Eye-site: Visual arts conference at Sydney University

29 November 2005

Maori artist Shane Cotton is a keynote speaker at the aaANZ conference
Maori artist Shane Cotton is a keynote speaker at the aaANZ conference

Practice and theory in the visual arts is the theme of the 2005 annual conference of the Art Association of Australia and New Zealand (aaANZ) which is being held at the University of Sydney from Wednesday, November 30 – Friday, December 2.

Eye-site: Situating Theory and Practice in the Visual Arts is the topic for this year’s conference which is being co-hosted by the Sydney College of the Arts (SCA); the Research Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences (RIHSS) and the Power Institute Foundation for Art and Visual Culture at the University of Sydney.

Keynote speakers for the conference include Shane Cotton, one of Aotearoa New Zealand’s most significant contemporary painters and Terry Smith, Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Contemporary Art History and Theory at the University of Pittsburgh. Terry Smith, formerly the Director of the Power Institute at the University of Sydney, will give his keynote address on World Contemporary Art Now: The Iconogeographic Turning.

The conference program has been divided into three broad themes:
• From the studio to the study: the historical relation between ideas of art and its material practice, from antiquity to the present;

• Practitioners as theoreticians: this section encompasses issues of artists’ writings, statements and pedagogy. It includes indigenous and non-western arts and the status of theory in primarily oral cultures;
• Contemporary practices and critical theory: this section will include film and new media and the relation between new technologies and their languages of articulation.

The conference’s opening event is a tour of the Camille Pissarro retrospective exhibition at the Art Gallery of NSW.

Conference location: Eastern Ave complex, Camperdown campus, and Sydney College of the Arts, Rozelle
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Contact: Virginia Gawler

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