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Martin Walch

Martin Walch

Coordinator - Photography

Centre for the Arts, Hobart CBD Campuses

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Martin.Walch@utas.edu.au

Achievements

Martin was educated at the Tasmanian School of Art, University of Tasmania attaining a Bachelor of Fine Art with Honors in Photography in 1994. He also completed a Master of Fine Arts by Research, in Digital Stereoscopic Photography and Landscape, in 1998, and has completed a PhD at the Tasmanian School of Art in 2009, where he is also a part-time Lecturer and Course Coordinator of the Art and Natural Environment units. Martin was Artist-in-Residence with Copper Mines of Tasmania at Mount Lyell, Western Tasmania between 1998-2003. Awards and bursaries include: joint-winner Siglo magazine’s National Collaborations Prize for Writers and Photographers (with writer Lisa Morissett) 1997; New Media Fund Development Grant, Australia Council for the Arts 1999; Arts Tasmania artist grants 1997 and 2000. Martin has recently completed a three-year appointment to the Visual Arts/Craft Board of the Australia Council for the Arts.

Martin has participated in 18+ group exhibitions including: Photographica Australis Asia Tour, Naarden Photo Festival Nederlands, ARCO Madrid, 2002 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art; Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney; SOFA, New York; ARTV, Australian Centre for the Moving Image.

Martin is represented in public and private collections including the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery and the Art Gallery of South Australia.

Additional Information

Research Interests

The central concern of the work Martin has produced over the past decade is a preoccupation with visual perception and so-called ‘objective’ systems of measurement. His work is about the inability of empirical systems to provide descriptions of reality that go beyond the logical and rational. Martin has pursued a process of investigation that focuses on visual descriptions of landscape as the subject – due to their accessibility as a common experiential space and because of their complex and culturally dependent definitions.

Current research into the theory of landscape representation has focused on redefining popular conceptions of Wilderness, and investigating the role of “Nature Porn” in the commodification of the natural environment in Tasmania.

For further information visit the University of Tasmania Research Listing

General Responsibilities

Martin is Lecturer and Course Coordinator for the Art and Natural Environment Field trip units, whilst also occasionally lecturing in Photography and Electronic Media and conducting Honors supervision.

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Fields of Research

  • Lens-based Practice (190503)
  • Fine Arts (incl. Sculpture and Painting) (190502)
  • Electronic Media Art (190203)
  • Visual Cultures (190104)
  • Performance and Installation Art (190504)
  • Visual Arts and Crafts (190599)
  • Cinema Studies (190201)
  • Crafts (190501)

Research Objectives

  • The Creative Arts (incl. Graphics and Craft) (950104)
  • Arts and Leisure (950199)
  • Rehabilitation of Degraded Environments (961299)
  • Climate and Climate Change (960399)
  • Understanding Australia's Past (950503)
  • Languages and Literacy (950202)
  • Application Tools and System Utilities (890202)
  • Conserving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Heritage (950302)

Publications

Total publications

39

Journal Article

(1 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2007Walch MB, 'Beyond Euclid's fifth', Visual Communication, 6, (2) pp. 214 - 219. ISSN 1470-3572 (2007) [Professional, Non Refereed Article]

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Conference Publication

(3 outputs)
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2012Stephenson DM, Walch MB, 'The Derwent project: immersive models for the representation of complex environments', Programme Water:Image Conference, 4 - 6 July 2012, University of Plymouth, pp. 6. (2012) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Stephenson DM

2005Walch MB, 'Nature Porn: The Emergence and Current Usage of the Term 'Nature-Porn' as a Tool for an Aesthetic Critique of Contemporary Representations of Tasmanian Environment', Proceedings of Imaging Nature: Media, Environment and Tourism, Cradle Mountain, 27-29 June 2004, 27-29 June 2004, Cradle Mountain , Tasmania, pp. http://www.utas.edu.au/arts/imaging/. (2005) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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2003Walch MB, 'Lines of Sight from Signs of Light', Survey: Current art and design research and practice within Australian tertiary art and design schools, 1 - 4 October 2003, Tasmanian School of Art, University of Tasmania EJ (2003) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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Major Creative Work

(18 outputs)
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2014Stephenson DM, Walch MB, 'Drowned Forests of the Navarre, Lake King William, 13 August 2012', Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne, 1, pp. 13 minutes (2014) [Published Creative Work]

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2013Walch MB, 'Chamonix Valley and North Lyell from East Owen Spur', North Lyell Mine disaster 1912, Allport Library and Museum of Fine Arts, 1 (2013) [Published Creative Work]

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2013Stephenson DM, Walch MB, ''Derwent River entering Lake King William, 8/10/2012, 5:29am' in Domain: a contested environment', Plimsoll Gallery, Tasmanian College of the Arts, University of Tasmania, for Ten Days on the Island, Domain House, Queens Domain, Hobart, 1 (2013) [Published Creative Work]

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2012Stephenson DM, Walch MB, ''Lake King William, 3 mornings' in Isle of Many Waters', Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Hobart, Tasmania, 5, pp. 1 work (2012) [Published Creative Work]

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2012Stephenson DM, Walch MB, ''The Derwent Project - Three sketches for multi-channel video installations' screened at Water:Image international conference', University of Plymouth, Hobart, Tasmania, 5, pp. 3 works (2012) [Published Creative Work]

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Co-authors: Stephenson DM

2012Walch MB, 'Wonderland: Mist Opportunities', Museum Of Contemporary Art, Taipei, 1, pp. single work (2012) [Published Creative Work]

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2011Walch MB, 'Mist Opportunities 1 in River Effects: The Waterways of Tasmania', Plimsoll Gallery/Academy Gallery, Launceston and Hobart, 1/5, pp. 1 work (2011) [Published Creative Work]

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2011Walch MB, 'Mist Opportunities 2 in Van Diemen's Land: Tasmanian Art in the UK', Celia Lendis Contemporary, Celia Lendis Galleries, Gloustershire, UK, 1/10 (2011) [Published Creative Work]

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2010Walch MB, 'Source in Encoded', Ela Video / Art Taipei 2010, Taipei World Trade Center, Taiwan (2010) [Published Creative Work]

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2009Walch M, 'Trust - prospect', Ten Days on the Island, Penghana, Queenstown, Tasmania (2009) [Published Creative Work]

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2009Walch MB, 'Sticks and Stones', Flinders University City Gallery, Adelaide Fringe Festival, 1 (2009) [Published Creative Work]

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2008Walch MB, 'Drowning by Numbers - Hobart City Art Prize 2008 (winner)', Hobart City Council, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Hobart, 1 (2008) [Published Creative Work]

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2008Walch MB, Sawford R, 'Bob Brown video portrait', National Portrait Gallery, National Portrait Gallery, Canberra (2008) [Recorded Creative Work]

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Co-authors: Sawford R

2004Walch MB, 'Six traces in far dimensions: Re-mapping Tasmania', Department of Fine Arts, Bangladesh Shilpakala Aca, Bangladesh, pp. 1 (2004) [Published Creative Work]

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2004Walch MB, 'OverDrawn', Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Tasmania, Australia, pp. 1 (2004) [Published Creative Work]

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2003Walch MB, 'Six Traces in Four Dimensions: Re-mapping Tasmania ', from the exhibition Photographica Australis, Asia tour, Australian Centre for Photography and Asialink, pp. 8 (2003) [Published Creative Work]

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2002Walch MB, 'Overwritten/Underwritten; Mount Lyell Project', Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, pp. 2 (2002) [Published Creative Work]

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1997Arnold R, Morrison A, Walch MB, Ruffels TD, Lendis AJ, 'Excursive Site', Cradle Mountain Visitors Centre and Plimsoll Gallery, Hobart, pp. 24 (1997) [Recorded Creative Work]

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Co-authors: Arnold R; Morrison A; Ruffels TD; Lendis AJ

Other Creative Work

(10 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2013Walch MB, 'Mist Opportunities', Parliament House Art Collection, Department of Parlimentary Services, Canberra, pp. 1 (2013) [Acquisition]

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2010Walch MB, 'Royal Derwent Hospital - Ward 7', Macmillan Art Publishing / Australian Research Council, Australia Council / Monash University, Melbourne, Australia, pp. 2 pages, 1 work (2010) [Representation of Original Art]

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2009Walch MB, 'Source', Novamedia, Washington DC, USA, pp. 1 (2009) [Representation of Original Art]

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2008Walch MB, 'Losing the Plot - XYZ/T v15-220206', Plimsoll Gallery, University of Tasmania, Hobart, pp. 1 (2008) [Representation of Original Art]

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2006Walch MB, 'Utah Tanks, West Lyall Open-Cut, MT Lyell, Tasmania', PLimsoll Gallery, University of Tasmania, Hobart, pp. 1 (2006) [Representation of Original Art]

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2005Walch MB, 'Acid Drainage, Crown Lyell Mine; West Lyell Euclid Tyre; West Lyell Fly Rock', Plimsoll Gallery, University of Tasmania, Hobart (and national tour), pp. 3 (2005) [Representation of Original Art]

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2003Frankham NH, Walch MB, 'IXL Art', Plimsoll Gallery, Hobart, pp. 35 (2003) [Catalogue]

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Co-authors: Frankham NH

2003Walch MB, 'Anamorphic Landscape', Claremont College, Hobart, pp. 1 (2003) [Acquisition]

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2003Walch MB, 'Split Decisions 1 & 2/Exploration and Development', Bett Gallery, Hobart, pp. 2 (2003) [Representation of Original Art]

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2002Walch MB, 'Mt Lyell Project series', Various locations in Madrid, Madrid, pp. 2 (2002) [Representation of Original Art]

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Thesis

(2 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2009Walch MB, 'Beyond Linearity: Contemporary Drawing and the Naturalistic Representation of Experience' (2009) [PhD]

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1998Walch MB, 'An Analysis of Experiential Space at the Close of the Twentieth Century' (1998) [Masters Research]

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Other Public Output

(5 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2009Walch MB, 'Martin Walch', Dumbo Feather, pass it on, Bezar Holdings Pty Ltd, Sydney NSW, 1, 19 (2009) [Magazine Article]

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2008Walch MB, 'Drowning By Numbers- (mapping four seasons at one location)' (2008) [Award]

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2006Walch MB, 'Martin Walch: Apocalyptic Vision ', Tasmanian Visions, Polymath Press, Hobart, 1, 1 (2006) [Award]

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2003Walch MB, 'Mining the lunar beauty of Queenstown - the stereoscopic photography of Martin Walch', Space - ABC Arts online, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Sydney NSW, May 2003 (2003) [Media Interview]

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2002Walch MB, 'Place Works', Artlink, Adelaide, 22, 2 (2002) [Magazine Article]

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Grants & Funding

Funding Summary

Number of grants

3

Total funding

$222,035

Projects

The Derwent project: immersive digital media visualisations for the representational problems of complex and remote environments (2014 - 2016)$205,000
Description
The Derwent Project will create new ways to visualise the complex natural and cultural history of Tasmanias Derwent River system. This vast and often inaccessible environment includes Aboriginal and colonial heritage alongside ten hydroelectric developments. Its multiple layers of space and time present new opportunities to synthesise artistic and scientific paradigms of representation by drawing on geography, history, and archaeology. The outcome will be innovative forms of immersive time-based digital imaging that evocatively reveal hidden layers of environmental information to both specialist and general audiences.
Funding
Australian Research Council ($205,000)
Scheme
Grant-Discovery Projects
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Stephenson DM; Walch MB
Period
2014 - 2016
Grant Reference
DP140103735
Interpreting Ground Truth - Creating Immersive Time-based Representations that promote Public Engagement with Environmental Issued (2012)$14,000
Funding
University of Tasmania ($14,000)
Scheme
Grant-Research Enhancement (REGS)
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Walch MB
Year
2012
The Lake King William Project - Phase 2: An Ongoing Investigation into Environmental Change in the Upper Derwent Catchment (2010)$3,035
Funding
University of Tasmania ($3,035)
Scheme
Grant-New Appointees Research Grant Scheme (NARGS)
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Walch MB
Year
2010

Research Supervision

Current

6

Completed

5

Current

DegreeTitleCommenced
PhDRegarding the Savages: Visual representation of Tasmanian Aborigines in the 19th Century2011
PhDBeing There While You Are Here: An artistic study of blended presence shaped by new mobile technologies2013
PhDWildness and Artefact: re-presenting the divergent trajectories of Lakes Gordon and Pedder2013
PhDWalking Contested Ground: A Peripatetic Exploration of Place within Contemporary Postcolonial Australia and the USA2013
PhDNavigating the Unknown: Place, space and drawing2013
MastersMirrored Resonance: Exploring an aesthetics of engagement2014

Completed

DegreeTitleCompleted
PhDThe Sensation of Place: Translating the experiential sensation of a place through painting
Candidate: Ann Holt
2016
MastersRe-present to Reconnect: A Study of Natural Phenomena
Candidate: Terence John Munday
2013
PhDIn the Shadow of Van Diemen's Land: A Visual Investigation into Phenomenological, Ontological and Experiential Representations of Places and their History
Candidate: Damon Mark Bird
2013
PhDAttention to Distraction: A Visual Investigation of Temporal Experience through Time-based Media
Candidate: Raef Gilbert Sawford
2013
MastersThe Photography of Street Art as a Representation of Place
Candidate: Jacob Eli Thomashow
2012