Future Stratigraphy Symposium

Future Stratigraphy invite

Future Stratigraphy Symposium
2 – 6pm Tuesday 18 October 2016
SCA Auditorium, Sydney College of the Arts

This symposium will explore ways of understanding and envisioning the materiality of country and landscape across disciplines, cultures, and time. link

Free event – all welcome, REGISTER HERE»


Welcome, Oliver Smith, New Materialism in Contemporary Art research cluster, Sydney College of the Arts

Acknowledgement of Country, Janelle Evans, Wingara Mura Fellow and Dharug/Bundjalung artist, Sydney College of the Arts

Keynote lecture, John Roloff, Guest international artist, San Francisco Art Institute

PresentationMatt Poll, Curator Indigenous Heritage and Repatriation Project, Macleay Museum, University of Sydney

Presentation, Ron Boyd, Conjoint Associate Professor, School of Environmental and Life Sciences, University of Newcastle

Panel discussion: John Roloff, Matt Poll, Ron Boyd. Chaired by Tracey Clement, PhD candidate, artist and writer, Sydney College of the Arts 

Afternoon tea break

Artist talks, Sydney College of the Arts Galleries
Sean O’Connell, Penny Dunstan, Kath Fries, Emma Robertson, Dell Walker, Tracey Clement, Kenneth Mitchell and Madeleine Boyd.


Ron Boyd is a conjoint professor at the University of Newcastle, he has worked as a marine geologist with forty years experience in the field. Boyd has published over 200 scientific articles and book chapters. Recently he has been working with multi beam imagery in marine geology researching seismic and sediments off Australia and the USA. Boyd has worked with Larry Mayer at UNH/CCOM and also runs his own research voyages off the East Coast of Australia from coast to deep ocean. more info

Tracey Clement is an artist, arts writer and current PhD candidate at SCA, the University of Sydney. Her current research responds to JG Ballard’s novel The Drowned World. She is known for creating artworks that meticulously utilise labour intensive techniques for their conceptual resonance. In her Critical Cartography series of maps (exhibited in Future Stratigraphy) Clement charts hypothetical rising sea levels. The time-consuming effort of ‘drowning’ the world through drawing highlights our complicity in creating the current climate crisis. Clement has exhibited widely, both in Australia and overseas, and she is currently the Online Editor for Art Guide Australia. traceyclement.com

Matt Poll is the Assistant Curator of the Macleay Museum Indigenous Heritage Collections and the University of Sydney’s Repatriation Project Officer. He has previously worked as the Artistic Director of Boomalli Aboriginal Artists cooperative as well as other positions at the Museum of Contemporary Art and Wollongong City Gallery. Poll’s current research project seeks to further develop methods of understanding the ways contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island artists have used museum collections, historic records and archival materials in the reconstruction of cultural identities, exploring how visual artists in particular have developed auto ethnographic methods of engaging with historical information outside of academic frameworks. more info

John Roloff is an artist and professor at San Francisco Art Institute. He works conceptually with site, process and natural systems. With a background in science and geology, Roloff’s work engages poetic and site-specific relationships between material, concept and performance in the domains of geology, ecology, architecture, ceramics, industry and mining, metabolic systems and history. Roloff’s work has been included in exhibitions at the Whitney Museum of American Art, UC Berkeley Museum, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Smithsonian Institution, Photoscene Cologne, the Venice Architectural and Art Biennales. He has received fellowships from the U.S. National Endowment for the Arts, Guggenheim Foundation and California Arts Council. Roloff is represented by Anglim Gilbert Gallery, San Francisco, CA. johnroloff.com


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