Lecturer - Art Theory
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Brigita has been teaching at the School of Art since 2000 and is currently the First Year Art Theory Coordinator. She teaches in both theory and studio subjects and supervises Research Higher Degree candidates across a range of disciplines. She has taught almost every art theory unit on offer in the BFA, but coordinates and specializes in Contemporary Australian Art and Contemporary Art of the Asia Pacific Region. Brigita is also involved in the Honours program and in the past has chaired the Plimsoll Gallery Committee and the Art Forum Committee.
Brigita studied the classics at Monash University in the 1970s, and librarianship in the 1980s at the University of Tasmania. She subsequently worked for the State Library of Tasmania and then as an arts administrator for Glenorchy City Council where she established the Moonah Arts Centre. In the mid 1990s she returned to study at the University of Tasmania’s School of Art. She was awarded the University Medal in 1999, and in 2004, a PhD, which explores the links between language, bureaucracy and subjectivity through installation and was awarded the Dean’s commendation.
Brigita exhibits regularly in solo and group exhibitions and has completed commissions for MONA (The Museum of Old and New Art in Berriedale), The Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, the State Library of Tasmania and the National Library of Latvia (through the Soros Foundation). She has received numerous artist grants, including the inaugural 2008 Qantas Contemporary Art Award, and has undertaken residencies in Riga, London, Paris, and historic sites in Tasmania. In 2013 she will undertake the Australia Council Residency in New York.
Brigita’s research is concerned with the representation of the links between language, knowledge, history, bureaucracy and identity through installation, text, site-specific art and performance. Her practice harks back to the conceptual art movement of the 1960s and has developed through an engagement with post-structural theory and literature. One stream of her work focuses on the aesthetics of the book and the ambiguity of the word; another reflects her interest in the way bureaucracy manages information and manipulates the individual, and a third explores the links between ancient forms of writing and cryptography. Alongside these explorations Brigita also makes work about lesser-known aspects of Tasmanian, Latvian and other histories.
For further information visit the University of Tasmania Research Listing
Authorised by the Head of School, Tasmanian College of the Arts
23 April, 2013