PAST EVENTS 2017
SENSOR SOCIETY WORKSHOP
DATE: Thursday 10th August, 2017
LOCATION: Room B4.37, Caulfield Campus
Please join us for a discussion of possible research projects on digital media, from the algorithms that shape our news and entertainment environments to the Internet of Things. This is a causal discussion of actual and potential research projects across MFJ. The seminar will feature a visit from Simon Elvery, a member of the ABC’s Digital Storytelling Team who is investigating the ways in which algorithms affect our daily lives. This seminar is organised by CME within the theme of The Sensor Society, led by incoming Professor Mark Andrejevic.
DATE: Monday 14th August, 2017
TIME: 2:00 to 4:00
ECR DISCUSSION: 4:00 to 5:00 (catering provided)
LOCATION: Room S901, Caufield Campus
What are some of the research opportunities for early career researchers beyond the prestigious but elusive DECRA award – especially options that might have attracted less attention than the ARC schemes? And what are actual experiences and pathways for postdoctoral, research fellows or research associates beyond the typical 2 or 3-year research funding cycle? Acknowledging the diverse trajectories and experiences, what is the current lay of the land in academia, and how it can be successfully navigated by the broadly defined junior or ‘pre-tenure’ academic?
This panel seminar features a number of academics at their early and mid-career stages alongside established academics to discuss, share and exchange individual professional experiences, observations and practical tips to help identify some of the existing opportunities, focus areas and support mechanisms useful for crafting a rewarding academic career.
ECRs and PhD students are invited, as well as anyone with interest in developing a successful academic and research career.
IS ARCHITECTURE ART?
DATE: Friday 1st September, 2017
2:00 – 3:00 (presentation)
3:00 – 4:00 (discussion)
LOCATION: Monash Caulfield Campus MADA F2.09
John Macarthur, Susan Holden & Rosemary Willink from the ATCH Research Centre (architecture, theory, criticism, history) at UQ will present an over-view and some aspects of their current ARC Discovery Grant “Is Architecture Art?: a history of categories, concepts and recent practices”.
In everyday language ‘architecture’ is distinct from ‘art’ where the latter is a contraction of ‘visual arts’, and, despite the long history of architecture being grouped with painting and sculpture in ‘the arts’, the recently established statistical domains for measuring the creative economy confirm a distinction between art and architecture.
Complicating these categorical separations, the evolution of installation art and ‘relational art’ have made architecture one of the principal topics or modes of the contemporary visual arts. At the same time, the institutional interface between architecture and ‘art’ has been made prominent through the commissioning of pavilions by visual arts institutions such as the Serpentine Galleries, the Milgrom Foundation, and the National Gallery of Victoria. This situation where administrative categories are out of step with concepts of cultural practice raises a series of issues about the functionality of architecture and visual artworks; their social value and their fungability; and concepts of aesthetic freedom and determination.
The categories deployed by schemas as different as Rosalind Krauss’ ‘Expanded Field’ and UNESCO’s Framework for Cultural Statistics nevertheless have a similarity in the constraints, perturbations and frictions that they present to the disciplinary concepts of architecture and the visual arts.