Public Lecture #10: Geoffrey Batchen

“In Absentia: The Politics of Cameraless Photography”

(Please note the special day and location of this event.)

How can a photograph of nothing—of nothing discernable or apparently significant—be said to offer some useful political purchase on the world it inhabits? How can a photograph that represents, but does not depict, a given situation be freighted with historical knowledge and import? Confining itself to examples of cameraless photography, from the 1830s to now, this paper will ask these questions with a view to determining a politics for such photographs in the present. In fact, given our contemporary context, cameraless photographs assume that photography is always already a politics; to engage the visual and chemical grammar of the photograph is to dispute and challenge that fixity of that politics. To make such photographs returns photography to a unique, hand-made craft and away from global capitalism and its vast economies of mass exploitation. Not that these photographs are innocent; on the contrary they are often generated by actions that are toxic, radioactive, enigmatic, violent, dangerous. Nor are they “abstract.” Instead, I will argue, they redefine the nature of both photography’s realism and its potential as a political agent.   

Professor Geoffrey Batchen teaches art history at Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand, specializing in the history of photography. His books include “Burning with Desire: The Conception of Photography” (1997), “Each Wild Idea: Writing, Photography, History” (2001), “Forget Me Not: Photography and Remembrance” (2004), “William Henry Fox Talbot (2008), What of Shoes? Van Gogh and Art History” (2009), “Suspending Time: Life, Photography, Death” (2010) and “More Wild Ideas” (forthcoming in Chinese, 2015). He has also edited “Photography Degree Zero: Reflections on Roland Barthes’s Camera Lucida” (2009) and co-edited “Picturing Atrocity: Photography in Crisis” (2012). In April 2016, his exhibition, “Emanations: The Art of the Cameraless Photograph”, will open at the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery in New Plymouth, New Zealand.

Geoffrey Batchen
Friday, May 29, 2015, 6:30pm
Level 3, Room 56
702-730 Harris Street, Ultimo

This event is free and open to the public. Bookings will not be accepted and PSM students will be given priority. For full details of the 2015 PSM Image Studies Lecture Series, please visit:

http://utspsm.com/blog/lectures

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Public Lecture #9: Tim Bruniges

Tim Bruniges is a Sydney based visual artist and musician. Working across a range of media, including installation, sound and video, his practice centres on exploring perception, the fallibility of memory and our relationship with time. Often taking the form of site-specific installations, the works attempt to create immersive spaces that allow for a disruption of expected experience.

Tim Bruniges
Monday, May 25, 2015, 6:30pm
Level 3, Room 22
702-730 Harris Street, Ultimo

This event is free and open to the public. Bookings will not be accepted and PSM students will be given priority. For full details of the 2015 PSM Image Studies Lecture Series, please visit:

http://utspsm.com/blog/lectures

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Public Lecture #8: Marian Tubbs

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Public Lecture #8: Marian Tubbs

Manifesting across Internet, video and assemblage-based installations, Marian Tubbs’ art conflates material binaries between body and object, physical and virtual, and high and low culture.

Her precarious and pleasurable assemblage-based installations act to slow down accelerated modes of looking at aesthetics of powerlessness, and to critique cultural ascriptions of value. Recent exhibitions include “Forever in Print”, National Gallery of Australia, 2015; “Hairy Plotter and the Polygrapher’s Tones”, Toves, Copenhagen, 2015; “Primavera 2014: Young Australian Artists”, MCA, Sydney, 2014; “Quake 2″, Arcadia Missa, London, 2014. In 2015 she is the inaugural recipient of Sydney’s, Museum of Contemporary Art digital commission. Marian’s work is held at the National Gallery of Australia, and in local and international collections. She is in on-going collaborations with SLUSH and Holly Childs. Tubbs has published and presented art and philosophy research at international and local conferences, in 2014 she was a contributing author to the philosophy volume “Intensities & Lines of Flight”, published by Rowman & Littlefield International. Tubbs holds a BFA (Hons) from RMIT, a MFA from UNSW Art & Design, is completing a PhD at UNSW Art & Design, and is a casual academic at UTS, PSM.

Marian Tubbs
Monday, May 18, 2015, 6:30pm
Level 3, Room 22
702-730 Harris Street, Ultimo

This event is free and open to the public. Bookings will not be accepted and PSM students will be given priority. For full details of the 2015 PSM Image Studies Lecture Series, please visit:

http://utspsm.com/blog/lectures

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Public Lecture #7: Charles Rice

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Public Lecture #7: Charles Rice

Charles Rice is Professor of Architecture in the Faculty of Design, Architecture and Building at UTS. He is author of “The Emergence of the Interior: Architecture, Modernity, Domesticity” (2007) and “Interior Urbanism: Architecture, John Portman and the American Downtown” (forthcoming 2016).

Charles Rice
Monday, May 11, 2015, 6:30pm
Level 3, Room 22
702-730 Harris Street, Ultimo

This event is free and open to the public. Bookings will not be accepted and PSM students will be given priority. For full details of the 2015 PSM Image Studies Lecture Series, please visit:

http://utspsm.com/blog/lectures

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Public Lecture #6: Justine Varga

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Public Lecture #6: Justine Varga

Justine Varga graduated with Honours from the National Art School in 2007. Since then her practice has centered on an interest in the photographic image, what it may signify, as well as its form and function. In 2014 she was the recipient of the Australia Council for the Arts London Studio Residency, and the MCA Primavera Veolia Acquisitive Prize, in 2013 she was joint winner of the Josephine Ulrick & Win Shubert Photography Award, and was a Finalist in the 2014, 2013 and 2011 NSW Visual Arts Fellowship for Emerging Artists. In 2012, her work featured in the exhibition Primavera, Museum of Contemporary Art. Varga’s work is represented in the Art Gallery of NSW and numerous private collections.

Justine Varga
Monday, May 4, 2015, 6:30pm
Level 3, Room 22
702-730 Harris Street, Ultimo

This event is free and open to the public. Bookings will not be accepted and PSM students will be given priority. For full details of the 2015 PSM Image Studies Lecture Series, please visit:

http://utspsm.com/blog/lectures

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