Energies in the Arts Conference: 13-15 August, 2-15 @MCA


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



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.


Thurs 12:00 Keynote
Illuminating Energy and Art in the 20th Century: Linda Dalrymple Henderson (David Bruton, Jr. Centennial Professor in Art History The University of Texas at Austin)

Thurs 6.30pm Keynote
Energy Mountains: David Haines & Joyce Hinterding (Artists & Lecturers, Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney)

Fri 10:30 Carbon moon-moths: Joan Brassil’s Resonant Machines for Ecological Listening: Su Ballard (Senior Lecturer, Art History and Contemporary Arts, University of Wollongong)

Sat 2:30 Media Ecologies of the Anthropocene: Erin Obodiac (Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow, Cornell University)


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