Otago Polytechnic

THURSDAY 18 OCTOBER 2018, 12 NOON - 1PM, P152, DUNEDIN SCHOOL OF ART, RIEGO STREET, DUNEDIN

Unbound; Notes on an Exhibition

Victoria Bell & Dr. Natalie Smith  (Curators)

Unbound explores the fluidity of dress, bodies and sexualities through artist responses to Christine Webster’s BlackCarnival Series 1992 – 1994. The project coincides with Unbound: Liberating Women; A Symposium (21-24 Sept, 2018) co-hosted by The Costume and Textile Association of New Zealand (CTANZ) and The School of Design and The Dunedin School of Art at OP and is timed to celebrate the 125th anniversary of women’s suffrage in New Zealand.

Dr. Natalie Smith is a teaching fellow in the Department of Sociology, Gender and Social Work and an independent scholar.  Here research interests lie in the art – fashion nexus.  

Victoria Bell is Undergraduate Programmes Coordinator and Studio Coordinator Textiles at The Dunedin School of Art at Otago Polytechnic. Her research touches upon postcolonialism, feminism, and the ethics of animal representation.

 

THURSDAY 25 OCTOBER 2018, 12 NOON - 1PM, P152, DUNEDIN SCHOOL OF ART, RIEGO STREET, DUNEDIN

Post-cinematic Ontology and the Reversibility of the Flesh

Kevin Fisher

"In this presentation I argue that theorizations of the ontology of cinema reproduce what Heidegger describes as the tendency of Western metaphysics to mistake “ontic” questions about the objective existence of beings for properly “ontological” questions which concern the possibility for reflexive Being, or Dasein. My critique applies equally to accounts of analog and digital cinema insofar as both privilege determinations of ontology on the basis of the materiality or immateriality of the medial substrate. Instead, I propose that the conditions of ontology set forth by Heidegger are more fully realised in the cinema’s ability to enact the chiasmatic reversibility of subject and object in what Merleau-Ponty describes as the flesh of the world. I will show how, within the context of Sobchack’s description of film’s body, the chiasm of this reversibility is activated around the hinge of the cut and through the formal devices associated with it. As such, my approach reverses the longstanding association of ontology with the profilmic qualities of the indexical image, and disengages it from traditional understandings of media specificity. I’ll also suggest how this argument extends a minority position within film studies, which describes cinema ontology as a product of movement rather than representation."

Dr Kevin Fisher is a Senior Lecturer in Media Film and Communication at the University of Otago. His research interests include film theory, phenomenology, documentary and genre studies. 

 

THURSDAY 1 NOVEMBER 2018, 12 NOON - 1PM, P152, DUNEDIN SCHOOL OF ART, RIEGO STREET, DUNEDIN

Louise Menzies

Louise Menzies is an Auckland-based artist and the 2018 Frances Hodgkins Fellow at the University of Otago. She has already established an outstanding body of work, including an impressive 15 solo exhibitions with showings in North America, Australia and Lithuania; contributions to group exhibitions in Los Angeles, Montreal, Paris, Rotterdam and Sydney; 12 art publication projects; and four significant residencies, three in international settings. Her practice embraces a range of media, including text, performance, moving image, photography, ceramics and print media, usually presented within installed environments. She draws particularly on research into the ways female experience has (or has not) been recorded – something she hopes to continue, by exploring histories of local artists including Joanna Paul and Frances Hodgkins, as a starting point.

“As an artist you are always running a time deficit. Many more ideas enter the studio than there is the time and space to make them. The fellowship is a true gift in this sense, and the chance it offers to work in an extended way on one’s own artistic production is an immensely valuable opportunity.


Published on 01 October 2018

Orderdate: 01 Oct 2018
Expiry: 09 Nov 2018