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FERAL: inaugural event for UNLIKEY - Journal of the Centre for Creative Arts

An evening of live performances and artistic presentations

Opening Thursday 12 December 2013 06:30pm
Venue: Bella Union, Trades Hall, Carlton, Melbourne

Doors open at 6:15pm for light refreshments
Live Performances to start at 7pm sharp



During their month-long residency Norie and Maria come face-to-face with coal in a slow and meditative process of looking, listening and waiting to see what unfolds. Coal is a material that we are most familiar with in its transformed state – pollution. Yet coal is a fascinating, porous and diversiform material, itself transformed from ancient rain forests that covered vast areas of the world, particularly the east coast of Australia.

Exhibition: 28th - 30th November, 12-5pm - for three days only!
Opening night:
Thursday 28th November 6:30-8:30pm
Venue: Library Artspace, 100 Barkly St, North Fitzroy VIC 3068ʉ۬Entry via Dean St


What comes out ... - Launch of edition 1.2

Come to a night of queered spoken words to help celebrate the launch of Writing from Below, Australia's omly peer-reviewed open-access gender, sexuality and diversity studies journal.

Date: Friday 13 December 2013
Time: 8:00pm (doors open 7:30pm)
Venue: Hare Hole | Hares and Hyneas | 63 Johnston st, Fitzroy, Vic 3065
to Stephen.Abblitt(at)


Exhibition: I am - We are

Whittlesea Community Connections
Tuesday October 22, 2013
5pm - 9.00pm

The work will be on display at WCC between the 22nd October to the 1st November, Monday to Friday, 11.30am-1.30pm.


Out now: paper tigers 01

The proceedings from the paper tigers symposium: The Internet's Unintended Consequences with contributions by:
Marcus Breen: Unintended Consequences - Is Rethinking Possible?;
Scott McQuire: Accidental publics, or some unintended consequences of the Internet on urban life;
Hugh Davies: Interactions and Transactions;
Jenny Kennedy: Sharing’s False Freedoms;
Alex Lambert: The Desire Not to See: Moral Contradictions of the Mediated Gaze on Facebook;

A publication by the Centre for Creative Arts, La Trobe University


Oron Catts: Rethinking Life through Art

Executive Dean’s Lecture Series Creative Arts Lecture
Rethinking Life through Art: Presented by Oron Catts, University of Western Australia

The cultural understandings of what life is and what we are doing in it are lagging behind the actualities of scientific and engineering processes. Our uncertainties about what ‘life’ is exacerbates the crisis in both humanities and sciences and we now face an urgent need to scrutinise and rethink both the crisis of sustainability and our treatment of the (nonhuman) other.

Date: Thursday 14 November 2013, 6–7pm
Venue: Theatrette Room, State Library of Victoria


Call for Proposals for Creative Arts Works!

Unlikely: Journal of the Centre for Creative Arts is a transdisciplinary journal, which aims to open unexpected spaces for artistic exchange and scholarly conversations across mediums, disciplines and continents. Unlikely supports and provokes the research community of practitioners, makers, and scholars working in the creative arts.

Unlikely invites proposals for creative arts works for the first issue, responding to the theme of feral. Proposals that are selected will be commissioned (fee $300) to be exhibited/per- formed at the live event, which will be held at Bella Union, Carlton, Victoria on December 12th, 2013. These works will then be eligible for peer-review for the online publication of the issue.

Deadline for proposals is October 25 2013.


Tim Knowles Artist Talk

Palimpsest at La Trobe lecture series
Co-Presented by the CCA |Centre for Creative Arts and LUMA | La Trobe University Museum of Art

Tim Knowles is a young UK artist whose work conveys such clarity and delicacy that he has been selected in recent years to show alongside artists such as William Kentridge, Marina Ambramovitch, Hamish Fulton, Francis Alys and Richard Long.

Date: Tuesday October 8th, 10am
Venue: Agora Theatre, La Trobe Bundoora


ATOM awards submission 2013

We are very proud to report that two films produced with La Trobe University assistance, have been shortlisted as finalist films in the 2013 IPAF ATOM Awards.

The short documentary Lovely Little Things has been selected as one of four finalist films in the Best Tertiary Documentary category.

The other film to be selected is Media: Screen + Sound lecturer, Angie Black’s short experimental film, disnature. Produced as one of the films for the Centre for Creative Arts, La Trobe University project 'Nature in the Dark'. The film has been shortlisted as a finalist film in the ATOM awards category for Best Experimental short film.


Vali Myers: Between the Dusk and Dawn (Exhibition)

Variously described as a dancer, a gypsy and the “Witch of Positano”, LUMA will celebrate the art and life of Australian born artist Vali Myers with the first major survey in the exhibition Between the Dusk and Dawn.

Exhibition opens: Wednesday September 19th 6pm – 8pm
Exhibition dates: 11 September – 1 November
Venue: LUMA | La Trobe University Museum of Art – Glenn College, La Trobe Bundoora


Paper Tigers: Creative Research for Artists

Following up on our recent activities around Creative Research methodologies (as in our PT talks or the master class with Paul Carter 2012) PT decided to initiate a monthly meeting dedicated to artists doing post grad research.
First kick of meeting will be:

Thursday 22nd Aug 2013 at 6pm
215 Franklin St, CBD, LTU City campus Room: 102


Tim Nohe: Sounding Out Media Arts (Public Lecture)

From sound artists to musicians to media artists working with auditory material, sound offers a unique perspective on the world and rich material for artistic practice. In this lecture Professor Timothy Nohe will present examples from his own work with a focus on site-specific sound and music composition practices.

Venue / Date
Tues August 20 2013, 10 am
Agora Theatre

Everyone is weclome! No RSVP required.


ACE Seminar Series: Dr Sofia Ahlberg (lecture) & R. Matrix (sound performance)

Join us at the LUMA gallery now showing the photographs by Tim Handfield, for a performance by musician R.Matrix and a presentation by Dr Sofia Ahlberg on the topic of Place and Belonging in Australia Today.

Venue / Date
Thursday 15 August 2013, 2.30-4.00pm
La Trobe University Museum of Art Exhibition
Glenn College
LTU Bundoora


Tim Nohe: Understanding Environment through Creative Arts (Public Lecture)

Creative Arts offers unique possibilities to think through issues around the environment and sustainability, particularly through a focus on experiences of place. In this lecture, Professor Timothy Nohe presents his own and the work of other creative artists who have engaged with place to shift our experience and thinking about the environment, sustainability, and renewal in post-industrial cities.

Venue / Date:
Weds August 14 2013, 12pm
Glenn College Lecture Theatre
LTU Bundoora

Everyone is welcome! Free lecture. No RSVP required.


Slow Canoe no.15: obstructs

Friday: 19 July 2013, 7pm @ Top Shelf Gallery, 369 Lonsdale Street, Level 3
Slow Canoe commissioned new works based on Ernest Hemingway's story Hills Like White Elephants, each with their own set of rules, guidelines and obstructions. The line-up includes contributions from the area of literature, graphic novel, film, animation, music and theatre.


City Sense: Sensing Manilla in the Arts (Gary Devilles)

A lecture by Gary Devilles
Monday 27 May 3pm-4pm
Menzies College Conference Centre, La Trobe University, Bundoora

Sociologist Georg Simmel said ‘man confronts his basic contradiction in the city.’ The lecture City Sense: Sensing Manila in the Arts is framed around this spatial contradiction as experienced by our corporal senses, such as our sense of sight, hearing, touch, taste, including our intuition, what others commonly call as the sixth sense. Devilles will investigate Manila’s contradictions, its conspicuous showcase of the beautiful and the ugly, its politics and history, and its seeming progress at the expense of its exploited workers and residents as he experienced it growing up in Manila.


Renewal! symposium

13 April 2013 @ Thousand Pound Bend, Melbourne
doors open @ 10.00 / bar open all day

Who cares if we are ‘post-’? The question is, What might we be ‘pre-’? And what (to raise a question that must always remain open in view of what always remains to come) might that ‘pre-’ be? At a time of increasing social and technological complexity, what are we becoming? What is becoming, for example, of our cities, of nationhood, of publics … if we are all now user-producers and globally networked ‘friends’? ...
For more please see the event website:


Castlemaine Festival: At this time

The Castlemaine State Festival and La Trobe University present, At This Time, a full day symposium which brings together a range of interdisciplinary artists, and arts professionals to explore the relationship between arts institutions, artists and audiences, biennials and triennials as a phenomenon, and art as performance.

Key note address: Tony Elwood, Director, National Gallery of Victoria

Thursday 7th March, 10am-5pm
La Trobe University, Visual Arts Centre
121 View Street, Bendigo


EH5452 (Bindi Cole)

Bindi Cole presents EH5452 at the Castlemaine Festival, a new video work made with the support of the Centre for Creative Arts.

Castlemaine Festival
15 – 24 March2013
50 Mostyn St 
Castlemaine VIC 3450
(03) 5472 3733
Festival website


Vera narrent: True stories in the Drawing Room (Mary Rosengren)

CSIRO Discovery Centre Gallery: 15 February - 8 March 2013
Black Mountain Canberra
Mon-Fri: 7.30am – 4pm
Weekends and Public Holidays: 11am-3pm

CSIRO Discovery’s gallery is the site of the Drawing Room, defined by the papered walls of (Vera narrent) True Stories. A tribute to the 18th century Swedish scientist Carl Linnaeus’ system of binominal nomenclature, and to his friend the German artists-scientist Georg Dionys Ehret. It recalls the Linnaean home in Hammarby Sweden where plates from works on flowers paper its walls.


Makings & Musings of Creative Research (Paper Tigers talks 2013)

Paper Tigers talks 2013 proudly presents
: The Makings and Musings of Creative Research  

Paper Tigers talks are back. We will kick off the 2013 series of monthly talks and presentations with a night of three short presentations and discussions on methods revolving around creative research gathering creative researchers from the area of film-making, media arts and creative writing to look into topics like post-humanities, public urban space and transdisciplinary essay film.

February 27th 2013 at 6pm
Venue: LTU city campus,  215 Franklin St in the CBD (opposite Vic Market), seminar room 102



The Listening vs Striles of Ming (Bruce Mowson & Elliot Howard)

VAC, Bendigo: 13 February – 24 March, 2013

For this exhibition Bruce Mowson and Elliot Howard have produced a sculptural installation comprising a series of potentially useable box-like forms that will occupy the VAC’s gallery space.

On encountering the work the viewer may or may not be enticed into touching, occupying, seeing through, moving and listening to these artworks.  The viewer could also treat the works as discrete sculptural pieces, simply looking at them and wondering what they do and why they are there. By viewing, sensing and/or using the work, you have understood it. There are no authorised ways of coming to know it and there are no better or worse ways of knowing it that would qualify your specific experiences as more or less valid.