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Master Class - The Art Work and The Work of Art

Wednesday, 10 October 2012


CREATEC invite you to a Master Class with ECU Visiting Fellow and Associate Professor at the University of Melbourne Dr. Barbara Bolt.

Demonstrating the research contribution of artwork remains one of the most vexing tasks faced by creative artists. Whilst it is relatively easy to cite critical reception, the calibre of the venue or awards as evidence of excellence, one of the clear sources of discomfort for creative arts researchers is the question of how to articulate the research contribution without resorting to solipsistic descriptors. Drawing on Heidegger’s essay ‘The Origin of the Work of Art’ (1935-6), this workshop draws on an important distinction between the artwork and the work of art in order to help in this task. The artwork can be defined as the production, that is, the work that is exhibited/presented or performed. The work of art, on the other hand, is the work that art does. In this schema, the “work” that art does, is categorically not the object - painting, sculpture, drawing, print and so on - that we have come to call an artwork. It is the “movement” in understanding, thought, material practice, affect or discourse that occurs through the vehicle of the artwork.

Dr Barbara Bolt is a practicing artist and art theorist who lectures at the Victorian College of Arts and Melbourne Conservatorium of Music at the University of Melbourne. Her practice investigates the material possibilities of painting in a digital age and the relationship between painting and light. Her publications include two monographs Art Beyond Representation: The Performative Power of the Image (2004) and Heidegger Reframed: Interpreting Key Thinkers for the Arts (2011) and three co-edited publications, Practice as Research: Approaches to Creative Arts Enquiry (2007) with Estelle Barrett and Sensorium: Aesthetics, Art, Life (2007) with Felicity Coleman, Graham Jones and Ashley Woodward and the forthcoming edited anthology of writings Carnal Knowledges: Towards a “New Materialism” through the Arts (co-edited with Estelle Barrett, I.B.Tauris).

This master class is limited to 20 participants who will contribute their most recent publication/exhibitions to the workshop. Through attention to these works, the workshop will tease out the research innovation and new knowledge that emerges in and through the artwork.

To register, please email CREATEC and include a brief (1 - 3 sentence) description of the work you plan to discuss.

Event details:
Date: Wednesday, 7 November 2012
Time: 2.00pm - 3.30pm
Location: Edith Cowan University, Mount Lawley Campus*
*Venue information will be distributed to all registered attendees closer to the date.


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