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Lecture Series

Thursday 6, Thursday 20 & Thursday 27 November 2008, 6.15pm
Thursday 4, 6.15pm & Wednesday 10 2008, 8pm
at Centre for Contemporary Photography & The Toff in Town.
Gold-coin donation, no bookings required.

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Wednesday 6 November (at CCP)

Martin Parr

Martin Parr will discuss his evolving project entitled Luxury, a substantial new exhibition currently touring Europe. As Parr comments, “Traditionally poverty has been the front line for the concerned photographer, I am happy to reverse this, and for many years have photographed the wealth of the West.”

Martin Parr (UK) is one of the most celebrated photographers today. Respected as an artist and documentary photographer alike, his images of the everyday are ironic and amusing, yet somehow tender and sympathetic. A brilliant satire of contemporary life, his photographs engage and communicate with diverse audiences and have earned him an international reputation for his unique style and vision.

Martin Parr appears at CCP courtesy of Magnum Photos, London and he is exhibiting at Niagara Galleries, 05 November–29 November 2008

Supported by

Niagara Galleries

Wednesday 20 November (at CCP)

Shaune Lakin
Contemporary Photography and Historical Records Of War

This presentation will consider the notion of the photographic historical record—a wonderful Victorian artefact predicated on the idea that it is possible to produce a comprehensive and reliable record of a part of the world or an event through photographs. The presentation will use as its example the Australian War Memorial’s extraordinary photographic archive, paying attention to the way that record has been produced and used. The paper will consider some of the issues that now test both the ‘comprehensiveness’ and the ‘reliability’ of the photographic record.

Shaune Lakin was recently appointed the Director of Monash Gallery of Art. Before this appointment, Shaune Lakin was Senior Curator of Photographs at the Australian War Memorial, where he worked on a number of major exhibitions and published the first sustained account of Australian war photography and the institutional history of the Memorial’s extraordinary photographic collection. Before joining the Memorial in 2005 he was Curator of International Painting and Sculpture at the National Gallery of Australia.

For a recording of Shaune Lakin's lecture, click here, MP3 19.2MB

Wednesday 27 November (at CCP)

Screening And Panel Discussion
Imagine: How To Get On In The Art World Australian Premiere

The Georges Mora Foundation and Centre for Contemporary Photography present the Australian premier of the BBC documentary Imagine: How To Get On In The Art World, presented by Alan Yentob, produced and directed by David Vincent with executive producers Janet Lee & Alan Yentob. Immersed in the centre of the British contemporary art calendar, Alan Yentob investigates the fifth Frieze Art Fair. A witty and personal examination of the love/hate dynamic in the art world between art and money, Yentob meets artists, gallerists and collectors, with contributions by Jake and Dinos Chapman, Keith Tyson, Sam Taylor-Wood, Sir Nicholas Serota, Dave Hickey, Michael Craig-Martin, Carl Freeman, Sarah Thornton and Adam Linderman.

Imagine: How To Get On In The Art World will be followed by a short panel discussion with Bronwyn Johnson, Director, Melbourne Art Fair, Caroline Williams, Georges Mora Foundation and Dr Daniel Palmer, Lecturer, Department of Art Theory Faculty of Art & Design, Monash University.

Supported by

George Mora Foundation

Wednesday 4 December (at CCP)

Melissa Miles
The Dazzling History Of Light In Photography

Although we have invested heavily in light as a symbol of photographic truth and clarity, it has acted as a strangely volatile force in photography. This lecture will explore some of these dazzling qualities of light in an effort to rethink the possibilities of photographic practice and history.

Dr Melissa Miles is a lecturer in the Faculty of Art & Design at Monash University. Melissa’s research on photography has been published in The Journal of Visual Culture, Word and Image, Southern Review and Eyeline. Her book, The Burning Mirror: Photography in an Ambivalent Light, will be published by Australian Scholarly Press in 2008.

For a recording of Melissa Miles' lecture, click here, MP3 22.7MB

Wednesday 10 December (at The Toff in Town)

Special Event
You Don’t Have To Call It Music & One Of Us Cannot Be Wrong

You Don’t Have To Call It Music is an ongoing series of musical performances by visual artists curated by Marco Fusinato. Presented in conjunction with CCP this event will feature performances by Philip Brophy, Sue Dodd and Darren Sylvester from the exhibition One of Us Cannot Be Wrong.

Philip Brophy’s Stadium is a live music performance for solo drums and showgirl dancers. The concept of the piece is to present a quasi-orgiastic celebration of rhythm staged theatrically within the mock pyrotechnica of ‘the rock gig’. Gossippop is an ongoing art project that melds gossip with pop via live performance and video. In collaboration with her brother Phil, Sue Dodd’s DIY pseudo ‘band’ performance combines addictive tabloid narratives and imagery with manufactured pop. Darren Sylvester uses guitar pedals, samplers and keyboards to sing songs about chemotherapy, 9-11 telephone conversations and Phil Spector’s favourite chords. He will be performing songs from his debut album.

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