Issue 20:4 | December 2000 | Sculpture and Cities
Sculpture and Cities
Issue 20:4 | December 2000
Issue 13:1 | March 1993 | Film & Video
Film & Video
Issue 13:1 | March 1993


Unchain my Art: Notes on the role of myths and preconceptions in shaping perceptions of women's art
This article notes the role of myths and preconceptions in shaping perceptions of womens art. In framing art reputations in Australia, the most disputed and uneasy component is gender. Peers looks at the 1970s feminist art movement which was important for providing the blueprint for an ongoing understanding of art as an interrogative gesture and the works of women artists such as Grace Cossington-Smith, Stella Bowen, Joy Hester, Clarice Beckett, Janine Burke, Kiffy Rubbo, Margaret Preston, Hilda Rix Nicholas, A.M.E. Bale, Margaret Olley, Meg Benwell, Judy Perrey and Anne Marie Graham.
Frank Bauer Goes Public
German born artist Frank Bauer was raised on the philosophy that art, design and industry could work together to achieve a more visually coherent and democratic society. Over the past thirty years he has produced a huge body of work in metal, which includes jewellery, hollow ware, furniture and lighting. Through this text Fairlamb focuses on Bauers wind sculptures, exhibited at the Powerhouse Museum and JamFactory, which stand over four metres high and bring together his considerable knowledge of balance, precision engineering and sculptural metal work.
Asher Bilu: Doing Business with the Cosmic
From the beginning, Asher Bilus work has had two loci of concentration: the mystery of matter, its structures, boundaries and possibilities, and Mystery itself, space, sound, reverberations of the invisible, the very universe. Bilu takes on the physical demands of his experiments like a workman, he manipulates them like a technician. This article examines Bilus art practice from his early days as a migrant in Australia and winner of the prestigious Blake Prize to his recent work the Infinity Series.
Beyond Mertz and Whitechapel: 'contemporary' Australian Modernism
Furby raises the issues of women artists role in Australian society and the considerable lack of recognition for this minority. The radical art group, the Contemporary Art Society (CAS), which was founded in Victoria in 1938 to counter attack academic art and to foster original and creative contemporary art, had its majority as women artists. The works of Mirka Mora, Erica McGilchrist, Nancy Borlase, Elsa Russell, Jacqueline Hick and Barbara Robertson are included in this discussion.
The Art of Living Dangerously: Victor Meertens
Documents the life and work of Victor Meertens: his journey to Europe where he became inspired by the work of the early Flemish painters and Grunewalds Isenheim Altarpiece (c.1505-1510), his involvement with the Third Australian Sculpture Triennial and the Australian Biennale 1988, his various solo shows and other notable achievements within the contemporary Australian art scene of the late 20th century.
Public Art Boom in Western Australia: It is the edges that make it interesting
The difficulties of public art are universally acknowledged - they are the same across state and national borders and usually result in compromised solutions - however if they are to be considered more as collaborative efforts between artist and community rather than works of 'art' the outcomes become interesting. Millers article addresses this notion through a discussion of recent Western Australian public art programs and in particular the achievements of ArtSource, an employment agency for visual artists. Key figures in this text are Brian McKay, Ahmad Abas, Tony McClure, Jon Tarry, John Elkington, Linnea Glatt and Michael Singer.
Space adventures: Collaborations in public art and urban design in Victoria
Local government bodies in Victoria are demonstrating a range of approaches to the development of public art in urban design with recent project examples indicating new possibilities between artists, residents, designers, architects, business and even neighbouring councils. The Skewed Arch example in the City of Yarra is one discussed along with the works of Inge King, Chris Perk, Diane Mantzaris, David Davies, Alistair Knox, Ian Sinclair and Jackie Straude.
Heroism in the Public Domain
The two most heroic commitments to public art in Australia since Parliament House, Canberra, are for the refurbishment of the Sydney International Airport and the Olympic 2000 Homebush Bay site. These aspirations are eloquently expressed in forms and structures that are surprising , beautiful and of varying quality. The Airport Project features the work of Michael Riley, Robyn Backen, Ron Smith, Kerry Clare, Lindsay Clare, Brook Andrew and Fiona McDonald. Those included in the Homebush Bay Project are Peter Cripps, Terri Bird, Ari Purhonen, Neil Dawson, Paul Carter, Ruark Lewis, Janet Laurence, James Carpenter, Elizabeth Gower and Robert Owen.
Interview with Peter Sellars: Architecture, Adelaide Festival and Organic Oranges

Urban ecologist and architect Paul Downton interviewed 2002 Telstra Adelaide Festival Director Peter Sellars and Associate Director Cathy Woolcock about urban design and ecology and the attempts to create a shift from the idea of 'ownership' to 'participation' between people and the urban and natural environments. This feature also weaves in comments by Bert Flugelman, Judith Brine and Francesco Bonarto about the way they are prepared to express their feelings about their city and the way it looks and feels.

Will we get real artist's moral rights?

With the recent boom being enjoyed by public art in Australia, the issue of moral rights legislation has become more pressing. It was in recognition of the power differential between most artists and the users of their work that Australia became a signatory to an international agreement, the Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works designed to redress the imbalance. Some of the clauses and conditions of this legislation are briefly discussed.

Gateway to Adelaide: The Process, The Result
Undertaken by Transport SA from 1996 until 2000, the Adelaide-Crafers Highway project resulted in major route reconstruction along a 10 km section of the Prince Highway. This has resulted in artist/ designer/ architect collaborations for the production of three major walls, elements of paving, bus stops and two bus shelters, a water feature and a freestanding sculptural piece. Artists and architects included in the project are George Popperwell, Greg Healey, Tony Bishop, Marijana Tadic, Neil Cranney, Mark Butcher and Rob Williams.
A far cry from waiting room wallpaper: Ian North's The Intelligence of Blood
Adelaides newest art commission has recently been installed in the Department of Surgery at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital: The Intelligence of Blood, a challenging work by Ian North. The painting is large, about six metres wide and almost two metres high and abounds with references to surgery, blood, medicine and much more.
Texas: Artists Move in on Project Row House
A tidy little row of identical white houses, glowing in the Texas sun, has become the unlikely home of a cutting-edge experiment in public art. Seven houses are for artists installations, while another seven of the houses have been modernized and furnished for young, single mothers and their children. This text discusses the works of artists Vicki Meeks, Tracy Hicks, Radcliffe Bailey, Pat Ward Williams, Natalie Lovejoy, Joseph Havel, Fred Wilson, Shahzia Sikander, Nari Ward, Chen Zhen, Jens Haaning, Annette Lawrence, Deborah Grotfeldt and Rick Lowe.
Melbourne's Public Art goes Temporary
The City of Melbourne has made some sweeping changes to its public art strategy that focus on the town hall as a place where public and government meet; an essentially civic space open to the scrutiny of its citizenry. Examples of such change are indicated by Fiona Foleys Lie of the Land installation, Town Hall Transformed by Melbourne artist Ian de Gruchy, a collaborative piece by construction / performance group Bambuco which created a stage for two performances by the Five Angry Men collective entitled Bells. Holt discusses.
Wendy Mills in the Mall: The 'Water Table'
Wendy Mills was invited in November 1998 to design an artwork that would engage, intrigue, amuse or challenge but not intentionally outrage members of the public. This article discusses Mills piece On This Auspicious Occasion and the ongoing challenges faced during its creation and thereafter.
Stafford and Staff: Queensland's Public Art Agency
Morrell examines the recent structural developments which have taken place at and around the precinct of Brisbanes Roma Street Transit Centre. Under Queenslands Art Built-in policy approximately $1.4 million was proposed to be spent on works of art to feature in the new precinct. Morrell was the public art curator for the Roma Street project and this article developed out of conversations held with the Public Art Agencys Executive Program Officer John Stafford.
Signage to Confuse and Amuse
Richard Tippings installation Signs Signed was in Munichs Salvatorplatz during August 1999. Twenty two reflective signs were placed in the square and streets around the Literaturhaus as a part of the Piazza installation art project, curated by Art Circolo. This feature includes images of Tippings Signs with accompanying text.
Polemic: GO BACK You Are Going the Wrong Way

Brook breaks this argument down into sub categories: The rationale of the art history museum, The cabinet of curiosities, Evolution, Cultural evolution, Art as the source of memetic variation and The cultural museum.

Why You Should Join VISCOPY Now!

While the eyes of many artists glaze over at the mention of copyright, the explosion in use of visuals in communication means that artists creating those images need to be well-informed and well-represented in copyright issues. Mark Ferguson spoke with VISCOPYs new Chairman, Adelaide photographer Mark Fitz-Gerald, about the role of VISCOPY and the developing awareness amongst visual arts and craftspeople of the importance of copyright royalties.

Auctions and Copyright: Moratorium

Recent auctions held by Christie's, Sotherby's and Deutscher-Menzies have clearly demonstrated that the market is now looking towards artists in their fifties and even younger. The relationship between artists and auction houses is here discussed with reference to artists Juan Davila, Charles Blackman, Imants Tillers, Mandy Martin, John Wolseley, Howard Arkley, Lloyd Rees, Emily Kngwarray, Lin Onus and groups Desart, Balgo Artists and Utopia Arts.

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The emphasis in this collection has been on the films and videos themselves rather than the structures which support their production and circulation but they have not been overlooked....
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Selected Shorts: Oppositionality, Postmodernity and the Australian Short Film
Despite my distrust of the postmodern, the possibility of disruption, the disturbance of vision that postmodernity is capable of providing within the cultural framework needs to be investigated. That such disturbances fail to deliver the most popular short films may be because they unsettle the comfortable fictions with which we seek to live....
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Domestic Noir Night Out
Surely one of the powers of cinema is the aesthetic redemption of everyday reality, a poetics in motion that can distill and energise mundane objects, be they tiles on a kitchen wall, the fluorescent facade of an airport terminal, a luminously white T-shirt being twisted and tugged or the compact shapeliness of Y-fronts on a young body emerging from bed.
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More Bangs for Bucks: Male Sexuality and Violence in Australian Film
Looks at 3 Australian films: Romper Stomper Night Out and Resonance each of which brings masculinity, sexuality and violence together.
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Lesbian Independent Cinema and Queer Theory
Lesbians do not exist in mainstream Australian cinema. Apart from a brief sequence representing youthful lesbian desire in 'The Getting of Wisdom (1977)' and the undercurrent of adolescent homoeroticism in 'Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975)' Australian cinema has remained mute - perhaps dumbstruck might be a more appropriate term - in relation to the issue of desire between women.
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Wizards of Oz: Into the 90s - Between Documentary and Fiction
In the incredible shrinking space between 1984 and 2001 the distinction between social-issue documentary and surreal fiction is collapsing - almost as fast as Australian capitalism or Soviet communism.
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Monica Pellizari's Short Black Look at the Italian-Australian Experience
The title of Monical Pellizari's recently completed short film has a characteristically wry double edge. 'Just Desserts (1993)' tempers an unfortunates Australian maxim with distinctive humour. This film is a delight, a consolidation of the stylistic and thematic concerns of her previous 3 films in 13 witty and evocative minutes.
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Aleksi Vellis
Aleksi Vellis announced his arrival in the turmoil of early 90s Australian cinema with his debut feature 'Nirvana Street Murder' a restlessly energetic film with cavalier camera moves that are almost as swish as the director himself.
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Memory and Image: The Multiculturalism in Film Project
It is diversity, and the celebration of the marginal which makes Australian film innovative. Diversity provides the opportunity for people in Australia to enjoy and reflect on the cultural heterogeneity rather than on the alienating myth with which we are so familiar.
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"I Am Like You, I Am Different" - Beyond Ethnicity, Becoming Asian-Australian
Beyond ethnicity, becoming Asian - Australian. How does one address issues of ethnicity? What is authenticity?
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Who Told You We Wanted To Make Our Own TV?
The broadcasting in remote Aboriginal Communities Scheme and the failure of policy.
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"I Am Not A TV Show"
"I am not a TV show, this is not a TV show." These are the oft-spoken words of Tony Tjamu, Chairperson of the Mutitjulu Community at Uluru (Ayers Rock) in the Pitjantjatjara Lands of Central Australia. Their repetition reveals something of the exasperation born of the visibility of being Aboriginal in a predominantly white Australia.
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Independent Distribution and Exhibition
In the decades prior to the expansion of art-house cinemas and television programming, 'independent distribution and exhibition' denoted a more specific activity than it does in the 1990s.
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"Just Trust The Text, Don't Colour It"
Tracey Moffatt offers her personal insights on the making of 'Bedevil' made in 1992 with Film Finance Corporation Trust funds. Due for release in 1993.
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A Tale of Reproduction and Dependency
The interface between film and video education and the Independent film and video production.
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Digital Art
The Third International symposium on Electronic Art (TISEA) which took place in 16 venues in Sydney from 9 -13 November 1992 converted the whole city into a massive hologram event.
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The 7th International Video Festival
Blotting paper, alchemy or potent cocktail. When radical European film-makers in the 1950s with the Nagra sound recorder and noiseless, hand held camera, the Eclair, launched what they called Cinema Verite, they thought they had discovered a way to film truth on the move.
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Perplexities: Experimenta 1992
Over 12 days in November 1992, the Melbourne based Modern Image Makers Association (MIMA) held the third Experimenta presenting nearly 200 works of film, video, installation and performance. It included work from Germany, Japan, England and the USA, thus providing an opportunity to assess the current state of 'avant garde' practice and discourse.
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Museum Screen Dreams
Sydney's new Museum of Contemporary Art has actively integrated film, TV and videos into its programs since opening in 1991.
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The End of Independence? Women's Film and Video in the 1990s
Independent cinema may have been diverse in form, but its practitioners had in common a position of difference and marginality, working outside the mainstream and in opposition to it.
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Cinema or Death
What is the effect on film when the maker's background is utterly different from the culture in which he now works. Anna Epstein talked to a film-maker who brings fresh vision to the Australian film industry.
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The Last Days of Chez Nous: Love Stories and Girls' Blouses
In his discussion of male sexuality, it was Freud who asserted that men customarily distribute their libido with expedience. What psychical energies a man 'employs for cultural aims he to a great extent withdraws from women and sexual life'. But not so in the love story, a genre which disavows this predicament.
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Wild: Beyond the Deconstruction
To begin this discussion of Ross Gibson's new film 'Wild' it may be useful to trace its origins to his 1984 film 'Camera Natura'. The earlier film employed an essay mode to deconstruct the discourses around non-Aboriginal imaging of the landscape.
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Redemptive Moments Through Utter Despair: The Films of Brian McKenzie
Expressionism and modernism. Two old fashioned words in these days of post modernism.
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Brother Can You Spare a SP Betacam
Discussion with George Mannix. If there is any form of expression that eats money it is the feature length movie. Camera, lights and actors all cost big bucks and many ideas have stopped at the drawing board simply because there wasn't enough money. Independent Producer George Mannix had other ideas.
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One Way Street
John Hughes independent documentary film on Walter Benjamin One Way Street was screened on ABC television in December 1992, the centenary year of Benjamin's birth. The film has been released to festival audiences in the US and Europe and will theatrical release in Sydney and Melbourne in 1993. Here John Hughe slips into pause and explores an opening on certain scenes.
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TV Eye: Cinema in the Age of Video
In 1993 in Australia less than 2 per cent of the population attends the cinema yet over 90 percent of households own a VCR....
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Delayed Voyage: George Popperwell
Exhibition review George Popperwell: Recent Works Contemporary Art Centre, Adelaide, South Australia September 25 - October 8 1992
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The Pure and The Impure: Shaun Kirby
Exhibition review Cultic Gloss: Shaun Kirby Contemporary Art Centre Adelaide, South Australia October 23 - November 24 1992
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Colonial Patterns Repeated: Robert Harrison
Exhibition review Architecture without Walls Robert Harrison University of South Australia Art Museum 10 September - 3 October 1992
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Pretty as a Picture: Women Artists and the Heidelberg Era
Exhibition review Completing the Picture: Women artists and the Heidelberg era Carrick Hill, South Australia 8 November - 6 December 1992
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Come Again: Aldo Lacobelli
Exhibition review Souvenirs Aldo Iacobelli Experimental Art Foundation South Australia 22 October - 15 November 1992
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Journey by Proxy
Exhibition review Crossings Mary Knott: Drawings and Sculptures 1988 - 1992 Curated by Tony Geddes The Art Gallery of Western Australia October 3 - December 13 1992 Geraldton Regional Gallery December 18 -January 21 1993 Bunbury Art Galleries January 30 - March 7 1993
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A Golden Threat: Feminisms
Exhibition review Feminisms Curated by Niki Miller Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts Western Australia November 1 - 28 1992
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Transformation of the Real: Constantine Koukias and Ann Wulff
Review To Traverse Water IHOS Opera Hobart, Tasmania Constantine Koukias and Ann Wulff
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Floral Tributes: The Flower
Exhibition review The Flower Curated by Paul Zika Plimsoll Gallery, Centre for the Arts Hobart Tasmania
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photographs by Joachim Froese SOApBOx Gallery, Brisbane 6-27 September Queensland regional tour 2000-2001
Talking Together
Lola Greeno (curator), Amanda Baxter (Pilakui), Michelle Brown, Destiny Deacon, Dulcie Greeno, Len Maynard, Nennerpertenenner (Sammy Howard), Francesca Puruntatameri, Thecla Bernadette Puruntatameri University Gallery, University of Tasmania, Launceston September 2000
Paramor: Lost and found
Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, NSW 9 September - 39 October 2000
Allan Baker, A Survey
Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery University of Western Australia, Perth 8 September to 20 October 2000
Chiasm; An Enduring Symbol; Objectum; Core
Chiasm - Donna Fulton, Richard Giblet, glamorama, Bevan Honey, Andrew Smith, Ric Spencer An Enduring Symbol - Mark Hummerston Objectum - Mark Cypher Core - Matthew Hunt Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts 29 September - 29 October
Celebrating The Exquisite Corpse
Bendigo Art Gallery 10 June - 3 September 2000 and touring other public artspaces in Victoria throughout 2001
Private Rooms: 10 years of painting by Anne Wallace
Brisbane City Gallery 28 July - 28 September 2000
Parameters Head: A La Ronde, Sally Smart
Experimental Art Foundation 7 - 30 September 2000
Against 'Neofuturism': Women Artists in Technological Media
In matters of technology, as in matters of sex, it is easy to assume one's own preferences are universal and normal, and to regard other's tastes as somehow debased or improper.
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