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textobjectext: writing the posthumanities

Exploring the potentialities of writing practice after the material turn


9:00am - 6:00pm Wednesday 28 November, 2012

Sponsored by the Centre for Creative Arts, La Trobe University, Melbourne, Victoria

With support from the Writing and Society Research Centre, University of Western Sydney, Bankstown, NSW


This symposium hosted by La Trobe University’s Centre for Creative Arts envisages a space for material/conceptual provocations surrounding the questions: what is writing in the posthumanities? What kind of generative spaces emerge where the borders between disciplines –art, humanities and the sciences– blur and merge? What does an understanding of the materiality of writing do for creative practice? How do encounters between new and old technologies/concepts/practices reconfigure our understandings of art, literature, authorship, creative process, collaboration, the body and agency?

The symposium offers a place to advance ideas, collaborate on projects, and showcase some emerging work in the fields of new materialism and posthumanism, specifically at the points at which these intersect with writing. A series of conversations between new and established textual artists and scholars will be facilitated and supported, resulting in new collaborative opportunities, practical exchanges, and expanded understandings of the potentialities of practice in the twenty-first century.


With keynote addresses from Assoc. Prof. Barbara Bolt (VCA, University of Melbourne) and Mr. Oron Catts (Director, SymbioticA, University of Western Australia)

BARBARA BOLT is a practising artist and art theorist who lectures at the Victorian College of Arts and Melbourne Conservatorium of Music at the University of Melbourne. Her practice investigates the material possibilities of painting in a digital age and the relationship between painting and light. 

ORON CATTS is an artist, researcher and curator whose pioneering work with the Tissue Culture and Art Project which he established in 1996 is considered a leading biological art project. In 2000 he founded SymbioticA, an artistic research centre housed within the School of Anatomy, Physiology and Human Biology, The University of Western Australia, where he is currently the Director.


Reception: dr!nks, v¡deo, launch

 On mattering | david (jhave) johnson | new & selected video art

+ floor discussion | + food & wine | + official symposium launch

 one night only | from 6:30pm | tues 27 november

 hares + hyenas | 63 johnson st fitzroy


Please visit the textobjectext website for more information



t e x t o b j e c t e x t c o l l e c t i v e


Suzi Hayes [email protected]

PhD candidate, School of Communication, Arts and Critical Enquiry, La Trobe University


Kay Rozynski [email protected]

DCA candidate, Writing and Society Research Centre, University of Western Sydney

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