Otago Polytechnic

Public Seminars Term 3, Dunedin School of Art

The Public Seminar program is made possible by the generous support of Fred Staub Open Art.

20 JULY, 12 – 1PM, P 152 LECTURE ROOM, DUNEDIN SCHOOL OF ART
The inside out

Caro McCaw talks about her recent experiences as a Fulbright scholar in Northern New York.
Five windows let us peek into teaching and learning, identities and cultures,  and living in a sustainable community in a time of disaffection and change in USA.

Caro McCaw  is Academic Leader and Associate Professor in Communication Design, who loves community engagement and project-based learning.

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27 JULY, 12 – 1PM, P 152 LECTURE ROOM, DUNEDIN SCHOOL OF ART
In the Sandpit with Art and Science.

Acts of citizen sci-art, participatory or social art are not new but are gaining in momentum, especially in regard to academia and in creating platforms to raise awareness, address issues, deal with the unknown, extract in depth reflections and help shape ways forward. In collaboration with Dr Jenny Rock (The Sandpit Collective) local print-maker Lynn Taylor integrate the science of community conservation issues with art as an agent for change. Case studies for this seminar include printmaking workshops and exhibitions with the Stewart Island, Otago Peninsula and OPBG’s communities alongside their issues surrounding predator-eradication and biodiversity. Rats and mice however are not the focus of the seminar, rather, it is presented from what it is like from the artist’s perspective. Lynn believes the approaches they have undertaken operate as a way to being an artist beyond the studio and can be applied to other collaborative interdisciplinary practices.

See how a team of facilitators, a pop-up printmaking studio and a mobile exhibition space (The Sandpit) create a platform for experimentation, creativity and informal yet multi-layered communication.  Here about some of the dilemmas that can be experienced when working in this co-creation way; like chasing ever evasive funding, recruiting participants, maintaining integrity of the art, data gathering to evaluate change and permeable egos.

Dunedin artist Lynn Taylor approaches her art practice with a ‘printmaker’s sensibility’ with an interest in integrating disparate fields and making in ways that performs her research. 

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3 AUGUST, 12 – 1PM, P 152 LECTURE ROOM, DUNEDIN SCHOOL OF ART
In the Interval

F4 Collective, the most recent and enduring manifestation of the 25 year collaboration between Marcus Williams and Susan Jowsey, strives to integrate art making with the development of a family. At first, the children (a male and a female) were basically muses in the art projects that the parents conducted, but as they grew older, these younger members began to take more authorial roles…

F4 Collective comprises a family living in Auckland, of which Marcus Williams is an originating member. Marcus studied photography at Elam School of Fine Arts, practiced as a freelancer, taught photography and exhibits widely. In 2009, F4 won the Wallace Award, spending six months in New York at the International Studio and Curatorial Program and have just returned from the Taipei Artists Village in Taiwan.

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10 AUGUST, 12 – 1PM, P 152 LECTURE ROOM, DUNEDIN SCHOOL OF ART
Convergence through craft: Deep knowledge systems for comprehending complexity

Rohan Nicol will discuss the unique and enduring contribution of Studio Craft and Design as a location for practice and research into sustainable innovation. ‘Sustainable innovation’ is motivated by the various crises currently being experienced acrosss the globe. These are complex and interconnected, prompting calls for the necessity of a great transformation through multidisciplinary responses in order to achieve meaningful solutions. In this context, designers are increasingly aware of their wider responsibilities ‘beyond the object’ including the economic, social, environmental, technological and political dimensions of problems that lie beyond the object.

Rohan Nicol is head of internationally renowned Gold and Silversmithing workshop at the Australian National University, School of Art and Design. His is an independent artist, academic and curator with interests encompassing jewellery, silversmithing and design. His activity includes one off works for exhibition, limited production products, curatorial projects and writing. He holds Qualifications from the Australian National University and Charles Sturt University where he was awarded a PhD.  His awards include the prestigious Bombay Sapphire design award and funding to conduct research from the Australia Council and Australian Universities. He regularly exhibits at peak venues in Australia and internationally. His work is held in collections including the Powerhouse Museum and the National Gallery of Australia.Rohan is one of the currently at the Dunedin School of Art as an Artst in Residence.

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24 AUGUST, 12 – 1PM, P 152 LECTURE ROOM, DUNEDIN SCHOOL OF ART
Imaginary Spaces

This seminar will focus on thoughts concerning the relationship between philosophy and the arts, and in which way a crossing of philosophy and the arts might expand the field of artistic practice. It will introduce my intentions in New Zealand for practical investigations on Framing and on the Aesthetic Moment, debating and reflecting one's own gaze on landscape and spatial relations in an expanded, open concept.

Elisabeth Wildling is a multi-disciplinary artist from Vienna, Austria, where she works as Artistic and Scientific Associate at the University of Applied Arts Vienna. Her artistic work explores the condition of alertness and the regard of our own perception of perception. Using visual and cinematic techniques, she discusses the coherence of space and time perception in our construction of the unvarying (and unaltearable).
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More Seminars for Term 3 TBC

Expiry: 30 Sep 2018