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TCotA Arts Forum | Toby Juliff


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

Start Date

12 May 2017 12:30 pm

End Date

12 May 2017 1:30 pm


Dechaineux Lecture Theatre

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TCotA Forum welcomes all students and members of the public

Toby Juliff. Image credit: Carey Young, Legal Fictions, Migros Museum Zurich 2013.

Justices of the piece: towards a visual jurisprudence of contemporary art

Whilst ‘justice’ in its various forms has long been a subject for art, recent modalities of participatory practices have posed another possibility: art as justice. Moving away from the representation of ‘law’ and its statutes into action, demonstration, remonstration, and activation, recent practices have sought both to occupy frames of law and to mobilise them for different purposes. This presentation argues that contemporary art has much more to say about ‘justice’ than its mere representation. The visual jurisprudence of contemporary art suggests that recent practices by artists Carey Young, Sean Dockray, Amy Spiers, and Renzo Martens not only provides an insightful critical insight into the practices of law but in many respects practice law in their own terms.

Dr Toby Juliff is an artist, academic, and writer currently working at the University of Tasmania, Tasmanian College of the Arts. His work examines the shifting relationship between criticism and theory to the practices of art. His PhD focussed on the origin and trajectory of French thought in North American art theory seen through the lens of October magazine. He has published articles, book chapters, and catalogues on modern and contemporary sculpture. Recent catalogues include the touring exhibition of Michelle Nikou (Heide) and Lynda Benglis ’74 for Neon Parc. Upcoming publications include a book chapter on participatory art, affect, and ethics for a book on contemporary intangible heritage. As an artist, Toby employs painting, installation, and cryptoficitonal forms to occupy the dark conceits of contemporary art writing. Before arriving in Tasmania, Toby was co-ordinator of the Honours program in Visual Art at the Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne.

TCotA Forum is a weekly series of free public lectures held at the Tasmanian College of the Arts (Hunter St) during the semester. TCotA Forum welcomes all students and members of the public, providing a unique opportunity to hear local, national and international visiting scholars and presenters from diverse sectors of the arts discuss their area of professional practice.