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Conversations and events from Melbourne's flagship contemporary art space

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Conversations and events from Melbourne's flagship contemporary art space

    Book Club: Quentin Sprague In Conversation With John Kean

    Book Club: Quentin Sprague In Conversation With John Kean

    In this session of ACCA Book Club, Quentin Sprague and John Kean discusses Sprague’s 2020 book, 'The Stranger Artist' (published by Hardie Grant).

    ACCA Book Club is our new monthly lunch-time catch up about reading, writing and more. Each month, we invite a special guest and previous contributor to ACCA publications, to lead an open and active discussion with participants about a written or spoken-word work of their choice online via Zoom to a small group.

    Further information including speaker bios available here:
    https://acca.melbourne/program/acca-book-club-quentin-sprague-and-john-kean/

    Recorded on 24 June 2020

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Book Club: Elvis Richardson and Melinda Rackham

    Book Club: Elvis Richardson and Melinda Rackham

    In this first recorded ACCA Book Club, Elvis Richardson and Melinda Rackham discuss their forthcoming publication 'CoUNTess: Spoiling Illusions since 2008', specifically '‘Chapter 3: My Brilliant Art School Career’ with participants on Zoom.

    ACCA Book Club is our new monthly lunch-time catch up about reading, writing and more. Each month, we invite a special guest and previous contributor to ACCA publications, to lead an open and active discussion with participants about a written or spoken-word work of their choice online via Zoom to a small group.

    Further information including speaker bios available here: https://acca.melbourne/program/acca-book-club-elvis-richardson-melinda-rackham/
    More information about CoUNTess Report available here: https://countess.report/

    Recorded on 10 June 2020

    • 57 min
    Defining Moments: Popism by Judy Annear

    Defining Moments: Popism by Judy Annear

    Popism, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, 1982
    Lecture by Judy Annear

    The exhibition POPISM was held at the National Gallery of Victoria in 1982. At 24 years old, recent honours graduate and founder and editor of Art & Text magazine, Paul Taylor was invited to curate an exhibition of contemporary Australian art. The NGV was usually described as ‘the bunker’ with apparently little connection to the local art scene or experimental practice. POPISM came like a bolt from the blue, hard on the heels of the first five issues of Art &Text.

    This lecture will discuss the exhibition and the artists (Howard Arkley, David Chesworth, Ian Cox, Juan Davila, Richard Dunn, Paul Fletcher, Maria Kozic, Robert Rooney, Jane Stevenson, The Society for Other Photography, Imants Tillers, Peter Tyndall, Jenny Watson, and Tsk Tsk Tsk), provide some background and context to the ideas and practices, and the evolution of Taylor’s thinking and working. I will trace this through Taylor’s published writings, the various reactions to his activities, and the recollections and interpretations of his peers – then and now.

    Further information: acca.melbourne/series/defining-moments-
    popism/

    Copyright ACCA and Judy Annear
    Produced by Gatherer Media

    Thank you to our partners:
    Presenting Partner Abercrombie & Kent; Research Partner Centre for Visual Art (CoVA); Event Partners Melbourne Gin Company, Capi and City of Melbourne; Media Partners Art Guide Australia, The Saturday Paper, 3RRR FM

    Image: POPISM 1982, exhibition catalogue, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne

    • 51 min
    ACCA Think Tank #1: Who's Afraid Of Public Space?

    ACCA Think Tank #1: Who's Afraid Of Public Space?

    This Think Tank is the first in a series of public forums that will take place over the next twelve months that will both feed into and highlight the ideas and concerns of ACCA’s forthcoming 2021 research, publication and exhibition project, 'Who’s Afraid of Public Space?'

    This forum featured key thinkers in public culture, art and design to consider the impacts of the rapid turn to the digital, messaging around fear, accessibility, as well as other recent global discussions and debates around the contested nature of public space, and the shifting character of public culture.

    Speakers: Dr Marnie Badham; Eugenia Flynn; Dr Grace McQuilten; Professor Nikos Papastergiadis; Nur Shkembi and moderated by ACCA Artistic Director and CEO Max Delany.

    Recorded on 29 April 2020. Graphic recording and hero image by Sarah Firth.

    For more information visit: acca.melbourne/program/think-tank-whos-afraid-of-public-space/

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Art and Emerging Technology Forum

    Art and Emerging Technology Forum

    What does it means to live, work and create in the pre-history of the future? This lively discussion about the role of new and emergent technologies in the visual arts and contemporary culture considers the developments in motion capture, mining virtual libraries of code, artificial intelligence, gaming and computer generated imagery and more. The Forum panel features Feedback Loops exhibiting artist Lu Yang (via a digital presence, with translation from Mandarin into English by Zheng Zhou); alongside with Professor Uwe Aickelin Head of School of Computing and Information Systems at University of Melbourne; Dr Claire Roberts, Associate Professor Art History at University of Melbourne; and electronic musician Becky ‘Sui Zhen’ Freeman. The panel is moderated by Rae Johnston, an esteemed and multi-award-winning STEM journalist, who is also Science and Technology Editor for NITV, and host of That Startup Show.

    Recorded at ACCA on 3 March 2020

    More info: acca.melbourne/exhibition/feedback-loops/

    This forum was co-presented with The University of Melbourne and AsiaTOPA 2020’s Sinofuturist program, with the support of Arts Centre Melbourne and the Sidney Myer Fund.

    Thank you also to our partners:
    Asia Engagement Partner: PR Asia; Exhibition Partners: AsiaTOPA, Dulux, Monash University, Quest Southbank, Playking Foundation, Colour Factory; Media Partner: Triple R

    Image: Lu Yang, 'The Great Adventure of Material World' 2019 (still), single player, role-playing computer game. Courtesy the artist

    • 57 min
    Justin Shoulder In Conversation With Kate Ben-Tovim

    Justin Shoulder In Conversation With Kate Ben-Tovim

    In advance of the live performance of 'Carrion: Episodes' at ACCA, as part of the exhibition, 'Feedback Loops' (7 December 2019 – 22 March 2020), artist Justin Shoulder spoke with Kate Ben-Tovim, Associate Director of Asia TOPA 2020.

    This rich and generous conversation unpacks a range of ideas in Shoulder’s performance practice, from birds to Body Weather, the underpinning influence of ecology, and considers Shoulder's experiences of working across the platforms of the night club, theatre and art gallery.

    Recorded at ACCA on Wednesday 19 February 2020

    More info: https://acca.melbourne/exhibition/feedback-loops/
    or http://phasmahammer.com

    Thank you to our partners:
    Asia Engagement Partner: PR Asia; Exhibition Partners: AsiaTOPA, Dulux, Monash University, Quest Southbank, Playking Foundation, Colour Factory; Media Partner: Triple R

    Image: Justin Shoulder, 'Carrion: Episodes' 2020 (performance still). Courtesy the artist and Invite Arts. Photography: Jacqui Shelton

    • 45 min

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