Energies in the Arts Conference
- When 13 Aug - 15 Aug 2015
MCA 140 George Street and UNSW Art & Design Cnr Oxford St & Greens Rd
Explore how energy is engaged in the arts and related creative areas such as literature, poetics, critical theory and philosophy in this three-day international conference.
Co-presented by UNSW Art & Design's National Institute for Experimental Arts (NIEA) and the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA), Energies in the Arts brings a diverse range of scholars and artists together to address historical and contemporary activities on the seemingly elusive properties and potentials of energy. Dr. Anna Davis, MCA Curator, Professor Douglas Kahn and Dr. Josh Wodak from UNSW Art & Design have brought together an array of influential artists and leading scholars serving as keynotes.
David Haines and UNSW Art & Design PhD candidate Joyce Hinterding, whose exhibition Energies: Haines and Hinterding is the catalyst for the conference, will discuss their collaborative practice which incorporates experimental and traditional media to investigate Hinterding’s fascination with energetic forces and Haines’ attraction to the intersection of hallucination and the environment.
Linda Henderson is currently at work on book projects titled The Energies of Modernism: Art, Science, and Occultism in the Early 20th Century and The Fourth Dimension in Art and Culture Decade-by-Decade Through the 20th Century. A former Guggenheim Fellow, Henderson has recently held fellowships at the International Research Institute for Cultural Technologies and Media Philosophy (Weimar) and the American Academy in Berlin.
Marcus Boon is Professor of English at York University in Toronto. He is the author of The Road of Excess: A History of Writers on Drugs (Harvard UP 2002) and In Praise of Copying (Harvard UP, 2010) and co-author, with Timothy Morton and Eric Cazdyn, Nothing: Three Inquiries in Buddhism (U. Chicago, Trios series, forthcoming). He has written about music and sound for the New Musical Express, The Face, Wire and Boing Boing. He creates immersive vibratory environments with Christie Pearson as TheWaves, and is currently writing a book entitled The Politics of Vibration.
Martin Howse is occupied with an artistic investigation of the links between the earth (geophysical phenomena), software and the human psyche (psychogeophysics), proposing a return to animism within a critical misuse of scientific technology. In 2005 his environmental computational work, entitled ap0201 installed within the Mojave desert received first prize within the Art & Artificial Life competition VIDA 8.0. From 2007 to 2009 he hosted a regular workshop, micro-residency and salon series in Berlin.
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Energies in the Arts is co-presented by the MCA Australia and UNSW Art & Design's National Institute for Experimental Arts.