In its original usage during the emergence of the bourgeois public sphere, the term ‘publicity’ described a general public-ness, a state of being public – publicly known, publicly owned or publicly available. Only later, with the development of reproductive technologies and systems of mass dissemination, did it come to refer to the mechanisms of marketing and promotion, and to denote strategies for the use of such media for the formation and communication of identity. With this etymology in mind, Artspace presents the work of five artists whose practices traverse performance, installation, video, archiving and action research to explore the role that art, considered as creative and aesthetic experience, can play in the construction of a ‘public’. It seeks to raise questions of agency and autonomy in a culture of media saturation, and to posit the studio and the gallery not as hermetic spaces but as discursive fields, sites of social transaction, public spaces that are, as with the public itself, constantly under negotiation.
BRIDGET CURRIE, ASTRA HOWARD, LUCAS IHLEIN, ASH KEATING, MATTHEW TUMBERS
Curator: Reuben Keehan
The Fremantle Arts Centre is calling for proposals relating to the life and legacy of the Australian lead singer of AC/DC, Bon Scott, to go with a statue of Scott that is to be erected in Fremantle in 2008.
The Centre is open to gallery-based, off-site and online proposals for the Bon Scott project, which will encompass radio, the web, exhibitions and an LED billboard. It welcomes proposals from groups and individuals of organisations, curators and artists of all kinds,
Aussie rock legend Bon Scott is to be immortalised in a series of art projects as well as those that engender local, national and international exchange.
For more information, please email FAC’s curator/exhibitions manager at jasminS@fremantle.wa.gov.au or visit www.fac.org.au/exhibition_proposals
Two events exploring the question: What makes films by women unique?
These two upcoming events organised by Women in Film and Television (Victoria):
Melbourne International Animation Festival – Friday 22 June 2007 at ACMI – Screening of women’s animation from around the world
Victorian Women’s Short Film Showcase – Thursday 14 June 2007 at ACMI
For more information about either of these events or to arrange an interview, please contact WIFT(Vic) President Sue Marriot Ph: 0412 363 137 or Aenea Himbury Ph: 0408 377 044.