TCotA Forum (Inveresk) | Graduate Colloquium

Summary

TCotA Forum is a public program of the Tasmanian College of the Arts

Start Date

12th May 2016 12:00pm

End Date

12th May 2016 1:30pm

Venue

Lecture Theatre 1A181, Inveresk Campus

RSVP / Contact Information

Students and members of the public are welcome to attend.

Hilary Green, Untitled, 2015, plant material and graphite on paper; Mehrangiz Modarres Tabatabaei; Mae Finlayson, Unfinished Longstitch, 2015, maker unknown, photograph by Mae Finlayson; Ashley Bird, 2016

Hilary Green | MFA Candidate
Botanical Imperialism and the cultivated landscape as carpet

This project is germinated by my immersion in rural Northern Tasmania where I began cultivating heirloom vegetable species as fieldwork and became aware of culturally inherited empirical attitudes towards nature. Fostering a connection between botany and textiles, revealed as pivotal instruments of empirical global trade, I encountered the notion of botanical imperialism through researching Indian textile traditions, focusing on the Mughal 'flower' carpets from the 16th and 17th centuries. Through this research I developed an interest in economic botany, and became aware of the appropriation, control, and economic use of plant cultigens in the context of the capitalist system.

The concept of cultivated landscape as carpet is established to relate fieldwork to broader concerns about commercial cultivation, providing a platform for environmental commentary. The materiality of carpet, a dense, heavy, easily transportable fabric, blanketing what lies beneath - historically associated with wealth and power – metaphorically coalesces with seemingly disparate fields of knowledge, textiles, botany, ecology, empire and trade, that this research intersects.

Mehrangiz Modarres Tabatabaei | PhD candidate
"Visualizing Narratives of Immigrant Self- Identity Transition from Deconstruction to its Reconstruction"
Art as a Catalyst for reflection of the adult immigrant's adaptation experiences

Migration is a visible physical human relocation from one place to another. The action of bodily relocation encompasses a philosophical (spiritual) and psychological (mental) journey. The relocation has a significant effect on the feelings and emotions of an immigrant.

This practical led research project is concerned with investigating, exploring and visualizing a transitional narratives of deconstruction of adult émigré self- identity to its reconstruction. This research will study and visually analysis with focus on the transition narratives that take place through the process of relocation, spiritual and mental adaptation within a new society and also immigrant's responses/reactions to these changes in the concept of belonging.

Mae Finlayson | PhD candidate
Conspicuous Craft

This research project examines human relationships, relationship to objects, ideas of absence/presence and loss through the lens of handicraft. Unfinished and unused domestic hobby craft materials, as well as unwanted instructional matter, are collected and revived to explore the inferred limits and possibilities of creativity. Gathering and reclaiming the 'bits' of incomplete projects - found in parts lingering - acknowledges, extends and speaks of frustration and disillusionment as well as our desire for satisfaction through achievement.

Ashley Bird | PhD candidate 
In Mint Condition: The nostalgic desire to enshrine objects associated with series of play

Each of us can remember back to moments in our past when time had a perceived slowness and imagination was the most essential skill to create worlds within worlds. Where play was something that required no point non conclusion than immersion in the fantastical stories and scenarios individual to the relationship between a child and their toys.

This studio research project explores the specific reminiscences most influential where these childhood memories of play and interactions with toys create a nostalgic desire in the present for collection archive and ultimately enshrinement. Through playwear these personal items become imbued with importance by virtue of the fact that they still exist as a present day tangible link to the perceived positive outlook of retrospective memories.

Please note Arts Forum is commencing at 12.00pm this week.

Image credit: Hilary Green, Untitled, 2015, plant material and graphite on paper; Mehrangiz Modarres Tabatabaei; Mae Finlayson, Unfinished Longstitch, 2015, maker unknown, photograph by Mae Finlayson; Ashley Bird, 2016


TCotA Forum is a series of free public lectures held at the Tasmanian College of the Arts (Inveresk). Students and members of the public are welcome to attend. Lectures are presented by staff, visiting scholars from Tasmania, mainland Australia and overseas, industry professionals and artists-in-residence.

Thursdays 12.30 - 1.30pm 

Lecture Theatre 1A181
Tasmanian College of the Arts (Inveresk)
Academy of the Arts
University of Tasmania
Inveresk Campus
Launceston 7250 AUSTRALIA