack Obama to serve on the National Council on the Arts.
Associate Professor Susan Best
Susan Best teaches art history and theory at the University of NSW. Her book, Visualizing Feeling: Affect and the feminine avant-garde, examines the work of Ana Mendieta alongside Lygia Clark, Theresa Hak Kyung Cha and Eva Hesse.
COFA staff Simon Hunt composed new music for William Yang: Friends of Dorothy, a documentary focusing on stories from the Sydney queer community.
Photographer William Yang saw the formation of a gay activist culture in the 1970s and the film documents his experiences in an era of sexual discovery, politics, love and loss.
The film premieres on ABC1 at 10.40pm on Sunday, March 2.
William Yang is a visiting fellow in the School of the Arts and Media, UNSW.
Presented by NIEA and the iCinema Centre in Semester 1, 2014, Special Project class The Amnesia Project is a unique opportunity for students to work on a large-scale international and interdisciplinary research project, bridging science and the arts.
The outcome will take the form of an interactive and immersive video installation, utilising state of the art data visualisation and presentation technologies, and focusing on the theme of memory and amnesia.
Students will creatively engage in field and lab research, data collection, image capture, design and visualisation tasks. The learning outcomes will include conceptual, research and technical skills, insight into interactive visualisation systems and the experience of working in an interdisciplinary team, led by experts in the field.
The course is open to students from all art, media and design backgrounds as the project requires a range of diverse discipline skills (including curatorial, design, media, photographic, videographic, performative, programming and theoretical).
The Amnesia Project is part of an international research collaboration supported by the Wellcome Trust, led by artist Shona Illingworth with neuropsychologists Martin A. Conway and Catherine Loveday in the UK, and by Professor Jill Bennett in Australia, investigating memory formation and forgetting in relation to technology.
The Amnesia Project installation, directed by Jill Bennett, Dennis Del Favero and Volker Kuchelmeister, will be exhibited in the NIEA labs/galleries in 2014.
Course codes: SOMA3801 / SOMA9758.
For more information, contact Volker Kuchelmeister.
The $60,000 non-acquisitive landscape art prize is the richest in the world and is open to Australian and international artists.
Nigel Hurst, director of Saatchi Gallery, London and head judge of the prize said “Fiona Lowry’s outstanding painting, which seems to fill a blurred psychological gap between what we see, feel, remember or dream, and her strong track record of making these arresting and sometimes disturbing landscapes, makes her a very worthy winner.”
The finalists works were exhibited throughout McLaren Vale and Fleurieu from Oct 26- Nov 25, 2013.
COFA graduates Kate Britton, Elliot Bryce Foulkes and Tulleah Pearce will join the Firstdraft Board of Directors in 2014/2015.
Firstdraft Gallery is an Artist Run Initiative that supports the development of emerging and experimental artistic practice through its programs.
Read more about all eight Firstdraft directors here.
The Art Scene
As of October 2013, quality fine arts retailer The Art Scene opened their doors on the COFA campus. Be sure to visit their store to purchase quality and affordable art supplies or to browse their extensive offer.
Arthouse Bakery Coffee Cart
In anticipation of the new café opening in 2014, a satellite coffee cart was established in the main courtyard of the COFA campus in October 2013. All staff and students can now access quality coffee, sandwiches, salads and sweets.
Anticipated to be open for business in Semester 1, 2014, this exciting new cafeteria with an improved offering will complete the retail precinct at COFA.
Danta’s presentation Shifting Frames: Animated travelogues from Seoul is part of the Special Education Talk: The Challenge of Collaborative Projects by Leading Animation & Design Schools in Asia.
COFA students created animated travelogues based on daily life in Seoul in an attempt to visually document their experience of the city. The aim of the exercise was to experiment with innovative ways of communicating their experience of South Korea through the art of animation.