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Energies in the Arts Conference

Co-presented by the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) and the National Institute for Experimental Arts (NIEA), UNSW Art & Design to coincide with the exhibition Energies: Haines & Hinterding 25 June-6 September, 2015 at the MCA.

The Energies in the Arts conference examines the dynamic relationship between art and energy. Bringing together scholars and artists, it aims to uncover the seemingly elusive properties and potentials of all kinds of energy – both real and imagined – to investigate how they have been understood and used in the arts and related areas of music, literature and philosophy; how various energies configure and influence one another; and how artworks and theories might be better understood through them.

At the outset of the 21st century any discussion of energy is inextricably linked to the politics of power and environmental catastrophe. The conference extends this understanding of energy to encompass a broader field in the arts. Art’s relationship with energy extends well beyond light and colour to the kinetic, sonic, electronic, metabolic, physical, physiological, neurological, solar and sensory. Scratch below the surface of global communications and you will find flashes and systems of energy. Ask musicians what they work with and they may say ‘the energy in the room’. Ask activists what fills candidates’ coffers and foreshadows the fate of the world and they may point to the politics of old and new sunlight. For theorists, energy courses through networks and assemblages, animates bodies, fuels affect, and moves through the shimmering turbulence of existence. Despite all these vibrations, radiations, fluxes and flows, the prevailing comprehension of energies in the arts is still relatively static. The Energies in the Arts conference is an opportunity to broaden our historical knowledge, deepen our analytical rigour and generate new artistic provocations and possibilities.

Presented to coincide with the Energies: Haines & Hinterding exhibition, you’ll hear international scholars and artists sharing their latest research and practice.

Keynote speakers include:

Professor Linda Dalrymple Henderson, Department of Art and Art History, The University of Texas in Austin
Martin Howse, artist, Berlin
Professor Marcus Boon, Department of English, York University, Toronto
David Haines and Joyce Hinterding, artists, Lawson

The full conference schedule is available below.

The conference is convened by:

Dr. Anna Davis, Curator, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia
Professor Douglas Kahn, National Institute for the Experimental Arts, UNSW Art & Design
Dr. Josh Wodak, National Institute for the Experimental Arts, UNSW Art & Design

Conference Schedule

Thu 13 Aug, 10am – 8pm, MCA , Veolia Lecture Theatre
Fri 14 Aug, 10am – 5pm, MCA , Veolia Lecture Theatre
Sat 15 Aug, 9.30am – 4.30pm , EG02 Lecture Theatre, UNSW Art & Design

Ticket Prices

3 Day Package Tickets
Student & Concessions:$150
MCA Members:$140

Single Day Tickets
Student & Concessions:$50
MCA Members:$50

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Energies Conference Complete Program


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Image: David Haines and Joyce Hinterding, Geology, 2015, installation view, Energies: Haines & Hinterding, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Sydney, 2015, real-time 3D environment, 2 x HD projections, game engine, motion sensor, spatial 3D audio. Commissioned by the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, supported by Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna O Waiwhetu, Christchurch, New Zealand, 2015, image courtesy the artist and Sarah Cottier Gallery, Sydney © the artist, photograph: Christopher Snee

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– When

15 August 2015, 10:00am-3:00pm

– Admission

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