Talk: Victoria Brooks & Nikos Papastergiadis
Chaired by Dr Maeve Connolly
Tuesday June 12, 6.30pm
Thomas Davis Lecture Theatre, Trinity College

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In the context of A Visibility Matrix, the large-scale video work initiated by Sven Anderson and Gerard Byrne in Gallery 1, we're delighted to welcome Victoria Brooks and Professor Nikos Papastergiadis to talk on their current research around visibility.

Brooks will focus on the visibility and invisibility of the production infrastructure of film in a talk titled 'Spike and Protocol: the production of time-based art', while Dr Papastergiadis will talk on 'Ambient Aesthetics and the Blur'. The event will be chaired by Dr Maeve Connolly and there will be time for questions and discussion following the talks.

Victoria Brooks is a curator of time-based visual art at EMPAC / Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and chair of the Contemporary Curatorial Workshop at the Williams Graduate Program in the History of Art. She works with the Calder Foundation to commission artists moving image, and makes films with research and production collective 13BC. Brooks has commissioned and produced major new works in the expanded field of visual arts, moving image and performance with artists such as Tarek Atoui, Rosa Barba, Boudry/Lorenz, Lucy Raven and Andros Zins Browne / Karthik Pandian. Recent commissions include Charles Atlas, Rashaun Mitchell and Silas Riener’s Tesseract, Martine Syms’s An Evening With Queen White, and Laure Prouvost’s They Are Waiting for You. Brooks is currently producing new works with Ephraim Asili, Wu Tsang and boychild, Isabelle Pauwels, Beatriz Santiago Muñoz and James Richards. 

Dr Maeve Connolly is a Dublin-based researcher, focused on changing cultures and economies of art and media practice. She is a Lecturer in the Faculty of Film, Art & Creative Technologies at Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design & Technology, Dublin, Ireland, where she co-directs the MA in Art & Research Collaboration (ARC).  She is the author of TV Museum: Contemporary Art and the Age of Television (2014) and The Place of Artists’ Cinema: Space, Site and Screen (2009).

Nikos Papastergiadis is a Professor at the School of Culture and Communication at the University of Melbourne. He studied at the University of Melbourne and University of Cambridge. Prior to returning to the University of Melbourne, he was a lecturer at the University of Manchester. Throughout his career, Nikos has focussed on issues relating to cultural identity and worked on collaborative projects with artists and theorists of international repute, such as John Berger, Jimmie Durham and Sonya Boyce. His current research focuses on the investigation of the historical transformation of contemporary art and cultural institutions by digital technology. His sole authored publications include Modernity as Exile (1993), Dialogues in the Diaspora (1998), The Turbulence of Migration (2000), Metaphor and Tension (2004), Spatial Aesthetics: Art Place and the Everyday (2006), Cosmopolitanism and Culture (2012) and Ambient Perspectives (2013). He is the editor of over ten collections and the author of numerous essays, which have been translated into over a dozen languages and appeared in major catalogues such as the Biennales of Sydney, Liverpool, Istanbul, Gwanju, Taipei, Lyon, Thessaloniki and dOCUMENTA 13. He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities, co-chair of the Greek Centre for Contemporary Culture, Chair of the International Advisory Board for the Centre for Contemporary Art, Singapore and Visiting Professor at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.

Image: A Visibility Matrix, Sven Anderson & Gerard Byrne, production image, courtesy of the artists.