Australia and New Zealand Art Association Annual Conference 12-14 July 2012

Together <> Apart

Call for Panel Proposals – Deadline extended to February 17th 2012

Source: AAANZ website

Held in the third week of the Biennale of Sydney, Together<>Apart will address major debates and issues raised by this year’s biennale theme ‘all our relations. The conference will focus on the very broad idea of relations and relationships as well as allied terms such as collaborations, networks and partnerships.

The emphasis on relations could mean examining aesthetic relations. For example, Mondrian famously announced that ‘determined relations’ would replace the importance of form. What would an aesthetics of relations mean for art history, art criticism, curating and art practice? How does aesthetic autonomy interact or intersect with an aesthetic of relations?

Panels might address the relations between artists and other disciplines: such as collaborations between art and science; art and design; or art and architecture. Interdisciplinary, cross-disciplinary, cross-cultural and intercultural relations that bear on art and art history could be examined. What is the nature of participation and connection between art and its others? What are the stakes, outcomes, and tensions of collaborations and partnerships?

Panels might examine how art is shaped by the network of relationships between artists, dealers, museums, critics and writers in various societies. How have artists historically imagined their audiences whether in academies, salons, museums or today through digital media? How do such relations inform the meaning of art?

Potential session convenors please send a 300-word session proposal to be sent out to AAANZ members. Panels can be single 3-4 or double 6-7 presentations.

Deadline for session proposals: Extended to Friday 17th Feb

All enquiries about submitting proposals or the conference should be direct to AAANZ



Conference Keynote Speakers

Professor Thierry de Duve, author of Sewn in the Sweatshops of Marx, Revamping Kant, PictorialNominalism, Kant After Duchamp, and Clement Greenberg Between the Lines.

Dr Helen Molesworth, Chief Curator, Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, previously held positions at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, and Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, MA. She has curated shows of Catherine Opie, Luc Tuymans,Andrea Fraser, Paul Chan, Félix González-Torres, Zoe Leonard, and Louise Lawler.

The conference is supported by the Power Institute, Art History and Film Studies, Sydney University Museums, and Sydney College of the Arts, from the University of Sydney; and the College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales; the National Art School; the Art Gallery of New South Wales; and the Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation.