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2012 ST Lee Annual Lecture in Asian Art and Archaeology

Associate Professor John N. Miksic
John N. Miksic is Associate Professor in the Southeast Asian Studies Department, National University of Singapore and head of the Archaeological Unit in the Nalanda-Sriwijaya Centre at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies.

Palaces, Temples, Markets, People: Lives in Medieval Southeast Asian Cities

Date: Wednesday 8th August 2012
Time: 6.30pm
Venue:The Refectory, Quadrangle, The University of Sydney
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Siobhan Campbell is a postgraduate research student in the Department of Indonesian Studies at the University of Sydney working on a project titled Collecting Balinese Art: the Forge Collection of Balinese Paintings at the Australian Museum.

'Temple Art for Sale'

This paper takes up a question that I, along with many others, have been prompted to ask of Balinese painting. Observing the commodification of art on the island has led many to assess works of art on the basis of whether or not they have been made for tourists. This is indicative of the way many forms of traditional Balinese art have been framed in terms of a dichotomy between ‘sacred’ or ‘spiritual’ and ‘tourist’ or ‘commercial’, an idea which took root during the period of colonisation following the final conquest of the Balinese kingdoms in 1908, when tourists were described as replacing the royal courts as the new patrons of Balinese art. My fieldwork with the artists of Kamasan in East Bali, who make no such straightforward distinctions in their art, has forced me to re-evaluate this supposition. Kamasan artists continue to produce art for ritual and temple contexts while satisfying the demands of foreign tourists and urban Balinese for the traditional art products of their village. In this presentation I will describe the production of art in Kamasan with reference to some recent renegotiations of the classic distinctions made between gift and commodity which suggest that no particular contexts can be characterised as entirely gift or market economies. I argue that creating divisions between sacred art and tourist art is an unworkable paradigm for understanding Kamasan art which clearly shows that art may be both.

Date: Wednesday 6th June 2012
Time: 5pm - 6.30pm
Venue: The University of Sydney, Main Quadrangle, McRae RoomS418


Joanna Barrkman
Joanna Barkkman is Senior Curator, Te Manawa. Museum of Art, Science and History. Prior to that she was Curator of Southeast Asian Art and Material Culture at the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory (MAGNT). Joanna holds post-graduate qualifications in Indonesian Studies (Charles Darwin University) and Heritage and Museum Studies (Deakin University). Her Masters thesis was based on the influence of Indian patola and trade cloths on the rituals and textile designs of the Atoin meto people of West Timor. She has published extensively on Southeast Asian textiles in such journals and magazines as Art Monthly Australia, Artlink Magazine, and TAASA review.

Taksu: The Art of Balinese Pawayangan Shadow Theatre

This presentation explores the concept of taksu and how this is an essential element of creative practice in Bali. The screening of a film produced in Bali in 2011 forms part of this presentation and features I Made Sidia and his father I Made Siga, two master dalang from Bona village, Gianyar, Bali.

Date: Monday 21st May 2012
Time: 5pm-6.30pm
Venue: The University of Sydney, John Woolley Building, Lecture Theatre S325


James Bennett
James Bennett is Curator of Asian Art at the Art Gallery of South Australia. Prior to that he was a curator of South East Asian art and material culture at the Museum and Art gallery of the Northern Territory. Has curated a number of significant exhibitions, including Crescent Moon: Islamic Art and Civilisation of South East Asia, and Yingarti Jilanara, the Art of the Tiwi Island. He has also taught in the Graduate Program in Art History and Curatorial and Museum Studies at the University of Adelaide.

Beneath the winds: Masterpieces of Southeast Asian Art

James Bennett will speak on curatorial issues related to research and display of his latest exhibition, using several key works as examples. The exhibition brings together major pieces of Southeast Asian Art, linking classical, traditional and contemporary art.

Date: Monday 7th May 2012
Time: 5pm-6.30pm
Venue: The University of Sydney, John Woolley Building, Lecture Theatre S325


Dr Martin Polkinghorne
Director, The University of Sydney Robert Christie Research Centre
Australian Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow


Martin Polkinghorne completed his PhD in 2008 at the Department of Art History and Film Studies, The University of Sydney with a focus on Angkorian architectural sculpture. Martin has conducted extensive fieldwork in Southeast Asia over the last decade, contributing significantly towards the Greater Angkor Project and has taught and lectured widely on Asian art history. In 2009 he held an Australian Government Endeavour Research Fellowship and coordinated various curatorial projects at the National Museum of Cambodia. He currently heads a collaborative and multi-disciplinary Australian
Research Council Discovery project on the medieval sculpture workshops of Angkor, running from 2011-2013.

The Sculpture Workshops of Angkor: Preliminary results from Bakong and the Royal Palace

Angkorian sculpture is universally recognised for its simplicity of form, harmony of composition, attention to detail and mastery of technical execution. Every major public collection of art includes Khmer sculpture in stone and bronze attesting to its world significance. Until recently, the methods of manufacture and the activities of the teams of artists who created these objects were unknown. Funded by the Australian Research Council, a three-year collaborative and multi-disciplinary project has identified the location of numerous sculpture workshops at Angkor.

Preliminary results from archaeological excavations at two workshops; west of the Bakong temple and north of the Royal Palace in Angkor Thom, reveal much about the processes of production, distribution, and consistency and change in Angkorian sculpture. Discovery of a suite of stone and iron tools, workshop infrastructure, and production waste demonstrate the sites were hubs of intense multi-period activity. The close proximity to palace complexes and presence of extraordinary ritual deposits suggests that these workshops were of great importance to the kings of Angkor who devoted considerable resources and religious investment in images of the Gods.

Date: Wednesday 2nd May 2012
Time: 5pm-6.30pm
Venue: University of Sydney, Main Quadrangle, McRae Room S418


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Patrick D. Flores is Professor of Art Studies at the Department of Art Studies at the University of the Philippines and Curator of the Vargas Museum in Manila.

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Professor Miriam Stark, University of Hawai’i-Manoa.

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Dr Pascal Royère, EFEO, Siem Reap, Cambodia

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Dr Eugene Wang, Harvard University

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Dr Annabel Teh Gallop, British Library

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Dr Christophe Pottier, EFEO, Siem Reap, Cambodia

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