Conferences Present,

Future and Past


The Art Association of Australia and New Zealand
[NSW Chapter]
in association with the Art Gallery of New South Wales and Artspace, Sydney

present the 2007 Conference

Art and the Real: Documentary, Ethnography, Enactment

12-14 July 2007
, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney

Keynote speakers:
Geoffrey Batchen: Professor of the History of Photography and Contemporary Art, The City University of New York and author of Forget me not: photography and remembrance, (Princeton 2004) and Each wild idea: writing, photography, history, (MIT 2001).
Anne Rorimer: Art historian, curator, and author of New Art in the 60s and 70s: Redefining Reality (Thames & Hudson, 2001).



Thursday 7 – Saturday 9 December 2006 006

Faculty of Art & Design, Monash University,Caulfield Campus, 900 Dandenong Road, Caulfield East

Keynote Speakers

George Baker (University of California, Los Angeles)A critic for Artforum since 1996, George Baker’s recent publications include an edited anthology of essays on the work of James Coleman (MIT Press, 2003) and the book Gerard Byrne: Books, Magazines, and Newspapers (Lukas & Sternberg Press, 2004). Baker is the author of key catalogues on Andrea Fraser, Louis Lawler, Anthony McCall and Robert Smithson, and as an editor of October compiled the recent special issue dedicated to ‘relational aesthetics’.

Diarmuid Costello (Oxford Brookes University)Diarmuid Costello is the author of Aesthetics after Modernism (forthcoming, 2007) and the editor of After Beauty: Exchanges on Art & Culture (Tate, 2007), Art: Key Contemporary Thinkers (Berg, 2007) and Aesthetics after Photography (forthcomingwith Margaret Iverson). Costello has contributed book chapters on August Sander, Jeff Wall and Gerhard Richter, among others.

Amelia Jones (University of Manchester) Amelia Jones is the author of Irrational Modernism: A Neurasthenic History of New York Dada (MIT Press, 2004), Body Art/Performing the Subject (University of Minnesota Press, 1998), Postmodernism and the En-Gendering of Marcel Duchamp (Cambridge University Press, 1994), and the primary survey essay in The Artist's Body (Phaidon, 2000). Among other books, she is the editor of A Companion to Contemporary Art Since 1945 (Blackwell, 2006) and The Feminism and Visual Culture Reader (Routledge, 2003).

The conference aims to address the state of the art medium in art history and into the twenty-first century. With an eye on Rosalind Krauss’ recent critique of the ‘post-medium condition’ – in which the medium is ‘outmoded, cashiered, washed-up, finished’ – and another on the extravaganza of photo-based art and digital media, the conference encourages critical responses which address some or all of the following, in relation to Australian, New Zealand and international art:

Convenors: Associate Professor Anne Marsh and Dr Daniel Palmer

Full: $290, Member: $230, Concession: $140, Early bird (until Friday 27 October): $210. One day and single session entry also available.

Conference program and registration:

Enquiries to: 

T: + 61 3 9903 2480


EYE-SITE: Situating Theory and Practice in the

Visual Arts

Participate in Australasia's benchmark conference for art historians, curators, artists, critics and postgraduates

Keynote speakers: Shane Cotton and Terry Smith
Other speakers include: Roger Benjamin, Anthony Bond, Barbara Campbell, Anne Ferran, Simryn Gill, Pamela Gerrish Nunn, Peter Hill, Elizabeth Rankin, Virginia Spate.

Program themes: From the Studio to the Study, Practitioners as Theoreticians, Contemporary Practices and Critical Theory





Keynote Speakers:
Nicolas Bourriard – Ernst Van Alphen – Jane Taylor

Sean Cubitt – Andrew Benjamin

Conference program available at http//

This conference is presented by the Art Association of Australia and New Zealand (NSW Chapter) in association with the Art Gallery of New South Wales and the Centre for Contemporary Art and Politics, UNSW.
Transforming Aesthetics explores the response of aesthetic theory to new forms of art and exhibition practice, emerging in relation to post-9/11 politics, globalisation, post-colonialism and the demise of Euro-centrism. The entanglement of art with politics frequently prompts art theorists to import concepts from cultural/political theory. But art is not simply a field of application for theory; rather, concepts and theories may be understood to emerge from the visual. For this reason it is crucial to attend to the specifics of visual or aesthetic languages. New forms of political and post-colonial practice call for a new set of critical terms – for an expansion and re-evaluation of the field of aesthetic theory. Thus this conference maps the ongoing transformation of aesthetics.

Framework and foci:
A significant trend in contemporary thought holds that the links between things are more important than the meaning of an object in isolation. Michel Serres argues that we no longer need ontology but desmology (desmos = link). Within contemporary art theory there has been a shift away from the study of meaning toward the study of process: in Deleuze’s words, art is defined not by what it means but by what it does. Nicolas Bourriaud has coined the term ‘relational art’, proposing that the art object is no longer materially or conceptually defined, but relationally.

Artists, curators and theorists have long understood that context – both physical and cultural – is fundamental to the perception of art. International ‘biennale’ exhibitions that survey contemporary practice provide a structure in which the issues of relationality become unavoidable: how does an artwork change when it is transplanted to a new setting and viewed in a new cultural, social or political context; and how do we understand the relations between different works, juxtaposed in an exhibition?

Postcolonialism and theories of globalisation have provided a framework for identifying new kinds of transcultural relationships in the arts – but what kind of aesthetics does this call for? In addition to Bourriaud’s ‘relational aesthetics’, theorists – as well as curators and artists – have advanced concepts such as ‘empathy’ as critical terms for understanding visual art dynamics.
Building on the previous AAANZ NSW Chapter conferences, this conference will focus on new understandings of the dynamics of art, and of the ‘links between’.
The conference sessions will highlight different concepts or tropes of relationality such as interculturalism, transnationalism/globalism and subjective relations such as ‘empathy’.

Sessions include:
Relational aesthetics
Rethinking the anti-aesthetic tradition
How images shape contemporary thought (art-driven aesthetics)
The impact of non-western and postcolonial art on aesthetic discourse
The inter-cultural and the transcultural
Distributed Aesthetics and new media art

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Present pasts – present futures

2004 AAANZ Conference 1-3 December
The University of Auckland

For complete conference details, please visit the website:
For further information contact the Conference organisers: Leonard Bell ( or Erin Griffey (, Dept. of Art History, The University of Auckland, Private Bag 92019, Auckland, New Zealand.


2003 AAANZ Conference 5-6 December
National Gallery of Australia

Abstracts are available at, then click on the links – Information – Conferences & Symposia – 2003 AAANZ Conference


2002 AAANZ Conference 6 - 7 December
Art & Ethics
Art Gallery of New South Wales

Abstracts are available at:


2001 AANZJA NSW Chapter Conference July 20-22, Conducting Bodies, AGNSW

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