Photography 130: Behind the Lens – 130 years of photography at RMIT

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Join us at RMIT Gallery on Thursday 9 March, 6-8 pm to celebrate the opening of  Photography 130: Behind the Lens – 130 years of photography at RMIT. 

The exhibition celebrates RMIT’s long and rich history of providing photography education, which is as old as the institution itself.

Photography 130 – Behind the lens: 130 years of RMIT photography (10 March – 13 April) brings together a collection of over 100 images from 59 photographers, revealing the significant contribution made by RMIT University’s (RMIT) photography programs to the culture and society of Melbourne.

When RMIT first began operations as the Working Men’s College in 1887, photography was one of the foundation disciplines, making it the oldest existing photography course in the world.

Sourced from RMIT archives, The National Gallery of Victoria, Monash Gallery of Art, the State Library of Victoria, private collections, photographers and artists, the exhibition features work created by RMIT staff and alumni between 1887 and 2017, in the service of art, politics, news, entertainment, commerce, science and discovery.

Much has changed in photography over the past 130 years, not least the technology. But the skills involved in composition, in challenging the limits of the camera or in capturing that special moment are as valuable today as they were 130 years ago.

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Harry Nankin, The Burning Bush, 1991, Dye transfer fibre paper print. 470 x 560 mm. Image courtesy of the artist.

Join us for the free public programs which offer a ‘behind the lens’ view of the exhibition. Bookings required.

Photography 130 public programs

Photography 130 – Behind the Lens: curator’s talk

Friday 10 March 1:00-2:00 pm
Photography 130 curator Shane Hulbert, Associate Professor and Deputy Head of School, Higher Education, School of Art, RMIT University, offers an expanded view of the role and contribution of RMIT University to the photographic imaging of Melbourne and Australia.

130 years of Photography at RMIT

Thursday 16 March 5:30 – 6.30 pm
Panel with Shane Hulbert (chair), and photographers Pauline Anastasiou, John Billan Gale Spring, and Alex Syndikas.

Photography Predictions & Premonitions

Thursday 23 March 1:00 – 2:00 pm
Panel with Shane Hulbert (chair), and photographers Bronek Kozka, Kate Robertson, and Murray McKeich.

Guided tours of Photography 130 exhibition

Suitable for school and university groups, VCE Studio Arts, and special interest groups.

Last week of Quiddity and Light moves: Contemporary Australian Video Art

Our current exhibitions Quiddity and Light moves: Contemporary Australian Video Art end this Saturday 20 August. Don’t miss out – come on in and remember we are open to 7 pm on Thursday and from 12-5pm on Saturday.

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The Quiddity curatorium holding the Quiddity catalogue – complete with a critical Q & A from the team in which they explore the ‘slightly challenging schism between [exhibition] conception and implementation.”

Curated by RMIT Gallery in collaboration with interns from the RMIT Master of Arts Management courseQuiddity provided students the opportunity to put the skills they have learned into practice and tests whether theory can stand up to the real-time practicalities of curation in a public art gallery.

The conceptualisation and implementation of the exhibition which explores a ‘behind the scenes’ approach to the RMIT Art Collection are detailed in the Quiddity catalogue (selling for $5) and will be discussed at the final public program on Thursday 18 August from 5.30-6.30 pm along with guest speakers Professor David Forrest, HRD Coordinator, RMIT School of Art, and David Sequeira, a visual artist, art/business consultant and freelance museum education professional.

Prospective students wanting to find out more about the RMIT Master of Arts (Art Management) program would also find the session particularly useful.

Don’t forget to see our video art exhibition while you are at RMIT Gallery this week.

Light moves: Contemporary Australian Video Art is a touring exhibition from the National Gallery of Australia, featuring work by 

  • Daniel Crooks
  • Hayden Fowler
  • Shaun Gladwell
  • Gabriella and Silvana Mangano
  • David Rosetzky
  • Julie Rrap
  • Christian Thompson

Visitors have been mesmerised by the exhibition’s images of bodies moving through space and also by the diversity of work by Australian artists of the highest calibre. In particular, the exhibition is a wonderful opportunity for students in particular to explore a diversity of screen-based work and see how artists use the medium to create conceptual works that speak to their own personal interests and histories.

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Light moves: Contemporary Australian Video Art. Installation image by Tobias Titz, RMIT Gallery, 2016.

What: Quiddity and Light moves: Contemporary Australian Video Art

When: Both exhibitions end Saturday 20 August at 5 pm

Where: RMIT Gallery, 344 Swanston Street, Melbourne, 3000.

RMIT Gallery hours: Mon-Fri 11 am – 5 pm/ Thurs 11-7 pm, Saturday 12 noon – 5 pm.

Quiddity catalogue: $5 – available at the front desk, RMIT Gallery.

Wrapping it Up: Quiddity panel Discussion – Thursday 18 August 5.30-6.30 pm. Free – register here

 

RMIT Open Day 2016 – visit RMIT Gallery

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Quiddity installation image by Tobias Titz, RMIT Gallery, 2016.

Come inside RMIT Gallery while you explore the RMIT city campus on 14 August during Open Day. The gallery will be open from 10 am – 4 pm, and you can check out the last week of our current exhibitions. Both exhibitions end on 20 August.

Quiddity provides a behind-the-scenes peek into the RMIT Art Collection, and Light moves: Contemporary Australian Video Art features innovative work from top Australian artists, including RMIT alumni Christian Thompson. In 2010 Thompson became the first Aboriginal Australian to be admitted into the University of Oxford in its 900-year history. He holds a Doctorate of Philosophy (Fine Art), Trinity College, University of Oxford, Britain, Master of Theatre, Amsterdam School of Arts, Das Arts, The Netherlands, Masters of Fine Art (Sculpture) RMIT University and Honours (Sculpture) RMIT University, and a Bachelor of Fine Art from the University of Southern Queensland.

 

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LIGHT MOVES IMAGE Christian Thompson, HEAT 2010. Three channel digital video, sound, duration 5 minutes 52 seconds. Collection of the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra

 

RMIT Open Day is on 14 August from 10-4 pm. Plan your Open Day

 

RMIT Gallery is RMIT University’s premier exhibition gallery, presenting an exemplary professional program of local, Australian and international creative works, research outcomes and cultural stories that promote social and academic interaction between the university and a global public with a focus on external partnerships and digital dissemination.

The public exhibition program delivers unique visceral experiences of visual art, new media, and sonic art, design popular culture, science technology and art fusions in its five museum standard spaces.

Come and see us! We are at 344 Swanston Street, right next to the Storey Hall entrance.
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RMIT Gallery (right) is located at 344 Swanston Street. The front facade’s classical design is dominated by the Corinthian columns set on a high base of Malmsbury bluestone. You can’t miss us – we are right next to the iconic Storey Hall extension, which features bright green geometric-shaped windows and tiles.

Quiddity & Light moves opens at RMIT Gallery

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Quiddity opening night RMIT Gallery 2016, photo by Vicki Jones Photography

Winter exhibition openings in Melbourne attract a dedicated crowd not afraid to brave the cold, wet weather.

We were charmed by the colorful coats and cheerful smiles worn by our enthusiastic audience who turned out on Thursday evening, 30 June to celebrate the opening of Light moves: Contemporary Australian Video Art and Quiddity.

Dr Gerard Vaughan AM, Director, National Gallery of Australia, flew down from Canberra to launch the travelling NGA exhibition Light moves, which includes a stunning work by RMIT alumni Christian Thompson.

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HEAT 2010, by Christian Thompson, Three channel digital video, sound, duration 5 minutes 52 seconds, collection of the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra. Opening night image, Light moves at RMIT Gallery 2016. Photo by Vicki Jones Photography.

Light moves demonstrates NGA’s commitment both to celebrating the work of contemporary Australian artists and also to creating audiences for their work in Australia,” Dr Vaughan said.

“Visitors will be mesmerised by the exhibition’s images of bodies moving through space and also by the diversity of work by Australian artists of the highest calibre.”

RMIT Gallery Director Suzanne Davies said the exhibition was a wonderful opportunity for students in particular to explore a diversity of screen-based work and see how artists use the medium to create poetic works that speak to their own personal interests and histories, as well as tell great stories.

Dr Nicole Tse, from The Grimwade Centre for Cultural Materials Conservation, The University of Melbourne, launched Quiddity, an exhibition she said was close to her heart, displaying as it did “the secret life of collections.”

Quiddity shows how collections come to life in a museum context as seen through the eyes of Arts Management students,” Dr Tse said.

“If we look closely at these works, they can tell us stories about how they have been stored and cared for, and their journey before they even came into a museum. Cracks in the canvas can reveal a history of a work being rolled up under someone’s bed, for instance.

“These secret lives are fascinating and are revealed in Quiddity.”

 

What: Quiddity and Light moves: Contemporary Australian Video Art

When: 1 July – 20 August 2016

Where: RMIT Gallery, 344 Swanston Street, Melbourne.

Quiddity public programs:

Quiddity: Wednesday Lunchtime Guided Tours

In Conversation: Curators + Conservators

Quiddity Reading Group

Quiddity: Curator floor talk

Wrapping it Up – Quiddity Panel Discussion