Otago Polytechnic

ART & REVOLUTION

Exhibition Opening: 12 October 2017 at 6PM
Exhibition Dates: 10-21 October 2017

Symposium: 13 October 2017 / Admission Free to the Public

Following eight successful symposia held at the Dunedin School of Art, from ‘Illustrating the Unseeable: Reconnecting Art and Science’ (2009) to ‘Art and Future: Energy, Climate, Cultures’ (2016), the Dunedin School of Art, together with the scholars at the University of Otago, is organising an ninth symposium entitled ‘Art and Revolution.’

2017 is a significant centenary year. One hundred years ago the Russian Empire was brought to an end by two events, the February and October Revolutions of 1917 that heralded the formation of the Bolshevik-led Soviet Union. Both revolutions were applauded by Russian artists, for whom the social structure in which they worked changed from private to state patronage. Other revolutions in history also brought about changes in the role of art and artists, in the direction and momentum of art’s agency, as well as intense discussions about the part art plays in the affairs of societies. We might all get caught up by momentous, life-changing social and political events—revolutions—in our own time. What role might art and artists have in the swift surge of change? Can art lead the debate about the nature of a post-revolution future? What examples can we put forward from the past to give us some idea of the way to act as artists and theorists of the visual? What are the threats and what the opportunities for art and artists in the unfolding of revolution?

And what about other forms of “revolution”—in social relations, in science, in forms of representation, in the media of art, in fashion, in exhibition design…

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SYMPOSIUM
13 October 2017

8.30 am

Opening

9..00 - 9.20 

Peter Stupples, Malevich: The Revolution File 

9.20-9.40

Lara Nicholls, Wildfire—the Ignition of Emptiness and the Legacy of Malevich in Melbourne in the 1980s 

9.40-10.00  Robyn Maree Pickens: “They’re Real Revolutionaries, Real Demons:” Pussy Riot and the Efficacy of Protest art in Putin’s Russia. 

10.00-10.20 

 Asafov Film: Mozaics 

10.20-10.35 

Discussion 

10.35-10.50 

Coffee 

10.50-11.20 

Xavier de la Cueva Meade, Art and La Revolución Mexicana (1910-1920) 

11.20-11.40 

Raymond Spiteri, Surrealism, Dissensus, and the Politics of the Image 

11.40-12.00 

Rodney Swan, Images of Cultural Resistance—The Artists Book in Occupied France. 

12.00-12.15 

Discussion 

12.15-12.30 

Gallery talk 

12.30-12.50 

Lunch 

12.50-1.10 

David Sinfield, Print as Protest 

1.10-1.25 

Barry Thomas, Revolution, Art, Leadership 

1.25-1.40 

Mike Nixon: Art and Activism: I Could Do it Because I had the Power 

1.40-1.55 

Discussion 

1.55-2.15 

David Cook, Aotearoa Photovoice 

2.15-2.35  Fiona Clements: Unstitsched: Local Fashion Revolution 

2.35-2.55 

Yaël Filipovic, Conversation Starters 

2.55-3.10 

Discussion 

3.10-3.30 

Afternoon tea 

3.30-3.50 

Lisa Catt, Time-based Management: A Revolution of Technology, Artistic Practice and Institutional Thinking 

3.50-4.10 

Elizabeth Pulie, The Revolutionary Potential of the End of Art 

 4.10-4.30   

Catherine Bagnall and Marcus Moore, Being Idle Revolution 

 4.30-4.50 

Discussion 

 

Windup 

 

Opening at Milford House, Dowling Street 

Expiry: 22 Oct 2017