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TCotA Forum (Inveresk) - Dr Karen Hall


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

Start Date

13 Aug 2015 12:30 pm

End Date

13 Aug 2015 1:30 pm


Lecture Theatre 1A181, Inveresk Campus

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Students and members of the public are welcome to attend.

HallKarenSite1'earthspoke: reimagining a convict site'

Histories are held by the land. Calling this history into the present is to make the past visible, to hold the stories in the body, to allow the earth to speak.

Kerry Lodge convict station (active 1834-1848) can be barely glimpsed today as you hurtle south from Launceston on the Midland Highway. Its most visible trace is the bridge over Jinglers Creek, built by the Kerry Lodge convicts using stone from the surrounding area. In conjunction with a three year archaeological program,  the Kerry Lodge Art Project is a curatorial project that will bring together local contemporary artists with an archaeological dig to respond to the specific histories of a site and explore the possibilities of envisioning connections to the past through ephemeral and performative work and documentation. earthspoke, an exhibition to be held in Sawtooth ARI in November, will be the first outcome of the Art Project.

In this forum, I will discuss the convict station site - its history and present form - and the interdisciplinary issues involved in working with an active archaeological investigation. As layers of earth are shifted away, new narratives about the past emerge. The curatorial and creative challenge here is finding a way to speak to and with that pas, to anchor an imaginative connection through the strata of time.

Dr Karen Hall is our Lecturer in Theory, Tasmanian College of the Arts, Inveresk.

Upcoming ArtsForums
20 August | Junction international artists
27 August | Beyond the Classroom Exhibition Floor Talk
3 September | Mid-semester break
10 September | Melissa Smith
17 September | Lola Greeno
24 September | Split Britches

image credit: Patrick Sutczak, 'Wall and line', 2015

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