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Lecture Performance: How to ##### an Alien, Buxton Contemporary, Melbourne


The lecture, by its very nature, is performative. At first glance it would seem that Lecture Performance is a tautology: an over qualification of an established mode of knowledge delivery that has been employed within the Academy for centuries. Yet Performance in this context is not simply a reiteration, it is in fact an expansion that challenges the lecture form. It demands that the lecture question its performativity through an experimentation with its delivery. By opening up the lecture format to a broad range of speculative modes of information dissemination, the Lecture Performance format can provide new ways of thinking about how knowledge is produced and exchanged within, and even beyond, the university.

Performance is at the core of the visual arts. Performance both structures experience and produces artefacts as a register of the creative act. All creative expression – from painting to musical expression to writing – is in some way a register of the performance of its generation. Being a hybrid of artistic research culture, visual art and performative narrative techniques, the Lecture Performance format can address the status and potential of knowledge production through art.

This one-day symposium event will bring a diverse range of artists and scholars together to explore the lecture as an artistic medium.

Convened by Dr Tessa Laird, Dr Sean Lowry, Dr Kim Donaldson and Dr Mark Shorter of the Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne.

Program 10.30 - 5.00pm

10.30 Introduction: Tessa Laird, Sean Lowry, Kim Donaldson and Mark Shorter

11am - 1pm

1. Lucreccia Quintanilla

2. Irina Danilova

3. Steven Rhall

4. Luke King and Fayen d’Evie, ‘How to ######## an Alien’ 2019. Building from Fayen d’Evie and Luke King’s shared interest in language, gestural poetics, and politics of access, this lecture will share lessons of encounters with Aliens: how to approach an Alien, how to establish shared grounds for conversation, how to relate difficult histories, how to make love not war.

5. Lauren Gower

1 - 2pm Lunch (not provided)

2pm - 4.30pm

1. Jane Polkinghorne

2. Damien Melchiori

3. Katie Sfetkidis

4. Lou Hubbard

5. Diego Ramirez

6. Draf Draffin

7. Sam Peterson

4.30pm Closing remarks: Tessa Laird, Sean Lowry, Kim Donaldson and Mark Shorter

5pm – 6:30pm Drinks reception for seminar attendees and participants

Earlier Event: August 17
Exhibition: Eavesdropping
Later Event: October 11
Exhibition: Mountains Become Islands