Art & Design Guest Talks
- When 24 May - 24 May 2018
Cnr Oxford St and Greens Rd
+61 (2) 8936 0684
UNSW Art & Design is pleased to present an ongoing series of talks and discussions with visiting artists, curators, academics, and critics.
This dynamic program of conversations and discussions is made possible through collaborations and partnerships with peer arts and cultural organisations from across Australia and internationally.
Black Box, UNSW Art & Design
Thu 24 May 3—4pm
Mark Beasley is the Hirshhorn’s inaugural Robert and Arlene Kogod Secretarial Scholar, Curator of Media and Performance Art. Serving since 2016, Beasley is responsible for organizing exhibitions and enhancing the museum’s pioneering collection of new media art, including film, video and performance. For his first major exhibition at the Hirshhorn, Beasley organized The Message: New Media Works(2017), featuring five contemporary film and video installations that use music, film and pop culture to reveal profound truths about life in the 21st century.
Prior to joining the Hirshhorn, he served as curator at Performa, the only biennial dedicated to commissioning, presenting, and exploring new visual art performance across disciplines. His projects there included Mike Kelley’s Day Is Done at Judson Church, Arto Lindsay’s Somewhere I Read, Frances Stark and Mark Leckey’s Put a Song in Your Thing at Abrons Theater, Robert Ashley’s That Morning Thing at the Kitchen, and the experimental music festival A Fantastic World Superimposed on Reality, which he co-curated with Mike Kelley.
In 2015, Beasley organized the Sunday Sessions performance program for Greater New York at MoMA PS1. As a curator with Creative Time, from 2006 to 2009, he presented Plot09: This World & Nearer Ones; Hey Glossolalia: Exhibiting the Voice; and Javier Tellez’s critically acclaimed film A Letter on the Blind. He was part of the curatorial team (with artistic director Liam Gillick) that organized the inaugural Okayama Art Summit in Japan, and he served as a guest curator of the 2017 Manchester International Festival programming a series of architecturally staged concerts with the English rock band New Order, formerly Joy Division. Beasley contributes to a number of art periodicals and journals, including Frieze, E-Flux, and The Bulletins of The Serving Library. He has written catalogue texts and supporting essays for the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the British Council, and the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London. His first LP with the group Big Legs was released by Junior Aspirin Records. Beasley received his post-graduate degree from the Royal College of Art, and he recently completed a PhD in fine art at the University of Reading, United Kingdom.
EG02 Lecture Theatre, UNSW Art & Design
Tue 17 April 12—1pm
José Roca is a Colombian curator working from Bogotá. He is currently the Artistic Director of FLORA ars+natura, an independent space for contemporary art in Bogotá and curator of the LARA collection, Singapore. From 2012 to 2015 he was the Estrellita B. Brodsky Adjunct Curator of Latin American Art at Tate, London. He managed for a decade the arts program at the Banco de la República in Bogotá. Roca was a co-curator of the I Poly/graphic Triennial in San Juan, Puerto Rico (2004), the 27th Bienal de São Paulo, Brazil (2006) and the Encuentro de Medellín MDE07 (2007), and was the Artistic Director of Philagrafika 2010, Philadelphia’s international Triennial celebrating print in contemporary art. He served on the awards jury for the 52nd Venice Biennial (2007), and was the chief curator of the 8 Bienal do Mercosul in Porto Alegre, Brazil (2011). He is the author of Transpolitical: art in Colombia 1992-2012 (with Sylvia Suárez), and Waterweavers: A Chronicle of Rivers (with Alejandro Martín), published by the Bard Graduate Center in New York in conjunction with the exhibition Waterweavers: The River in Contemporary Colombian Visual and Material Culture (2014). Lives in Bogotá.
Jose Roca will speak of FLORA, the independent space he manages in Colombia, as a laboratory to articulate curatorial practice through the creation of community and local infrastructure. Roca will show the evolution of FLORA from project space to an independent study program centered on studio practice, interaction, fieldwork, and indigenous thought.
José Roca's talk is made possible through UNSW Art & Design’s partnership with Artspace to present the International Visiting Curators Program, which focuses on curatorial advocacy and public programs. This program forms part of Artspace and UNSW's strategy to connect Australian artists with our international networks and provides a critical context and space for the creation of new work.
Black Box, UNSW Art & Design
Thu 8 March 3—4pm