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QUT Creative Industries Indigenous Seminar Series 2017

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QUT Creative Industries Precinct

Level 6, Building Z9

corner Musk Avenue and Gona Parade

Kelvin Grove, QLD 4059

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The inaugural QUT Creative Industries Indigenous Seminar Series, convened by Dr Sandra R. Phillips, is a staging ground for communication of unique scholarship from Indigenous researchers and academics. Scholarship on interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary knowledge and perspectives relevant to 21st Century creative industries will be presented and discussed. Each seminar features a presentation from an expert invited Indigenous researcher who will engage with the audience and a relevant QUT discussant.

PROGRAM

Seminar #1: 4.00pm-6.00pm Friday 21 April, 2017 - Associate Professor Bronwyn Carlson with Discussant, Jean Burgess

Seminar #2: 4.00pm-6.00pm Friday 2 June, 2017 - Fiona Foley with Discussant, Dr Keith Armstrong

Seminar #3: 4.00pm-6.00pm Friday 22 September, 2017 - Dr Romaine Moreton

Seminar #4: 4.00pm-6.00pm Friday 1 December, 2017 - Distinguished Professor Aileen Moreton-Robinson with Discussant, Professor Mandy Thomas

SEMINAR #2

Biting the Clouds
Fiona Foley

As an artist of many mediums I am alert to words, images, ideas, any fragments that take me places. Aileen Moreton-Robinson writes in her work, The White Possessive, “history tells us that taking possession of Indigenous people’s lands was a quintessential act of colonisation” (2015, 111). Moreton-Robinson’s words became the genesis of my 2016 solo exhibition and film.

In my 2016 film, A Quintessential Act, I interviewed renowned historian, Raymond Evans. During the interview I sat in front of a number of my works, one of which was the sculpture, Dispersed – a reminder of Queensland’s bloody past. I posed a series of questions to Evans about this past. His answers came matter of factly, one in particular stayed with me: “the decline in the Queensland Aboriginal population was 95%, the reduction of the Jewish population in Europe after the Second World War was 67%”.

As an artist open to multiple mediums, Evans’ words focused my mind on performance – I thought that quite possibly the largest performance in Queensland had already taken place. The landscape acting as both stage and backdrop for drama after drama as the face-to-face collision of races repeatedly took place. I reflected too that I’ve created the performative in my work photographically and through public art commissions, installations and film. Thinking more deeply I concluded that my works Stud Gins (2003), Witnessing to Silence (2004), Bearing Witness (2009), The Oyster Fishermen (2011) and Vexed (2013) are all piercing a topic that no one wants to talk about, not in Queensland anyway.

Fiona Foley is a founding member of Boomalli Aboriginal Artist Co-operative who regularly exhibits nationally and internationally. Fiona’s most recent solo exhibitions were held at Andrew Baker Art Dealer (Brisbane, 2016) and Niagara Galleries (Melbourne, 2012). In 2014 Fiona was the recipient of an Australia Council Visual Arts Award.

A regular international keynote speaker at conferences and symposia, most recently Fiona convened Courting Blakness: Recalibrating Knowledge in the Sandstone University (2014) at the University of Queensland, where she is currently Adjunct Professor. In 2009-10 the University of Queensland Art Museum and Sydney’s Museum of Contemporary Art co-curated a survey exhibition of Fiona Foley’s work titled Forbidden.

Forbidden traversed photography, sculpture, moving image, etching and installations. In 2017 Fiona was appointed member of the Queensland Art Gallery Board of Trustees and is on track to submit her PhD of exhibition and exegesis Biting the Clouds: The Aboriginals Protection and Restriction of the Sale of Opium Act, 1897, with Griffith University. The exhibition will be held at Andrew Baker Art Dealer, Brisbane.

DISCUSSANT

Dr Keith Armstrong is Associate Director of the QUT Creative Lab and brings his longstanding practice in collaborative, hybrid, and media art works to the role of seminar discussant - embodiedmedia.com

Please RSVP by 31 May 2017. Light refreshments on arrival from 4.00pm-4.30pm, followed by seminar 4.30pm-6.00pm


GETTING HERE

Undercover parking is available at 88 Musk Avenue and under Woolworths.

Limited street parking is available in Kelvin Grove Village near Creative Industries Precinct, with the cost of parking ranging between $1.50/hour to $8.00/day. A limited number of pay and display parks are available on Gona Parade.

Most surrounding streets fall within the Brisbane Central Traffic Area. In this area, you can park for a maximum of two hours on unsigned streets unless there are parking meters or signs showing otherwise. The two-hour limit applies from Monday to Friday 7am to 6pm, and Saturday 7am to 12 midday.

For more information, visit the QUT Facilities Management pagefor up-to-date information on casual parking locations and fees at QUT's Kelvin Grove campus.

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QUESTIONS ABOUT THIS EVENT?

Dr Sandra R. Phillips, Lecturer, School of Communication, QUT Creative Industries

sr.phillips@qut.edu.au


IMAGE: Fiona Foley, private collection. Reproduced courtesy of the artist

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